Anticipatory Engineering

What might the explicit acknowledgement of anticipation contribute to existing engineering practice and theory? Whenever an engineer creates a model of a system the purpose is almost certainly to anticipate scenarios, usually resulted from a trade-off between expected performance and available budget. 

Are there costs of being trapped in a functional role of instrumental rationality?

The special session of International Conference on Anticipation (November 5-7, 2015), will focus on how anticipation and related topics could illuminate problems in engineering.


  • Mike Yearworth (Faculty of Engineering, University of Bristol, UK)
  • Janet Willis Singer (International Society for the Systems Sciences, Santa Cruz, USA)
  • Rick Adcock (Cranfield Defence and Security, Defence Academy of the United Kingdom, Shrivenham, UK)
  • Michael Singer (International Society for the Systems Sciences, Santa Cruz, USA)
  • Duane Hybertson (The MITRE Corp, Washington DC, USA)

Contacts: mailto:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  - Mike Yearworth

Deadline for abstract submission (250 words): June 15, 2015

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