Deborah Cannon, Host
INCOSE - Los Angeles Chapter
310-336-8341 Desk,
714-477-3755 Mobile


Tuesday, July 13th, 2021
From 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM PDT

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Gary Vincent, CSEP


INCOSE-LA Virtual Speaker Meeting, July 13th 

Swarm Decision Making
Natural Systems Working Group

SPEAKER: Gary Vincent, Certified Systems Engineering Professional 

WHEN:  Tuesday, July 13th 2021, 5:45 to 7:45 PM Pacific Daylight Time

COST:  Free Online Event

Virtual Venue: Zoom meeting instructions will be emailed prior to the event and are included in your confirmation email message.  Slides will be available on the LA Chapter web site We plan to record the event.

Questions:  Dorothy Benveniste, 310-390-9384 --

Abstract:  In recent years, scientists and engineers have turned to the natural world when addressing design challenges in areas such as mechanical structures and fluid dynamics. These evolutionary systems often balance competing design requirements to arrive at optimal solutions.

However, nature can provide enlightening examples in other domains, to include information processing and decision making by distributed/decentralized systems (aka, swarms).

SWARM DECISION MAKING will examine how swarm systems identify, evaluate, and select among alternative solutions to a problem in the absence of centralized control. Topics will include:

  • Characterizing swarm behavior
  • An example: How honeybees select a new nest site
  • Application of these techniques to human-designed systems
  • Implications for human systems

Join us for a look at how distributed intelligence works, and what insights it can offer us in an increasingly interconnected world.

Speaker:  Gary Vincent is a Senior Principal Systems Engineer with Northrop Grumman Defense Systems and has over twenty years’ experience conducting systems engineering for distributed simulation and command & control systems. He is an INCOSE CSEP and a member of the Natural Systems Working Group.  Gary holds a B.S. in Aeronautical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, an M.S. in Information Systems from Northeastern University, and a Master of Architecture from the University of New Mexico.