Utility-service provision as an example of a complex system

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dc.contributor.author Strzelecka, A. en
dc.contributor.author Janus, T. en
dc.contributor.author Ozawa-Meida, L. en
dc.contributor.author Ulanicki, Bogumil en
dc.contributor.author Skworcow, P. en
dc.date.accessioned 2016-03-31T16:02:04Z
dc.date.available 2016-03-31T16:02:04Z
dc.date.issued 2015-02-01
dc.identifier.citation Strzelecka, A., Janus, T., Ozawa-Meida, L., Ulanicki, B. and Skworcow, P. (2015) Utility-service provision as an example of a complex system. Emergence: Complexity and Organization, E:CO 2015 17 (2), pp. 1-25 en
dc.identifier.issn 1532-7000
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2086/11783
dc.description.abstract Utility–service provision is a process in which products are transformed by appropriate devices into services satisfying human needs and wants. Utility products required for these transformations are usually delivered to households via separate infrastructures, i.e., real-world networks such as, e.g., electricity grids and water distribution systems. owever, provision of utility products in appropriate quantities does not itself guarantee hat the required services will be delivered because the needs satisfaction task requires not only utility products but also fully functional devices. Utility infrastructures form complex networks and have been analyzed as such using complex network theory. However, little research has been conducted to date on integration of utilities and associated services within one complex network. This paper attempts to fill this gap in knowledge by modelling utility–service provision within a household with a hypergraph in which products and services are represented with nodes whilst devices are hyperedges spanning between them. Since devices usually connect more than two nodes, a standard graph would not suffice to describe utility–service provision problem and therefore a hypergraph was chosen as a more appropriate representation of the system. This paper first aims to investigate the properties of hypergraphs, such as cardinality of nodes, betweenness, degree distribution, etc. Additionally, it shows how these properties can be used while solving and optimizing utility– service provision problem, i.e., constructing a so-called transformation graph. The transformation graph is a standard graph in which nodes represent the devices, storages for products, and services, while edges represent the product or service carriers. Construction of different transformation graphs to a defined utility– service provision problem is presented in the paper to show how the methodology is applied to generate possible solutions to provision of services to households under given local conditions, requirements and constraints. en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher Emergence: Complexity and Organization, E:CO en
dc.subject utility service en
dc.subject complex system en
dc.subject networks en
dc.title Utility-service provision as an example of a complex system en
dc.type Article en
dc.researchgroup Centre for Electronic and Communications Engineering en
dc.researchgroup Institute of Energy and Sustainable Development
dc.peerreviewed Yes en
dc.funder EPSRC (Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council) en
dc.projectid All in One en
dc.cclicence CC-BY-NC en


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