Impact of Modularization and Coupling on the Complexity of Industrial Control and Automation Systems

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Coupling could be an arbitrary property to Industrial Automation and Control Systems (ICAS) with a significant impact on complexity. Different software design approaches may result in coupling between software modules that either increase or decrease the overall system complexity. This paper proposes using the Cynefin Framework to guide the software design patterns used during the high-level design of software architecture, with the intent of reducing components coupling and overall system complexity.


Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2022 IEEE 27th International Conference on Emerging Technologies and Factory Automation (ETFA)
Number of pages7
ISBN (Electronic)9781665499965
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2022

External IDs

Scopus 85141398553
unpaywall 10.1109/etfa52439.2022.9921695


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  • Couplings, Software design, Software architecture, Industrial control, Control systems, Software, Complexity theory, Vertical Coupling, Horizontal Coupling, Cynefin Framework, Automation