Achieving critical mass: a global research network in systems engineering

Arturo Molina (Monterrey Institute of Technology (CSIM‐ITESM), Avenida Eugenio Garza Sada 2501 Sur, Monterrey, NL 64849, Mexico)
Carlos F. Bremer (Nucleus of Advanced Manufacturing, University of São Paulo, Avenue Trabalhador Sãocarlense 400, 13566‐590 São Carlos SP, Brazil)
Walter Eversheim (Aachen University of Technology)


ISSN: 1463-6689

Publication date: 1 February 2001


It is no coincidence that the universities were pioneers of the internet, for the medium lends itself uniquely well to academic debate and collaboration. We call this process of sharing ideas in cyberspace “virtual learning”, and the main goal of any such community is to create a shared understanding that will inspire research and development. This paper describes trends and issues in creating a Virtual Learning Community in systems engineering, drawing upon the results of an European ALFA‐funded project named COSME.



Molina, A., Bremer, C.F. and Eversheim, W. (2001), "Achieving critical mass: a global research network in systems engineering", Foresight, Vol. 3 No. 1, pp. 59-65.

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