Prof. Nancy G Leveson

Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics and Engineering Systems
Director, Complex Systems Research Laboratory (CSRL)

Primary DLC

Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics

MIT Room: 33-334

Areas of Interest and Expertise

Software Engineering
Safety of Software Controlled Systems
System Engineering
Risk Analysis and Risk Management, Socio-Technical Systems Policy and Safety Analysis
System Safety Engineering
Human-Computer Interaction (Cognitive Engineering)
Complex Systems Research Laboratory
Food, Safety

Research Summary

Professor Leveson’s research focuses on topics related to the design of complex systems containing software, hardware, and human components. Her goal is to stretch current limits of complexity and intellectual manageability of the systems we can build with reasonable resources and with confidence in their expected behavior, particularly safety. Current research topics include; model-based system and software engineering, system and software safety, software requirements specification and analysis, human-computer interaction, reusable component-based system architectures, interactive visualization, human-centered system design, and comprehensive approaches to risk management that include the organizational, political, managerial, and social aspects of system construction and operation.

Recent Work