Toward resilient vessel traffic service: A sociotechnical perspective

Gangyan Xu, Fan Li, Chun Hsien Chen, Ching Hung Lee, Yu Chi Lee

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Vessel Traffic System (VTS) is a typical complex sociotechnical system that provides various supporting services for vessels. With the booming of maritime transportation, VTS becomes more and more important in promoting traffic fluency, efficiency, and safety in designated geographical areas. However, the performance of VTS is frequently threatened by external and internal incidents, which leaves the maritime traffic in a dangerous situation. Therefore, VTS must be resilient to cope with these disturbances and maintain an acceptable service level. Focusing on this problem, this paper first analyses the architecture of VTS from the perspective of sociotechnical systems. Thereafter, the definition of resilient VTS is introduced. Through interaction network analysis, the key contributing factors for resilient VTS are identified. Finally, based on the results, several guidelines for realizing resilient VTS are proposed.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTransdisciplinary Engineering: A Paradigm Shift
EditorsMargherita Peruzzini, Nel Wognum, Josip Stjepandic, Chun-Hsien Chen, Nel Wognum, Amy C. Trappey
PublisherIOS Press BV
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9781614994398
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2017
Externally publishedYes
Event24th ISPE Inc. International Conference on Transdisciplinary Engineering, TE 2017 - Singapore, Singapore
Duration: 10 Jul 201714 Jul 2017

Publication series

NameAdvances in Transdisciplinary Engineering


Conference24th ISPE Inc. International Conference on Transdisciplinary Engineering, TE 2017


  • Human-Machine Systems
  • Resilience Engineering
  • Sociotechnical Systems
  • Systems Engineering
  • Vessel Traffic Service (VTS)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science Applications
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
  • Software
  • Algebra and Number Theory
  • Strategy and Management


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