Unicist Research Residencies are applicative research programs in the field of human complex adaptive systems to develop innovative solutions. They deal with the nature of complex systems, developing objects to be installed in processes. Researches are developed using the Unicist Research Residencies as the way to transfer the technologies included in the Unicist Standard and monitor the research to achieve the planned objectives.
The unicist approach to research was developed to find the fundamentals that drive complex adaptive environments. It allows finding the KNOW WHY of a given reality and integrating it with the KNOW HOW that is provided by the empirical approach.
The program is developed following three levels of complexity. The technology, methodology and quality assurance of the researches is provided by The Unicist Research Institute.
There is a general research methodology that is used to define the validity of an ontological structure that is needed to deal with complex adaptive systems.
The basic steps are:
1) Develop the hypothetical structure of the ontology.
2) Analyze the ontology and divide it into sub-ontologies following the laws of complementation and supplementation (only when necessary and possible).
3) Define observable results that need to be considered to validate the ontology.
4) Define the application fields of the ontology to validate its functionality.
5) Develop the applications beginning with destructive and non-destructive pilot tests to forecast reality.
6) Develop at least five experiences in the application field differing completely one from the other.
7) Develop forecasts of at least three periods with full certainty.
8) Restart the research process every time a deviation occurs.
1) Individual agreements
The counselor proposes a technology transfer and research agreement based on the participant’s background, knowledge, interests and objectives. Such agreement with the participant includes the definition of the research output.
2) Unicist object driven technologies
The participant receives access to the Unicist object driven technologies included in the Unicist Standard that are necessary to achieve his/her objectives.
3) Applicative research project
The program is based on the development of a research which necessarily ends with the design of a specific object. Counselors are responsible for the fallacy-shooting of the research process and the quality assurance process to ensure results.
4) Counseling driven learning
The unicist object driven technology is provided to the participants. Counselors are responsible for backing the foundation building process of the research developed by the participants.
There is regular live counseling and off-line counseling to support participants’ activities.
5) Group work – Extreme Design Technology
Participants need to exchange experiences with colleagues. The exchange of experiences leverages the reflection process and improves the quality of the original solutions developed by participants.
6) Unicist Diagnostics System
The system processes the objective monitoring of the diagnoses made by participants. It is used by the counselors to provide a quality assured guidance.
The system develops diagnoses based on ontological/logical inferences based on the fundamentals of the field that is being researched.
The participants of the program have to be graduates and have to have confirmed experience in the field where the research is taking place. As complexity research is developed in a real working environment, they have to be responsible for the solutions that will be researched.
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