• Sabah Saleh Al-Fedaghi Kuwait University


Diagrammatical descriptions are used extensively in understanding systems. Typically, systems are expressed in terms of heterogeneous symbols that represent basic characteristics of the system, including elements, connections, flows, communication, etc. This paper introduces a new model to describe flow-based systems. It models “things that flow,” such as information, materials, actions, and money. They are distinguished by flowing in five states: received, processed, created, released, and communicated. The new model is applied to typical systems to contrast them with classical descriptions. Keywords: flow model, system modeling, conceptual modeling

Author Biography

Sabah Saleh Al-Fedaghi, Kuwait University

Dr. Sabah Al-Fedaghi holds MS and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Science from Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois and a B.S. in Computer Science from Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona. He has published articles in journals and conferences on topics in database systems, natural language processing, information systems, information privacy, information security, and information ethics. Dr. Al-Fedaghi is an Associate Professor at the computer Engineering Department, Kuwait University, Kuwait. He previously worked as programmer in Kuwait Oil Company and headed the department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (1991-1994) and the department of Computer Engineering (2000-2007).



How to Cite

Al-Fedaghi, S. S. (2008). SYSTEMS OF THINGS THAT FLOW. Proceedings of the 52nd Annual Meeting of the ISSS - 2008, Madison, Wisconsin, 3(1). Retrieved from



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