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Cybernetic Intelligent Systems 2012
Article Type: Guest editorial From: Kybernetes, Volume 43, Issue 8.
We would like to dedicate this special issue of Kybernetes journal to Prof John St. Quinton who passed away in July 2013 after a long fight with illness.
Prof John St. Quinton started his career in the early sixties with UK Ministry of Defense as a scientist in Artificial Intelligence Group where he contributed in developing the first security programs for modern computer systems. After his PhD degree from University of Reading in early 1980s, he pursed an independent research career through creating his own company Zetelic Systems whose value in stock market has multiplied 1,000 times since its creation. He is particularly acknowledged for his contributions in Semantic Category Theory where he devoted a lot of effort since 2003 and stimulated a lot of discussions in the field. In 2010, he was appointed Honorary Professor from university of Birmingham.
Prof John St Quinton has acted as Executive Secretary of IEEE System Man and Cybernetics UK and Ireland Chapter for the past ten years or so. We acknowledge his empathic relationship with all participants at our past conferences and chapter activities, his motivations for younger researchers and his deep scientific respect. He was a very kind-hearted man with little patience for nonsense. We will remember Prof John St Quinton as one who ran one of the most successful debates on Artificial Intelligence and Cybernetics Intelligence at our previous meetings.
On behalf of the IEEE Systems, Man & Cybernetics Society in the UK and the Republic of Ireland, we would like to convey our deepest condolences to his family, friends, readers and collaborators for this sad loss.
Dr Mourad Oussalah - School of Electronics, Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Birmingham, Birmingham, UK
Professor Ali Hessami - Vega Systems, London, UK