Special issue – Reconstructability analysis: theory and applications


ISSN: 0368-492X

Article publication date: 1 June 2004


Rudall, B.H. (2004), "Special issue – Reconstructability analysis: theory and applications", Kybernetes, Vol. 33 No. 5/6. https://doi.org/10.1108/k.2004.06733eaa.001



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Special issue – Reconstructability analysis: theory and applications

Special issue – Reconstructability analysis: theory and applications

Guest Editors: Martin Zwick, Guangfu Shu and Yi Lin

As part of our introduction to new and significant topics within the field of systems and cybernetics we have devoted this special issue of the journal to reconstructability analysis (RA).

In historical terms this is a comparatively recent study which emanated from the previous research in cybernetics during 1960-1980. We are particularly grateful to our guest editors who themselves have played an important part in reviving the subject. Martin Zwick (USA), Guangfu Shu (People's Republic of China) and Yi Lin (USA) have completed this work with much care and skill. In many ways it links the important researches that are being carried out in the USA with those in the People's Republic of China. It also serves to remind us of the pioneering work of the distinguished cybernetician W.R. Ashby, although he could not, of course, like so many innovators of his generation, predict the value of RA and its applications to so many current researches.

The Editorial Advisory Board of this journal believes that this collection of papers will be much appreciated by the systems and cybernetics community and that it will be of lasting value to RA development. It will play an important part in the revival of interest in this worthwhile and promising research area.

Selected regular journal sections are also published at the end of this special issues.

Brian H. RudallEditor-in-Chief