Conference reports


ISSN: 0368-492X

Article publication date: 1 September 2004



(2004), "Conference reports", Kybernetes, Vol. 33 No. 8.



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Conference reports

Computational cybernetics – ICCC 2004 – 30 August-September

Computational cybernetics is a title that needs a definition, since computers have, since their origins, been an integral part of this multidisciplinary field.

The conference arranged at the Vienna University of Technology on Computational Cybernetics has already sketched out what its scope is to be and has adequately set out guidelines for potential participants. The organisers say that Computational Cybernetics is:

... synergetic integration of Cybernetics and Computational Intelligence techniques. Hence the topics of the ICCC covers not only mechanical, but biological (living), social and economical systems and for this uses computational intelligence based results of communication theory, signal processing, information technology, control theory, the theory of adaptive systems, the theory of complex systems (game theory, operational research), and computer science.

The subjects embraced in this conference brief allow the event sufficient scope to form its own understanding in a transdisciplinary programme of presentations. For further information about the event, contact: Francis Heylighen, Center “Leo Apostel”, Free University of Brussels, or visit the Web site: or visit the Web site:

Intelligent cybernetic systems – ICS 2004 – 7-8 September

Qualifying “cybernetics” with a descriptive adjective is now becoming increasingly popular. Provided the “cybernetic” element, as we understand it is still valid, this conference, at the University of Ulster, Londonderry, Northern Ireland will be of much interest to cyberneticians.

By having a theme: “Cybernetics and Consciousness” this conference will span some important areas of research solicits contributions in experimental as well as theoretical studies and applications that are particularly oriented to aspects of cyberentics. It does however ask for the application oriented aspects of cybernetics to be concerned, especially, with cybernetics intelligence. Original contributions are called for in the desired topic areas. For further information contact: Dr A.G. Hessami. E-mail:; Web site:

PREP 2004-2005

The highly successful annual conference for postgraduate students with research interests in Electronics, Photonics, Communications and Computer Science in this year is being held at the University of Hertfordshire, UK. The conference is supported by the UK's Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) through a contact at the University of Newcastle, UK. It gives funds for a 3-day event in which students are given the opportunity to present the fruits of their doctoral work, either orally or by poster, and to network and socialise with other students and experts in these fields. The event has a full technical programme, including lectures from leading scientists in the four main disciplines and the chance during the Industrial Forum to hear from those who have made the leap from academia to industry. Prizes are also awarded at the event. At the PREP 2003 conference, the highlight of the conference was Simon Sinh's talk on cryptography, during which he demonstrated an actual Enigma machine – as used for providing intelligence material in World War II.

Details of the PREP series of annual conferences can be obtained from the Web site:

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