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World Organisation of Systems and Cybernetics (WOSC)
Article Type: News, conferences and technical reports From: Kybernetes, Volume 37, Issue 9/10
14th International Congress of Cybernetics and Systems of WOSC – 9-12 September 2008
This journal was represented by the Editor-in-Chief, the Internet Editor and members of the Editorial Advisory Board.
Emerald Group Publishing Ltd who publishes Kybernetes generously sponsored the “Kybernetes Research Award” for an outstanding paper presented at the congress. Three “Highly Commended” awards were also given.
A full report of the Congress events and details of the award papers and their authors will be published in coming issues of this journal.
Special Issues of selected Congress papers will be published. At the congress a “Kybernetes desk” was opened and information about the journal and its coming regular and special issues was made available.
The highlight of the event was the presentations made to our hosts and the Norbert Wiener Memorial Gold Medal ceremony to the Director-General of World Organisation of Systems and Cybernetics (WOSC) Dr Alex M. Andrew/full details of the presentations will be included in our next issues together with profiles of the recipients together with the award citations.
Professor J. Rose – memorial issues and ceremony
The special double issues compiled “in memoriam” for Professor Rose the founder Editor of Kybernetes and of the WOSC will be published in Kybernetes Volume 38 Nos 1/2, 2009.The Editorial team responsible for compiling the issues would wish to thank all those who have contributed to this tribute to Dr Rose. Late contributions to the issues will be considered for publication either in the special issues or in later copies of the journal. Please contact the editorial team or send the contribution to the Kybernetes Editorial Office.
A memorial ceremony was held at St Annes-on-Sea, Lancashire, UK on the 15 June 2008 in honour of Professor Rose.
Emerald Group Publishing, the Editorial Team and the Editorial Advisory Board were represented by Professor Wolf Pearlman of the Faculty of Architecture and Town Planning, Technion Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa. The gathering of family and friends was addressed by one of Dr Rose’s sons, Dr Paul Rose (University of Pennsylvania, USA).
Norbert Wiener Institute of Systems and Cybernetics
The Institute was represented at the 14th WOSC Congress and discussions took place concerning its future role. It works closely with the Editorial team of Kybernetes, the selected official journal of WOSC. Advice is given concerning research and development studies and papers are published in academic journals. Authors and other contributors to this journal and to WOSC meetings and conferences are encouraged to publish their researches and to contribute to the future development of the global cybernetics and systems community. A group of advisors for specific fields in our multidisciplinary field of systems and cybernetics is being formed initially in an informal manner. It is hoped that a list of Professorial Advisors to the Institute will be complied.
Notices in brief
Literati Awards Vol. 36 Nos 1-10, 2007
Recipients, of the Kybernetes Awards for excellence for papers published in Volume 36 will be notified by Emerald’s Literati Club. Details of the award winning contributions will also be made available.
Special issues and features for Kybernetes 2009
Special issues are being compiled for publication in Vol. 38 Nos 1-10, 2009, they include:
modeling and analysis of uncertain systems-parts;
models and mathematical methods-applications in biology and industry;
multidisciplinary approaches to information systems;
14th Congress of WOSC-Selected papers and the Award Winning contributions; and
Preparations are also in hand for other special features and issues on a range of important topics. Readers are asked to contact the Editor-in-Chief or members of the Editorial Advisory Board about any subject or topic they believe should be included in our programme for Volumes 38/39.
It should be noted that copies of special issues can be made available. Details may be obtained from the publishers – contact information inside front cover of this copy, also at Emerald’s new online shop: http://shop.emeraldinsight.com.
Conferences, seminars and meetings
Participation in 2008
Members of the Editorial Team and of the Editorial Advisory Board have attended and represented Kybernetes at a large number of conferences, seminars and other meetings worldwide. Reports of these events have been published in the Volume 37 and others will appear in the coming issues of 2009.
The conferences where representation or journal marketing information has been on display have been listed in the Announcements and Special Announcements sections of our current volume. Reports of these events from both organizers and participants will be considered for publication in this journal.
Professor B.H. Rudall et al. have represented the journal in the past three months at the Mathematics 2008 conference in London’s Staple Inn Hall, High Holborn, UK and at the Royal Society for an IMA Presidential reception and lectures ( June 2008).
Dr Alex M. Andrew has represented Kybernetes at WOSC discussions and with Professor Rudall will attend the 15th WOSC Congress with other journal EAB members (September 2008). Professor Ranulph Granville, a member of the EAB has once again been appointed the President of the American Cybernetics Society and will participate in their activities that cover the conference period for 2008/2009. Other members of the EAB will also attend these events.
Kybernetes was also represented at the 52nd Annual Meeting of the International Society for Systems Sciences held at the University of Wisconsin, USA (July 2008). The title of the conference was “Systems that make a difference” borrowed from Gregory Bateson’s definition of information as a “difference that makes a difference”. The organisers raised the question:
for systems researchers and practitioners the question to be asked is – what difference are we making?
Some of the answers to that question were suggested in the special issues:
The beginning of a new epistemology: in memoriam, Gregory Bateson (1904-1980)”, Kybernetes, Vol. 36 Nos 7/6, 2007, pp. 844-1142. The Society also made the challenge to participants which will be of much interest to readers:
The modern systems movement draws upon a rich tradition developed by some of the best and brightest minds of the 20th and 21st centuries. Systems and cybernetic concepts have filtered into much of the scientific literature of the past five decades, and the common media of today is infused with systems-inspired words such as feedback, input/output, regulation, and interdependence. And yet, the systems tradition itself appears to remain largely invisible as an actionable, practical body of knowledge to many of the scientists, academics, politicians and businesspeople who are making the decisions that deeply impact our collective social, economic, and ecological future. The low profile of systems thinking as a discipline among the influential leaders of our time represents a crucial opportunity for the systems community to make a difference in the world in ways that may matter most. The questions naturally arise:
How can we as a community make systems concepts more accessible to decision makers and researchers in the larger global community?
How can members of the systems community apply the existing, rich knowledge base of systems concepts and methodologies toward making a positive, sustainable difference within our own spheres of influence?
A report of the conference should be published in Vol. 38, 2009.