European Meetings on Cybernetics and Systems Research


Since 1972, the European Meetings on Cybernetics and Systems Research (EMCSR) have been held in Austria every two years. They were organised by the Austrian Society for Cybernetic Studies (OSGK) founded in 1969 (which established a special institution, the Austrian Research Institute for Artificial Intelligence (OFAI), in 1984), in cooperation with organisations such as the Department of Medical Cybernetics and Artificial Intelligence, University of Vienna, and the International Federation for Systems Research (IFSR).

The upcoming meetings will be organised by the Bertalanffy Center for the Study of Systems Science (BCSSS) in cooperation with the Austrian Computer Society (OCG) and a number of other organisations in the field.

Their main focus will be on the self-understanding of the field, in particular, on

(1) illuminating the underlying assumptions that make approaches distinct from each other or are shared by them while

(2) questioning the impact on society.

The meeting is open to any researcher in the field, be it systems biology or information systems, complex adaptive systems or sociocybernetics, evolutionary economics or ecosystems research, systems philosophy or constructivism, self-organisation or cognitive science, network theory or artificial intelligence or any other specialisation that is rooted in cybernetics, systems theory or complexity theory.

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