- American Society for Cybernetics
Non-profit_name = American Society for Cybernetics (ASC)
Non-profit_type = Professional Organization
Washington DC, USA
Louis H. Kauffman(current president)
area_served = USA
method = Conferences, Publications, Website.
homepage = [http://www.asc-cybernetics.org/ homepage]
The American Society for Cybernetics (ASC) is an organization for interdisciplinary collaboration and synthesis of
The American Society for Cybernetics aims to encourage the advancement of
cyberneticsas a science. It seeks to support the development of cybernetics research methods and techniques, that improve the manageability of complex systems. And it seeks to support the application of cybernetics towards improving the condition of man and the social use of communicationand information processing technology. [ [http://www.asc-cybernetics.org/organization/constitution.htm ASC CONSTITUTION] . Retrieved 8 June 2008.]
The Society holds an annual conference, conducts seminars on the fundamentals of cybernetics, manages a listserve, and maintains contacts with cyberneticians in other countries. Since 1995, the home office for the ASC has been in the Research Program for Social and Organizational Learning at The
George Washington University.
The American Society for Cybernetics is a member of the
International Federation for Systems Researchand is associated with the Principia CyberneticaProject.
The American Society for Cybernetics was founded in 1964 by a group of people in
Washington, DCwho were interested in the then new field of cybernetics. The founding members of the Society wanted to encourage the development of this interdisciplinary field.
On July 31, 1964 the American Society for Cybernetics was incorporated in the District of Columbia for the purposes of fostering development of the discipline, anticipating the impact of cybernetics, and providing current information on cybernetics.
Paul S. Henshawpresided as chairman.
As a result of his work in organizing the
Macy conferences, Warren McCullochbecame the first elected president of the ASC. Heinz von Foerster, who was co-editor with Margaret Meadof the proceedings of the Macy meetings, served as chairman of the Board of Directors of the ASC for a number of years. [ [http://www.asc-cybernetics.org/organization/history.htm HISTORY OF THE ASC] . Retrieved 8 June 2008.]
* 2002-2004 Allenna Leonard
* 1999-2001 Pille Bunnell
* 1994-1998 Frank Galuszka
* 1992-1993 Rodney Donaldson
* 1989-1991 Fred Steier
* 1986-1988 Laurence Richards
* 1984-1985 Jon Cunnyngham
* 1983-1984 Bill Reckmeyer
* 1978-1979 Barry Clemson
* 1976-1977 Mark Ozer
* 1975-1976 Herbert Robinson
* 1972-1974 Roy Hermann
* 1970-1971 Carl Hammer
Lawrence J. Fogel
* 1964-1966 Paul Henshaw
ASC Glossary on Cybernetics and Systems Theory
Under the supervision of
Stuart Umplebyand Jixuan Hu the Soceity developed a Glossary on Cyberneticsand Systems Theory. This glossary was compiled as a working document using several sources. [ [http://pespmc1.vub.ac.be/ASC/ASCGloss.html ASC Glossary] . Retrieved 8 June 2008.] The glossary is published online by the Principia CyberneticaWeb.
Disciplinary Matrices in Cybernetics and Systems Science
The disciplinary matrix in Cybernetics and Systems Science is an overview of systems scientists, their symbolic generalizations; beliefs, models, and analogies; values; exemplars; techniques; and guiding questions. [ [http://www.gwu.edu/~asc/people/dpmatrix.html Disciplinary Matrices in Cybernetics and Systems Science] . Retrieved 8 June 2008.]
The matrix is based on an idea proposed by
Thomas Kuhnin the 1970 edition of "The Structure of Scientific Revolutions". Kuhn proposed, that a scientific theory or a "disciplinary matrix" consists of symbolic generalizations, beliefs or models, values, and exemplars. [ [http://www.gwu.edu/~asc/people/dpmatrix.html Disciplinary Matrices in Cybernetics and Systems Science] . Retrieved 8 June 2008.]
Wiener and McCulloch awards
The "Wiener Medal in Cybernetics" is an annual award by the
American Society for Cybernetics. It was originally established to recognize outstanding achievements or contributions in the field of cybernetics. [http://www.asc-cybernetics.org/organization/awards.htm ASC Awards] . Retrieved 8 June 2008.]
Up until 2005, the McCulloch Award was a plaque, typically given to recognize significant applications of cybernetics. Effective with late 2005, the McCulloch Award has been redefined to recognize achievements and contributions from younger scholars and researchers working in cybernetics or with applications of cybernetics.
Recipients of the Wiener and McCulloch awards:
Robert C. Wood
Stuart A. Kauffman
Heinz von Foerster
Ernst von Glasersfeld
* 2007: Pille Bunnell
* 2007: Laurence Richards
* 2008: Ricardo Uribe
* 2008: Richard Jung
* 2008: Lars Löfgren
* 2008: Søren Brier
* 2008: Alexander Riegler
* [http://www.asc-cybernetics.org/ ASC website]
* [http://www.asc-cybernetics.org/foundations/ASCGlossary.htm The ASC Glossary of Cybernetics] by the American Society for Cybernetics
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