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American Society for Cybernetics (ASC)
2005 Conference

Co-Sponsored with:
The Department of Management Science
George Washington University
 
The UK Systems Society (UKSS)

 
The George Washington University
Washington, D.C.
 
OCTOBER 27 - 30, 2005
 

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The Many Interpretations and Applications
of
Cybernetics

We are pleased to announce there will be an ASC conference in 2005!
 
The American Society for Cybernetics (ASC), in association with the Department of Management Science, George Washington University, will be sponsoring a conference on the many ways cybernetics has come to be interpreted and employed in its first half-century.


2005 CONFERENCE STAFF


   
ORGANIZING COMMITTEE:
  • Stuart Umpleby
  • Allenna Leonard
  • Pille Bunnell
  • Jerry Chandler
  • Edward Cherian
  • Jixuan Hu
  • Raj Kanungo
  • Klaus Krippendorff
  • Andrea Maloney-Schara
  • Bill Reckmeyer
  • Alexander Riegler
  • Larry Richards
  • Fred Steier

STAFF:
  • Wafa Abou-Zaki
  • Samuel Kim
  • Daniel Le

 


WHO TO CONTACT (for information about the conference)


POINT OF CONTACT:  
For planning purposes we would appreciate early notification of your intent to attend.
 
If you intend to attend, or have any questions, please contact the Conference Coordinator:

Stuart Umpleby    SEND EMAIL
 



THEME for the Conference


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  The Many Interpretations and Applications of Cybernetics


Are YOU a Cybernetician?...

Many people have been, knowingly or unknowingly, using ideas, models and tools from the transdisciplinary science of cybernetics, such as:

  • circular causality
  • feedback
  • systems and boundaries
  • constructivism
  • multiple realities or perspectives
  • dynamic simulations
  • activities that build upon the possibilities and limitations of human and other information processing capabilities.

At our 2005 Conference we will seek to illustrate and explore this diversity within our focal discipline.
 



FOR MORE DETAILS:  

Please check back at this location as time goes on. We shall be posting more details on programs, itinerary, and speakers as they become available.
 



FORMAT for the Conference Activities


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The 2005 ASC Conference program makes allowance for a variety of contributions, such as:

  • papers
  • presentations
  • workshops
  • panels

 



 
VENUE
for Conference Events

 
 
The tutorial, reception and movie on Thursday will be in the State Plaza Hotel, 2117 E Street, NW Washington, D.C.

All other events (Friday, Saturday, Sunday) will be at the GWU Mt. Vernon Campus, 2100 Foxhall Road.

One can take a 10 minute shuttle bus, that runs every 10 minutes, from the main GWU campus, very near the Foggy Bottom Metro Station. This is the only way to get there, unless one drives. There is no public transportation in the area.
 



CONTRIBUTION DEADLINES AND REQUIREMENTS...

 
LAST UPDATED:

26 October 2005
 

 
Completed papers (or other relevant documentation, as applicable) will be due by 25 September 2005.
NOTE: FORMATTING INSTRUCTIONS FOR 2005 CONFERENCE PAPERS ARE AT:

http://www.asc-cybernetics.org/2005/05formatspecs.htm
 



PROGRAMME AND ITINERARY


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The latest edition of the 2005 Conference programme can be accessed at:

www.gwu.edu/~rpsol/asc_conf.html



This conference will bring together people who have made noteworthy contributions to the cybernetics and systems science in recent years. All of the various branches of cybernetics, including engineering cybernetics, biological cybernetics, management cybernetics, and social cybernetics will be represented. Here are some highlights...

  • Takeshi Utsumi, who has been working for many years to bring the benefits of computer-based communications to developing countries will describe his work on creating a global university system.
     
  • Eric Dent will explain his increasingly widely referred to study of what the various fields of systems science have in common and what obstacles have prevented their further integration.
     
  • Stuart Umpleby will review reflexive theories, focusing on the work of George Soros, which provides a link between second order cybernetics and the fields of economics, finance, and political science.
     
  • Russell Ackoff, who has made well-known contributions to the field of strategic management, will discuss types of systems, models of them, and their implications.
     
  • Klaus Krippendorff, Bateson professor at the Annenberg School of Communication of the University of Pennsylvania, will discuss language and philosophy.
     
  • Anthropologist Mary Catherine Bateson will describe how longer life expectancies are affecting cultural transmission.
     
  • Karl Mueller, director of a social science data archive in Vienna, Austria, will describe recent developments in meta-analysis and how this work is leading to a second-order science.
     
  • Ranulph Glanville from the UK and Australia will describe how second order theories are particularly appropriate for activities involving design, such as architecture.
     
  • John Warfield, who once worked on redesigning the hugely complicated Defense acquisitions system, will review many centuries of thought about thought and reflect on his decades of experience designing and managing very complex systems.

In addition ...

  • ...there will be four panel sessions on the philosophy of radical constructivism, two panels on the epistemological implications of quantum theory, and several panels on management methods, information systems, and e-commerce.
     
  • ...there will be a workshop on open source approaches to innovation and an evening event by the Performers Workshop Ensemble.
     
  • ...and the meeting will end with an afternoon participatory strategic planning exercise both to illustrate a particular approach to group facilitation and to chart the future direction of the Society.


The latest edition of the 2005 Conference programme can be accessed at:

www.gwu.edu/~rpsol/asc_conf.html
 




 
VENUE
for Conference Events

 
 
The tutorial, reception and movie on Thursday will be in the State Plaza Hotel, 2117 E Street, NW Washington, D.C.

All other events (Friday, Saturday, Sunday) will be at the GWU Mt. Vernon Campus, 2100 Foxhall Road.

One can take a 10 minute shuttle bus, that runs every 10 minutes, from the main GWU campus, very near the Foggy Bottom Metro Station. This is the only way to get there, unless one drives. There is no public transportation in the area.
 



TRAVEL: Information on Getting To and Getting Around Washington DC


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  Please make your own travel arrangements.



 
VENUE
for Conference Events

 
 
The tutorial, reception and movie on Thursday will be in the State Plaza Hotel, 2117 E Street, NW Washington, D.C.

All other events (Friday, Saturday, Sunday) will be at the GWU Mt. Vernon Campus, 2100 Foxhall Road.

One can take a 10 minute shuttle bus, that runs every 10 minutes, from the main GWU campus, very near the Foggy Bottom Metro Station. This is the only way to get there, unless one drives. There is no public transportation in the area.
 



ACCOMMODATIONS: Where to Stay While Visiting Washington DC


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LAST UPDATED:

26 October 2005
 

  The ASC Conference, October 27-30, 2005, is taking place at the same time as the Marine Corps Marathon and the end of the annual World Bank-IMF Conference. One hundred thousand runners and their supporters are expected to be in DC the last weekend of October. This means that the demand for hotel rooms is very high in Washington D.C. and the surrounding area.

Some of the hotels within walking distance of the George Washington University campus and hotels located on Metro lines are already fully booked.

The State Plaza Hotel has agreed to a discounted rate of $139.00 (continental breakfast included, 7 9 a.m.) . This hotel is two blocks from the Marvin Center where the conference will take place.

A 14.5% tax is added to these prices.

The contact information for the State Plaza Hotel is as follows:

State Plaza Hotel
2117 E Street, NW
Washington, D.C. 20037
1-800-424-2859
(202) 861-8200
http://www.stateplaza.com

Be sure to give the ASC conference reservation number: 8214

We strongly recommend that ASC Conference attendees make their reservations as soon as possible in order to guarantee the discounted rate. If the reservations are not received by September 27 we lose the reserved rooms at the discounted rate. If you miss the deadline, your hotel room will be more expensive.

Other hotels that work with the University give a discounted rate of $159, down from about $230. The list of such hotels offering special GWU rates can be found at:

http://www.gwu.edu/~alumni/cw/hotels/

(NOTE: Colonials Weekend is not our weekend).


You may also check the following websites for general hotel information:
NOTE: For students,free-lancers and others on a tight budget - there are multiple hostels in the DC metropolitan area. Reservation, payment, and acceptance requirements may vary among locations. The following websites are recommended as starting places for exploring hostel alternatives:



REGISTRATION & FEES


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Early registration (by 26 October 2005) is STRONGLY recommended.
 
On-site registration will be available.
 
TO REGISTER FOR THE 2005 ASC CONFERENCE:

Go to this URL (Sporg.com) and complete the online registration and payment procedure:

http://www.sporg.com/registration?org_id=2889




FEES:
THE
'BOTTOM LINE'

 
LAST UPDATED:

26 October 2005
 

 

American Society for Cybernetics
2005 Conference
Fee Structure

 
CATEGORY APPLICABLE FEE(S) FEE AMOUNT
ASC Members
(Full/Waged)
Conference fee only
Early Registration
(by 15 Sept.)
US$ 300.00
ASC Members
(Full/Waged)
Conference fee only
Late Registration
(after 15 Sept.)
US$ 350.00
Students/Unwaged
Conference fee only
Early Registration
(by 15 Sept.)
US$ 125.00
Student/Unwaged Conference fee only
Late Registration
(after 15 Sept.)
US$ 175.00
Non-Members
(Regular/Waged)
Conference fee plus ASC membership for the remainder of 2005
Early Registration
(by 15 Sept.)
US$ 380.00*
Non-Members
(Regular/Waged)
Conference fee plus ASC membership for the remainder of 2005
Late Registration
(after 15 Sept.)
US$ 430.00*
ALL
Day rate for individual days' attendance
US$ 125.00
per day
Full Time Students Pre-conference Thursday workshop with Pille Bunnell
Title: Cybernetics and Biology
US$ 10.00
Full Time Students Pre-conference Thursday workshop with Larry Richards
Title: Cybernetics and Society
US$ 10.00
ALL
(Other than Full-Time Students)
Pre-conference Thursday workshop with Pille Bunnell
Title: Cybernetics and Biology
US$ 100.00
ALL
(Other than Full-Time Students)
Pre-conference Thursday workshop with Larry Richards
Title: Cybernetics and Society
US$ 100.00

* NOTES:

  • Non-members' Conference fee payment includes membership in the ASC for the remainder of the calendar year 2005.
     
  • Membership in the ASC includes a subscription to the newsletter Patterns for the calendar year of membership.
     
  • SPECIAL DEAL: Register at Sporg.com for 2006 membership and you qualify for the member registration fees for the 2005 Conference. Your dollar amount is the same, but you receive a full year's (2006) membership in ASC rather than membership for the remainder of 2005. This includes membership benefits such as the Patterns newsletter, access to the online ASC member forum, etc..

 


REGISTRATION FORM


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  This year ASC's conference registration procedure will be different than in years past. This is because we can now utilize ASC's online registration capabilities through Sporg.com.

TO REGISTER FOR THE 2005 ASC CONFERENCE:

Go to this URL (Sporg.com) and complete the online registration and payment procedure:

http://www.sporg.com/registration?org_id=2889
 



  You should direct conference inquiries to:

Conference Coordinator Stuart Umpleby.
 

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