Current ASC Officers

Article 6 of the ASC By-Laws provides for a set of officers comprising the ASC Executive Board, and Article 7 provides for one or more Ombudspersons. Your current ASC officers and ombudsperson are:

President: Michael Lissack

Michael Lissack

Michael Lissack

Michael Lissack is the executive director of the Institute for the Study of Coherence and Emergence (ISCE), the ISCE Professor of Meaning in Organizations, the first Walter J. Hickel Professor at Alaska Pacific University, and a serial entrepreneur. He founded both a non-profit research institute and a charity for artists, launched an international PhD program in corporate anthropology, has written half dozen books, been a successful Wall Street banker, and a candidate for public office. Dr. Lissack has taught at a number of academic institutions in the US and Europe, run nine international conferences on the topics of complexity, management, health care, entanglement and ethics and founded a successful academic journal (E:CO). Worth Magazine recognized Dr. Lissack as one of “Wall Street’s 25 Smartest Players” in 1999 and as one of the 100 Americans who have most influenced “how we think about money” in 2001. His most recent invention is an Internet research reference librarian replacement can be found at http://epi-search.com. His most recent academic work can be found at http://epi-thinking.org. Email Contact

Vice President: Timothy Jachna

Timothy Jachna

Timothy Jachna

Timothy Jachna is an academic in design, architecture and urbanism, holding degrees from the University of Illinois at Chicago (BArch), the Architectural Association in London (AADipl) and RMIT University in Melbourne (PhD). He is currently Professor and Associate Dean (Academic Programmes) at the School of Design of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, where he is also Leader of the Master of Design (MDes) in Urban Environments Design, Co-leader of the Urban Environments Research Lab and Leader of the Research Group on Sustainable Urban Design. He has previously practiced as an architect, planner and urban designer in the USA, Greece and Germany, where he was Design Director of an architecture and urban design firm in Berlin during the post-Reunification metamorphosis of the city in the 1990s. In his research, Tim applies cybernetic principles to understand the processes by which the built environment is created, sustained, modified and experienced, and to project possible futures for more participatory, evolutionary, conversation-driven approaches to the design of urban environments, particularly within the rapidly changing context of contemporary urban China. Email Contact

Vice President for Membership: Christiane (Candy) M. Herr

Christiane M. Herr

Christiane M. Herr

Christiane M. Herr is an architectural researcher and educator focusing on the areas of structural design, innovative structural design education, digitally supported design, conceptual design, design studio teaching and traditional Chinese approaches to creative thinking. Christiane currently is an Associate Professor at Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University’s Department of Architecture. In her Ph.D work at The University of Hong Kong, Christiane explored cellular automata as a means to establish architectural design support, which led to her strong interest in diagrams and designerly ways of seeing. In her recent research, Christiane has focused primarily on innovative approaches to structural design education in architecture. Her research focus in structural design emphasizes structural design pedagogy as well as research into qualitative aspects of structural design processes. Christiane’s approach to education for creativity relies strongly on second-order cybernetics and radical constructivism. In her research work, Christiane focuses on the integration of designerly and scientific modes of inquiry through empirical, grounded, and action research approaches. Christiane is a member of conference organizing and review committees for the American Society for Cybernetics (ASC) and the Association for Computer-Aided Design Research in Asia (CAADRIA) and executive board member in both societies. In addition, she is a member of peer review committees of various journals and conferences. Email Contact

Secretary: Robert Martin

Robert J. Martin

Robert J. Martin

Robert J. Martin is a composer, licensed psychologist, and Professor Emeritus at Truman State University, Kirksville, Missouri. He completed a doctorate in Educational Psychology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, completing an interdisciplinary thesis under Heinz von Foerster and Herbert Brun. He has published two books with Prentice-Hall, the first on teaching, the second on communication skills. For many years he maintained a private practice as psychotherapist, working with children, adults, and families, schools, and prison. A long-term member of the American Society of Cybernetics, he previously served on the ASC Executive Committee for two terms. Since retiring from teaching in 2013, he has turned his attention to composition and recently completed a cycle of string solos, duets, and quartets on the topic of wind energy and wind machines. Email Contact

Treasurer: Art Collings

Art Collings

Art Collings

I was raised in southern New Jersey and later Annapolis, Maryland, and earned a BA from in Mathematics from Colgate 1981, and a Masters in Sustainable Landscape Design and Planning at the Conway School (Conway, MA) in 1995. I’ve lived in New York’s Hudson Valley since 1996, when I began working at Dutchess Land Conservancy, a private non-profit conservation land trust in Millbrook NY. Most of my work centers on the use Geographic Information Systems (which represents the linking of digital maps with databases). Since 1996 my team of colleagues and I have acquired conservation interests on about 30,000 acres of land (mostly donated conservation easements), and I’ve directly or indirectly written grant applications for more than $25 million to buy the development rights on working farms. I live in the small Town of Red Hook, home of Bard College, and my non-work interests include bicycling and conducting ongoing research in mathematical logic. Email Contact

Vice President for Electronic Publications: Thomas Fischer

Thomas Fischer

Thomas Fischer

Thomas Fischer is the Director of the Design Research Institute at Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University in Suzhou, China, where he works as an Associate Professor, teaching Architecture as well as Industrial Design. Thomas is a Fellow of the Design Research Society and received the American Society for Cybernetics’ Warren McCulloch Award in 2011. Thomas holds a PhD in Education from the University of Kassel in Germany and one in Architecture and Design from RMIT University in Australia. Thomas previously researched and taught at the School of Design at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University as an Assistant Professor and as the Discipline Leader of Product and Industrial Design. He was a Visiting Associate Professor at the College of Planning and Design at National Cheng Kung University in Taiwan from early 2010 to mid-2011. Thomas’ research is focused on computer-aided architectural design, on cybernetics as well as on design education in China and in Sino-foreign contexts. Email Contact

Past President: Louis Kauffman

Louis Kauffman

Louis Kauffman

Louis H. Kauffman has a B.S. in mathematics from MIT and a PhD in mathematics from Princeton University. He is Professor of Mathematics at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Kauffman works on topology, knot theory, quantum topology, form and cybernetics. He is the founding editor and editor in- chief of the Journal of Knot Theory and Its Ramifications and the editor of the book series on Knots and Everything. He is the author of the column Virtual Logic for the journal Cybernetics and Human Knowing. Kauffman is the author of numerous books and papers on knot theory and is well known for his discovery of the bracket state sum model of the Jones polynomial and for his discovery of a generalization of the Jones polynomial called the Kauffman polynomial, for his discovery of virtual knot theory and other topological structures. He is the recipient of the 1993 Warren McCulloch award of the American Society for Cybernetics and the 1996 award of the Alternative Natural Philosophy Association for his work on discrete non-commutative electromagnetism. He was president of the American Society for Cybernetics from 2005 to 2008. Kauffman plays the clarinet in the Chicago-based ChickenFat Klezmer Orchestra.

Past Presidents of the ASC

  • 1964-1966: Paul Henshaw
  • 1967-1968: Warren McCulloch
  • 1969: Lawrence Fogel
  • 1970-1971: Carl Hammer
  • 1972-1974: Roy Hermann
  • 1975: Herbert Robinson
  • 1976-1977: Mark Ozer
  • 1978-1979: Barry Clemson
  • 1980-1982: Stuart Umpleby
  • 1983-1984: Bill Reckmeyer
  • 1984-1985: Jon Cunnyngham
  • 1986-1988: Laurence Richards
  • 1989-1991: Fred Steier
  • 1992-1993: Rodney Donaldson
  • 1994-1998: Frank Galuszka
  • 1999-2001: Pille Bunnell
  • 2002 – 2004: Allenna Leonard
  • 2005 – 2008: Louis Kauffman
  • 2009 – 2014: Ranulph Glanville

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