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ABOUT THESE LINKS   These links lead to cybernetics research centers and institutes worldwide.

This webpage is dedicated to titled institutes and research centers (as opposed to, e.g., professional societies or academic departments).



    New England Complex Systems Institute

"The New England Complex Systems Institute (NECSI) is an independent educational and research institution dedicated to advancing the study of complex systems."

    Research Program in Social and Organizational Learning
The George Washington University
Washington DC

"The Research Program in Social and Organizational Learning is located in the School of Business and Public Management at The George Washington University. The program focuses on the interaction between ideas and society and the design of ideas as a way of transforming organizations and societies."

    Ackoff Center for Advancement of Systems Approaches

University of Pennsylvania

In July 2000, the School of Engineering and Applied Science of the University of Pennsylvania announced the creation of the Ackoff Center for Advancement of Systems Approaches (ACASA). Named for Dr. Russell Ackoff, the center operates as a think tank in the vanguard of systems approaches. Its mission is to conduct theoretical and applied research, education and service to industry, government and education, using systems sciences and systems thinking as global knowledge and competency resources.

    Advanced Design Institute,
Fairfax CA

"The Advanced Design Institute is based on the belief that design is "world" creation, that everyone engages in design all the time and that it is the oldest form of human inquiry giving rise to everything from cosmologies to tools."

    Semiosis Evolution Energy Virtual Research Institute,
Toronto, Canada
    UCLA Biocybernetics Laboratory

Biocybernetics Laboratory at the University of California, Los Angeles, founded in 1966 by Prof. J. J. DiStefano, III (Los Angeles, Ca., USA).

    Santa Fe Institute

"The Santa Fe Institute is a private, non-profit, multidisciplinary research and education center, founded in 1984. Since its founding SFI has devoted itself to creating a new kind of scientific research community, pursuing emerging science.

Operating as a small, visiting institution, SFI seeks to catalyze new collaborative, multidisciplinary projects that break down the barriers between the traditional disciplines, to spread its ideas and methodologies to other individuals and encourage the practical applications of its results."

    The Ilya Prigogine Center for Studies in Statistical Mechanics and Complex Systems

University of Texas, Austin

For many years, the research at the Ilya Prigogine Center has been regarded as among the finest and most advanced in the world, particularly in the field of theoretical and computational dynamics. The wide umbrella of research topics at the center includes quantum and classical statistical mechanics, many-body dynamics, and thermodynamics. In addition, the Center is regarded worldwide as one of the most important research facilities for study of chaotic motion, in physical, biological, and economic systems.

One of the important objectives of the research at the Center is the study of nonequilibrium processes and a fundamental understanding of the irreversible flow of time. The research into irreversible systems is lead by Ilya Prigogine (pictured above), the 1977 winner of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry, whose work has been been regarded as the among the most influential on this topic for many decades. Dr. Prigogine's thoughts on the role of time in physics have lead the way for a generation of research into complex systems.


Instituto de Formación Matríztica

Humberto Maturana is a co-founder (with Ximena Davila) of Instituto de Formación Matríztica in Chile. This institute provides information and courses on the biology of cognition / biology of love.

Instituto de Formación Matríztica
Derechos Reservados 2000
Las Urbinas 87, of. 16
Providencia, Chile
Tel:(56 2)2323588
Fax:(56 2)2331168
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Austrian Research Institute for Artificial Intelligence,
Vienna, Austria
    Cognitive Science,
University of Exeter
    International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis,
Laxenburg, Austria
    Medical Cybernetics,
University of Munich, Germany
    Norbert Wiener Institute of Systems and Cybernetics

"The Norbert Wiener Institute is active in over fifty nations worldwide. Since its foundation in 1969, and subsequently as a result of its reorganisation at the New York (1990) and the New Delhi (1993) WOSC Congresses, it has been involved in the researches of over 1000 scientists."

    PolyContextural Logic Web Site (Home Page of Polycontextural Logic Group)
    Principia Cybernetica Project,
Free University of Brussels, Belgium
    Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics

The Institute in Tübingen (Germany) Is Centered on the Acquisition and Processing of Visual Information in the Nervous System.

    University of Bradford - Department of Cybernetics

Cybernetics in Bradford is Centered in Control, Robotics and Artificial Intelligence. Cybernetics has an Active Research Programme Mapping out Future Developments and Applications of the New Revolution (UK).

    Cybernetics - Reading University

Department of Cybernetics, University of Reading, UK.

    Instrumentation & Signal Processing Research Group

Working group at the Department of Cybernetics, University of Reading, UK, directed towards the development and use of instrumentation and techniques for the acquisition and processing of information from both natural and man-made signal sources.

    Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche: Istituto di Cibernetica

Institute of Cybernetics, Italian National Research Council.

    Biological Cybernetics / Theoretical Biology at the University of Bielefeld, Germany

The Department for Biological Cybernetics at the University of Bielefeld, Germany, has a research focus on movement control in animals and humans.

    Glushkov Institute of Cybernetics

GIC, Kyiv, Ukraine. Information on History, Research and Publikations.

    The Research Committee on Sociocybernetics

Universidad de Zaragoza, Spain.

    Laboratory of Biocybernetics

Faculty of Electrical Engineering, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia.

    Department of Cybernetics, Czech Technical University in Prague

Research is conducted in two centers: (a) Gerstner Laboratory for Intelligent Decision Making Knowledge Based Systems, Multi-Agent Sytems, Machine Learning, Mobile Robotics and (b) the Center for Machine Perception Computer Vision, Image Processing, Pattern Recognition.

    Experimental and Computational Neurosciences

ECN is a multidisciplinary group Working at the Institute of Cybernetics of Italian CNR in the field of Neurosciences. The main topics include: Computer simulation of synaptic transmission; Neural Network; Parallel computation; Immuno-histochemistry of brain.

    Institute of Engineering Cybernetics

Wroclaw University of Technology, Poland.

    Istituto di Cibernetica a Biofisica

Institute of Cybernetics and Biophysics, University of Genoa, Italy.

    Institute of Cybernetics

Estonian Academy of Sciences.

    Institute for Systems Science

Located at the University of Linz, Austria. Teaching and research resources.

    vordenker webforum

Web Forum for Innovative Approaches in Sciences, Economy and Culture with Emphasis on Cybernetics and Systems Science (Germany).

    Department of Cybernetics and Artificial Intelligence

Technical University of Kosice, Slovakia.

    Institut für Kybernetik und Systemtheorie Dortmund

A Research Institute as well as a Granting and Promoting Association for Cybernetics in Science and Education (English - German).

    Institute for Communications Engineering, Technical University of Munich

Institute Specialized in Communication Theory and Application, Image Processing and Pattern Recognition (München, Bavaria, F. R. Germany).

    University of Paderborn: Institut für Kybernetik

The Institute for Cybernetics at the University of Paderborn, Germany with Three Divisions for Educational Cybernetics, Language Cybernetics and Educational Informatics.

    Interactive Systems Research Group

The unifying theme to the research conducted in this working group at the Department of Cybernetics, University of Reading, UK, is the study of systems that require 'humans-in-the-loop'.

    Jagiellonian University - Medical College - Department of Biocybernetics

Cracow, Poland

    Cybernetic Intelligence Research Group

Working group at the department of Cybernetics, University of Reading, UK, engaged in the study of intelligence and its application.

    Institutt for teknisk kybernetikk

Institute for Technical Cybernetics, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim (Norway).

    Institute for Medical and Biological Cybernetics

Institute for Medical & Biological Cybernetics, Novosibirsk and Siberian Branch of Russian Academy of Medical Sciences, Russian Federation.


    Neuro Cybernetics Laboratory

Laboratory of Neuro-Cybernetics, Research Group of Biomedical Information Engineering, Division of Systems and Information Engineering, Graduate School, Hokkaido University, Sapporo, Japan.


    Bacterial Cybernetics Group

Working group investigating the organizational principles of bacterial growth and colony formation (Tel Aviv University, Israel).

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