American Society for Cybernetics
The American Society for Cybernetics (ASC) is an American non-profit scholastic organization for the advancement of cybernetics as a science , a discipline, a meta-discipline and the promotion of cybernetics as basis for an interdisciplinary discourse. The society does this by developing and applying cybernetics’ concepts which are presented and published via its conferences and peer-reviewed publications. As a meta-discipline, it creates bridges between disciplines, philosophies, sciences, and arts. The ASC is a full member of the International Federation for Systems Research (IFSR).
|Founders||John J. Ford (CIA), Paul S. Henshaw (AEC), Douglas E. Knight (IBM), Robert Livingston (scientist), Donald N. Michael, William C. Moore (lawyer), and Walter N. Munster.|
|Method||Conferences, Publications, Website.|
|Paul Pangaro (current president)|
In order to do so it holds conferences and seminars, and maintains contacts with cyberneticians and organizations for cybernetics in other countries. Further activities of the ASC are:
- ASC Glossary on Cybernetics and Systems Theory
- Disciplinary Matrices in Cybernetics and Systems Science
- Wiener and McCulloch awards
The American Society for Cybernetics was founded in 1964 in Washington, DC to encourage new developments in cybernetics as an interdisciplinary field with Warren McCulloch as first elected president of the ASC. In the 1980s ASC became a member of the International Federation for Systems Research, and begin 1990s supported the Principia Cybernetica Project. Since 1995 the home office for the ASC is located at the George Washington University.
The ASC has been maintaining an editorial column in the interdisciplinary Cybernetics and Human Knowing Journal since its first issue in 1992. Rodney Donaldson was the first ASC president to write for the column.
Annual Cybernetics SymposiaEdit
First Annual Cybernetics SymposiumEdit
The First Annual Cybernetics Symposium of the ASC was held on 26-7 October, 1967 at the National Bureau of Standards, Gaithersburg, Maryland. The theme was "Purposive Systems: The Edge of Knowledge." The following people made presentations:
- Saul Amarel: "Problems of representation in artificial intelligence"
- Nikolai Amosov: "Simulation of thinking processes"
- Herbert Anschütz: "Prospects for the development of the psychocybernetics of intelligent behavior"
- Yehoshua Bar-Hillel: "The future of man-machine languages"
- Alexander S. Fraser: "The evolution of purposive behavior"
- Ralph Gerard: "The neurophysiology of purposive behavior"
- Jerrier A. Haddad: "Hardware for purposive systems"
- David Hawkins: "The nature of purpose"
- Margaret Mead: "Cybernetics of Cybernetics"
- Emmanuel G. Mesthene: "How technology will shape the future"
- Talcott Parsons: "Facilitating technological innovation in society"
- Frederick Seitz: "The Challenge"
- Ivan Sutherland: "Facilitating the man-machine interface"
- 2021- Paul Pangaro
- 2014-2020 Michael Lissack
- 2009-2014 Ranulph Glanville
- 2005-2008 Louis Kauffman
- 2002-2004 Allenna Leonard
- 1999-2001 Pille Bunnell
- 1994-1998 Frank Galuszka
- 1992-1993 Rodney Donaldson
- 1989-1991 Fred Steier
- 1986-1988 Larry Richards
- 1984-1985 Jon Cunnyngham
- 1983-1984 Bill Reckmeyer
- 1980-1982 Stuart Umpleby
- 1978-1979 Barry Clemson
- 1976-1977 Mark Ozer
- 1975-1976 Herbert Robinson
- 1972-1974 Roy Hermann
- 1970-1971 Carl Hammer
- 1969-1970 Lawrence J. Fogel
- 1967-1968 Warren McCulloch
Wiener and McCulloch awardsEdit
The "Wiener Medal in Cybernetics" is an annual award by the American Society for Cybernetics in recognition of outstanding achievements or contributions in the field of cybernetics. Since 2005 the 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:
- 1968: Robert C. Wood
- 1968: Warren McCulloch
- 1969: Stuart A. Kauffman
- 1969: Stephen Grossberg
- 1970: Stafford Beer
- 1972: Natalia Bechtereva
- 1983: Heinz von Foerster
- 1984: Gregory Bateson
- 1984: Gordon Pask
- 1986: Humberto Maturana
- 1993: Herbert Brun
- 1993: Louis Kauffman
- 2001: Klaus Krippendorff
- 2005: Ernst von Glasersfeld
- 2007: Pille Bunnell
- 2007: Charles François
- 2007: Laurence Richards
- 2007: Stuart Umpleby
- 2008: Humberto Maturana
- 2008: Francisco Varela
- 2008: Ricardo Uribe
- 2008: Richard Jung
- 2008: Lars Löfgren
- 2008: Søren Brier
- 2008: Alexander Riegler
- 2011: Mary Catherine Bateson
- 2011: Robert Vallée
- 2011: Thomas Fischer
- 2012: Susan Parenti
- 2013: Bernard Scott
- 2013: Heinz von Foerster Society
- 2014: Louis H. Kauffman
- 2014: Allenna Leonard
- 2014: Paul Pangaro
- 2014: Randall Whitaker
- 2014: Jennifer Wilby
- 2015: Ranulph Glanville
- 2016: Julia Frazer and John H. Frazer
- 2016: William J. Reckmeyer
- 2018: Paul Weston
- 2019: Mark Enslin
- 2019: Fred Steier
- ASC By-Laws. Retrieved 1 January 2021.
- ASC Glossary. Retrieved 8 June 2008.
- Disciplinary Matrices in Cybernetics and Systems Science. Retrieved 8 June 2008.
- HISTORY OF THE ASC. Retrieved 8 June 2008.
- "ASC's First Annual Symposium ls a Resounding Success" (PDF) (Vol. 1- No 1 January 1968). American Society for Cybernetics. ASC News. 1968.
- Purposive systems; proceedings of the first annual symposium of the American Society for Cybernetics. OCLC. 1969. OCLC 21901.
- ASC Awards. Retrieved 8 June 2008.