WOSC Congresses

First Congress, London, September 1969

The Proceedings are published (3 vols.) as: Progress of Cybernetics, ed. J. Rose, Gordon & Breach, London, 1970, Library of Congress catalog card number 73-111944, ISBN 0-677-143109

Second Congress, Oxford, 1972
Third Congress, Bucharest, 1975

The Proceedings are published as: Modern Trends in Cybernetics and Systems, ed. J. Rose & C. Bilciu, Editura Technica, Bucharest and Springer, New York, 1977

Fourth Congress, Amsterdam, 1978

The Proceedings are published as Current Topics in Cybernetics and Systems, ed. J. Rose, WOGSC, Springer-Verlag, Berlin, 1978, ISBN 3-540-08977-2, 0-387-08977-2.

Fifth Congress, Mexico City, 1981
Sixth Congress, Paris, September 1984

The Proceedings are published (2 vols) as: 6ème Congrès International de Cybernétique et de Systémique {6th International Congress of Cybernetics and Systems}, published by AFCET, Paris. ISBN 2-903-677-01-8. Also reports by R. Vallée and B.H. Rudall in Kybernetes, vol. 14, pp. 51-53.

Seventh Congress, Imperial College, London, Sept. 1987

The Proceedings are published (2 vols.) as: Cybernetics and Systems: The Way Ahead, ed. J. Rose, Thales Publications, Lytham St Annes, England, 1987. ISBN 0-9506151-1-0 for set of 2 volumes; 0-9506151-2-9 for vol. 1; 0-9506151-3-7 for vol. 2. Also report by R. Vallée in Kybernetes, vol. 17, no. 2, pp. 55-56.

Eighth Congress, New York City, 1990

The Proceedings are published as “Proceedings of the 8th International Congress of Cybernetics and Systems”, ed. C.N. Manikopoulis, The New Jersey Institute of Technology Press, Newark, 1990. They give a selection of communications and others may be found in “The Cybernetics of Complex Systems”, ed. F. Geyer, Intersystems Publications. There is a report by B.H. Rudall in Kybernetes, vol. 19, no. 5, pp. 61-63.

Ninth Congress, New Delhi, January 1993

The Proceedings are published as: Recent Advances in Cybernetics and Systems, ed. A Ghosal and P.N. Murthy, Tata McGraw-Hill Publishing Company, New Delhi, 1993, ISBN 0-07-46119-X.

A report on the meeting appears in the News, Conferences and Technical Reports section of Kybernetes. It includes contributions from B.H. Rudall and R. Vallée. It is in Kybernetes vol. 22, no. 3, pp. 60-66, 1993.

The Presidential Address to the Congress is published as: World in Torment: A Time Whose Idea Must Come, by Stafford Beer, Kybernetes vol. 22, no. 6, pp. 15-43, 1993.

Tenth Congress, Bucharest, August 1996

A Special Issue of Kybernetes, comprising nos. 6 and 7 of vol. 26, 1997, contains 16 papers from the Sociocybernetics section organised by Dr Felix Geyer of the Netherlands Universities’ Centre for Co-ordination of Research in Social Sciences. It also has, as the Editorial Preface (Prof. B.H. Rudall) on pp. 632-633, a brief report on the Congress as a whole. An earlier report by B.H. Rudall appeared in Kybernetes vol. 26, no. 1, pp. 84-90, and on the General Assembly of the Directorate on the same occasion, on pp. 90-91.

Eleventh Congress, London, August 1999

The Eleventh Congress was held in Brunel University, Uxbridge (West London), Middlesex, United Kingdom, during 23-27 August 1999. A selection of papers from it appear in issues of Kybernetes vol. 29(2000). Details of the Proceedings published in book form, and additional notes on certain papers, can be found at: Eleventh Congress, 1999

Twelfth Congress, Pittsburgh, March 2002

The Twelfth International WOSC Congress was held in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, during March 24-26, 2002, as a joint event with the Fourth Workshop of The International Institute for General Systems Studies. Details can be found here of the IIGSS.

Reports on the meeting can be found in Kybernetes, vol. 31, no. 7/8, 2002, pp. 1156-1168, and selected papers have appeared in vol. 31, no. 9/10, 2002 and vol. 32, no. 5/6, 2003. A short report has appeared in Industrial Robot, Volume 29, Number 4, 2002, pp.322-323, and a very short one in Robotica, vol. 20, part 5, 2002, p. 573.

In addition to the above-mentioned selected papers, special issues of Kybernetes have been devoted to topics that received particular attention in the Congress, including vol. 32, no. 7/8, 2003, on “Some new theories about space and time”, vol. 33, no. 2, 2004, on “Grey systems theory and applications” and vol. 33, no. 5/6, 2004, on “Reconstructability analysis”.

Thirteenth Congress, Maribor, Slovenia, July 2005

The Thirteenth International WOSC Congress was held in Maribor, Slovenia, duirng July 6-10, 2005. The local organiser was Professor Matjaž Mulej of the Faculty of Economics and Business of the University of Maribor (joint author of the paper: “How to restore Bertalanffian systems thinking”, Kybernetes, vol. 33, no. 1, pp. 48-61, 2004)

The 6th International Conference of Sociocybernetics, organised by the Research Committee on Sociocybernetics (RC51) of the International Sociological Association was an independent part of the WOSC Congress. Details of the combined event can be found at http://epfip.uni-mb.si/wosc&isa.htm.

A report on the Congress by Prof. Robert Vallée appears in Kybernetes vol. 35, 2006, no. 1/2, pp. 230-233. It includes the text of his address to the meeting, as well as one delivered on behalf of Prof. John Rose, Honorary Director and founder of WOSC, who was unable to be present. It also includes a brief message from Dr. Alex Andrew, Director-General, who was also unable to be present, and an address by Prof. Brian Rudall, Vice-President of WOSC and Director of the Norbert Wiener Institute, and Editor-in Chief of Kybernetes.

Selected papers from the Congress will appear in Kybernetes.

Fourteenth Congress, Wrocław, Poland, September 2008

Selected papers from this Congress have appeared in Kybernetes as well as in publications by the Polish hosts.

Fifteenth Congress, Nanjing, China, September 2011

The successful congress was held in Nanjing, People’s Republic of China, during September 15-18, 2011, jointly with the 2011 IEEE International Conference on Grey Systems and Intelligent Services, with local arrangements admirably seen to by Professor Sifeng Liu and his team. The interesting location was the campus of the Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, on the site of a former Ming Palace when Nanjing was the capital of China. A report on the meeting, and in due course selected papers, will appear in Kybernetes, and one of the plenary lectures, by Dr Alfonso Reyes, is available atOrganizational learning and the effective management of complexity or by following a link from the website of Raul Espejo at www.syncho.com.

At the close of the Congress, an award was made to Professor Julong Deng, the originator of Grey Systems Theory, of Honorary Fellowship of WOSC. He belongs to the Department of Automation, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan 430074, China.

Also awarded were the Kybernetes prize for the Outstanding Paper of the Congress, and three for Highly Commended papers. The Outstanding Paper award was for the paper:

  • “Elements of the Parametrical Regulation Theory of the National Economy Evolution Based on Computable General Equilibrium Models” by Abdykappar A. Ashimov, Bahyt T. Sultanov, Zheksenbek M. Adilov, Yuriy V. Borovskiy, Nikolay Yu. Borovskiy, and Askar A. Ashimov, of the Department of Parametrical Regulation of the Kazakh National Technical University, Almaty, Kazakhstan.

The three Highly Commended papers were as follows:

  • “Novel DGM model of systematic main variable trend forecasting based on interval grey number sequence” by Naiming Xie, of the College of Economics and Management, Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics , 29 Yudao St., Nanjing.
  • “P-Moment Stability of Impulsive Stochastic Differential Systems and Its Application in Grey Stochastic Delay Systems” by Chunhua Su,Dang Luo, of the College of Mathematics and Information Science, Xinyang Normal University, Xinyang, 464000, P.R. China.
  • “Worst-case Absolute Regret based Solution Algorithms for Optimization Problems with Interval Uncertainty” by Jerzy Jozefczyk and Marcin Siepak, of the Institute of Informatics, Wrocław University of Technology, Wrocław, Poland.

In the Opening Ceremony of the meeting, the then Director-General of WOSC, Alex Andrew, gave a brief welcoming address (reinforced later by a welcome from Robert Vallée, read out on his behalf). Alex Andrew confirmed his wish to step down as Director-General and expressed his satisfaction that Prof. Raul Espejo had agreed to accept the position, with the approval of other WOSC officers. Alex invited Raul to add some further comments to the welcomimg address, and he announced the plan to hold the 2014 Congress in Santiago, Chile.

A short biographical note on Raul Espejo is attached, and more can be found on his website at: www.syncho.com.

Selected papers from this Congress have been published in Kybernetes: Vol 41 No 3/4 with contributions by Jose Perez Rios et al, Alfonso Reyes, German Bula, Raul Espejo and Markus Schwaninger , and also in Vol 41 No 5/6 and Vol 41 No 7/8, both edited by Prof. Sifeng Liu,  local organiser of the Congress.

Sixteen Congress-WOSC 2014: Ibague October 2014

The Congress “Our Self-organising World: from Disruption to Reparation” took place in Colombia from the 15th to the 17th of October.

Attendees from 26 countries from around the word gathered in the city of Ibague.,

10 keynote speakers presented backgrounds, current issues and future perspectives on system thinking and cybernetics.

Information about the Congress and videos of keynote speakers can accessed in http://wosc-congress.unibague.edu.co/


Fernando Flores Eden Medina Geoff Mulgan Carlos Gershenson Allenna Leonard
Clas-Otto Wene  Raúl Espejo Dario Rodriguez Humberto Maturana Ximena Dávila

 WOSC distinguished Professor Dr Humberto Maturana with the Norbert Wiener Memorial Gold Medal

Papers were presented in 9 themes:

No Themes Theme Coordinador
1 Digital Society & Business Ecosystems Igor Perko and Raul Espejo
2 Complexity, Sustainability and Self-Organisation Angela Espinosa
3 Ecosystems – Renewal for Sustainability Markus Schwaninger
4 Design and Control of Self-organising Systems Carlos Gershenson 
5 Power, Citizenship and Democracy Zoraida Mendiwelso-Bendek and Germán Bula
6 Computer modelling, power and the management of complexity Hernán López Garay
7 Networks of influence: systems dynamics José Pérez Rios
8 Transdisciplinary modelling and decision processes Jerzy Jozefczyk 
9 Cyber-systemic Governance Autopoiesis and Social Processes Sandro Schlindwein

You may find more details on the Congress homepage wosc-congress.unibague.edu.co.

Prize and Commendations to papers

Congress Theme Paper Title Authors Resolution
Networks of influence: systems dynamics A system dynamics model of the nutritional stage of the Colombian population by socioeconomic status Jose David Meisel, Olga L. Sarmiento, Camilo Olaya & Roberto Zarama Kybernetes prize for the Outstanding Paper of the Congress
Digital Society & Business Ecosystems Sharing business partner behavior Igor Perko, Andreja Primec & Robert Horvat Highly commended paper
Power, Citizenship and Democracy Towards a Non-trivializing Education Germán Bula  Highly commended paper
Computer modelling, power and the management of complexity Modeling and Simulating Moral Emotions in Organizations: exploring its impact on collaboration Oswaldo Terán, Christophe Sibertin-Blanc & Benoit Gaudou