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 will appear in Kybernetes as well as in publications by the Polish hosts.

Fifteenth Congress, Nanjing, China, September 2011

Selected papers from this Congress will appear in Kybernetes and in .Grey Systems: Theory and Application, also published by Emerald and edited by Prof. Sifeng Liu who was the local organiser of the Congress.

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