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About the Institute
for Cybernetics and Systems Theory

The Institute for Cybernetics and Systems Theory was founded in 1991 in Bochum, Germany. It is the declared aim of that initiative to portend a new scientific field in research and education which justifies itself exclusively by its methodological approach of inter- and transdisciplinarity and therefore behaves complementary to other disciplines.
Particularly the approaches and models of basic research in modern cybernetics known as 'Second Order Cybernetics' in US play an eminent role within the activities of ICS.
The research results of second order cybernetics are of crucial importance for a 'theory of living systems', i. e. life sciences, and additionally form a basis for future computer sciences for modeling, simulation and technical construction of complex and in particular cognitive processes. As a consequence of these results the conception of technical systems equipped with the ability to learn on their own in a given context or the development of 'intelligent' systems with the ability to draw decisions in a given context has to be seen as realisable.
According to the fact that the research area is relatively young, highly innovative and possesses an extremely interdisciplinary character ICS was founded in summer 1991 in cooperation with the Institute for Artificial Intelligence of the Faculty of Information Sciences of the Technical University of Dresden. ICS was designed as a RnD-institute with the declared aim to perform development projects with industrial partners in the fields of control- and simulation techniques in parallel to the activities in basic research.