28. Oktober 2011
Selbstorganisation und Potenzgesetze in Ökonomie und Gesellschaft

9. November 2011
Understanding Heinz von Foerster and Ernst von Glasersfeld

Workshop der American Society for Cybernetics (ASC)

10. November 2011 | Wiener Vorlesungen | S.J. Schmidt (Münster)
Das Ende der Wirklichkeit im Konstruktivismus?
Friday, November 11th 2011
Opening Lecture (Large Ceremonial Hall)
Yves Couder
A case of wave-particle duality at macroscopic scale, quantum-like
behaviours emerging out of memory driven trajectories
Heinz von Foerster 100
Organizing Institutions:
Heinz von Foerster Gesellschaft / Wien
ASC – American Society for Cybernetics
WISDOM – Wiener Institut für
  sozialwissenschaftliche Dokumentation und Methodik

Institut für Zeitgeschichte | Universität Wien
AINS – Austrian Institute for Nonlinear Studies
5th International Heinz von Foerster Conference | November 11th–13th 2011

Changes in the Conference-Schedule

Self-Organization and Emergence
in Nature and Society
  Emergent Quantum Mechanics
An international conference on recent advances in self-organization research
and a tribute to Heinz von Foerster, one of the pioneers in this field
Keynote speakers:
Albert-László Barabási (Northeastern University)
John Holland (University of Michigan)
Didier Sornette (ETH Zürich)
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  An international conference about quantum mechanics
based on a »deeper level theory«
Keynote speakers:
Stephen L. Adler (Princeton)
Gerard ‘t Hooft (Utrecht)
Lee Smolin (Waterloo)
> Conference Poster [download]
-> more



University of Vienna | Main Building | Festsaal

Self-Org Advisory Board
Ranulph Glanville (Portsmouth) | Alfred Inselberg (Tel Aviv)
Josef Mitterer (Klagenfurt) | S.J. Schmidt (Münster)
Organizer: Albert Müller | Karl H. Müller (Vienna)

Approximately 50 years ago the theme of self-organization became a hot scientific issue. By 1960 the first big volume on self-organization was edited by Yovits and Cameron. This book contained several articles by Heinz von Foerster, Gordon Pask and other members from Heinz’ Biological Computer Laboratory (BCL). In 1961 Heinz von Foerster organized a large conference on self-organizing systems in Urbana and a comprehensive volume was edited by Foerster and Zopf in the year 1962 under the title “Principles of Self-Organization”.
The Conference wants to bring together two groups of experts who are either highly acquainted with the work of Heinz von Foerster or with recent advances in the theory of self-organizing systems.

This conference will be focused on two different subjects, namely on the problems and challenges of self-organizing and emergent systems on the one hand and on Heinz von Foerster and his 100th birthday on the other hand.
Self-organization and emergence have become two highly related concepts although one can have self-organization without emergence or emergence without self-organization. In recent decades it became more and more clear that self-organization or emergence are not only concentrated in the domains of the natural sciences like chemistry or evolutionary biology, but many relevant societal processes occur in a mode of emergent self-organization, too. Due to the ubiquity of the dual phenomena of self-organization and emergence the conference wants to explore whether one can find more general principles and rules which are characteristic for self-organizing and emergent systems across different natural or societal arenas.
Due to the celebration of Heinz von Foerster’s 100th birthday the second focus of the presentations lies in the work and in the impact of Heinz von Foerster. On this issue, several new books on Heinz von Foerster will be presented and a series of new books will be made available which highlight contemporary advances in fields like Radical Constructivism or Second-order Cybernetics.

Invited and confirmed speakers (preliminary):
Dirk Baecker (Witten) | Graham Barnes (Stockholm)
Albert-László Barabási (Boston) | Pille Bunnell (Toronto)
Bruce Clarke (Texas Tech) | Yves Couder (Paris)
Heike Egner (Klagenfurt) | Hans R. Fischer (Heidelberg)
Ranulph Glanville (Portsmouth)| Günter Haag (Stuttgart)
John Holland (Santa Fe) | Theo Hug (Innsbruck)
Alfred Inselberg (Tel Aviv) | Louis Kauffman (Chicago)
Tatiana Medvedeva (Novosibirsk) | Pei Ling Lai (Taiwan)
Jack Lochhead (Amherst) | John Mingers (Kent)
Paul Pangaro (New York) | Claus Pias (Lüneburg)
S.J. Schmidt (Münster) | Paul C. Schroeder (Orono)
Bernard Scott (Swindon) | Didier Sornette (Zürich)
Stuart A. Umpleby (Washington) | Ernst Weichselbaum (Vienna)
V.I. Yukalov (Dubna)

Contributed papers: please send application with abstract to (Subject: Self-Org11); available time for presentation depending on the number of accepted contributions.
Conference secretariat:
The Proceedings of Self-Org will be published in the book series “Complexity| Design| Society” (edition echoraum) and in the journal “Constructivist Foundations”.




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