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The 15th World Multi-Conference on Systemics, Cybernetics and Informatics: WMSCI 2011, Orlando, Florida, USA, July 19-22, 2011.

WMSCI/ISAS Conferences started in Baden-Baden, Germany, in 1995; from then on, they have grown from 45 papers to an average, in the last 5 years, of 1200 registered participants that participated in each of the yearly WMSCI and its collocated conferences. Nowadays, the conference has become an international forum where researchers and practitioners examine key issues in Systemics, Cybernetics and Informatics. As well as participants from universities, governments, and industries share ideas, knowledge and experiences among different disciplines.


The purpose of WMSCI 2011 is to promote discussions and interactions between researchers and practitioners focused on disciplinary, interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary issues, ideas, concepts, theories, methodologies and applications. We are particularly interested in fostering the exchange of concepts, prototypes, research ideas, and other results which could contribute to the academic arena and also benefit business, and the industrial community.

What is WMSCI 2011?

WMSCI 2011 is an international forum for scientists and engineers, researchers and consultants, theoreticians and practitioners in the fields of Systemics, Cybernetics and Informatics. The forum focuses into specific disciplinary research, and also in multi, inter, and trans-disciplinary studies and projects. One of its aims is to relate disciplines, fostering analogical thinking and, hence, producing input to the logical thinking.

There are many good focused conferences in any one of the major themes of WMSCI Conferences. There are also very good conferences even in the more specific areas included in the major themes of WMSCI Conferences. There are also good general conferences, which have a wider scope and are more comprehensive. Each one of these kinds of conferences has its typical audience. WMSCI 2011 will bring together both kinds of audiences, so participants, with a focused research, will be able to:

1. Present their focused research in a specific area for scholars/researchers specialized in their paper discipline and, perhaps, for specialists from other related disciplines and generalists with a more comprehensive intellectual outlook.

2. Get feedback from researchers with the same specific background, as is usual in focused conferences.

3. Get possible feedback from scholars/researchers in related disciplines, thereby opening the possibility of analogies generation, new applications to/from different discipline, business or industrial areas; and, possibly, new models for re-thinking anew some of their research problems.

4. Organize sessions where papers from related areas are presented, in order to increase the probability of getting the benefits mentioned in (3).

5. Attract speakers with a wider intellectual interest in order to get a more comprehensive conceptual framework and to give context to their research effort.

This would allow specialists and focused researchers, to see the forest besides the tree of their discipline, and to be aware about the neighboring trees.

WMSCI 2011 participants, with non-focused or multi-focused research or with a comprehensive intellectual, industrial or business interest, will be able to:

1. Present their research, ideas, reflections, new concepts/designs or industrial/business innovations to a similar or a specialized audience, so suggestions about possible improvements could emerge and possibly new research or development projects could come out into view.

2. Present ideas that would require multidisciplinary or interdisciplinary efforts to be researched or developed in action-research programs.

3. Constitute international, multi- and/or interdisciplinary teams or workgroups in order to conduct research requiring synergic relationships among different kinds of talents, cognitive styles, intellectual faculties and/or research/industrial interests.

4. Create new research areas, based on both: a general framework and various disciplines or focused research areas. This could be done by means of international research teamwork and/or by the elaboration and edition of a multiple-authors book in the Newly Created Field. The newly created Informing Sciences Field is one example on this issue. Our past conferences served to support the initial efforts of their proponents, and now the group has its own yearly conference, newsletter, etc.

Invited Sessions can be organized in a specific or a general theme. These Invited Sessions may grow to Focus Symposia, workshops, satellite events, micro-conferences or even conferences by their own in the context of WMSCI or as independent or associated spin offs from WMSCI. At least two independent yearly conferences and several associated conferences are actually spin offs from WMSCI conferences.

Invited Sessions with high quality papers might be selected for multiple-authors book publications.

Authors of the Best 10%-20% papers will be invited to adapt their papers for their publication in the Journal of Systemics, Cybernetics and Informatics (JSCI).

DOI: 10.1002/sres.1098
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