Österreichische Studiengesellschaft für Kybernetik (OSGK)
Freyung 6, A-1010 Vienna, Austria
Austrian Society for Cybernetic Studies
Tel. +43-1-5336112-0, Fax: +43-1-5336112-77,
Email: sec (at) ofai (dot) at
The Austrian Society for Cybernetic Studies
is a non-profit organization of scientists and practitioners.
It was founded in 1969.
Its aims are "the study of the theoretical bases
of cybernetics and its special fields, the
investigation of its applications on technical, economic and social
problems, its relations to problems studied in the natural sciences
and the humanities; furthermore,
the education in the methods of cybernetics and its technical aids,
especially in electronic
data processing; finally, the
advancement of interdisciplinary studies, and the representation of
Austria in international organizations" (Art.2 of the charter).
In 1984 the
Austrian Research Institute for Artificial Intelligence (OFAI)
as a special research institution of the Society.
It cooperates with international and national organisations, companies,
and university and private research institutes.
The society issues two journals:
Both journals are published by Taylor & Francis Group, Philadelphia, PA, USA.
- Cybernetics and Systems: An International Journal
- is the official journal of the Society, with 8 issues per year.
- Applied Artificial Intelligence: An International Journal
- was originally published quarterly till 1994 and has
- due to its great success - changed to currently 10 issues per year.
The Society offers introductory seminars on
cybernetics and artificial intelligence,
as well as specialized courses on selected topics in subdisciplines.
The majority of the participants comes
from firms, banks, universities, and ministries.
As another activity, leading scientists or experts on
applications are invited to give lectures about their latest work.
More than 250 scientists from about 30 countries
have been guest speakers of the Society so far.
On several occasions, the Society has been
asked to serve in a consulting capacity on
federal and civic projects.
The Society covers the bulk of its costs by
performing research projects either in cooperation
with private companies or supported or commissioned by official institutions,
especially the European Commision.
The OSGK is governed by a Board which is elected by the annual
General Assembly where all Ordinary Members of the OSGK convene.
The Society is a founding member of the
International Federation for Systems Research (IFSR),
which has at present 24 member societies.
It has cooperated with the
Society for General Systems Research
and the Netherlands Systems Group in establishing the IFSR.
Furthermore, the Society invites non-Austrian scientists to
join the Austrian group by becoming International Affiliates.
From 1972 until 2010, the Society organized its biennial
European Meetings on Cybernetics and Systems Research.
OSGK is a member of: