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  "interfaces hard competence with the hard problems of the soft sciences" - Heinz von Foerster
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  THE ASC EXECUTIVE BOARD


   
Article 6 of the ASC Constitution provides for a set of officers comprising the ASC Executive Board as follows:

"The Executive Board consists of officers elected from among the Society's voting members. At a minimum, the Board shall consist of the President as chairman, the immediate Past President, the Vice-President, the Secretary, and the Treasurer. These mandatory positions are the Executive Board's 'core offices'.

The Executive Board may augment its core offices by establishing additional voting officer positions charged with special areas of responsibility. Such 'augmented offices' are subject to the same provisions as core offices with respect to nomination, election, and term of office.

Only those officers provided for by this Article may act as voting members of the Executive Board."

The current ASC Executive Board consists of officers elected in 2008 and 2010.

Your current ASC Executive Board members are listed below.
 



  THE ASC OMBUDSMAN


   
Article 7 of the ASC Constitution provides for one or more Ombudspersons as follows:

"The Ombudsperson shall be an individual recognized for his / her ability to evaluate decisions made by the Society's organs and relate them to membership interests and to the Society's purposes. The Ombudsperson must be a Society member in good standing, but need not be a voting member. The Ombudsperson shall be elected for a three year term, and may continuously serve for so long as he / she is nominated and elected."

Your current Ombudspersons are listed below.
 



  THE ASC TRUSTEES


   
Article 5 of the ASC Constitution provides for a set of Trustees as follows:

"The Trustees organ consists of three to twelve individuals recognized for their ability to support and lend guidance to the Society. Trustees are elected for six year terms by the voting members of the Society, but need not be members of the Society themselves. An individual may continue to serve as Trustee for so long as he / she is nominated and elected. ..."

The current ASC Trustees were elected and took office in 2009 and in 2013.

Your current Trustees are listed on the ASC Trustees Page.
 



  'JOB DESCRIPTIONS' FOR ASC OFFICERS


   
The ASC Constitution describes the functions and responsibilities of ASC officer positions in very general terms. The specific duties and responsibilities of ASC officers are subject to change and evolution over time.

The ASC Officer Position Descriptions webpage summarizes the duties and responsibilities of certain ASC officer positions as specified at the current time. The positions described are the core officer posts cited in the ASC Constitution.

NOTE: These position descriptions are posted as general background information for the interested reader. Specific duties and responsibilities are subject to changes as determined by the Executive Board.
 



  YOUR CURRENT ASC OFFICERS



PRESIDENT
  Ranulph Glanville

asc-president@asc-cybernetics.org

 
     

Ranulph Glanville has a particular interest in circular systems and the consequences of taking them seriously. As a result, he has developed a particular enjoyment of the Black Box as a model that requires the participation of the observer in building descriptions of the behaviour of systems, leading to an understanding of knowing as based on profound ignorance. He has developed a Theory of Objects - those things about which we can (as a result of their self-referential qualities) behave as if we see the same thing when each observer observes differently, from which he developed a temporal logic. His work is largely philosophical in intent, but has a deep connection with design and research.
 

VICE
PRESIDENT

 
  Timothy Jachna

asc-vice-president@asc-cybernetics.org

 
   

I am an architect, urbanist and educator. My degrees in architecture are from the University of Illinois at Chicago (BArch 1988), the Architectural Association in London (AA Diploma 1993) and RMIT University in Melbourne (PhD 2008). I have worked professionally as an architect and urban designer for a total of 12 years in the USA, Greece and Germany and have been teaching and researching at the School of Design of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University for nearly nine years now, where I am also an Associate Director and Coordinator of Postgraduate Programs at the School.

My interest, knowledge and involvement in cybernetics had been gradually accruing at least since my studies in London, during which I was first exposed to ideas of autotectonics, evolutionary architecture and generative design, which propose that the architectural process could be one of facilitation of the emergence of form through iterative, participatory processes, rather than the execution of pre-determined plans.
 


SECRETARY
  Thomas Fischer

secretary@asc-cybernetics.org

 
     

Thomas Fischer comes originally from Germany and has been living and working Asia over the past decade. He is now living in Taiwan where he is working as a Visiting Associate Professor in Design at the Institute of Creative industries Design at the National Cheng Kung University. He holds a PhD in Education from the University of Kassel in Germany and one in Architecture and Design from RMIT University in Australia. Thomas is equally interested in human creativity as he is in machine logic and he studies both, preferably in some combination. Much of his work is dedicated to design education, creativity in Eastern and Western culture, geometry rationalization, the limitations of methods and tools in designing and the theory of computer-aided architectural design.

 

TREASURER

 
  Sylvia Rabeler

treasurer@asc-cybernetics.org

 
     

I have many years of business experience, including business ownership. I am currently employed in an administrative position with executive budgetary responsibilities, for an academic department, at Binghamton University-SUNY, in Binghamton, NY. My scholarly interests are interdisciplinary, including cybernetics, systems science, psychology, and biology, human sensory and perceptual systems and very definitely art - painting, and color in particular. Early in my academic career, I studied art, design and fashion at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY. Subsequently I worked for a number of years in the computer industry, which played a fateful role in my future studies. When the opportunity arose, I returned to academia and earn a double-major B.A. degree in psychology and biology at Potsdam College-SUNY. I became interested in systems science and earned my M.S. at Binghamton University. I am currently a PhD candidate there, specializing in systems and conceptual color, which not surprisingly, is a cybernetic subject.
 
VICE
PRESIDENT
for Electronic Publications
  Christiana (Candy) Herr

webmaster@asc-cybernetics.org

 
     

I obtained a degree in Architecture at Kassel University in Germany, then became a research scholar at Deakin University, Australia in the late 1990s. In 2003, I obtained a professional Masters degree at the Department of Architecture at The University of Hong Kong, where I then obtained a PhD in 2008. After that, I taught Architecture in Shenzhen University, China, and since the beginning of 2010, I am an Assistant Professor at the Department of Architecture at National Cheng Kung University in Taiwan.

I became interested in cybernetics through my interests in human creativity, technology and education
 


OMBUDSPERSON
  David Cox

ombudsperson-cox@asc-cybernetics.org

 
     

David Cox invented FLIPP Explainers* while at Procter & Gamble in the late 1950s. Experience has shown the method to be helpful in picturing complex relationships by using patterns for reasoning. This clarity makes it very easy for people to reason through explanations that contain many IF and OR conditions.

Mr. Cox grew up in Williamsville NY and graduated from Oberlin College (Ohio), 1952, in Economics. He began work with Procter & Gamble Cincinnati in industrial engineering where he led manufacturing teams to deliberately discover and bring about important changes. He also administered personnel policy and designed production methods in manufacturing. Later, as part of the corporate Information Systems organization, Mr. Cox was a facilitator of 300 change teams in research, product development, engineering, manufacturing, and marketing. Mr. Cox retired from P&G in 1988. His interest now as a volunteer is to help the 140 mayors in the Cincinnati tri-state region to apply the team plays and strategies used by P&G change teams.
 

PAST
PRESIDENT
  Louis Kauffman

past-president@asc-cybernetics.org

 
     

Louis Kauffman is a topologist working in knot theory and its relationships with statistical mechanics, quantum theory, algebra, combinatorics and foundations.
 


  PAST PRESIDENTS OF THE ASC


1964-1966   Paul Henshaw


1967-1968   Warren McCulloch


1969   Lawrence Fogel


1970-1971   Carl Hammer


1972-1974   Roy Hermann


1975   Herbert Robinson


1976-1977   Mark Ozer


1978-1979   Barry Clemson


1980-1982   Stuart Umpleby


1983-1984   Bill Reckmeyer


1984-1985   Jon Cunnyngham


1986-1988   Laurence Richards


1989-1991   Fred Steier


1992-1993   Rodney Donaldson


1994-1998   Frank Galuszka


1999-2001   Pille Bunnell


2002 - 2004   Allenna Leonard


2005 - 2008   Louis Kauffman


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