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Sunday, July 9

19:00 CEST

#ISSS2017 Official Opening & Gala Event @ Rathous (Town Hall, Vienna)

ENTRANCE AT Lichtenfelsgasse 2, Feststiege 1.

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We have the pleasure of inviting you to the #ISSS2017 Official Opening and Gala Dinner at the Rathaus Wein.
The Office of the Mayor of the City of Vienna welcome the participants of the #ISSS2017 World Conference to Vienna.
This prestigious black tie/evening event will officially open the Conference including the presentation of the #ISSS2017 Student Awards.
Built in the late 19th century the Festival Hall was the biggest hall in the country where theoretically 1,500 couples can waltz simultaneously.
We hope that you will be able to join us to savour the wonderful Viennese food, wine, music and hospitality under 16 magnificent chandeliers and watched over by four great Viennese composers:  Mozart, Haydn, Gluck and Schubert on the walls to commence this eminent gathering of scientists, researchers, businessmen and government.
Dress:    Black Tie / Evening attire
Cost:       The Event is free for full-week attendees and US$49 for additional tickets.

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Mag. Stefan Blachfellner

SIG Chair: Socio-Ecological Systems and Design, Bertalanffy Center for the Study of Systems Science

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Jennifer Wilby

Vice President Admin, ISSS
From 1978 Jennifer started working in urban planning, followed by database programming and textbook publishing until 1993. In 1989, moving to San Jose, Jennifer graduated in 1992 from the MSc in Cybernetic Systems at San Jose State University. Moving back to the UK in 1993, she worked... Read More →
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Professor Ockie Bosch

President, International Society for the Systems Sciences
Professor Ockie Bosch was born in Pretoria, South Africa. He first came to Australia in 1979 where he was an invited senior visiting scientist with the CSIRO in Alice Springs. After one year in Longreach (1989) he emigrated to New Zealand where he was offered a position with Landcare... Read More →

Sunday July 9, 2017 19:00 - 20:30 CEST
Rathaus (Town Hall), Vienna Friedrich-Schmidt-Platz 1, 1010 Wien, Austria
Tuesday, July 11

18:00 CEST

By Invitation: @ MAK: Hello, Robot! (Exhibition Preview)
By invitation and guidance of the director, Dr. Thun-Hohenstein, the night consists of a Tour by invitation of the  MAK Exhibition, "Hello, Robot", an exhibition of the MAK, the Vitra Design Museum, and the Design museum Gent.   All ISSS Conference attendees have admission to the MAK with the evening commencing at 6.00pm.

 To some extent unheard and unseen, robotics—driven by Digital Modernity—has already fundamentally altered our working and daily lives. Yet people’s relationship to new technologies is often ambivalent. As the first comprehensive exhibition about the opportunities and challenges surrounding robotics, Hello, Robot. Design between Human and Machine broadens its scope to include the ethical and political questions arising from these enormous technological advances.

Subdivided into four chapters (“Science and Fiction,” “Programmed for Work,” “Friend and Helper,” “Becoming one”), Hello, Robot. tells the story of a convergence of human and machine, while being organized in an interdisciplinary fashion. More than 200 exhibition objects from the realms of art, design, and architecture, as well as examples from technology, film, literature, fashion, science, and pop culture examine the inexorable hype around intelligent machines and the crucial role played by design. In addition to providing a leitmotif through the exhibition, 14 questions illuminate dealings with robotics. They invite visitors to reassess their own stance towards new technologies and convey that there is a fine line between opportunities and risks.

In the discourse swirling around robotics, design bridges seemingly insurmountable contradictions. While the debate about robots and artificial intelligence swerves back and forth between enthusiasm and criticism, between utopia and dystopia, between hopes for a better, high-tech world and fear that humans will be marginalized, design delivers concrete solutions as well as thought experiments demonstrating that often the truth lies in both extremes simultaneously.

Tuesday July 11, 2017 18:00 - 19:30 CEST
MAK (Museum of Applied Arts), Vienna Stubenring 5, 1010 Wien, Austria
Thursday, July 13

18:00 CEST

Friday, July 14

11:45 CEST

Incoming ISSS Presidential (2017-18) Address: Dr. David Rousseau - '3195 Innovation and Optimization in Nature and Design: Key focal areas for breakthrough advances in Systems Science, Engineering and Practice?'
The increasing complexity of large systems engineering projects is matched by increasing risks in terms of cost, schedule and performance. Large civil engineering projects typically overspend by 100%, and defence projects by 50%. Two thirds of large IT systems projects fail, and on average the ones that succeed deliver about half of their planned value. Moreover, the acquisition cost of complex aerospace and defence systems is rising exponentially, threatening to overwhelm available budgets.

To address such issues the US National Science Foundation (NSF) and the International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE) have called for a strengthening of the scientific foundations of Systems Engineering, and in particular for a strengthening of Systems Science and the development of principles that explain the nature of complex systems. Such principles, and the science they would enable, could support the design of innovative, robust and elegant solutions to the complex challenges facing contemporary society. This applies not only to systems engineering but to all areas of systems practice including management, intervention and mediation.

Nature exhibits an immense diversity of systems that are highly complex, resilient, adaptive and ecologically balanced. If we could distil the principles behind Natures’ ability to innovate and optimize, we would understand the nature of complex systems in a principled way. Science has always proceeded from the study of Nature, but over the last few decades many academic fields have developed systems specializations in order to investigate the systemic aspects of their subject areas, e.g. systems biology, systems medicine, systems ecology, systems economics, systems psychology etc. In these areas there is a search for systems concepts and principles under such notions as design principles, organizing principles, channelling functions, and optimality principles. In Systems Engineering, too, there is a growing interest in design patterns, optimization paradigms, and design elegance.

This broad progress provides an opportunity for these strands of work to be brought together in a collaborative effort to formulate general scientific systems principles as called for by the NSF and INCOSE. The ISSS is well placed to co-ordinate such a response to this call. The ISSS was founded on a vision to discover principles that apply to systems in general, and to co-ordinate communication between disciplines that could contribute to, or benefit from, such insights. The occurrence of isomorphically recurring patterns in naturalistic phenomena, in different contexts and across differences in scale and composition, suggested to the founders of the ISSS the existence of general principles underpinning the evolution of natural complexity. Much progress in developing systems concepts, characterizing isomorphisms and formulating heuristic systems principles has flowed from this vision, in addition to the development of specialized systems theories and methods. Today, the cross-disciplinary isomorphisms suggest that the scientific principles presently emerging from specialised systems fields can be generalized and integrated, to provide general scientific insights into Nature’s capacity for innovation and optimization at all levels of complexity. This could open the way to establishing the profound and integrated systems science we need to address the urgent challenges facing our world.

I invite you to help us seize this emerging opportunity, and to work together to develop collaboration networks and research teams that can realize this potential. The next Annual Meeting and Conference of the ISSS will be held 22-27 July 2018 at Oregon State University in Corvallis, and will bring together general and specialised systems scientists, systems engineers and systems practitioners to explore common interests and challenges, learn from each other, align and consolidate progress, and gather inspiration and momentum for future work in the systems sciences.


Friday July 14, 2017 11:45 - 12:15 CEST
Kuppelsaal der TU Wien (Karlsplatz) Resselgasse, 1040 Wien, Austria