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SERIES EDITOR

Dr. Jeffrey Yi-Lin Forrest

International Institute for General Systems Studies, Grove City, USA
Slippery Rock University, Slippery Rock, USA
CRC Press / Balkema

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For more information on
Communications in Cybernetics, Systems Science and
Engineering
, visit the series page on our website:

www.taylorandfrancis.com/books/series/CCSSE/
ABOUT THE EDITOR
Dr. Jeffrey Yi-Lin Forrest
is a guest or specially appointed professor in economics, finance,
systems science and mathematics at several major universities in China, including the
Huazhong University of Science and Technology, the National University of Defense
Technology and the Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics. He is also a
professor of mathematics at the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (Slippery
Rock campus), USA. Since 1993, Dr. Jeffrey Yi-Lin Forrest has served as the president of
the International Institute for General Systems Studies, Inc. and in 2001, he was inducted
into the honorary fellowship of the World Organization of Systems and Cybernetics. He
has published nearly 300 research papers and nearly 40 monographs and edited special
topic volumes on systems research and its applications.
ADVISORY EDITORIAL BOARD

C.L. Philip Chen
,
University of Macau, P.R. China

Zengru Di
,
Beijing Normal University, P.R. China

Raul Espejo
,
Syncho Ltd. and World Organization of Systems and Cybernetics, UK

Keith W. Hipel
,
University of Waterloo, Canada

Baoding Liu
,
Tsinghua University, China

Nagendra Nagarur
,
State University of New York at Binghamton, USA

John Pourdehnad
,
University of Pennsylvania, USA

Brian Howard Rudall
,
Institute of the World Organisation of Systems and Cybernetics
& Bangor University, UK

Rudolf Scheidl
,
Johannes Kepler University of Linz, Austria

Markus Schwaninger
,
Institute of Management, University of St. Gallen, Switzerland
NEW
BOOK SERIES

INVITATION
We are currently actively seeking innovative, high-quality contributions to this
new series, in the form of edited conference proceedings. We also plan to publish
monographs and reference works in a parallel series. Please contact the series editor
Dr. Jeffrey Forrest (jeffrey.forrest@sru.edu) for more information.
EDITORIAL BOARD
Michael C. Jackson
,
University of Hull, UK
Jerzy Jozefczyk
,
Wroclaw University of Technology, Poland
Doncho Petkov
,
Eastern Connecticut State University, USA
Vladimir Tsurkov
,
Russian Academy of Sciences, Russia
Shouyang Wang
,
Chinese Academy of Sciences, P.R. China
NEW BOOK SERIES
COMMUNICATIONS IN
CYBERNETICS, SYSTEMS
SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING
NEW BOOK SERIES

Communications in Cybernetics,

Systems Science and Engineering
Communications in Cybernetics, Systems Science and Engineering

is a cross-disciplinary
book series devoted to theoretical and applied research contributions to cybernetics,
systems science and engineering. The series aims to publish the highest quality conference
proceedings on the most recent advances and innovative applications in the relevant
areas of investigation, catering to a rapidly growing worldwide interest in a cybernetic and
systemic methodology with an ever-increasing capacity to deal with new challenges in a
way that traditional science can not. The CCSSE series aims to become a comprehensive
theoretical, practical, international, multi- and interdisciplinary database of, reference
work on and guide to issues in these fields of research and the strategies required for
better implementation in the context of environmental protection and sustainable
social and economic development. Communications in Cybernetics, Systems Science
and Engineering aims at all working in the theoretical and applied fields of cybernetics,
systems science and engineering, e.g. academics, researchers and consultants in
cybernetics and systems, computer and information scientists, development and systems
engineers, mathematicians, librarians, management cyberneticists and systemists, medical
scientists, educators, and intelligent and manufacturing engineers in industry. It will also
be of interest to leading decision- and policy-makers.
Book Specifications
Hardbound, size: 17.3 x 24.7 cm; paper: 80 gr woodfree offset; black & white printing;
2-colour cover, design in close collaboration with the editor(s); uniformly formatted
papers, ensuring a consistent layout for the book; prices inclusive of distribution costs of
the bulk order to one address worldwide.
Why publish with us? CRC Press / Balkema offers
• immense experience based on a long-standing tradition in publishing conference
proceedings
• high-quality design and production values and short production time of ± 3 months
• author guidelines that will be made available on our website (www.balkema.nl/)
• copies that can be ordered at a reduced price (minimum: 100 copies)
• supply of complimentary copies of the proceedings for citation purposes,
e.g., Thomson Reuters (formerly ISI) Web of Knowledge, EI, SciVerse Scopus
• automated feeds to Amazon, Google, World Public Library™ (NetLibrary) and more
• worldwide marketing and distribution
• long-term availability, also in e-book format in CRCnetBASE (www.crcnetbase.com/)

Series editor: Dr. Jeffrey Yi-Lin Forrest

International Institute for General Systems Studies,
Grove City, USA & Slippery Rock University, Slippery
Rock, USA
The principal areas covered by the Communications in Systems Science and Engineering
series include, but are not limited to:
1) All fields of systems research, cybernetics and the interdisciplinary study of cybernetics
and systems in the widest sense, such as:
• Artificial intelligence
• Automation and robotics
• Biocybernetics
• Complex and fuzzy systems
• Computer simulation
• Cross-disciplinary problem-solving
• Cybernetics/systems analysis modeling
and simulation
• Ecosystems
• Information theories
• Interrelations between cybernetics/
systems and other sciences
• Management cybernetics and systems
(including soft systems methodology,
2) All areas of systems engineering and the spectrum of engineering activity, decision-
making, management of products and services, and processes of all types. Focused on
comprehensive approaches to practical applications and developments of “hard” and
“soft” systems and cybernetic methodologies, including, but not limited to:
• Cognitive ergonomics
• Conceptual architecture
• Configuration management during
system development
• Decision-making
• Environmental policy
• Human-machine interaction
• Identification of user requirements and
technological specifications
• Integration of new systems with legacy
systems
• Integrated product and process
development
• Issue formulation analysis and modeling
FIELDS COVERED
Ackoff’s interactive planning,
Churchman’s theory of inquiring
systems, and other approaches)
• Natural language
• Philosophy of cybernetics and systems
• Theoretical and experimental
knowledge of various categories of
systems, such as adaptive, anticipatory,
autopoietic, cellular, chaotic, dynamic,
economic and social, hierarchical,
immune-like, intelligent, knowledge-
based, learning, neural, quantum,
self-organizational, self-producing and
self-referential;
• Modeling of uncertainty, maintenance
over an extended lifecycle and
re-engineering of systems
• Multicriteria decision-making
• Numerical simulation and qualitative
modeling of complex systems
• Risk assessment and safety
• Sustainable development
• System identification, operational test
and evaluation
• Systems analysis, engineering processes
and methods such as optimization,
modeling and simulation
• Trade-off of design concepts.