EMCSR 2008

March 25 - 28, 2008
University of Vienna

organized by the Austrian Society for Cybernetic Studies
in cooperation with
Department of Medical Cybernetics and Artificial Intelligence, Center for Brain Research, Medical University of Vienna
International Federation for Systems Research

The international support of the European Meetings on Cybernetics and Systems Research held in Austria in 1972, 1974, 1976, 1978, 1980, 1982, 1984, 1986, 1988, 1990, 1992, 1994, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2004 and 2006 (when 500 scientists from more than 40 countries from all continents, except the Antarctica, met to present, hear and discuss 137 papers) encouraged the Council of the Austrian Society for Cybernetic Studies (OSGK) to organize a similar meeting in 2008 to keep pace with continued rapid developments in related fields.


A Systems Science
R. Belohlavek, USA, and P.Prautsch, Czech Republic
B Mathematical Methods in Cybernetics and Systems Theory
Y.Rav, France, and J.Scharinger, Austria
C The Cybernetics of Cybernetics: Cybernetics, Interaction and Conversation
R. Glanville, UK
D Living Systems Theory
G.A.Swanson, USA
E Biocybernetics and Mathematical Biology
L.M.Ricciardi, Italy
F Cultural Systems
M.Fischer, UK, and D.Read, USA
G Cognitive Rationality, Relativity and Clarity
I. Ezhkova, Belgium
H Management, Organizational Change, and Innovation
M. Mulej, Slovenia, and S. Umpleby, USA
I Socio-technical Systems: Design and Use
G.Chroust, Austria, and S.Payr, Austria
J Neural Computation and Neuroinformatics
G.Dorffner, Austria
K ACE 2008: Agent Construction and Emotions
J.Gratch, USA, and P.Petta, Austria
L Agent-Based Modeling & Simulation
S.Bandini, Italy, G.Vizzari, Italy, and P.Petta, Austria
M Natural Language Processing
E.Buchberger, Austria, and K.Oliva, Czech Republic
N Theory and Applications of Artificial Intelligence
V.Marik, Czech Republic, and O.Stepankova, Czech Republic
O Systems Movement and Systems Organisations - Challenges, Visions and Roadmaps
G.Chroust, Austria, and M.Mulej, Slovenia
P Sociocybernetic Models: Conceptual and Formal Approaches
E. Buchinger, Austria

Submission Guidelines

Acceptance of contributions will be determined on the basis of Draft Final Papers. Each paper must explain clearly

Draft Final Papers must not exceed 6 pages (10-point, double column, style sheets are available), in English. They have to contain the final text to be submitted, including graphs and pictures.

They must carry the title, author(s) name(s), and affiliation (incl. e-mail address) in this order, and must include an abstract.

Please specify clearly the symposium you would like to submit your paper to. Each scientist shall submit only one paper.

Authors should submit their manuscripts in electronic form by email addressed to

Please send your paper as attachment in .PDF format only! Please use the following subject header for your email:
"EM08_<letter of the Symposium you want to submit your paper to>_<Name of corresponding author>",
e.g. "EM08_A_Meyer".
This should also be the filename of the manuscript. Thank you.

Deadline for submission

November 4, 2007

Submissions received after the deadline cannot be considered.

Notification of Acceptance/Rejection

Authors will be notified about acceptance or rejection no later than December 16, 2007.

Final Papers

Electronic camera-ready copies of the final paper will be due by January 30, 2008. Acceptance of the final paper will be based on compliance with the reviewers' comments.


It is understood that each accepted paper is presented personally at the Meeting by one of its authors.

Formatting Instructions

To ensure that all papers in the EMCSR'2008 proceedings have a uniform appearance, authors are asked to adhere to the following instructions. Please note that this already applies for the preparation of draft final papers submitted for review!

For LaTeX users, the following files are available for downloading:
Formatting instructions in LaTeX format [20k]
LaTeX style file [16k]
Bibliography style [24k]

MS-Word users may want to download:
MS Word formatting instructions and style file [60k]
Authors using other text formatting systems are asked to download and print one of the files:
Formatting instructions in Postscript format [200k]
Formatting instructions in PDF format [156k]
and follow the guidelines given therein (NB. the format of these files conforms to the required formatting standard, so the printout may be used to check the layout of your paper).

Conference Fee

The Final Paper must be accompanied by the payment of the Conference Fee.

The Conference Fee includes participation in the Nineteenth European Meeting, attendance at official receptions, coffee during breaks, and the volumes of the proceedings available at the Meeting. Please send cheque, or transfer the amount (free of charges for beneficiary) to the account no. 0026-34400/00 of the Austrian Society for Cybernetic Studies at Bank Austria Creditanstalt, Vienna
Bank routing number: 12000,
IBAN: AT11 1100 0002 6344 0000,

Please state your name clearly.

Hotel Accommodation

will be handled by

Verkehrsbüro-Ruefa Reisen GmbH
Friedrichstrasse 7
A-1010 Vienna
phone +43-1-58800-514
fax +43-1-58800-520.

You can use Austropa's secure online hotel reservation form for your booking. Information on the available hotels is provided as well.


The International Federation for Systems Research is willing to provide a limited number of scholarships covering the registration fee for the conference for colleagues from weak currency countries. Applications should be sent to the Conference Secretariat before November 4, 2007 under all circumstances.


The conference organizers can accept no liability for personal injuries, or for loss or damage to property belonging to conference participants, either during or as a result of the conference. Please check the validity of your personal insurance.

Chairman of the Meeting

Robert Trappl, President
Austrian Society for Cybernetic Studies


I. Ghobrial-Willmann and E. Scherag
Austrian Society for Cybernetic Studies

A-1010 Vienna 1, Freyung 6/6 (Austria)
Phone: +43-1-5336112-60
Fax: +43-1-5336112-77

Programme Committee

P. Ballonoff (USA) K. Oliva (Czech Republic)
S. Bandini (Italy) S. Payr (Austria)
R. Belohlavek (USA) P. Petta (Austria)
E. Buchberger (Austria) P. Prautsch (Czech Republic)
E. Buchinger (Austria) Y. Rav (France)
G. Chroust (Austria) D. Read (USA)
G. Dorffner (Austria) L. M. Ricciardi (Italy)
I. Ezhkova (Belgium) J. Scharinger (Austria)
M. Fischer (UK) O. Stepankova (Czech Republic)
R. Glanville (UK) G.A. Swanson (USA)
J. Gratch (USA) R. Trappl (Austria)
V. Marik (Czech Republic) S. Umpleby (USA)
M. Mulej (Slovenia) G. Vizzari (Italy)

Organizing Committee

E. Buchberger F. Kintzler
G. Chroust J. Matiasek
I. Ghobrial-Willmann P. Petta
E. Scherag
J. Irran R. Trappl