A Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year !
We can proudly see the IFSR- Newsletter as a well established source of information. We are in fact celebrating the 15th year of its publication (first issue in 1981!) . It also means that the IFSR itself looks back at a proud history of 16 years in the service of the systems community.
I would like to thank Paul d.P. Hanika (1985) , the founding editor and also Dr. Stephen Sokoloff, who followed Paul, and also helped me to continue.
Some innovations have been established: We print part of the edition in the USA reducing the ‘time-to-market’ for our overseas members. We owe thanks to Gordon Rowland who has undertaken the job of printing and mailing in the USA.
The membership of IFSR is growing and we are happy to present a long account by one of our latest members (the AIRS). Although this article is prima vista a description of the AIRS, it is actually an excellent description of the state of systems movement. I want to thank Gianfranco Minati for this excellent contribution.
Systemtechnik und Automation
Johannes Kepler University Linz, 4040 Linz, Austria
Table of Contents
- New Trends: AIRS: Associazione Italiana per la Ricerca sui Sistemi (Italian Assoc. for Research on Systems), Gianfranco Minati…2
- Conference Announcements …3
Project Reports: Do Meetings Have to be Inefficient and Boring? Gerhard Chroust…5
- News from the Book Market …6
- News from the IFSR …6
- Our Members …6
- Fuschl-Conversation …7
- What’s New in “Systems Research”? …7
- Calendar of Events …8