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Article citation: Yi Lin, (2010) "Guest editorial", Kybernetes, Vol. 39 Iss: 6, pp. -
During June 14-17, 2007, the International Institute for General Systems Studies (IIGSS), Inc. (a scholastic nonprofit organization, established for the purpose of advancing science and technology in 1995), held its 5th Workshop in Wuhan, China. Over 400 scholars from more than 23 different countries and geographic regions participated in this important event. All major areas of systems research were represented at the workshop.
As the president of the IIGSS, first, I would like to use this opportunity to thank our co-hosts of the event: Huazhong University of Science and Technology (HUST) (one of the finest universities in China), and the IIGSS-China Branch, and the supporting institutions/co-organizers, National Natural Science Foundation of China, Research Center of Social Information Science, HUST, College of Management Science and Engineering, Zhengzhou University, Department of Information and Electrical Engineering, and Department of Mathematics and Physics, Wuhan Polytechnic University, Institute of Geotechnical Engineering, Guangdong University of Technology.
Second, my heart-felt appreciation goes to all the special guests of the events, Y. Takahara (Japan), A. Sydow (Germany), M.C. Jackson (UK), T. Kaczorek (Poland), Jun Wang (Hong Kong), T. Habtemariam (USA), Xuemou Wu (China), E. Zafiris (Greece). To show their support, some of these guests traveled for over 20 h one way to reach the workshop site. Also, on behalf of all the organizers and participants of this event, my thanks go to Hermann Haken (Germany) and Robert Vallée (France). Even though for reasons beyond their control they could not attend the workshop physically, they still sent in greetings and addresses for the opening ceremony of the gathering. Their contributions and supports no doubt had contributed greatly to the success of the event.
Third, I would like to use this opportunity to thank Professor Brian Rudall for his support to publish this special issue, entitled “Some new techniques on complex systems.” All the papers included in this issue are carefully selected based on all the presentations given at our said event. After several rounds of rigorous peer reviews, the authors took the responsibility to expand and rewrite their papers according to the reviewers’ suggestions in order to make their presentations better and of higher quality. Also, Dillon Forrest spent over two months of time to edit these papers in order to assist with the readability of the works. So, on behalf of all the guest editors of this issue, I would like to extend my appreciation to all these authors and colleagues for their hard work and dedication.