IEEE Systems, Man and Cybernetics Magazine - July 2018 - 4

President's Message

by Edward Tunstel

In Resonance
with Technology's
Cutting Edge

T

oday's discourse among both
technical professionals and
lay technology enthusiasts is
teeming with subject matter focused
on innovations resulting from the
research and practice of systems
science and engineering, human-
machine systems, and cybernetics.
Whether it is complex systems en-
abled by cybernetics, intelligence
for robotic and vehicular autonomy,
new capabilities enabled by advanc-
es in machine learning, augmented
humans, human-machine fusion,
or other forms of human-machine
symbiosis, the dialog is vibrant in the
technical and nontechnical sectors of
society alike. My conversations with
colleagues, laypersons, family, and
friends consistently touch on various
exciting aspects of science and tech-
nology, how quickly it is advancing,
what it is enabling, where it is head-
ed, and its implications. Invariably,
I find myself discussing ideas that
all relate in some way to the fields
of interest and focal activities of the
IEEE Systems, Man, and Cybernetics
Society (SMCS). Surely, this experi-
ence is also shared by the members
of our Society, who must feel the
same sense of powerful resonance
that I do between the SMCS and the
current frontiers of technology.
Members of our Society do not
share this sense of resonance in iso-
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tions. With cybernetics as a science
of, and a transdisciplinary approach
to, studying control and communica-
tions in machines and living things,
we are well equipped to apply its ele-
ments to enable complex and increas-
ingly intelligent systems that interact
with humans in a symbiotic or collab-
orative fashion.
Interestingly, the hot topical areas
referred to by the many specialized
lation but may identify more strongly
terms in SMCS member vernacular are
with it since we are directly engaged in
often lumped by popular culture within
our fields. The confluence of systems
the currently conflated term of artifiscience and engineering, human-ma-
cial intelligence (AI) to the extent that
chine systems, and cybernetics is prev-
any instance of soft-
alent at the present-
ware performing intel-
day cutting edge of
ligent data processing
engineering. In fact,
is even being referred
year after year, lead-
to in pro noun form
ing research organi-
as an AI. The same
zations that report on
can be said of terms
emerging and disrup-
of reference like cytive technology trends
berphysical systems.
consistently identify
This situation presents
technologies that cor-
an opportunity for our
respond to areas of
members to articulate
active research in the
our research in more
SMCS. Thus, this is an
specific terms, beyond
era of major impact
Edward tunstel
our inner technical
for the Society, and
circles, asserting a claim on the inte-
I am excited to be sharing this time
gral ingredients of what are becoming
with our membership as we continue
known as AI, cyberphysical systems,
to advance technology for the benefit
and related capabilities. SMCS mem-
of humanity through our individual
bers are engaged in the many facets of
work and collaborations.
research that are collectively defining
As technologies and methodolo-
an exciting future and should be proud
gies mature to meet new challenges,
contributors to this, taking appropriate
there is an increasing motivation to
ownership and responsibility.
incorporate them into real-world sys-
Indeed, the Society is a nexus of
tems. This is where our knowledge
technical talent, research activity, and
and tools for systems science and
advances for a large share of what is
systems engineering are brought to
fueling today's discourse. Students
bear. Additionally, at this time, there
studying in our fields of interest
is a pronounced emphasis on human
(http://ieeesmc.org/about-smcs), their
factors and the human relationships
professors, and engaged professionals
with the technologies that compose
worldwide should see the SMCS as a
complex systems-to which we in the
home and community supporting and
SMCS are well equipped to respond
advancing their interests and career.
with appropriate human-centric solu-

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