Cybernetics - A short definition
Cybernetics covers an emerging postgenomic
working program for the application of systems-
and communications-theory, connectionism and
decision theory on biomedical research and
health related questions.
Medical Systems Theory
The scope of medical systems theory is
searching for and modelling of physiological
dynamics in the intact and diseased organism to
gain deeper insights into the organizational
principles of life and its perturbations.
Medical Information and Communication
Motivated by the awareness of information as
an essential principle of life the application
of communication theory to biomedicine aims to
describe signalling processes in different
physiological layers mathematically.
Connectionistic models describe information
processing in neural networks - thus forming a
bridge between biological and technological
Medical Decision Theory
The Goal of MDT is to gather evidence based
foundations for decision making in the clinical
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of an invited talk (in German), held on November
13th, 2004 at the joint conference
"Biokybernetik - Bioinformatik und Bioethik"
(biocybernetics - bioinformatics and bioethics)
of the German Asscociation for Cybernetics
("Deutsche Gesellschaft für Kybernetik")
and the Leibniz-Sozietät ("Berliner
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