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Prof. Béla A. Bánáthy

SIG Chair:  Information Systems Design and Information TechnologyBánáthy received his B.S. from California State University, Fresno in 1965, his M.S. in Information Science from Washington State University in 1969, and his PhD in Educational Administration from the U.C. Berkeley, in 1991.In 1969 he started working at the Monterey Peninsula College, where he chaired the Department of Computer Science and Information Systems from 1973 to 1997. From 1974 to 1990 he served as Director of the Computer Center. He joinedSaybrook Graduate School as an adjunct faculty member in 1993 and teaches courses in Systems Inquiry.Bánáthy has been an active member of the International Society for the Systems Sciences (ISSS), and has served as Chair of the ISSS Council, Chair of the special interest group on Information Systems Design, on the Editorial Board of Applied Systems Studies, Organizational Transformation & Social Change, and the International Journal of Information Technologies & the Systems Approach. He was President of ISSS in 1999. He is a Research Fellow of the International Systems Institute,[1] a member of the General Evolutionary Research Group,[2] Member of the Executive Board of theInstitute for 21st Century Agoras, and is working with the Foundations of Information Science research group.[3] Béla A. Bánáthy is the son of systems scientist Béla H. Bánáthy.Bánáthy's research interests are in the fields of "the general theories of systems, theories of evolution, the foundations ofinformation science, design of information systems, and design of social systems". His research in the new millennium has focussed on the "relationship between the ontological and epistemological aspects of complex systems, and the development of a corresponding approach to ecological as well as socio-cultural informatics".[4]