Journal Honors Pioneering ATEC Professor’s Work
Mar. 23, 2011
Arts and Technology professor and researcher Dr. Mihai Nadin has won the 2010 International Journal of General Systems Best Paper Award for a work on “Anticipation and Dynamics.”
The journal published the paper in January 2010 in an edition devoted entirely to his work.
Nadin is the director of antÉ, the Institute for Research in Anticipatory Systems at UT Dallas, and is internationally recognized for his pioneering work in the field of anticipation. The discipline studies action as informed not only by the past and present but also by possible futures. The field has applications in a number of research areas, including computer software, the behavioral sciences and artificial intelligence.
“Motivation mechanisms in learning, the arts and all types of research are dominated by the underlying principle that a future state – the result – controls present action,” Nadin said.
Nadin’s award-winning paper explores how anticipation relates to the perception of change. The paper draws on the work of Robert Rosen, with whom Nadin is credited with introducing the concept of anticipation in modern science.
The International Journal of General Systems is a cross-disciplinary periodical devoted to concepts in systems science, especially those that transcend the boundaries between traditional academic disciplines.
Nadin’s research continues, recently in Bremen, Germany, where he directed an international group of researchers at the Technical Center for Informatics.