Conference Session
Russell Ackoff: From Russia, With Affection

Presented by Felix Tarasenko


Abstract: Russell Lincoln Ackoff has passed away from us into eternity. And, this is a heavy loss not only for his relatives, friends, pupils, colleagues and professionals in areas of his interests. The whole humanity lost one of its most advanced members, who strained every effort to push forward human mentality and self-understanding, and to improve its practical endeavors. Each of Russ’s ideas and actions was a step forward in development of our view of the world, elaborating understanding our place and roles in it, perfecting our interactions with environment. This is why he exerted so strong world-wide influence on so many aspects of our life. He was one of greatest thinkers and practitioners of the last century in issues of problem solving, that is to say, – of  the single and universal  form of any human activity.   Join in for a session of remembrances of Russ from one of his greatest collaborators in Russia.                                                                                                                                                                            

Felix Tarasenko

Biography: Felix Tarasenko, who earned doctorates in Cybernetics and Information Theory and in Radiophysics, is Dean of Faculty and Professor at the Department of Public and Business Administration, Tomsk State University, Tomsk, Russia. He has published more than 150 scientific articles and more than 10 books on topics including Information Theory, Artificial Intelligence, and Data Processing. He has been a member of the Science Board on Cybernetics and a member of the Working Group on Soviet-American Cooperation in Information Theory for the Academy of Sciences of USSR. He has received many recognitions and awards including the Order of Labor Red Banner (1980); Honored Worker of Higher Education of Russia (1985); Honored Scholar in Science and Technology of Russia (1990); Corresponding Member of the Russian Academy of Natural Sciences (1991); Full Member of the International Academy of Sciences of Higher School (1993); and is a current member of the Academic Board on Education in Management in the Ministry of Education of Russia.


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