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Two sons:

Alexander Xydas:  BSc Sports Technology, MSc Engineering Design, Loughborough University, UK.

MSc Dissertation: Design of a New Bicycle Ergometer, 2010.

Dimitris Xydas: BEng Electronic Engineering & Cybernetics, MSc Cybernetics, PhD Cybernetics, University of Reading, UK.

PhD Thesis: Investigation of Spatiotemporal State Dynamics in Neuronal Cultures, 2011.

Cybernetics Definitions:

Cybernetics is a broad subject, transcending traditional academic disciplines, and as such there are various ways of defining or commenting on the subject. Here are some of them (Web site University of Reading):

  1. ‘Control and communication in the animal or in the machine’ – the early formal definition, used by Wiener in the title of his book
  2. ‘The science of interacting systems – as Cybernetics is not restricted to any one area, it can be applied to different systems – and typically these systems, or components within them, interact with each other. In a control system, such as a steersman, the controller (eg the steersman) interacts with the device being controlled (eg the boat), but the boat interacts with the steersman.’
  3. ‘A science concerned with the study of systems of any nature which are capable of receiving, storing, and processing information so as to use it for control’- A.N. Kolmogorov
  4. ‘The acquisition, communication, processing and application of information’ – definition used at University of Reading

Research in Cybernetics at Reading includes work on intelligence, including the use of neural networks; advanced and intelligent control; robotics; interactive systems, including the use of technology to aid and augment humans; image processing; virtual reality; systems for measurement, including the use of infra-red and Terahertz – these all involve systems and feedback.