Francis Heylighen (VUB) receives WIC Outstanding Technology Award
Professor Francis Heylighen, a VUB cybernetician and complexity scientist, has received the 2015 WIC Outstanding Technology Award for his contributions on "Global Brain and Collective Intelligence Technologies" from the Web Intelligence Consortium. The award was presented to him by Profs. Ning Zhong and Jiming Liu, co-chairs of the WIC, during a ceremony at the consortium's WI-IAT conference, which took place in Singapore on December 6-9, 2015. Previously, Heylighen had given a well-received keynote speech to the conference, entitled "The web as a self-organizing, distributed intelligence: towards a global brain".
Over the past twelve years this prestigious distinction has been awarded to 14 of the world's leading researchers in artificial intelligence and neuroscience, including Lotfi A. Zadeh, Karl Friston, John R. Anderson, and John McCarthy (see the full list at http://wi-consortium.org/wicweb/html/wicawards.html). Professor Heylighen now joins them thanks to his theoretical development of how an Internet-mediated collective intelligence could enable a higher level of global organization, a phenomenon he refers to as the "global brain".
For more info and pictures, see the full press release: http://pcp.vub.ac.be/Papers/PressRelease2.pdf.
Evolution, Complexity and Cognition group
Free University of Brussels