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Dr Thomas Kron, born 1970, Master of Arts 1997, doctoral degree 2000, deals with sociological theory (action and systems theory), socionics, and sociological diagnoses of the present (especially individualization). Now he is researcher at the University of Hagen, department of sociology in the project "Investigations of the Dynamics of Social Systems by Simulation of Complex Adaptive Agents", funded by the central public funding organization for academic research in Germany (DFG). He is editor among other things of Individualization and Sociological Theory (2000, German), Luhmann modelled. Socionical Approaches for the Simulation of Communication Systems (2002), and author of Moral Individuality (2001). All books (2001 and 2002) are in German.

University of Hagen
Fleyer Str. 204
58084 Hagen

email: thomas.kron@fernuni-hagen.de
web: http://www.fernuni-hagen.de/SOZ/SOZ2/Kron

Dr Peter Dittrich, Junior group leader of the Computational Systems Biology Group at the Friedrich-Schiller-University of Jena, Institute of Computer Science; and member of the Jena Centre for Bioinformatics. From 1988 to 1995 Peter Dittrich has studied Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, and Chemistry and received 1995 his Diploma degree in Applied Computer Science from the University of Dortmund. From 1995 to 2002 he pursued research on artificial chemistry, evolutionary robotics, artificial life, genetic programming, and computational sociology in the group of Prof. W. Banzhaf at the University of Dortmund. The author's research focus is on self-organizing, autonomous, self-modifying, and constructive dynamical systems with strong emphasis on an interdisciplinary context.

Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena
Institute of Computer Science
Bio Systems Analysis Group
D-07743 Jena

web: http://www.informatik.uni-jena.de/~dittrich

Prof Wolfgang Banzhaf is associate professor of Computer Science in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Dortmund, Germany, and a member of the Informatik Centrum Dortmund. He has a PhD in theoretical physics (1985, University of Karlsruhe) and was a visiting scientist both in industry and academia in Japan, the US, and Australia. His interests include self-organisation phenomena in natural and artificial systems, and Genetic Programming, a field within the area of evolutionary computation. Topics of present research interest are artificial chemistries, constructive (dynamical) systems, regulatory networks, evolution and development, and learning. He is the lead author of a text book entitled" Genetic Programming - An Introduction" (1998) and editor of 5 conference proceedings in the field. In addition, he serves as editor-in-chief of the Kluwer journal "Genetic Programming and Evolvable Machines" and as editorial board member of the journal "Artificial Life" and "Applied Soft Computing".

Deptartment of Computer Science
University of Dortmund
44221 Dortmund

web: http://ls11-www.cs.uni-dortmund.de/people/banzhaf

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