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The Biological Computer Lab - an unfinished revolution?

The Biological Computer Laboratory (BCL) was a research institute of the Department of Electrical Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. It was founded on 1 January 1958 by the then Professor of Electrical Engineering Heinz Foerster. The focus of research at the BCL was systems theory and specifically the area of self-organizing systems, bionics, and bio-inspired computing; that is, analyzing, formalizing, and implementing biological process using computers. 

Heinz Foerster is one of the most important scientists of the 20 century. He was a visionary and his work has a fundamental impact on contemporary bio medical science. He is a central figure in the development of systems theory, the fundament of systems biology and synthetic biology.


BCL homepage

Heinz Foerster homepage
Heinz von Foerster and the Bio-Computing Movements of the 1960s

Notes on an epistemology for living things

Biological computing from Heinz von Foerster to the present: a tool for understanding intelligence?

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