The Biomedical Cybernetics Laboratory is an interdisciplinary program of the Harvard Medical School – Partners Healthcare Center for Genetics and Genomics, affiliated with the Children’s Hospital Informatics Program and the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology. Our laboratory brings researchers from computer science, engineering, artificial intelligence, epidemiology and statistics together to develop novel methods for the integrated analysis of biomedical systems.
To develop of advanced quantitative and computational methods for the analysis of the biological systems, with a particular emphasis on genetic and genomic approaches to biomedical problems.
The term ‘cybernetics’ is rooted in the Greek term ‘kybernetes’, governor, and was introduced to modern scientific language by Norbert Wiener to define a systemic approach to understanding control and communication in natural and artificial systems. System theory, control theory, information theory, signal processing, artificial intelligence, systems engineering and several other disciplines are rooted in the realm of cybernetics. We have chosen this name for our laboratory because it is broad enough to encompass most of the disciplines and the approaches we use to model, understand, and characterize biological systems. We believe that this approach allows us to understand diseases and their cures at a new level by interrogating entire genomes to identify regulation and control processes in biological systems.
Harvard Medical School
Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Children’s Hospital Boston
Harvard School of Dental Medicine
Massachusetts Institute of Technology