The Biomedical Cybernetics Laboratory is an interdisciplinary program of the Harvard Medical School - Partners Healthcare Center for Personalized Genetic Medicine, affiliated with the Children's Hospital Informatics Program and the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology. Our laboratory brings together researchers from computer science, engineering, artificial intelligence, epidemiology and statistics to develop novel methods for the integrated analysis of biomedical systems.
The mission of our laboratory is the development 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' finds its roots in the the greek term 'kybernetes', governor, and it was introduced in modern science by Norbert Wiener to identify 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 find some of their roots 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 can use the technologies able to simultaneously interrogate the entire genome to identify the regulation and control of biological systems and understand at a new level diseases and their cures.