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Prof. Christopher C. Bissell

Department of Computing and Communications

Faculty of Mathematics, Computing and Technology

The Open University, UK

Email: chris.bissell@open.ac.uk

Research fields

History and philosophy of technology

History of telecommunications

History of automatic control

Mathematical modelling


1993 Ph.D., The Open University, UK

1974 B.A., Cambridge University, UK

Publications (Selected)

  1. (Book) History of control engineering in Russia and the German speaking areas, Springer, forthcoming, 2015.
  2. Ramage, Magnus and Bissell, Christopher (2015).Cyberneticists at war and peace: wrestling with ethical dilemmas of information.In: The Difference That Makes a Difference (DTMD 2015), 5 June 2015, Vienna University of Technology, Austria (forthcoming).
  3. Bissell, Christopher (2014).Interpreting the information age: can we avoid anglocentrism?In: Interpreting the Information Age: New Avenues for Research and Display, 3-5 November 2014, Science Museum, London.
  4. Bissell, Chris (2014).The Information Turn in Modelling People and Society: early German Work. Presented at ISSEI 2014, Porto, Portubal, 4-8 August 2014.
  5. Schmidt, Günther and Bissell, Christopher C. (2013).An exhibition that has yet to be.IEEE Control Systems Magazine, 33(5) pp. 67–71.
  6. Bissell, Christopher (2013).The rôle of the history and philosophy of technology in secondary education.In: Fifth International Conference of the European Society for the History of Science, 1-3 November 2012, Athens.
  7. Bissell, Christopher (2013).Control in the Cold War: the genesis and early years of the International Federation of Automatic Control. In: 24th International Congress of the History of Science, Technology and Medicine, 21-28 July 2013, Manchester, UK.
  8. Jones, Allan;Bissell, ChristopherandChapman, David (2012).Open resources for case studies and assignments.In: EADTU (European Association of Distance Teaching Universities) 25th Annual Conference 2012 ‘The role of open and flexible education in European higher education systems for 2020: new models, new markets, new media’, 27-28 September 2012, Paphos, Cyprus.
  9. Bissell, Christopher(2012).In Memoriam Winfried Oppelt.at - Automatisierungstechnik, 60(6) pp. 325–329.
  10. Barker, Elton;Bissell, Christopher;Hardwick, Lorna;Jones, Allan;Ridge, MiaandWolffe, John(2012).Digital technologies: help or hindrance for the humanities?Arts and Humanities in Higher Education, 11(1-2) pp. 185–200.
  11. Bissell, ChrisandDillon, Chriseds. (2012).Ways of Thinking, Ways of Seeing: Mathematical and Other Modelling in Engineering and Technology.Automation, Collaboration and e-Services, 1. Berlin: Springer.
  12. Bissell, Chris(2012).Metatools for information engineering design.In:Bissell, ChrisandDillon, Chriseds.Ways of thinking, ways of seeing.Automation, Collaboration and e-Services (1). Springer, pp. 71–94.
  13. Bissell, Christopher(2012).From Andronow to Zypkin: an outline of the history of non-linear dynamics in the USSR.In:NDES 2012, 11 – 13 July 2012, Wolfenbüttel, Germany.
  14. Bissell, Christopher(2011).The Open University of the United Kingdom.In:Bainbridge, W. S.ed.Leadership in Science and Technology: A Reference Handbook.Sage.
  15. Bissell, Chris(2011).'The information revolution': taking a long view.In:Ramage, MagnusandChapman, Davideds.Perspectives on Information.Routledge Studies in Library and Information Science. New York, NY, U.S. and Abingdon, U.K.: Routledge, pp. 21–35.
  16. Bissell, Christopher Charles(2011).Hermann Schmidt and German 'proto-cybernetics'.Information, Communication & Society, 14(1) pp. 156–171.
  17. Jones, AllanandBissell, Christopher(2011).The social construction of educational technology through the use of authentic software tools.Research in Learning Technology, 19(3) pp. 285–297.
  18. Walker, Mark;Bissell, ChristopherandMonk, John(2010).The PLC: a logical development.Measurement + Control, 43(9) pp. 280–284.
  19. Bissell, Christopher(2010).Control in the technical societies: a brief history.Measurement and Control, 43(7) pp. 217–221.
  20. Bissell, Christopher(2010).The social construction of educational technology through the use of proprietary software.In:7th International Conference on Networked Learning, 3-4 May 2010, Aalborg, Denmark.
  21. Bissell, Chris(2010).Not just Norbert.Kybernetes, 39(4) pp. 496–509.
  22. Bissell, Chris(2009).Control engineering and the professional societies.In:IEEE 2009 Conference of the History of Technical Societies, 5-7 August 2009, Philadelphia, PA.
  23. Remaud, P.andBissell, C.(2009).The development of automatic control in France.IEEE Control Systems Magazine, 29(2) pp. 108–114.
  24. Bissell, Christopher(2009).A history of automatic control.In:Nof, Shimon Y.ed.Springer handbook of automation.Springer handbook series (LXXVI). Heidelberg, Germany: Springer Verlag, pp. 53–69.
  25. Bissell, Christopher(2008).Forging a new discipline: Reflections on the wartime infrastructure for research and development in feedback control in the US, UK, Germany and USSR.In:Maas, AdandHooijmaijers, Hanseds.Scientific Research in World War II.Routledge Studies in Modern History. UK: Routledge, pp. 202–212.
  26. Bissell, C CandWilliams, J P(2008).Coping with a changing world: the UK Open University approach to teaching ICT.In:International Technology, Education and Development Conference: INTED2008, 3-4 March 2008, Valencia, Spain.

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