BISC: CFP

From: Masoud Nikravesh (nikravesh@eecs.berkeley.edu)
Date: Fri Mar 02 2001 - 23:19:27 MET

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    Berkeley Initiative in Soft Computing (BISC)
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    CALL FOR PAPERS
            SPECIAL ISSUE ON MEDICAL INFORMATICS
      
    It has been nearly half of a century since artificial intelligence
    researchers set their eyes on expert systems for medical diagnosis and as
    decision support software to aid hospital operations. Even so, development
    of an automatic diagnostic tool for serious human disease is nowhere in
    sight. However, many simple expert systems have found their way into
    operating rooms, waiting rooms, utility rooms, record rooms and patient
    bedrooms. There is no doubt that the usefulness of expert systems has made
    them an integral part of the healthcare industry!
     
    Fueled by advances in the biologically-inspired and data driven consortium
    of significant discoveries such as fuzzy logic, artificial neural network,
    genetic algorithms, evolutionary computings, believe networks etc., there
    is a need to revisit the issue of expert system designs for the healthcare
    industry! This new consortium of methodologies, aggregately known as
    computational intelligence or soft-computing, has revolutionized many areas
    of scientific and technological inquiries. We call this movement a paradigm
    shift!
     
    The time is ripe for us to take another look, to reflect on the research
    community's accomplishments, to review what is state-of-the-art and most
    importantly, to plan and propose where to invest and determine what results
    are reasonable. We call the attention of all potential authors, health care
    system administrators, government funding agencies around the world, and
    world heath organizations such as the United Nations, Red Cross, etc. By
    taking advantage of not only powerful software, but also Internet
    technology and photonics networks, low cost effective solutions are
    attainable. This special issue is not limited to new technical and research
    results. We also welcome tutorial, survey, and societal study materials.
    All interested authors should submit 4 hard copies for peer review. These
    will be handled by a committee of leading researchers and system analysis
    specialists. Please send all inquiries and 4 hard copies to:
     
     
    Professor Paul P. Wang
    Box 90291
    Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
    Duke University
    Durham, N.C.
    U.S.A. 27708-0291
     
    e-mail : ppw@ee,duke.edu
    fax : 919-660-5293
    phone : 919-660-5259

    Thank you very much for your interest in this endeavor.
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