Frontiers in Soft Computing

Vladik Kreinovich (
Mon, 13 Jan 1997 07:49:34 +0100

Dear Colleagues,

I am (simply) forwarding this info to the fuzzy mailing list, `
because it is of interest to the fuzzy community.

Frontiers in Soft Computing and Decision Systems

AAAI Symposium

Boston, MA

November 7-9, 1997

An important direction for soft computing is its application to decision
analysis and decision systems. While fuzzy logic has a proven and vital role
in control systems, applications of soft computing to management decision
making may be equally significant. An important next step is to discuss real
problems in decision analysis that are faced by organizations today and
identify the best roles for soft computing.

Topics may include, but are not limited to, the following:

* the need for methods and tools to deal with high levels of complexity,
organization and manipulation of information, and the limitations in
the application of formal methods.
* strengths and limitations of methods such as expert systems and other
intelligent technologies
* integration and interface of humans as components of decision systems
* the nature and specific challenges in application areas such as
financial planning and project management.
* challenges in decision systems such as incorporation of learning,
dynamic knowledge bases, integration of multiple methods, and
affordable tools that are effective for complex systems.
* prospects for application of emerging concepts such as granularization
and computing with words.

This symposium will be a mixture of lectures, small group work, and
roundtable discussions. Researchers and developers from industry, business,
and government are invited to participate as well as those in fuzzy and
traditional AI areas. Participants who might help find ways to transfer
successful techniques in fuzzy control systems and engineering to
applications in management decision making are encouraged to attend. The
results from the working groups and the contributed papers will be published
and could form a road map for future work at the frontiers of soft computing
and decision analysis.


Paper submissions should not exceed ten single-spaced pages. Those wishing
to attend without contributing a paper should submit a 1-2 page statement of
background and interest. Submissions and questions should be directed to

Larry Medsker
Department of Computer Science and Information Systems
American University
Washington, DC 20016-8116
(202) 885-3306

Further information can be found at

Organizing Committee

Larry Medsker (Chair)

Ron Yager, Iona College (

Lotfi Zadeh, University of California, Berkeley (

Maria Zemankova, National Science Foundation (

Hans Zimmermann, RWTH Aachen (

For more information from AAAI:

Submission dates:
* submissions for the symposium are due on April 15, 1997
* Notification of acceptance will be give by May 15, 1997
* Material to be included in the working notes of the symposium
must be received by August 22, 1997