Invitation, BISC Special Interest Group In Earth Sciences

masoud nikravesh (
Mon, 2 Jun 1997 17:39:09 +0200

Subject: Invitation, BISC Special Interest Group In Earth Sciences

Dear Colleagues and Biscers,

I would like to take this opportunity to invite you to be a member of the BISC
Special Interest Group In Earth Sciences. It would be a great honor for us if
you would accept this invitation.

We have set up an account for BISC_SIG_ES. If you are interested in joining
the Group please send e-mail to:


Please use "Join BISC_SIG_ES" as the subject of the mail, and include the
following information in the body if possible:

Field of Interest:
Mailing address:
Preferred E-mail address:
Http address:

If you would like to be considered as a Member of the Steering Committee,
please send an extra page describing type of contribution to BISC_SIG_ES and
Area of your Interest.

There is a homepage which you could find out more information about the BISC. , , ,

During the past several years, applications of soft computing have grown
exponentially. Due to this fact we proposed to Professor Zadeh a new BISC
Special Interest Group, in Dec 1996. BISC is an acronym for the Berkeley
Initiative in Soft Computing. Director of the BISC is Professor Zadeh (Father
of Fuzzy Logic).

Our Intention is to transfer Techniques and Methodologies which have been
developed during the past several years in BISC to the Earth Sciences area.
Broadly, Earth Sciences subsumes but is not limited to the following areas;

1. Hydrology
2. Geochemistry
3. Geophysics (Seismology and electromagnetic)
4. Borehole wireline log evaluation
5. Geostatistics
6. Reservoir Engineering
7. Mineral Prospecting
8. Environment Risk Assessment
9. Nuclear Waste Storage Risk Assessment.

1997-1998 Plan and Area of Interest

A. Mining and Fusion of Petroleum Data with Fuzzy Logic and Neural Network

Knowledge Discovery from Data Bases: Intelligent Data Mining Technique

B. Design of Smart Controllers for Petroleum Industries
Neuro-Fuzzy and Neuro-Geometric Control Strategy

C. Reservoir Management: Integration of Reservoir Simulator and Soft
Computing Techniques
An Integrated Intelligent Reservoir-Production Model for Improved Oil
Recovery and Oil Reservoir Management

D. Soft Computing Techniques for Contaminant Sites and Environmental

E. Premeability Calculation based on Pore Level Information, Pattern
Recognition Techniques and Granulation Theory

F. Development of an Integrated Neuro-Fuzzy-Genetic Algorithm Software

G. Mission to Planet Earth

H. Exploration on Mars

Current Members of the Steering Committee (In alphabetical order) of the BISC
Special Interest Group in Earth Sciences are (the list is incomplete)

Dr. Fred Amminzadeh (Unocal)
Prof. Mori Anvari (BISC-UCB)
Dr. Sepher Arbabi, Stanford University
Dr. Sally Benson (ESD-LBNL)
Prof. George Cooper (MSME-UCB)
Dr. Boris Faybishenko, LBNL
Dr. Amir Fijany, JPL
Prof. Takahashi Furuhashi, Nagoya University
Prof. Shelia Guberman, Paragraph International
Dr. Frank Hoffmann, UC Berkeley
Prof. Mohammad Jamshidi, UNM and NASA-ACE Center
Dr. Virginia Johnson, LLNL
Prof. Anthony R. Kovscek, Stanford University
Prof. Larry Mazlack, U. Cincinnati
Prof. Shahab Mohaghegh, West Virginia University
Dr. Larry Myer (ESD-LBNL)
Dr. Masoud Nikravesh (ESD-LBNL, BISC-UCB)
Prof. Tad W. Patzek (MSME-UCB)
Prof. Vladimir B. Pisetski, Geophysical systems Laboratory, Ural Mining
Ekaterinburg, Russia
Dr. Leah Rogers, LLNL
Prof. Mohammad Sahimi, USC
Prof. Masoud Soroush, Drexel University
Prof. Tsau-Young Lin, SJSU
Prof. Ching Wu, Texas A&M University
Prof. Lotfi A. Zadeh (BISC-UCB)

In addition, we are in the process of inviting more members.

A glimpse into the future (Note from Professor Zadeh)

"The successful applications of soft computing and the rapid growth of BISC
suggest that the impact of soft computing will be felt increasingly in coming
years. Soft computing is likely to play an especially important role in
science and engineering, but eventually its influence may extend much farther.

"Classical data processing tools solved many complex exploration and
production problems in the past. However, this should not obscure the fact
that the world of information processing is changing rapidly. Increasingly, we
are faced with profusion and complexity of computer-generated data and limited
human ability to understand and use their information content. What this
implies is that the classical data processing tools that have addressed many
complex problems in the past, may not be sufficient to deal effectively with
present and the future needs."

Masoud Nikravesh, Ph.D.
Chairman, BISC Special Interest Group In Earth Sciences
BISC is an acronym for the Berkeley Initiative in Soft Computing.

Earth Sciences Division, MS 90-1116, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
and Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department, Soda Hall,
Uinersity of California at Berkeley
Berkeley, CA 94720


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