AAAI Symposium (
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Frontiers in Soft Computing and Decision Systems

AAAI Symposium

November 8-10, 1997
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Boston, MA

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.

Questions should be directed to

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

Organizing Committee

Larry Medsker (Chair)
Ron Yager, Iona College
Lotfi Zadeh, University of California, Berkeley
Maria Zemankova, National Science Foundation
Hans Zimmermann, RWTH Aachen

Tentative Agenda
Saturday, November 8

Panel Presentation - Medsker, Yager, Zadeh, Zemankova, Zimmerman:
Framework and challenge for the symposium; raise questions and issues
about the role of soft computing for decision systems


Presentations on issue area #1: definitions of terms and concepts -
decisions, decision support systems, intelligent systems, soft computing.
Discussion led by a commentator.


Presentations on issue area #2: Conventional applications of soft computing.
Discussion led by a commentator.


Presentations on issue area #3: Differences and challenges in the
application of soft computing to new areas in decision support systems.
Discussion led by a commentator.

6:30-7:30 Reception

Sunday, November 9

Presentations on issue area #4: Available methods and tools for decision
support and for soft computing.
Discussion led by a commentator.


Presentations on issue area #5: Advances and developments needed for the
widespread use of soft computing in decision support systems; e.g.,
integration of intelligent technologies, behavioral research, and
integration of soft computing into DSS tools.
Discussion led by a commentator.


2:00-3:30 Panel discussion on advances and developments needed.
Discussion led by a commentator.


Small breakout group discussion: analysis and preliminary conclusions.
Whole group discussion of ideas to present at Plenary Session

6:00-7:00 Plenary Session

Monday, November 10

Small groups work on analysis and reports of symposium discussions.


Panel discussion - recorders from each group report conclusions.
Panel presentation - Medsker, Yager, Zadeh, Zemankova, Zimmerman: ideas
for directions of further work on widespread use of soft computing in
decision support systems.