CFP: FSS Special Issue on Soft Decision Analysis

Robert Fuller (
Sun, 19 Oct 1997 15:04:28 +0200 (MET DST)

Fuzzy Sets and Systems

Special Issue on Soft Decision Analysis

We have, with pleasure, accepted an invitation by Prof Dr Dr
h.c.Hans-Juergen Zimmermann to edit a Special Issue of Fuzzy Sets and
Systems on Soft Decision Analysis. We hereby want to invite authors active
in the field to submit full-length papers to this Special Issue.

Soft Decision Analysis has grown in importance during recent years and the
BISC Special Interest Group on Soft Decision Analysis was founded in 1997
(please visit our Web site: It
appears, from a number of papers, that several significant contributions
have been made to fuzzy multiple criteria problem solving and decision
making in the last few years, including fuzzy multiple criteria algorithms
and fuzzy multiple objective programming. It has also become evident that
the use of fuzzy set theory has had a decisive influence on the
ef-fectiveness of the multiple criteria methods.

Classical decision analysis, on the other hand, has not shown the same
influence from fuzzy logic and fuzzy set theory. It is plausible to assume
that similar benefits as those we have found in mcdm can be found by
introducing fuzzy logic and fuzzy set theory as an axiomatic basis for
decision analysis. The Special Issue is aimed at exploring the possibilities
of this approach to decision analysis, which we tentatively have named Soft
Decision Analysis.

Papers on the development of theoretical foundations and algorithms, the
develop-ment and use of software, and experience with applications of soft
decision analysis are welcome.

We are especially looking for papers, which would outline the state of the
art of the theoretical foundations of soft decision analysis. We want
papers, which show in which sense fuzzy logic and fuzzy set theory is
beneficial for the development of the theory and methods of decision
analysis, or which demonstrate that not much can be gained from this
approach. And we are looking for papers, which demonstrate the
applicability and usefulness of soft decision analysis.

Please send us extended abstracts (around 500 words) of your intended
contribution by November 30, 1997. We are going to interact with you in
order to get a reasonably well structured issue, which will both cover key
contributions, enough theoretical depth and good applications to give a good
overview of the field. Full papers are due by March 31, 1998. Please note
that manuscripts should be sent in triplicate and should be prepared for
publication in accordance with "Instructions for Authors" in Fuzzy Sets and
Systems. All manuscripts will undergo the normal refereeing process.

Papers for the Special Issue should be sent to:

Professor Christer Carlsson
Institute for Advanced Management Systems Research
Abo Akademi University
Datacity, 20520 Abo, Finland
[fax +358-2-2519912; e-mail:

The Special Issue is an activity of the Special Interest Group on Decision
Analysis, the Berkeley Initiative in Soft Computing.

Christer Carlsson and Robert Fuller (Guest Editors)

Robert Fuller
TUCS/IAMSR/Abo Akademi
DataCity A 4150

FIN-20520 Turku, Finland

Phone: +358-2-2654066
Fax: +358-2-2654809