EUROFUSE Call for Membership

Bernard De Baets (Bernard.DeBaets@rug.ac.be)
Mon, 11 Jan 1999 13:47:37 +0100 (MET)

EUROFUSE

EURO Working Group on Fuzzy Sets

CALL FOR MEMBERSHIP

1. INTRODUCTION

We are proud to announce that the EURO Working Group (EWG) on
Fuzzy Sets, called EUROFUSE since 1998, is alive again! After
some years of little activity of this EWG, especially in
comparison with other EWG's, Bernard De Baets and J\'anos Fodor
were approached early 1998 by EURO officials asking them
to take over the coordination of this EWG.

2. HISTORY

Ever since the inception of EURO (The Association of European
Operational Research Societies) (see
http://www.ulb.ac.be/euro/euro_welcome.html),
it has provided an organisational framework for EURO Working
Groups. As declared by the EURO Council, the main purpose of
the EWG's is to encourage communication and research between
small groups of members specializing in particular topics. The
cornerstone for both EURO and its working groups was laid at the
First EURO Conference (1975), and the EWG on Fuzzy Sets
(together with three other EWG's) was set up at the same time.

3. PURPOSE

Fuzzy logic and fuzzy set theory have several important
connections with Operations Research (OR), for instance, in the
fields of mathematical programming, preference modelling and its
applications in multicriteria decision aid, scheduling,
representation and exploitation of non-stochastic types of
uncertainty, etc. The purpose of EUROFUSE is to communicate and
to promote knowledge of the theory of fuzzy sets and related
areas as well as their applications.

It is a general principle of EURO that EWG's should bring
together people with different backgrounds (like industry,
university, etc) who are interested in the same OR topic in
order to exchange ideas, experiences and research results.
EWG's are free in planning special activities in accordance
with the Charter for EWG's.

4. MEMBERSHIP

We would like to encourage individuals, independent of their
previous membership, who are active or interested in any
OR-related topic to sign up as member of EUROFUSE. Although
EWG's are open to any individual, and there is no membership
fee, coordinators should recommend the members of their EWG to
become member of their national OR society if there exists one
(for a list, see the EURO home page). EWG membership will be
revised regularly. An application form can be found at the end
of these pages. There are more than 120 members at this moment.

5. RECENT ACTIVITIES

Although this is the first year after the rebirth of the EWG on Fuzzy
Sets, the group has already proved its existence and shown some
exertion. The first business meeting of the reactivated group
was held during the EURO 16 Conference in Brussels (July 12-15,
1998), on July 13. There were EUROFUSE sessions at the EURO 16
Conference in Brussels, and also at the Seventh IPMU Conference
in Paris (July 6-10, 1998).

The major event of the group is the JOINT EUROFUSE-SIC '99 INTERNATIONAL
CONFERENCE (25-28 May, 1999, Budapest, Hungary). This is the fourth
scientific meeting of our EWG, jointly with the second
International Conference on Soft and Intelligent Computing. For
further information please visit http://www.elender.hu/~trivent.

Recently, a EUROFUSE Home Page has been set up at the address
http://allserv.rug.ac.be/~bdebaets/eurofuse.html, which will be
further expanded and enhanced in 1999.

6. FUTURE ACTIVITIES

Here is a list of actions we intend to take in the future. Other
actions can be proposed by any member. The order does not
indicate importance:

o to include a News section in our web pages
o to organize sessions at selected conferences
o to organize regular meetings in different host countries
o to publish selected papers of such meetings as an edited volume
o to publish special issues of OR-related journals
o to start a series of working papers (technical notes)
o to cooperate with EUSFLAT, the European Society for
Fuzzy Logic and Technology
o to cooperate with other EWG's in different forms

7. COORDINATORS

EUROFUSE is, in fact, one of the few EWG's with two coordinators,
expressing the desire to have a representation from both Western
and Eastern Europe. You can contact either of us concerning
membership, proposal for activities, etc.

Dr. Bernard DE BAETS
University of Gent (FSR - Flanders)
Applied Mathematics and Computer Sc.
Krijgslaan 281 (S9), B-9000 Gent, Belgium
Tel: +32-9-264 49 08 Fax: +32-9-264 49 95
E-mail: Bernard.DeBaets@rug.ac.be
URL: http://allserv.rug.ac.be/~bdebaets

Prof. Dr. J\'anos FODOR
University of Agricultural Sciences (GATE)
Institute of Mathematics and Computer Sc.
Department of Mathematics
P\'ater K\'aroly u. 1., H-2103 G\"od\"oll\H o, Hungary
Tel: +36-28-410-686 Fax: +36-28-410-804
E-mail: jfodor@mszi.gau.hu

8. APPLICATION FOR MEMBERSHIP

Please return by e-mail to one of the coordinators:

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APPLICATION FOR EUROFUSE MEMBERSHIP
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Title (Prof/Dr/Mrs/Mr) :
Name :
First Name :
Address :
:
Country :
Tel :
Fax :
E-mail :
Home Page :
Member of National OR Society (Y/N) :
Remarks :

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