special session on fuzzy querying

Slawomir Zadrozny (zadrozny@ibspan.waw.pl)
Wed, 3 Nov 1999 16:44:48 +0100 (MET)

Fifth International Conference on Fuzzy Sets Theory and
Its Applications

January 30 -February4, 2000 - Liptovský Mikuláš, The
Slovak Republic

Special Session/Workshop on

FUZZY QUERYING

Call for abstract and participation


Fuzzy querying turns out to be one of the most promising
areas of fuzzy sets theory and fuzzy logic theory
application. So far, most popular lines of research
include fuzzy querying of (conventional) databases and
the use of fuzzy concepts in information retrieval. Due
to a rapidly growing amount of information collected in
companies, public administration, private resources,
etc., querying becomes a daily activity of more and more
people. These information resources contain neither
strictly well structured data (best suited to be dealt
with using databases) nor, on the other extreme, almost
unstructured bodies of text. The Internet, a global
container of information, with its plethora of semi-
structured documents is here a good example. Multimedia
and HTML files, e-mail message boxes etc. pose a
challenge for efficient querying techniques. Moreover,
the source of querying criteria and the ultimate user of
the querying results is a human being. Thus, it seems to
be a vital imperative to provide for human consistency of
the querying techniques. In practical terms, it refers to
the use of natural language based concepts in querying.
In the simplest setting, it may consist in the
maintenance of a dictionary of well-defined terms and
operations to be used in a query language. Then, often it
would be advantageous if the results of a query were
described using the very same set of linguistic terms.
That opens the door for the application of several
relevant techniques like data mining and summarisation,
linguistic approximation, etc. In fact, putting the whole
topic in a broader perspective we can consider a kind of
natural language based data processing or computing with
words postulated recently by Lotfi Zadeh.

The Fifth International Conference on Fuzzy Sets Theory
and Its Applications (FSTA) seems to be a very convenient
forum for an open discussion of the subject of fuzzy
querying, roughly depicted above. The conference,
recognised by EUSFLAT as the very first "fuzzy event" of
the new millennium, precedes some other similar events
including FQAS’2000 (Flexible Query Answering Systems)
conference in Warsaw, Poland (October 2000), Special
Session on Intelligent Techniques for Internet Resources
at Fourth International Conference on Knowledge-Based
Intelligent Engineering Systems & Allied Technologies in
Brighton, UK (August/September 2000) or special session
on database and information retrieval systems at IFSA
Congress/ NAFIPS, in Vancouver, Canada (July 2001), to
quote just a few.

The special session at FSTA is conceived as a less formal
forum for the exchange of ideas relevant for the concept
of fuzzy querying, including, but not limited to, the
following topics (practical implementations and
experiences as well as theoretical advances):

· Fuzzy querying languages
· Fuzzy relational algebra
· Use of fuzzy concepts in information retrieval
· Linguistic data mining techniques
· Fuzzy approaches for dealing with various data
formats, as, e.g., multimedia, HTML, XML

A short abstract (of about 300 words) of the proposed
contribution is to be sent by e-mail to organizers of
this workshop Slawomir Zadrozny (e-mail:
zadrozny@ibspan.waw.pl) and Peter Vojtas (e-mail:
vojtas@kosice.upjs.sk) by November 30, 1999 . Proceedings
with selected papers will be published after the
conference..

Information on the session and the FSTA conference
please find at http://www.ibspan.waw.pl/konf/fsta.txt

Please register for the session by FSTA conference organizers.

Slawomir Zadrozny

Systems Research Institute phone: +48 22 364103
Polish Academy of Sciences fax: +48 22 372772

01-447 Warszawa
ul. Newelska 6
POLAND

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