FUZZY PAPER WINS FIRST ANDREW P. SAGE IEEE BEST PAPER OF THE YEAR

Augustine O. Esogbue (aesogbue@isye.gatech.edu)
Sun, 21 Nov 1999 15:18:46 +0100 (MET)

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Berkeley Initiative in Soft Computing (BISC)
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DEAR BISCERS:
Recently, Valerie Cross wrote:
"I am the current chair of the Fuzzy Systems Technical Committee of the
IEEE Neural Networks Council. Our committee has nominated Dr. Zadeh and
Dr. Sugeno for the IEEE Fuzzy Systems Pioneer Award. Our Fuzzy Systems
Tech committee is providing letters of support but we also need to have
letters of support from outside the committee. For example, it would be
nice to have
letters from a company that uses their work or from some of their
successful graduate students. We need to get these letters of support
within the next couple of weeks by the end of November to provide to the
IEEE Neural Network Awards Committee."

I believe that the information below addresses the above point and need:

I WANTED TO SHARE WITH YOU THE GOOD NEWS THAT MY PAPER(JOINT WITH WARREN E.
HEARNES) ENTITLED:
"On Replacement Models Via a Fuzzy Set Theoretic Framework" which appeared
in IEEE SMC Vol. 28, No. 4, Nov. 1998, pp549-560, was voted as the First
Winner of the Andrew P. Sage IEEE Best Paper of the Year Award.

This paper is an adroit exploitation of the theory of fuzzy sets in concert
with that of dynamic programming to address a fundamental problem in
economic decision analysis whether they are engineering systems or other
Socio-technical systems involving maintenance and replacement.

I believe that one can safely say that this is further indication that the
theory of fuzzy sets has come of age. The emphasis of this note is the
implications for fuzzy sets modeling and optimization of uncertain
engineering and decision oriented systems. It should serve as another
vindication of the importance, utility, intellectual stature and
recognition accorded fuzzy sets theory and applications by credible
scientific organizations. Clearly, correct application and adroit wedding
of techniques is key to any such success.

In accepting the award, I made it clear that it was particularly meaningful
to me since it is named after a man (Prof. A. P. Sage),that I respect very
much for his contributions to systems science and cybernetics over a
prolonged length of time, to various facets of IEEE, and to humanity in
particular. I feel indeed honored and grateful to my peers and members of
the Award Committee. I additionally dedicated this award to my two most
influential mentors and friends, Professor Richard Bellman(dynamic
programming) and Professor Lotfi Zadeh(fuzzy sets) whose fundamental
developments we adroitly combined to tackle an important and pervasive
problem in engineering, namely that of replacement analysis.

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E-Mail address: augustine.esogbue@isye.gatech.edu

Augustine O. Esogbue, Ph. D.
Professor and Director
Intelligent Systems & Controls Laboratory
School of Industrial & Systems Engineering
Georgia Institute of Technology
Atlanta, Georgia 30332-0205
TEL: (404) 894-2323
FAX: (404) 894-2301

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