Alaska Workshop, May 1998

Masoud Nikravesh (
Fri, 16 Jan 1998 22:44:20 +0100 (MET)

BISC-SIG-ES workshop:

Workshop Title: The Role of Soft Computing Techniques in Earth Sciences
Organizer: Masoud Nikravesh, Jacob Barhen, and L. A. Zadeh
Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, Unocal, UC Berkeley
Sponsor: BISC and BISC-SIG-ES, University of California at Berkeley and
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

The Role of Soft Computing Techniques in Earth Sciences:
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In the past, classical data processing tools and physical models solved
many real-world complex problems. However, this should not obscure the
fact that the world of information processing is changing rapidly. We
are increasingly faced with less predictable and complex and immensly
world. A world that is imprecise, chaotic, multi-dimensional and
multi-domain problems with many interrelated parameters in situations
where small variability in parameters can change the solution
completely. Unfortunately, making sense of these complex, imprecise and
chaotic data which are very common in earth sciences applications, is
beyond the scope of human ability and understanding. What this implies
is that the classical data processing tools and physical models that
have addressed many complex problems in the past may not be sufficient
to deal effectively with present and future needs.

To solve such a complex problem, one needs to go beyond conventional
techniques and silicon hardware. The model needs to use several
emerging methodologies and soft computing techniques: Expert Systems,
Artificial Intelligence, Neural Network, Fuzzy Logic, Genetic Algorithm,
Probabilistic Reasoning, and Parallel Processing techniques. Soft
computing differs from conventional (hard) computing in that, unlike
hard computing, it is tolerant of imprecision, uncertainty, and partial
truth. Soft Computing is also tractable, robust, efficient and

In this workshop, we will reveal (explore) role of Soft Computing
techniques in Earth Sciences through several examples (from pore scale
to field scale modeling, from black box models to knowledge based
models, from petroleum reservoirs to environmental problems, from
lithology to seismic data). The basis for each example will be data and
minimum knowledge about the problem (if this knowledge exists). In each
example, our model will use one or all of the following techniques;

1. Fuzzy Logic for its linguistic nature, its tolerance for imprecision
and uncertainty in data, and low cost solution,
2. Neural Network because it is a fundamentally parallel technique to
capture the presence of fuzzy rules, and it does not require
specification of structural relationships between input-output data for
multi-dimensional, multi-domain, and complex data sets,
3. Genetic Algorithm for extraction of patterns, structure of the data,
its robustness, and to reduce the complexity of the Neuro-Fuzzy


WAC ‘98 REGISTRATION (Please circle the appropriate amount)
Deadline for Early registration is March 6, 1998
Professionals $400 (Registrations received after March 6, 1998 will be
charged $50 at the Site)
Students $200 (Site Registration for students is $250)

The registration fee includes Welcome Reception, Awards Banquet, and the
proceedings in CD-Rom format, and one year subscription to AutoSoft
Journal for full registrants only.

a) Congress Registration
b) Copies of Print Proceedings (1-5 volumes)
(______books @ $20.00 per book)
c) Extra copies of CD-ROM (_______CD’s @$10.00 per CD)
d) Extra subscription year of AutoSoft Journal @$80 for 4 issues

Tables are $650 per table (8 x 10 ft.) and includes a backboard for

e) ____________ tables @ $650/table

TUTORIAL REGISTRATION (Please circle your choice of tutorials and the
appropriate registration fee. Each tutorial is three hours long.)
All tutorials will be held Sunday, May 10, 1998.
Tutorial Registration Fees: Professional Student
One Tutorial (3 hrs) $100 $75
Two Tutorials (6 hrs) $175 $100
(Includes the two-part tutorials - Site fees will be increased $25 for
each 3-hour tutorial)


Technical Tutorials (See separate Tutorial Registration Pages for
1) Applications of Virtual Reality Technology to Computational
Intelligence: Visualization of Complex Software Simulations
2) Meeting the Challenge of Nuclear Robotics in High Radiation Doses
3) Application of Neural Networks to Automatic Detection
4) Soft Computing: Fuzzy Logic, Neural Network and Evolutionary
Computation Algorithms
5) Dynamics Modelling, Simulation, and Control of Flexible Manipulators
with Applications to Space Station and Environmental
6) Mixed Integer Programming Techniques and Applications in Modern
7) Recent Trends in Haptic Interfaces: Devices, Applications, and
Systems Aspects
8) Fuzzy System Modeling: Synthesis of Theory and Application
9) Linguistic Geometry for Intellligent Control - Construction of
Strategies in Robotics, Manufacturing, and Combat Simulation
10) 3D Vision and Modeling
11) A Financial Engineering Practitioner’s Perspective
12) Fuzzy Neural Systems
13) Neural Network Applications in Manufacturing
14) Identification of Dynamic Systems aimed at Practicing Engineers

f) Tutorials Total
g) Extra Banquet tickets ($35 per ticket)
i) Deep-sea fishing tutorial and tour @ $150* per person
$_______________ or $30 Deposit
j) River fishing tutorial and tour @$120* per person
$_______________ or $30 Deposit
k) Seafood cooking Tutorial - Hotel Captain Cook $35 per person
l) Seafood cooking Tutorial - Sheraton Hotel $35 per person
m) Kenai Fjords Wildlife Tour (6 hours) @ $75 per person
n) Kenai Fjords Wildlife Tour transportation @ $50 per person
Roundtrip to Seward, Alaska

TOTAL AMOUNT DUE (add lines "a" through "m")

*These prices are estimated, final figures may vary. Negotiations on
final prices are going on. A refundable $30 deposit will secure special
rate for you.

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Chair, BISC Special Interest Group in Earth Sciences
 Earth Sciences Division, MS 90-1116
 Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory,
 University of California at Berkeley
 Berkeley, CA 94720


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