On-line tutorials

Wallace Kelly (wkelly@ieee.org)
Sun, 7 Jun 1998 02:18:29 +0200 (MET DST)

Are you interested in learning the basics of fuzzy logic control? Or
perhaps performing your own experiments in evolutionary computation?
Maybe a lively discussion of quantum mind networks would interest you.
If so, visit the web-based tutorials of the 3rd World Conference on Soft
Computing. We have mirror sites around the globe.

WSC3 Servers:

You will likely find something of interest in the tutorials, which are
freely available. The tutorial topics are "Fuzzy Control", "Evolutionary
Computation", and "Quantum Mind Networks". A discussion area is included
for interaction with tutorial presenters. I've attached the abstracts of
the tutorials, and more details about WSC3.


Dr. Wallace Kelly, III
WSC3 On-line Tutorial Chair

Jan Jantzen, Technical University of Denmark
Mariagrazia Dotoli, Politecnico di Bari, Italy
This tutorial concerns automatic control of an inverted pendulum,
especially rule based control by means of fuzzy logic. A ball balancer,
implemented in a software simulator in Matlab, is used as a practical
case study. The objectives of the tutorial are to teach the basics of
fuzzy control, and to show how to apply fuzzy logic in automatic
control. Prior knowledge of fuzzy logic is required as well as access to
Matlab. The work load is 15 hours. The tutorial is distance learning,
where you will interact one-to-one with the teacher using e-mail. After
the tutorial you will understand how fuzzy controllers function.

Carlos Cotta, Universidad de Málaga, España
Enrique Alba, Universidad de Málaga, España
The term evolutionary computation refers to the study of the foundations
and applications of certain heuristic techniques based on the principles
of natural evolution. The tutorial deals primarily with genetic
algorithms. A Java applet is included to allow the tutorial participants
to perform their own GA experiments.

Branko Soucek, Author and Researcher
The Quantum Mind treats natural intelligence and man-made intelligence
as one single domain. The QM resolves complex problems in a
multidimensional space, outlined by science, technology, business,
environment and people. The QM focuses on decentralization, autonomy and
on networking among mutual independent organizational units. The process
depends on the groupwork and cooperation. Both, mind and organizational
(business) intelligence are based on the holistic approach. The Quantum
Mind integrates human and computer based knowledge-learning processes
and agents, locally and through Internet. In contrast to other
organizational approaches, the Quantum Mind is strongly centered on
quantizing and on the dynamic agents space. The tutorial introduces the
Quantum Mind Networks as a new and rapidly growing business domain.
Intelligent complex industrial systems are described. Some of these
systems keep the world leading position in industry automation and
networking. This tutorial, supported by Soucek's "Quantum Mind Networks"
book, could be used as a new university course.

These tutorials are available at the

3rd Online World Conference on Soft Computing
in Engineering Design and Manufacturing

21-30 June 1998
On the Internet (World-Wide Web)

Hosted by:
Cranfield University, United Kingdom
University of Bath, United Kingdom
Nagoya University, Japan
Michigan State University, USA
University of Cape Town, South Africa
Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, India
Bauman Moscow State Technical University, Russia

WSC3 Servers:


Special features of WSC3 are:

* Good Quality Original Papers
* Invited Key Papers
* Virtual Exhibition
* On-line Tutorials
* Virtual panel discussions
* Best Paper Prizes
* Possible publication of selected papers in a journal

WSC3 is the premier online event on soft computing and its application
to engineering design and manufacturing. The previous events are:
WSC1 (http://www.bioele.nuee.nagoya-u.ac.jp/wsc1) and
WSC2 (http://www.zen.co.uk/cim.inst/wsc2/)


The scope of this conference covers the following soft computing and
related techniques and their application to engineering design and

Fuzzy Logic
Neural Networks
Evolutionary Computing
Other Stochastic Optimisation Techniques
Hybrid Methods
Intelligent Agents and Agent Theory
Causal Models
Data Mining
Probabilistic Reasoning
Case-based Reasoning
Chaos Theory
Interactive Computational Models

The application areas of interest include but are not limited to :

Decision Support
Process and System Control
System Identification and Modelling
Signal or Image Processing
Vision or Pattern Recognition
Condition Monitoring
Fault Diagnosis
Systems Integration
Collaborative Work
Internet Tools
Extended Enterprise

Conference Schedule:
1 May-1 Aug: Virtual Exhibition
1-14 June: On-line Tutorials
15-20 June: Conference Preview week
21-30 June: WSC3 Conference


WSC3 will be held on-line on the World Wide Web. This means that there
will be contents of both static and dynamic nature. Full contents will
be accessible only to the REGISTERED participants. However there will be
some information that will be accessible to everyone over the Internet
without restriction.

The conference will consist of three parts: On-line Tutorial Sessions,
Technical Sessions and a Virtual Exhibition. For details about each part
please follow the information in WSC3 servers.

VIRTUAL EXHIBITION of commercial, industrial and academic stands will
complement the technical programme of WSC3. The exhibition in WSC2 was a
great success. It will present information on commercial products,
industrial projects and academic research groups related to soft
computing and engineering design & manufacturing. Companies and
professional organisations interested in the development or use of soft
computing will also be welcome to present their perspective.


WSC3 provides an excellent opportunity for Companies and Professional
Institutions to influence future trends and promote leadership in soft
computing, engineering design and manufacturing by way of sponsorship.
Please visit WSC3 servers for further information and to sponsor WSC3.


Rajkumar Roy, Cranfield Univ. (UK) - Conference Chair
Yasuhiko Dote, Muroran Inst. of Tech. (Japan) - Int. Co-Chair
Takeshi Furuhashi, Nagoya Univ. (Japan) - Program Co-Chair
Pravir K. Chawdhry, Univ. of Bath (UK) - Program Co-Chair
Ivanoe De Falco, IRSIP - CNR (Italy) - Virtual Exhibition Chair
Wallace E. Kelly, III, Texas A&M Univ. (USA) - On-line Tutorial Chair
Jeffrey Goldberg, Cranfield Univ. (UK) - Local Organisation Chair


Prof. Zbigniew Michalewicz, University of North Carolina, USA
Prof. D T Pham, University of Wales Cardiff, UK
Prof. Norenkov Igor, Moscow State Technical University, RUSSIA
Prof. Rajkumar Pant, IIT Bombay, INDIA
Prof. Vladimir Kvasnicka, Slovak Technical University, SLOVAKIA
Prof. Prabhat Hajela, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, USA
Prof. Kay Hameyer, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, BELGIUM
Dr. Tadashi Iokibe, Meidensha Corporation, JAPAN
Prof. Erik D. Goodman, Michigan State University, USA
Prof. John S. Gero, University of Sydney, AUSTRALIA
Prof. Witold Pedrycz, University of Manitoba, CANADA
Prof. Antonio A. R. Coelho, Univ. Federal de Santa Catarina, BRAZIL
Prof. V.A. Zarubin, Samara State Aerospace University, RUSSIA
Dr. Frank Hoffmann, BISC, University of California, USA
Dr. Phil Culverhouse, University of Plymouth, UK
Dr. John Greene, University of Cape Town, South Africa
Prof. Asim Roy, Arizona State University, USA
Prof. Noel Sharkey, University of Sheffield, UK
Dr. Alex H B Duffy, University of Strathclyde, UK
Dr. Riccardo Poli, The University of Birmingham, UK
Dr. Antony Satyadas, Flexible Intelligence Group, USA
Prof. Okyay Kaynak, Bogazici University, TURKEY
Dr. Dr Xin Yao, Australian Defence Force Academy, AUSTRALIA
Prof. Elie Sanchez, University of Marseille, FRANCE
Prof. SongDe MA, Chinese Academy of Sciences, CHINA
Mr. Steve Thornton, British Steel, UK
Ir.C.M.Kalker-Kalkman, Delft University, THE NETHERLANDS
Prof. Sung-Bae Cho, Yonsei University, KOREA
Prof. Vladislav Valkovsky, St.Petersburg Electrotechnical Univ., RUSSIA
Dr. George Bilchev, BT Laboratories, UK
Dr. Dorigo Marco, Universite' Libre de Bruxelles, BELGIUM
Prof. Nik Kasabov, University of Otago, NEW ZEALAND

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