'Fuzzy Logic' revolutionises problem-solving


Date: 03/04/2002

Two Australian academics have edited a new book that has the potential to dramatically change the way people look at information processing.

Vladimir Dimitrov from the University of Western Sydney and Victor Korotkich from Central Queensland University, have edited 'Fuzzy Logic: A Framework for the New Millennium' (Heidelberg and New York: Springer-Verlag, 2002).

Dr Dimitrov believes fuzzy logic opens a "new challenging perspective in information processing".

"This perspective emerges out of the ideas of the founder of fuzzy logic, Lotfi Zadeh, to develop 'soft' tools for direct computing with human perceptions," he says.

The papers included in the book focus on the knowledge and experience of the researchers in relation both to the engineering applications of 'soft' (fuzzy logic based) computing and to its social and philosophical implications at the dawn of the third millennium.

"A new branch of human-centred research called social fuzziology has been brought into life to respond to the multiple challenges of today's ever-accelerating social complexity," Dr Dimitrov says.

Fuzziology is the study of the sources, the nature and the dynamics of uncertainty (fuzziness) inherent in human understanding and dealing with complex systems, be they natural or artificial, real or virtual.

Social fuzziology shows how to transcend the limitation of this fuzziness and to harness our potential for a never-ending growth of humanity in intelligence and spirit.

The book focuses on both the engineering applications of fuzzy logic and soft computing and its social applications and philosophical insights.

"Academics and postgraduate students will find a lot of interesting ideas and applications in this book, particularly in the first chapter called Understanding Society, " Dr Dimitrov says.

"Fuzzy Logic 'softens' the hardness of today's industry, management and business through algorithms and program that are able to model human skill, experience and decision-making to make these worlds more flexible, responsive and friendly."

The book consists of three parts: Understanding Society, Mathematics, and Modelling and Control Systems.

The first part reveals different aspects of fuzziology, a new study of fuzziness inherent in human knowledge. The second part explores the mathematical foundations of soft computing, while the third part elicits its innovative engineering applications.

For more information please contact Dr Dimitrov on 4570 1903 or email v.dimitrov@uws.edu.au

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