Electrical Engineering & Computer Sciences

College of Engineering

U. C. Berkeley

Berkeley Initiative in Soft Computing (BISC) Workshop
Friday, February 11, 2:00 - 5:00pm, 380 Soda Hall











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The basic ideas underlying soft computing in its current incarnation have links to many earlier influences, among them Prof. Zadeh’s 1965 paper on fuzzy sets; the 1973 paper on the analysis of complex systems and decision processes; and the 1979 report (1981 paper) on possibility theory and soft data analysis. BISC Program is the world-leading center for basic and applied research in soft computing. The principal constituents of soft computing (SC) are fuzzy logic (FL), neural network theory (NN), evolutionary computing (EC) & DNA computing, probabilistic reasoning (PR) and including belief networks, chaos theory and parts of learning theory and machine le arning. Some of the most striking achievements of BISC Program are: fuzzy reasoning (set and logic), new soft computing algorithms making intelligent, semi-unsupervised use of large quantities of complex data, uncertainty analysis, perception-based decision analysis and decision support systems for risk analysis and management, computing with words, computational theory of perception (CTP), and precisiated natural language (PNL).

A Glimpse into the Future

The successful applications of soft computing and the rapid growth of BISC suggest that the impact of soft computing will be felt increasingly in coming years. Soft computing is likely to play an especially important role in science and engineering, but eventually its influence may extend much farther. In many ways, soft computing represents a significant paradigm shift in the aims of computing - a shift which reflects the fact that the human mind, unlike present day computers, possesses a remarkable ability to store and process information which is pervasively imprecise, uncertain and lacking in categoricity. In this perspective, what is important about BISC is that it provides a platform for the advancement of soft computing - a platform which lowers barriers between the constituents of soft computing and facilitates international cooperation on a global scale.

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BISC-Decision Support System
"Decision making and analysis under uncertainty using computational intelligence, decision tree using evolutionary computing techniques and its application in business and information systems "




From Search Engines to Question-Answering Systems --The Need for New Tools
Computing with Words, Computational Theory of Perception (CTP), and Precisiated Natural Language (PNL)

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