ERCIM Workshop on Soft Computing 2003
by Petr Hájek
The second workshop of the ERCIM working group on soft computing was held from 18-20 October in Brno, Czech Republic. It was held in parallel with the DATAKON conference, a high-profile traditional conference focussed on theoretical and technical backgrounds, best practices and development trends in the deployment of information technology for information systems development, including practical results from industry.
The previous three workshops on Soft Computing (with the 2002 workshop the first to be recognised as an ERCIM workshop) were held in parallel with SOFSEM conferences. Unfortunately this year SOFSEM altered its conference date such that it clashed with an important conference on fuzzy logic, leading to the workshop aligning itself instead with DATAKON. This proved to be extremely helpful, since local administrative matters were attended to by the DATAKON organisers. This included the opening concert and welcome reception on October 18 (the arrival day). Our thanks are due to Professor Staudek from Masaryk University, the chair of DATAKON, for this arrangement.
The 2003 workshop included four invited talks and nine contributions. Proceedings with full papers appeared as Issue 5 of Volume 13 of the international journal, Neural Network World.
- C. G. Fermüller: 'Theories of vagueness versus fuzzy logic: can logicians learn from philosophers?'
- B Gerla: 'Many-valued logics and semirings'
- S Jenei and F Montagna: 'A proof of standard completeness for non-commutative monoidal t-norm logic'
- P Jipsen: 'An overview of generalised basic logic algebras'.
Contributed papers from Czech, Slovak, British and Italian authors ranged over various topics of probabilistic, possibilistic and fuzzy approaches to managing uncertainty.
To quote from my editorial in the proceedings: "The fourth workshop on soft computing appears to continue in our good tradition and to contribute to foundational and other aspects of the discipline of soft computing. It is hoped that we shall keep this tradition also in the future."
Petr Hájek, Institute of Computer Science, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic/CRCIM