Sunday, March 11, 2012

BISC Online Panel on Uncertainty (BPU)

From: Lotfi A. Zadeh <>
Date: Fri, Mar 9, 2012 at 8:53 PM
Subject: [bisc-group] BISC Online Panel on Uncertainty (BPU)

Berkeley Initiative in Soft Computing (BISC)

Dear Panelists and Members of the BISC Group:

Round 1 of BPU has been completed, minus a summary by Gert de Cooman on imprecise probabilities which will be posted a little later. The summaries are attached. Following is a list of the panelists and titles of their summaries. 

G. Coletti "A general model to handle uncertainty, based on coherent conditional probabilities."
G. de Cooman "Imprecise probabilities"
D. Dubois and H. Prade "A unified view of uncertainty theories"
G. Klir "Generalized information theory: A summary"
S. Li "Some nonlinear mathematical methods for uncertainty"
B. Liu "Randomness, fuzziness and uncertainty"
S. Liu, J. Forrest and Y. Yingjie "A brief introduction to grey systems theory"
H. Nguyen "On modeling and analyzing uncertainty for decision-making"
A. Skowron "Rough sets"
L. Zadeh "Generalized theory of uncertainty (GTU)"

Round 2 of BPU begins today. The posted summaries are open for questions and comments by the panelists, members of the BISC Group and others who may be interested. Please take a look at the summaries and post your questions and/or comments to the BISC Group <bisc-group@lists.EECS.Berkeley.EDU>. Please note that if you are not a member of the BISC Group you will not receive the comments and questions which are posted. To receive them, you can either become a member of the BISC Group by sending mail to sympa@lists.EECS.Berkeley.EDU with the following command in the body of your email message: subscribe bisc-group or from another account, subscribe bisc-group your_email_address or send a request to Ixel Chavez. At this point, the deadline for receiving your comments and questions is approximately March 23, 2012. Please note that your message should not exceed 700 words, for non-panelists, and 1200 words, for panelists. Round 2 will be followed by Round 3. In Round 3, the panelists will respond to comments and questions. After Round 3 is completed, preparation will begin to publish the Proceedings of BPU as a special issue of a journal or as a book, depending on the length of the Proceedings. 

In putting together the summaries, no attempt was made to achieve uniformity. The summaries are unedited. Please [bear] in mind that so far as I know, there is no precedent for BPU. Presumably, quite a bit will be learned from how BPU works out. I hope that BPU will have Hans Kuijper's blessing. It was his campaign to organize a World Conference on Uncertainty that motivated BPU. My feeling is that an online panel a la BPU is far more effective and far more useful than traditional panels. An important feature of BPU is that it will lead to a permanent record that is likely to be used by a world-wide audience. You are most welcome to post your comments and questions. 

Regards to all.

Lotfi-- Lotfi A. Zadeh Professor in the Graduate School Director, Berkeley Initiative in Soft Computing (BISC) Address: 729 Soda Hall #1776 Computer Science Division Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences University of California Berkeley, CA 94720-1776 Tel.(office): (510) 642-4959 Fax (office): (510) 642-1712 Tel.(home): (510) 526-2569 Fax (home): (510) 526-2433 URL: BISC Homepage URLs URL:


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