International Journal of Computational Intelligence Systems

Volume 3, Issue 2, June 2010

Special Issue: Upgrading ideas about the concept of Soft Computing

Celebrating IJCIS as the official journal of the European Society for Fuzzy Logic and Technologies

Javier Montero, Luis Martinez
Pages: 144 - 147
This short note is devoted to introduce the discussion carried out along this special issue on the concept of Soft Computing by key researchers in the field. We shall stress some aspects of the conception and origins of Soft Computing, supported by the scientific relevance of its participants. The contributors...
Luis Magdalena
Pages: 148 - 159
The term Soft Computing was coined by L.A. Zadeh in the early 90's. Since that time many researchers have tried to define it considering different approaches: main constituents, properties, abilities, etc. In addition, the term Computational Intelligence has also gained popularity having a somehow quite...
Rudolf Seising
Pages: 160 - 175
This contribution serves historical and philosophical reflecting cognitions on the role of Soft Computing in the 21st century. Referring to Magdalena's article in this issue, this paper considers the aspects of mixtures of techniques, the opposite pair "Hard Computing" and "Soft Computing", and Computational...
Enrique H. Ruspini
Pages: 190 - 196
While it has been correctly noted that the expression “soft computing” is employed in a variety of senses and characterizations to designate a wide array of technologies, we argue that the original motivation for the introduction of soft-computing methods was the need to cope with the complexity of existing...
Enric Trillas, Claudio Moraga, Sergio Guadarrama
Pages: 197 - 201
This paper contains some naïve reflections on the currently large field of Soft Computing. After some general considerations, and of recalling some successful well known examples, it is posed the relationship between Soft Computing and Machine Intelligence. Finally, and with the aim of taking into account...
Piero P. Bonissone
Pages: 237 - 248
Soft Computing (SC) is a concept with constantly evolving semantics, as researchers have adopted its main philosophy while adding various interpretations and facets to this concept. Originally defined as a loose association or partnership of components, SC has gone through several transformational phases....
Da Ruan
Pages: 249 - 255
By answering "what is soft computing?" we briefly examine four research projects of soft computing applications at the Belgian Nuclear Research Centre (SCK-CEN) from the practical point of view. We draw lessons learned from the examined projects including reactor control, cost estimation, energy policy,...