The 16th World Congress of the International Fuzzy Systems Association (IFSA) and the 9th Conference of the European Society for Fuzzy Logic and Technology (EUSFLAT) will be jointly held from June 30th to July 3rd 2015 in Gijón, Asturias, Spain. The aim of this conference is to bring together researchers (both theoreticians and practitioners) all along the world working on fuzzy logic, fuzzy systems, soft computing and related areas. Thus, scientists, engineers, students, and professionals will discuss, exchange ideas, foster interaction between industry and academy through building multidisciplinary linkages, and disseminate the most recent advancements in the field.
It is the second time this joint conference takes places in Europe. Moreover, this is a quite special occasion since we all will jointly celebrate 50 years of fuzzy sets and systems. Fifty years of history, but also of present and future of a theory and a technology changing our world. IFSA-EUSFLAT 2015 in Gijón will give all of us the opportunity to celebrate, to meet old friends, to discover young researchers and new ideas, to work together and, for sure, to enjoy the city.
The program of IFSA-EUSFLAT 2015 includes four plenary talks and 232 contributed papers (from 283 submissions) authored by researchers from 47 countries. Those papers are distributed in the regular track plus 28 special sessions. The plenary talks will be given by the following distinguished researchers: Enric Trillas (European Centre for Soft Computing, Spain), Francisco Herrera (University of Granada, Spain), Nitesh Chawla (University of Notre Dame, USA), Yaochu Jin (University of Surrey, UK).
This conference will be the result of the hard work and dedication of a large number of people, and the collaboration of several institutions. I want to acknowledge the support of the sponsors and the help of the different organizations that in any way were involved in making possible the conference. I also have to acknowledge the help of different people: the chairs, the members of the International Program Committee, the reviewers of papers, the organizers of special sessions, and the Local Organizing Committee. But at the end, the most important ingredient for the success of a conference like this one, are authors and participants who made it happen.
Dr. Luis Magdalena Layos
European Centre for Soft Computing
General Chair of IFSA-EUSFLAT 2015