Perceptual Computing: One Implementation of Zadeh¡¯s Computing With Words Paradigm

 

Jerry Mendel
University of Southern California, USA

 
Abstract:
In 1996 Lotfi Zadeh, who is the father of fuzzy logic, published the paper ¡°Fuzzy Logic = Computing With Words.¡± This title might lead one to incorrectly believe that, since fuzzy logic is a very well developed body of mathematics (with lots of real-world application), it is straightforward to implement his paradigm of Computing with Words. This speaker and his students have been working on one class of applications for Computing with Words for more than ten years, namely assisting people in making subjective judgments. The result is the Perceptual Computer and its associated methodology - Perceptual Computing. This talk describes the methodology of perceptual computing, its many challenges, and how those challenges have been overcome to-date.
 
Vita:

Jerry M. Mendel received the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from the Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn, Brooklyn, NY. Currently he is Professor of Electrical Engineering and Systems Architecting Engineering at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, where he has been since 1974. He has published over 470 technical papers and is author and/or editor of eight books, including Uncertain Rule-based Fuzzy Logic Systems: Introduction and New Directions (Prentice-Hall, 2001). His present research interests include: type-2 fuzzy logic systems and their applications to a wide range of problems, including smart oil field technology and computing with words. He is a Life Fellow of the IEEE, a Distinguished Member of the IEEE Control Systems Society, and a Fellow of the International Fuzzy Systems Association (2009). He was President of the IEEE Control Systems Society in 1986. He is a member of the Administrative Committee of the IEEE Computational Intelligence Society and was Chairman of its Fuzzy Systems Technical Committee.


Among his awards are the 1983 Best Transactions Paper Award of the IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society, the 1992 Signal Processing Society Paper Award, the 2002 Transactions on Fuzzy Systems Outstanding Paper Award, a 1984 IEEE Centennial Medal, an IEEE Third Millenium Medal, a Fuzzy Systems Pioneer Award (2008) from the IEEE Computational Intelligence Society, and a Pioneer Award from the IEEE Granular Computing Conference, May 2006, for Outstanding Contributions in Type-2 Fuzzy Systems.

 

Education:
• Ph. D. in Electrical Engineering, Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn, Brooklyn, NY
• M. S. in Electrical Engineering, Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn, Brooklyn, NY
• B. S. in Mechanical Engineering, Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn, Brooklyn, NY

 
Publications:
• More than 470 technical papers
• Author or editor of eight books, including
---- Uncertain Rule-Based Fuzzy Logic Systems: Introduction and New Directions (Prentice-Hall, 2001)
---- Lessons in Estimation Theory for Signal Processing, Communications and Control (Prentice-Hall, 1995)
---- Maximum-Likelihood Deconvolution (Springer-Verlag, 1990)
• Two tutorials published in the IEEE Proceedings:
---- "Fuzzy Logic Systems for Engineering," Proc. of IEEE, vol.83, pp. 345-377, March 1995. Corrections to this paper
------appear in vol. 83, p. 1293, Sept. 1995.
---- "Tutorial on Higher-Order Statistics (Spectra) in Signal Processing and System Theory: Theoretical Results and Some
------ Applications," Proc. of IEEE, vol. 79, pp. 278-305, 1991.
 
Recent Service:
• Associate Editor of IEEE Trans. on Fuzzy Systems
• Chairman of the Fuzzy Systems Technical Committee for the IEEE Computational Intelligence Society
• University of Southern California Elected member of the Administrative Committee of the IEEE Computational
Intelligence Society