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Recent Advances in Soft Computing, Conference

March 28, 2002

4th International Conference on


Nottingham, United Kingdom, 12 & 13 December 2002



The 4th International Conference on Recent Advances in Soft Computing,

RASC2002, will be held at Nottingham Trent University, on December 12-13,

2002. This international two-day conference is intended to provide a forum

for researchers and engineers to report key advancements and exchange state-

of-the-art knowledge and experience in the field of “Soft Computing”.

RASC2002 will cover the theory and application of soft computing techniques

namely; neural networks, fuzzy logic, evolutionary computing and complex


Following on from the RASC event held in De Montfort University since 1997,

the emphasis this year will be where these techniques have been

successfully applied in tackling interesting real world problems.

The nature of soft computing is that there is a wide diversity of

techniques and applications and it is hoped that this diversity will be

exhibited in the papers accepted.


  • Fuzzy Logic and Systems

  • Neural Networks

  • Hybrid Systems

  • Genetic Algorithms

  • Evolutionary Computing

  • Smart Engineering

  • Smart Adaptive Systems

  • Intelligent Control Systems

  • Neuro-Fuzzy Systems

  • Fuzzy Decision Making

  • Genetic Programming

  • Fuzzy Modelling

  • Optimization

  • Learning Algorithms and Training

  • Rough Sets and Data Mining

Application areas may include, but are not limited to:

  • Engineering Design and Manufacturing

  • Financial Services

  • Data Analysis

  • Signal Processing

  • Robots and Agents

  • Databases

  • Medicine

  • Information Systems

  • Networking

  • Multimedia Systems

  • E-commerce and E-learning

  • Process Monitoring and Diagnosis


Dr. Plamen Angelov, Loughborough University, UK

Prof. Jim Austin, University of York, UK

Dr. Nader Azarmi, BTexact, UK

Prof. Bernard de Baets, Gent University, Belgium

Prof. Jim F. Baldwin, University of Bristol, UK

Prof. Andrezej Bargiela, Nottingham Trent University, UK

Mr. Ralph Birkenhead, De Montfort University, UK

Dr. Teng Fong Chwee, Singapore Polytechnic, Singapore

Dr. George Coghill, University of Wales-Aberystwyth, UK

Prof. Didier Dubois, Université Paul Sabatier, France

Prof. Terence Fogarty, South Bank University, UK

Prof. Toshio Fukuda, Nagoya University, Japan

Dr. Bogdan Gabrys, University of Paisley, UK

Dr. Xiao Zhi Gao, Helsinki University of Technology, Finland

Dr. Alexander Gegov, University of Portsmouth, UK

Dr. Hani Hagras, University of Essex, UK

Prof. Petr Hajek, Academy of Sciences, Czech Republic

Dr. Frank Hoffmann, Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden

Prof. Adrian Hopgood, Nottingham Trent University, UK

Prof. Emmanuel Ifeachor, University of Plymouth, UK

Dr. Peter Innocent, De Montfort University, UK

Prof. Mo Jamshidi, University of New Mexico, USA

Prof. Janusz Kacprzyk, Polish Academy of Science, Poland

Prof. Ettiene Kerre, Gent University, Belgium

Prof. Frank Klawonn, Tech. Uni. of Braunschweig, Germany

Prof. Erich Peter Klement, University of Linz, Austria

Prof. Rudolf Kruse, University of Magdeburg, Germany

Dr. Eugene Lai, Nottingham Trent University, UK

Prof. Tsau Young Lin, San Jose State University, USA

Prof. Paulo Lisboa, Liverpool John Moores University, UK

Prof. David Lowe, Aston University, UK

Dr. Luis Magdalena, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain

Dr. Christophe Marsala, Université Pierre et Marie Curie, France

Dr. Trevor Martin, University of Bristol, UK

Prof. Radko Mesiar, Slovenská Technická Univerzita, Slovakia

Dr. Masoud Mohammadian, University of Canberra, Australia

Dr. Detlef Nauck, BTexact, UK

Dr. Henry Nyongesa, Sheffield Hallam University, UK

Prof. Sankar K Pal, Indian Statistical Institute, India

Dr. Gabriella Pasi, ITIM, Italy

Prof. Witold Pedrycz, University of Alberta, Canada

Dr. Rajkumar Roy, Cranfield University, UK

Dr. Conor Ryan, University of Limerick, Ireland

Prof. Qiang Shen, University of Edinburgh, UK

Dr. Hamid Tizhoosh, University of Waterloo, Canada

Prof. Jose Verdegay, University of Granada, Spain

Dr. Lipo Wang, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Dr. Olaf Wolkenhauer, University of Manchester-UMIST, UK

Prof. Xin Yao, University of Birmingham, UK


Conference Chair:

Dr Ahmad Lotfi

School of Engineering

Nottingham Trent University

Burton Street, NG1 4BU

Nottingham, United Kingdom

Tel: 44 (115) 848-6429 - Fax: 44 (115) 848-6166

Email: ahmad.lotfi@ntu.ac.uk

Conference Co-Chairs:

Dr. Bob John, De Montfort University, UK

Email: rij@dmu.ac.uk

Dr. Jon Garibaldi, De Montfort University, UK

Email: jong@dmu.ac.uk


Prospective authors are invited to submit an extended abstract, minimum of

1 and maximum of 2 pages, on the topics indicated and others falling within

the scope of the conference. Extended abstracts will be refereed by the

programme committee of the conference. The author submits each paper on the

understanding that if accepted he/she must prepare the final camera-ready

manuscript in time for inclusion in the proceedings and an author present

the paper at the conference. The full paper should not exceed 6 single-side

pages in A4. The proceedings of the conference will be published and the

copyright of the papers assigned to the publisher. The extended abstracts

will be published in a book accompanied by a CD containing the full papers

in portable document format (PDF). Template files are available on the

conference web site to help preparation of the manuscript.

Authors of a selected number of innovative papers will be invited to submit

extended manuscripts for publication in prestigious international journal.

All extended abstracts must be submitted by email if possible. They should

be submitted to the Conference Secretary. Alternatively send two copies of

the extended abstract by Fax or Mail to the Conference Secretary.


Proposal for special sessions or workshops are welcome. Prospective

organisers are requested to send a session proposal to the Chair of the

conference as soon as possible and not later than August 2, 2002. A session

should consist of 4-5 papers. The registration fee of the session organizer

will be waived, if at least 4 authors of invited papers register to the



RASC2002 invites companies and research institutions interested in soft

computing to take part in the exhibition to be held on December 12-13,

2002. Book companies publishing in these areas are also welcome. For

further information, please contact the Conference Chair.


The registration includes:

* Access to the sessions

* One copy of the booklet containing the Extended Abstracts

* One copy of proceedings on CD-ROM

* Coffee during breaks

* Lunch on both days and Reception

Registration Fees+

Participants £160.00+VAT (£188.00)

Students ++ £80.00+VAT ( £94.00)

+ 17.5% VAT will apply.

++ Students must provide a proof of their studentship.


Submission of Extended Abstracts: July 12, 2002

Notification of Acceptance: September 2, 2002

Final Manuscript Due: September 30, 2002

Special Session Proposal: August 2, 2002

Conference: December 12-13, 2002


The organising committee will award a cash prize of £150 for the best and

£100 for the second best student paper presented in the conference.


The Conference will be hosted in DICE conference centre at the Nottingham

Trent University. The University is located in the centre of Nottingham.

Delegates can be accommodated in local hotels, close to the University.

Nottingham is easily accessed by road, rail and air. More information is

available from these web sites:

o www.visitnottingham.com

o www.nottinghamshiretourism.co.uk


Mrs Doreen Corlett,

School of Engineering

Nottingham Trent University

Burton Street, NG1 4BU

Nottingham, United Kingdom

Tel: 44 (115) 848-2301

Fax:44 (115) 848-6506

Email: doreen.corlett@ntu.ac.uk


To register interest or to find out updated information on scientific

programme, registration and accommodation, please visit the conference web

site at:

RASC2002 is jointly organised by:

Nottingham Trent University & De Montfort University

Sponsored by:

EUNITE - European Network on Intelligent Technologies

for Smart Adaptive Systems

EUSFLAT - European Society for Fuzzy Logic and Technology

Download a copy of Call For Papers in PDF format

Submitted by: Angela Scott

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