Selected Papers from SCIS & ISIS 2002
Sadaaki Miyamoto, and Seiji Yasunobu
Institute of Engineering Mechanics and Systems University of Tsukuba, Ibaraki, 305-8573 Japan
Much work has been done recently in soft computing, reflecting the growing, widespread interest in the emerging theory and technological development in this field. Soft computing has also been the subject of a number of new scientific conferences and symposiums, including the Joint 1st International Conference on Soft Computing and Intelligent Systems (SCIS) and 3rd International Symposium on Advanced Intelligent Systems (ISIS) at the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology at Tsukuba on October 21–25, 2002. The first and second ISIS were held in Korea, and the joint conference has become internationally recognized. The conference at Tsukuba featured over 200 papers and discussions and information exchange by over 250 participants interested in state–of–the–art soft computing. The 20 papers in this special issue were selected from 209 of these conference presentations. In the selection process, guest editors first requested recommendation of papers to session chairs and organizers. From the resulting list, we asked if they could submit their papers. Submitted papers were reviewed as usual for this journal based on the JACIII standard, resulting in the acceptance of these 20. Most papers have been rewritten and updated, and we are proud of their high quality–a reflection of the SCIS & ISIS conference review process. Papers come from different areas: two focus on theory, including modal logic. Several study fuzzy control. Still others deal with different aspects of robotics. They also cover data analysis, image analysis, knowledge analysis, and language studies involving soft computing. This issue thus provides a concise summary of state–of–the–art soft computing methodologies. We thank the referees for their untiring efforts to complete reviews within the limited time given. We also thank Professor Kaoru Hirota and Professor Toshio Fukuda, editors–in–chief of this journal, for their kind invitation to this special issue. Professor Hirota, who is also the International Advisory Board Chair, and Dr. Takanori Shibata, the General Chair, are largely responsible for the great success of the SCIS & ISIS 2003 conference, where Guest Editor Miyamoto served the Program Chair and Yasunobu served the Special Sessions Chair. The results of their work are thus reflected in this issue. In closing, we also thank the staff at Fuji Technology Press for its on going assistance.