Special Issue on the Power of Fuzzy—Dedicated to the Father of Fuzzy Logic
Yutaka Hata, Shoji Kobashi, and Hiroshi Nakajima
Professor, Graduate School of Simulation Studies, University of Hyogo, Japan
Professor, Graduate School of Engineering, University of Hyogo, Japan
OMRON Corporation, Japan
On September 6, 2017, we lost a great researcher, Prof. Lotfi A. Zadeh, the one who introduced one of the most important mathematical concepts that gets a good rapport with reality. “Fuzzy Sets” was the paper he published in 1965. Many researchers and practitioners of mathematics, science, engineering, medicine, and economics found it fascinating. In Japan, consumer electronics incorporating ambiguity in human thought and behavior became popular. As these products became big topics, the term “fuzzy” also became popular in the 1990s.
This set of papers offers a sample of the expanding development of fuzzy logic and soft computing. One review paper is written by Prof. Takeshi Yamakawa, an internationally famous fuzzy researcher of fuzzy hardware systems. Four of these papers were selected through a peer review process. One, “Design of Fuzzy Logic Controller and its Distinctive Features” by Prof. Takeshi Yamakawa, describes the design of a fuzzy logic controller and its application to controlling mouse-platform stabilization. The distinctive features of fuzzy logic control are also discussed.
The first original paper, “MMMs-Induced Possibilistic Fuzzy Co-Clustering and its Characteristics” by Ubukata et al., describes an NPCCMM scheme by considering variable cluster volumes and the fuzziness degree of item memberships to investigate the specific aspects of fuzzy rather than probabilistic nature in co-clustering tasks. The second original paper, “Inner Evaluation of Writing in a Foreign Language Based on Expert Judgment for Correction” by Entani et al., proposes a method of numerically deriving each writer’s writing preference from an expert’s initial evaluation. Third, “A 3-Dimensional Fuzzy Linguistic Evaluation Model” by Suprasongsin et al., describes a new model for determining criteria weights in group decision-making problems, a model based on the concept of probabilistic linguistic terms. The fourth original paper, “Natural Language Generation Using Monte Carlo Tree Search” by Kumagai et al., proposes a method for generating simulation-based natural language. The method accounts for both building a correct syntactic structure and reflecting the given situational information as input in the sentences generated.
We appreciate Prof. Takeshi Yamakawa for the excellent review of fuzzy controllers. We also thank all of the authors who submitted original articles and all of the reviewers who offered their valuable comments and suggestions.