Joint MBA Program, Georgia State University, USA, Azerbaijan State Oil and Industry University,Near East University, North Cyprus.
Rafik A. Aliev received the Ph.D. and Doctorate degrees from the Institute of Control Problems, Moscow, Russia, in 1967 and 1975, respectively. His major fields of study are decision theory with imperfect information, fuzzy logic, soft computing and control theory. He is a Professor and the Head of the Department of the joint MBA Program between the Georgia State University (Atlanta, GA, USA) and the Azerbaijan State Oil Academy. His current research is focused on generalized theory of stability, recurrent fuzzy neural networks, fuzzy type-2 systems, evolutionary computation, decision theory with imperfect information, calculus with Z-numbers, and fuzzy economics. He has over 350 scientific publications including 55 books, 15 editor volumes and 280 research paper. Dr. Aliev is a regular Chairman of the International Conferences on Applications of Fuzzy Systems and Soft Computing and International Conferences on Soft Computing and Computing with Words. He is an Editor of the Journal of Advanced Computational Intelligence and Intelligent Informatics (Japan), associate editor of the Information Sciences journal, a member of Editorial Boards of International Journal of Information Technology and Decision Making, International Journal of Web-based Communities (The Netherlands), Iranian Journal of Fuzzy Systems (Iran), International Journal of Advances in Fuzzy Mathematics (Italy), and International Journal “Intelligent Automation and Soft Computing.” He is series editor of “Advances in Uncertain Computation”, “World Scientific”. He was awarded USSR State Prize in field of Science (1983), USA Fulbright Award (1997), and Lifetime Achievement Award in Science (2014). He was supervised of more than 150 PhD Students and over 30 Doctorate Dissertations.), STCU-5980 (2013-2015) etc.
Polish Academy of Sciences Warsaw, Poland
Janusz Kacprzyk is Professor of Computer Science at the Systems Research Institute, Polish Academy of Sciences, Professor at WIT – he Warsaw School of Information Technology, and Professor of Automatic Control at PIAP – Industrial Institute of Automation and Measurements, a lTl in Warsaw, Poland, and the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Cracow University of Technology, Cracow, Poland. He is Chair of the Provosts’ Council of the Department of Engineering Sciences, Polish Academy of Sciences, being responsible for the supervision and evaluation of 13 research institutes and 21 national committees in engineering sciences at the Polish Academy of Sciences. He is Honorary Professor at the Department of Mathematics, Yli Normal University, Shanxi, China, and Visiting Scientist at RIKEN Brain Research Institute in Wako-Shi, Japan, and in Tijuana Institute of Technology in Mexico. He has been a visiting professor at many universities in the USA, England, Italy, UK and Mexico. He is Academician (Full Member) of the Polish Academy of Sciences and Foreign Member of the Spanish Royal Academy of Economic and Financial Sciences (RACEF). His research interests include intelligent systems, soft computing, fuzzy logic, decision making, decision analysis and decision support, database querying, information retrieval, data analysis, data mining, etc. He is President of the Polish Society Operational and Systems Research Society and Past President of IFSA (International Fuzzy Systems Association). He is Fellow of IEEE and IFSA. He received The 2005 IEEE CIS Fuzzy Pioneer Award for pioneering works on multistage fuzzy control, notably fuzzy dynamic programming, in 2006 The Sixth Kaufmann Prize and Gold Medal for pioneering works on the use of fuzzy logic in economy and management, in 2007 the Pioneer Award for Outstanding Contributions to Granular Computing and Computing with Words by the Silicon Valley IEEE CIS Chapter, and in 2010 The Award of the Polish Neural Network Society for contributions to the Polish computational intelligence society. His publication record is: 5 books, 50 volumes, ca. 400 papers. He is Editor in chief of 4 Springer’s book series, and a co-editor of one Springer book series, is on the editorial boards of ca. 40 journals, and was a member of the IPC at more than 300 conferences.
Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering University of Alberta, Canada
Witold Pedrycz is a Professor and Canada Research Chair (CRC) in Computational Intelligence in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada. He is also with the Systems Research Institute of the Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw, Poland. He also holds an appointment of special professorship in the School of Computer Science, University of Nottingham, UK. In 2009 Dr. Pedrycz was elected a foreign member of the Polish Academy of Sciences. In 2012 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. Witold Pedrycz has been a member of numerous program committees of IEEE conferences in the area of fuzzy sets and neurocomputing. In 2007 he received a prestigious Norbert Wiener award from the IEEE Systems, Man, and Cybernetics Council. He is a recipient of the IEEE Canada Computer Engineering Medal 2008. In 2009 he has received a Cajastur Prize for Soft Computing from the European Centre for Soft Computing for “pioneering and multifaceted contributions to Granular Computing”. In 2013 has was awarded a Killam Prize. In the same year he received a Fuzzy Pioneer Award 2013 from the IEEE Computational Intelligence Society. His main research directions involve Computational Intelligence, fuzzy modeling and Granular Computing, knowledge discovery and data mining, fuzzy control, pattern recognition, knowledge-based neural networks, relational computing, and Software Engineering. He has published numerous papers in this area. He is also an author of 15 research monographs covering various aspects of Computational Intelligence, data mining, and Software Engineering. Dr. Pedrycz is intensively involved in editorial activities. He is an Editor-in-Chief of Information Sciences and Editor-in-Chief of WIREs Data Mining and Knowledge Discovery (Wiley). He currently serves as an Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Fuzzy Systems and is a member of a number of editorial boards of other international journals
Lutcher Brown Endowed Professor, The University of Texas San Antonio, TX
Fellow IEEE, Fellow ASME, A. Fellow-AIAA, Fellow AAAS, A. Fellow TWAS, Fellow NYAS) received BS in EE, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR, USA in June 1967, the MS and Ph.D. degrees in EE from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, IL, USA in June 1969 and February 1971, respectively. He holds honorary doctorate degrees from the University of Waterloo, Canada, 2004 and Technical University of Crete, Greece, 2004. Currently, he is the Lutcher Brown Endowed Distinguished Chaired Professor at the University of Texas, San Antonio, TX, USA. He has been an advisor to NASA (including 1st MARS Mission), USAF, USDOE and EC/EU (Brussels). He has over 770 technical publications including 70 books (11 text books), research volumes, and edited volumes in English and a few foreign languages. He is the Founding Editor or co-founding editor or Editor-in-Chief of 5 journals including IEEE Control Systems Magazine and the IEEE Systems Journal. He is currently Editor-in-Chief of Intelligent Automation and Soft Computing published by Taylor & Francis in UK. e is an Honorary Professor at three Chinese Universities (Nanjing and Xi’an), Deakin University (Australia), Birmingham University and Loughbrough University (UK), and Obuda University (Hungary). In October 2005 he was awarded the IEEE’s Norbert Weiner Research Achievement Award. He is a member of the University of the Texas System Chancellor’s Council since 2011. In his two research laboratories with 25 graduate students, he is currently involved in research on system of systems engineering with emphasis on cloud computing, robotics, UAVs, bioinformatics and sustainable energy systems. He has close to 8600 citations on Scholar Google.
Azerbaijan State Oil and Industry University, Azerbaijan
Prof. M.B. Babanli graduated from Kiev Technical University (Ukraine) with distinguished diploma, 1989. He received the PhD degree from The Institute of Physics of Metals, Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, Kiev, 1992. He received the Doctorate degree in 2008. He served as a researcher in Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, as an associate professor and professor at Azerbaijan Technical University, as a vice-president of Azerbaijan Technical University. He is the president of Azerbaijan State Oil and Industry University since 2015. His major field of research is analysis and synthesis of new smart materials, especially engineering of shape memory alloys by using experimental and computer aided approaches. His research breaks away traditional approaches to new material synthesis and selection. The proposed by him fuzzy and big data concept based approaches to new material synthesis allow to alternate hard experimental works. He studied a problem of an optimal alloy selection on the basis of the fuzzy set theory and the Z-number theory. He investigated application of the fuzzy set theory to knowledge mining from big data on material characteristics. He proposed fuzzy and Z-information based models as a basis for computer synthesis of new materials. The research results of Prof. Babanli were published in more than 180 refereed publications including 6 books and 174 papers in journals and patents. Prof. Babanli was the head and the project member of more than 10 international research projects, such as ECONET-1 (2002-2005
Fahreddin Sadıkoğlu Department of Computer Engineering Near East University, North Cyprus
Prof. F. Sadıkoğlu graduated from the Department of Information Measurement and Computing Technology of the Azebaijan State Industrial & Petroleum University (previously Azerbaijan State Oil and Chemistry Institute).
After graduation, he was appointed as a research assistant at the Signal Processing Laboratory of the Azerbaijan State Industrial & Petroleum University. His PhD studies focused on the Development of real time systems for data acquisition, transmission, and processing of information in Oil and Gas Industry. Between the years 1986-1988 he served as an Assoc. Prof. and Research Project Manager at the Azerbaijan State Industrial & Petroleum University in Baku.
His main research areas are signal and image processing, computational intelligence, fuzzy modeling, fuzzy control, knowledge-based neural networks. He has more than 100 publications and 5 patents. He is also a guest editor of SCI journals and a member of scientific committees of many international conferences indexed by Scopus and Web of Science data bases. He has received many awards and prizes, and he is a member of many international institutions. Prof. Sadıkoğlu can speak Turkish, Russian, English and French languages.
He served as a professor at the major universities of Algeria between the years 1988-1994, and founded the Signal and System Research Laboratory.
Since 1995, he has been working at the Near East University in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus. He served as the Head of the Department of Electric and Electronic Engineering, Dean of the Faculty of Engineering, Director of Graduate School of Applied and Social Sciences and Vice President. Currently he is a Professor at Computer Engineering Department of Near East University.
Department of “Bioinformatics and Mathematical Modelling” at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Sofia, Bulgaria
Krassimir Atanassov is a Professor and the Head of the Department of “Bioinformatics and Mathematical Modelling” at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences.
Krassimir Atanassov graduated mathematics in the Sofia University, Sofia, in 1978, and defended his PhD in 1986. He became Doctor of Technical (computer) Sciences in 1997, with a doctor thesis on Generalized nets, and three years later defended a second higher doctorate, Doctor of Mathematical Sciences, with a thesis in the other field of his scientific interest - intuitionistic fuzzy sets.
Since 1995 he has been working in the Centre of Biomedical Engineering at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, which in 2010 was merged into the Institute of Biophysics and Biomedical Engineering. In 1998, he became full professor and in 2012 was elected Corresponding member of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences.
In 2013 he received the Award “Pythagoras” from the Ministry of Education, Youth and Science of Bulgaria, as an established researcher in the area of Technical sciences. Since the same year, he has also been fellow of the International Fuzzy Systems Association. His research interests cover the areas of Petri Nets, Fuzzy Sets and Number Theory. In the field of fuzzy sets, he developed the theory of intuitionistic fuzzy sets and showed their applications to artificial intelligence, systems theory, medicine, etc.
He has been serving as E-i-C of different journals. He is the author of numerous monographs, including the book Intuitionistic Fuzzy Logics (Springer, 2017).
Bauman Moscow State Technical University, Moscow, Russia
Valery B. Tarassov graduated from Bauman Moscow Higher Technical School (actually Bauman Moscow State Technical University, BMSTU) in 1978. He received his PhD in 1982. The title of his dissertation was «Development of Fuzzy Mathematics Models to Enable Design and Engineering». In 1978-1992 he has been working with various departments of Bauman Moscow Higher Technical School. Since 1992 he is the associate professor at CIM department of BMSTU. Actually he is the deputy director of CIM department responsible for research work. Dr Valery B. Tarassov was also professor at the Department of Information Technologies of MATI-Tsiolkowsky Russian State Technological University. Besides, he delivers lectures at Applied Mathematics Department of Moscow Power Engineering Institute (Technical University) and IBS Master Courses. He was the supervisor of 9 PhD theses. From 1995 to 1997 he was a visiting professor of the University of Valenciennes and Hainaut-Cambresis (France). He is the founder of book series «Sciences of Artificial» in Editorial URSS. Не has authored or co-authored 6 books. Dr Valery B.Tarassov is the author of more than 250 papers, including about 50 papers in English. Dr. Valery B.Tarassov is the member of numerous program committees of international conferences.