University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA
Featured Author: Lotfi A. Zadeh
Lotfi A. Zadeh (b. 4 February 1921 in Baku, Azerbaijan) was educated in Iran and the USA, earning degrees from Tehran University, MIT, and Columbia University. Since 1959, Dr. Zadeh has been a member of the faculty of the Computer Science Division of the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of California, Berkeley. In addition, he serves as the Director of BISC (Berkeley Initiative in Soft Computing). He held visiting appointments at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, NJ; MIT, Cambridge, MA; IBM Research Laboratory, San Jose, CA; AI Center, SRI International, Menlo Park, CA; and the Center for the Study of Language and Information, Stanford University.
Lotfi Zadeh has received numerous awards, including the IEEE Medal of Honor, the IEEE Education Medal, the IEEE Richard W. Hamming Medal, the ACM Allen Newell Award, the Norbert Wiener Award of the IEEE Systems, Man and Cybernetics Society, the Honda Prize, the Okawa Prize, the Grigore Moisil Prize, the V. Kaufmann Prize, the B. Bolzano Medal of the Czech Academy of Sciences, the Nicolaus Copernicus Medal of the Polish Academy of Sciences, the Silicon Valley Engineering Hall of Fame and the Heinz Nixdorf MuseumsForum Wall of Fame. He is a recipient of twenty-six honorary doctorates, and is a member of the National Academy of Engineering. In addition, he is a foreign member of the Russian Academy of Natural Sciences, the Finnish Academy of Sciences, the Polish Academy of Sciences, the Korean Academy of Science & Technology and the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences.
Dr. Zadeh created a new field of mathematics: fuzzy set theory and fuzzy logic have found numerous applications ranging from consumer electronics to medicine and natural languages. His current research is focused on fuzzy logic, computing with words, and soft computing.
- Zadeh L.A. (2007) Fuzzy Logic. Scholarpedia
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