Plenary Speech 1:
Some Applications of Fuzzy Logic in Extracting Information from a Set of Data
Prof. Amaury A. Caballero
Abstract: In any decision-making process, it is necessary to evaluate different parameters and disclose the effect they have in the solution in order to optimize it. If the criteria are mathematically quantifiable, a mathematical model may be created for the process of evaluation. The application of fuzzy logic is ideal for the solution of this type of problem. There are several common factors when using this method in the optimization of any task. Among them, the characteristics of the membership functions and the criteria used in the optimization as well as the selection of the experts are of fundamental importance. Fuzzy logic is not limited to a specific field of knowledge or industry. It can be applied wherever it is necessary to find the best solution to a problem based on different measurable parameters that somehow impact the result. This lecture is devoted to the use of fuzzy logic in two areas:
1) The selection of alternatives considering multiple parameters
2) The classification of objects with diffused or incomplete information
Biography: Amaury A. Caballero obtained his Bachelor Degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Havana, Cuba, earned his Ph.D. in Technical Cybernetics from the Energy Institute of Moscow, Russia, and his Professional Engineer License from the state of Florida, USA. He taught and conducted research at the Higher Polytechnic Institute of Havana, where he became a Professor and directed research in the areas of Automatic Control and Robotics. He was also a member of the Higher Scientific Council of the Cuban Academy of Sciences and received awards for his work from the Cuban Ministry of Higher Education and the Technical University of Brno, in Czech Republic, where he also participated in a graduate study and research of robotics in conjunction with other faculty members. He has been also given presentations about fuzzy logic at the “Universidad de Pamplona” in Colombia, the “Universidad Católica de Santa María”, and the “Universidad Autonoma” in Peru, the “Universidad Tecnologica Centroamericana” in Honduras, and the “Universidad Autonoma Estatal del Estado de Hidalgo”, in Mexico. Dr. Caballero has published two books and obtained five certificates of invention in the area of automatic control. He also has published research reports, journals papers and proceedings in scientific conferences, totaling over 100 publications. Presently, he is a University Lecturer at Florida International University, where he has developed two courses, and taught nine electrical engineering undergraduate courses. He has also taught graduate courses in fuzzy logic at Florida International University and the “Universidad Autonoma Estatal del Estado de Hidalgo”, in Mexico. Among other activities, he has conducted in-depth research in the areas of automation applied to construction management, and in the use of rough sets and fuzzy logic for object discrimination in databases.