Advanced School and Workshop on Soft Computing and Complex Systems
This event is part of the Thematic Term on Mathematics and Engineering
(Centro Internacional de Matemática).
- The main scientific goal of the workshop is to
introduce recent developments in mathematical techniques applied to
complex engineering problems. In particular, the workshop will focus
on different aspects of the area called soft computing, including
fuzzy and conexionist systems, evolutionary computation, artificial
life and complex systems.
Harnessing complexity is an important aspect of today problem
solving. Complexity may be due to the presence of uncertain
information or because the regularities of a system, we are trying
to understand, cannot be briefly described. We will discuss recent
developments in dealing with complexity, by means of introducing
the methods and their sound mathematical foundations, as well as
through the work of some difficult problems.
- The target audience will be about thirty worldwide
students, with a strong mathematical background and an engineering
bias. These students are supposed to be engaged in a post-graduation
course, like a Ph.D..
- There is an increase of interest in the area of
soft computing and complexity theory as they give new solutions to
old and poorly solved or understood problems This field is one of
the most active worldwide in information science. New architectures
and learning algorithms are being developed. New solutions are being
proposed that challenge more traditional ones. We start seeing the
first efforts to understand the field as a whole, and, as a
consequence, it is possible today to describe coherently the
area. This is particularly important for young researchers working
in engineering problems, because they still have, in general, some
lack of knowledge about these new ways to deal with them. The strong
mathematical basis of the workshop is also an important aspect, that
will show to the students the importance of rigour that these new
mathematic techniques provide. Today is clear that soft computing
and complexity theory are in the intersection of advanced
mathematics and engineering applications.
In Portugal, there exist already several groups, spread around the
country, working in soft computing and complexity. Their work is
internationally recognised and we expect that the workshop will be
an important opportunity for some of youngest Portuguese
researchers not only to improve their expertise but also to make
contact with some colleagues from other countries, fostering that
way the possibility of future international cooperation.