Recommender and decision systems with soft computing en el 2013 IFSA World Congress NAFIPS Annual Meeting

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Recommender and decision systems with soft computing



Decision systems has helped decision makers compile useful information from a combination of raw data, documents, and personal knowledge, or business models to identify and solve problems and make decisions in many different fields such as management, operations, and planning. The advent of Internet has raised new niches of application of such a type of systems, being Recommender Systems one of the most successful internet based decision systems to support customers in their shopping decisions in e-shops and so forth.

Despite soft computing techniques are broadly known for their use in expert and control systems, its application to decision systems can be considered similarly significant. Decision making and recommender models have been revisited, modified and optimized by the use of soft computing techniques producing important novelties in both research and applications.


Aims and Scope.


This invited session aims at providing an opportunity for researchers working in both research areas to discuss theoretical and practical aspects of adding soft techniques to decision systems, soft computing in group decision support systems, soft computing techniques in intelligent agents, opportunities and challenges for soft computing in recommender systems, empirical studies of the use of soft computing techniques to add human aspects to decision systems and identify directions for further work.


For the practical organization of the session, we would appreciate your contribution. We would take advantage of the outcome of this session to join researchers from both areas for future cooperation and joint research.





Special session papers will be handled in the same way as regular papers. In particular, they will be peer-reviewed by the conference program committee on the basis of the same criteria, and the final decision of acceptance or rejection will be made by the conference chairs.

The important dates are, according to the conference guidelines:


  • Paper submission: January 28, 2013
  • Notification of acceptance: February 20, 2013
  • Full paper submission: March 21, 2013


More information available at: Please send an e-mail expressing your intention to submit a paper, including authors’ information, a tentative title and abstract, by December 24th, 2012. E-mail:,



Jie Lu

Head, School of Software
Director of Decision Systems & e-Service Intelligence
Centre for Quantum Computation & Intelligent Systems
Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology,
University of Technology, Sydney
P.O. Box 123, Broadway, NSW 2007, Australia



Luis Martínez

University of Jaén, Department of Computer Sciences

Campus Las Lagunillas s/n, 23071 Jaén