Fuzzy Systems (FUZZ-IEEE)

2014 IEEE International Conference on Fuzzy Systems (within WCCI 2014)

Beijing International Convention Center, Beijing, China, July 6-11, 2014


Proposal at WCCI 2014:


Special Session on "Computing with Words and Decision Making"



Francisco Herrera and Luis Martínez



Brief Description:


In many real decision situations defined under uncertain environments, with imprecise information, is straightforward the use of linguistic information due to the nature of different aspects of the decision problems. Computing with Words (CW) is a methodology that deals with words or sentences defined in a natural or artificial language instead of numbers, it emulates human cognitive processes to improve solving processes of problems dealing with uncertainty.  Consequently, CW has been applied as computational basis to linguistic decision making, because it provides tools close to human beings reasoning processes related to decision making, which improve the resolution of decision making under uncertainty as linguistic decision making.

Both Decision Making and Computing with Words have recently attracted much attention in which, novel mathematical foundations and new decision models raised to be applied in different decision fields such as multi-criteria decision making, decision analysis, evaluation processes, etc.



Objectives and topics:


This invited session aims at providing an opportunity for researchers working in both research areas to discuss and to share their new ideas, original research results and practical experiences. More specifically, we expect you to have any contribution with the focus on the use of computing with words models in decision making. The topics of this special session are as follows:


  • Linguistic Decision analysis
  • Linguistic expression domains to represent preferences
  • Linguistic hesitant for modeling preference 
  • Multi-criteria and group decision making
  • Selection and consensus models with linguistic information
  • Linguistic decision making in Engineering evaluation, resource management and transfer, Industry applications, sensory evaluation, evaluation and recommendation,  Investments applications and risk assessment, …



Short biography of the organizers:


Francisco Herrera received the M.Sc. degree in Mathematics in 1988 and the Ph.D. degree in Mathematics in 1991, both from the University of Granada, Spain. He is currently a Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence at the University of Granada. He has published more than 250 papers in international journals. He currently acts as Editor in Chief of the international journal “Progress in Artificial Intelligence (Springer). He acts as an area editor of the International Journal of Computational Intelligence Systems and  associated editor of the journals: IEEE Transactions on Fuzzy Systems, Information Sciences, Knowledge and Information Systems, Advances in Fuzzy Systems, and International Journal of Applied Metaheuristics Computing; and he serves as a member of several journal editorial boards, among others: Fuzzy Sets and Systems, Applied Intelligence, Information Fusion, Evolutionary Intelligence, International Journal of Hybrid Intelligent Systems, Memetic Computation, and  Swarm and Evolutionary Computation. He received the following honors and awards: ECCAI Fellow 2009, IFSA  Fellow 2013, 2010 Spanish National Award on Computer Science ARITMEL to the "Spanish Engineer on Computer Science", International Cajastur "Mamdani" Prize for Soft Computing (Fourth Edition, 2010), IEEE Transactions on Fuzzy System Outstanding 2008  Paper Award (bestowed in 2011),  and 2011  Lotfi A. Zadeh Prize Best paper Award of the  International Fuzzy Systems Association, and 2013 AEPIA Award to a scientific career in Artificial Intelligence (September 2013). His current research interests include genetic fuzzy systems, computing with words and decision making, bibliometrics, data mining, data preparation, instance selection, fuzzy rule based systems, knowledge extraction based on evolutionary algorithms, cloud computing and big data.


Luis Martínez received the M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Sciences, both from the University of Granada, Spain, in 1993 and 1999, respectively. Currently, he is Full Professor of Computer Science Department and Head of ICT Research Centre at the University of Jaén. His current research interests are linguistic preference modeling, decision making, fuzzy logic based systems, computer aided learning, sensory evaluation, recommender systems and electronic commerce. He co-edited nine journal special issues on fuzzy preference modelling, soft computing, linguistic decision making and fuzzy sets theory and published more than 60 papers in journals indexed by the SCI as well as 30 book chapters and more than 100 contributions in International Conferences related to his areas.
He is member of the European Society for Fuzzy Logic and Technology, IEEE. Co-Editor in Chief of the International Journal of Computational Intelligence Systems and an Associated Editor of the International Journal of Fuzzy Systems and serves as member of the journal Editorial Board of the Journal of Universal Computer Sciences and the Scientific World Journal. He received the IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON FUZZY SYSTEMS Outstanding 2008 Paper Award (bestowed in 2011). And he is Guest Professor in the Southwest Jiaotong University and honourable professor in Xihua University both in Chengdu (China).


Contact information:


Name: Francisco Herrera

Email address:

Affiliation: University of Granada

Postal address: Department of Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence, University of Granada, E-18071 Granada, Spain

Telephone number: +34-958-240598;


Name: Luis Martínez

Email address:

Affiliation: University of Jaen

Postal address:  Department of Computer Science, University of Jaén.
Campus Las Lagunillas, s/n, E-23071 Jaén, Spain

Telephone number:  +34 953 211902