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Enric Trillas (Barcelona, 1940), got his Ph.D in Sciences by the University of Barcelona. Full professor in 1974, with a chair in Mathematics at the Technical University of Catalonia, served there up to 1988, when he moved into the Department of Artificial Intelligence at the Technical University of Madrid. Retired in 2006, and up to the beginning of 2016 he was an Emeritus Researcher at the European Centre for Soft Computing (Mieres, Spain), and currently is an Honorary Emeritus Professor at the University of Oviedo. He is recognized as who introduced Fuzzy Logic in Spain.

Formerly working in Ordered Semigroups and Probabilistic and Generalized Metrics, from 1976 is active in Fuzzy Logic, having received several international distinctions and honors. Doctor ‘Honoris Causa’ by the Public University of Navarra and the University of Santiago de Compostela in Spain, is a ‘Distinguished Visiting Professor’ at the University of Córdoba (Argentina).

He published over 400 papers in National and International   journals, conferences and edited books, as well as is editor or author of some other books in English, Spanish and Catalan.  His work in Fuzzy Logic began by studying fuzzy entropies, shifted to logical connectives where he characterized strong negations, introduced t-norms and t-conorms, did the first analysis of the ‘Modus Ponens’ inequality, introduced T-Indistinguishabilities, and the concept of conjecture. Currently, he mainly works in the analysis of conjecturing in Ordinary Reasoning, the representation of the meaning of words, the linguistic roots of fuzzy sets, the creative speculation, and is deeply interested in the philosophical reflection on these subjects. He did stays and seminars in several universities and research centers in Spain, France, Germany, Italy, United States, Japan, Argentina and Chile.

Between 1983 and 1996 served in the Spanish Government being, for instance, the President of the High Council for Scientific Research (CSIC), and the Director General of the National Institute for Aerospace Technology (INTA).

Holds several civil and military decorations from Spain and  other countries, like Italy and the Republic of Peru. Fellow of IFSA, and Honorary Member of EUSFLAT, was distinguished with the EUSFLAT’s ‘European Fuzzy Pioneer Award’, the IEEE-CIS’ ‘Fuzzy Pioneer Award’, the ‘Kampé de Fériet’ Award, the Medal of the Polish Academy of Sciences, and the IFSA’s ‘Outstanding Achievement Award’. He also holds the Spanish ‘Cajal’ and ‘Monturiol’ Medals, as well as a National Award in Computer Science.




Professor Elizabeth Chang is Professor in IT and Logistics and Canberra Fellow at the University of New South Wales at the Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA). She hold BSc, MSc and PhD in Computer Science and Software Engineering and has been CIO/CTO in Multinational Logistics and Transport Company in Hong Kong. Professor Chang leads the research group at UNSW Canberra at ADFA targeting the key issues in Logistics big data management over the heterogeneous logistics, supply and transport networks, predictive analytics, situation awareness, cyber-physical systems, asset sustainment, trust measurement and prediction and  risk assessment and quantification. She has delivered 41 Keynote/Plenary speeches largely at major IEEE Conferences and most recent ones are in the area of Semantics, Ontologies, business intelligence, data quality, etc.   Her academic achievement includes 22 Competitive Research Grants including 11 Australian Research Council (ARC) Grants worth over $15 million. She has supervised/co-supervised 41 PhD theses to completion, 21 Maters Theses and 16 Post-docs. She has published 7 authored, 8 edited books, 15 book chapters, 100+ International journal papers and over 300 refereed conference papers with an H-Index of 35 (Google Scholar). She is a Fellow of IEEE, and the Chair for IEEE IES Technical Committee on Industrial Informatics (2014-2015). She provides leadership by working with top researchers from around world and directs the future research in this area in the world. She is also an Associate Editor for IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics (since 2007) and Guest Editor on IEEE Transactions on Industrial Informatics (since 2005), Co-editor in chief for International Journal on Engineering Intelligent Systems. She has been General Chair and Technical Chair for over 20 International and IEEE Conferences.




Prof. Dr. Edy Portmann is a researcher, specialist and consultant for semantic search, social media, and soft computing. At present, he is working as an Assistant Professor of information science at the University of Bern, Switzerland. In the past, Edy Portmann studied for a BSc in information systems, for an MSc in business and economics, and for a PhD in computer sciences. He was a Visiting Research Scholar at National University of Singapore (NUS), as well as a Postdoctoral Researcher at University of California at Berkeley, USA. During his studies, Edy Portmann worked several years in a number of organizations in study-related disciplines. He is repeated nominee for Marquis Who’s Who, a selected member of the Heidelberg Laureate Forum, co-founder of Mediamatics (i.e., Media and Informatics) think tank, and co-editor of the Springer series ‘Fuzzy Management Methods,’ as well as author of two popular books in his field.






Prof. Dr. Ulrich Reimer studied computer science and received his doctorate in 1987 at the Information Science Dept. of the University of Konstanz with a thesis on formal ontologies for natural language understanding. In 1992 he received his habilitation at the University of Konstanz. For more than 10 years Ulrich Reimer was head of the IT R&D group of Swiss Life, the biggest life insurance company in Switzerland, and responsible for large-scale research projects, some of them funded by the EU. Since 2005 he has been with the Institute of Information and Process Management at the University of Applied Sciences St. Gallen where his main research activities are in the areas of Semantic Technologies, Behavioural Change Support Systems and Model-Driven Development, primarily in the application area of eHealth.








Gwendolin Wilke holds a Ph.D. degree in Geoinformatics (2012) from the Vienna University of Technology (Austria), with a Thesis on uncertainty modelling for geodata. On invitation of Prof. Lotfi Zadeh she worked as a visiting researcher at UC Berkeley (USA) in 2009 in the field of fuzzy geometry. She extended this work as a visiting researcher at the Knowledge Representation and Reasoning Group at the University of Leeds (UK) where she worked on qualitative geometric reasoning in 2010. From 2012 to 2015, Gwen worked as a researcher at the information and knowledge management group at the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland where she was involved in numerous national and international research projects. She regularly publishes research papers on the theory and application of fuzzy logic, soft computing and granular computing. Since 2015, Gwen is a lecturer for Business Intelligence at the School of Information Technology of the Lucerne University of Applied Sciencs and Arts.

Gwen is a member of the North American Fuzzy Information Processing Society and board member of the special interest group on Knowledge Structures and Metadata of the Swiss Informatics Society. In her current research, Gwen focuses on the theory and application of qualitative and granular computing to business intelligence, and, more generally, to knowledge management, specifically the challenges and opportunities of today’s ever more complex data driven society.



Miroslav Hudec is a researcher and assistant professor at the University of Economics in Bratislava, Faculty of Eco- nomic Informatics. Prior to joining University of Economics in 2013, he was a researcher in the Institute of Informatics and Statistics, Bratislava. He received the Master and PhD degrees from the University of Belgrade. His work is mainly focused on fuzzy logic, knowledge discovery, and information systems. M. Hudec is author or co-author of approximately 45 scientific articles and three books. He is a member of program committees of several international conferences and serves as an editorial board member in Applied Soft Com-

puting journal. He was research leader of two working packages of FP7 project focused on the modernization of data collection and analysis in official statistics. He was the representative of Slovakia on UNECE/Eurostat/OECD Meeting on the Management of Statistical Information Systems in years 2005-2009 and 2013. 





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