Martin Štěpnička received the M.Sc. degree in Applied Mathematics in 2002, the Ph.D. degree in Fuzzy Modelling in 2008, and successfully passed the habilitation for the Associate Professorship (“Docent” degree in the Czech Republic) in 2012. Since 2005, he is a vice-director of the Centre of Excellence IT4Innovations – Division of the University of Ostrava – Institute for Research and Applications of Fuzzy Modeling, Czech Republic.Since 2009, Martin Štěpnička is a member of the Board of the European Society for Fuzzy Logic and Technology (EUSFLAT) for four consecutive terms. Furthermore, he is a member of IEEE and also of IEEE Computational Intelligence Society. He is an area editor of JCR (Q1) journal Fuzzy Sets and Systems journal and a guest editor of several special issues of JCR journals, e.g. Fuzzy Sets and Systems, Neural Network World, Acta Polytechnica Hungarica or Kybernetika. He serves as a reviewer to ca 15 JCR journals. He is a frequent member of program committees of international conferences such as, e.g., EUSFLAT, SOCO, FSTA, SMPS or IPMU.His research interests include mainly fuzzy modeling, especially fuzzy inference systems and fuzzy relational equations, fuzzy approximation and computational intelligence in time series forecasting. His publication record contains more than 50 publications on Web of Science out of which 15 are in JCR journals with more than 300 citations and h-index equal to 11.
Michael Kaufmann is coordinator of the research team Data Intelligence at the Lucerne School of Information Technology. The research team examines methods and technologies for intelligent data management. Michael Kaufmann studied computer science, law and psychology at the University of Fribourg. With extra- occupational doctoral studies, he received his Ph.D. in Computer science on the topic of inductive fuzzy classification in marketing analytics. He worked at PostFinance as a data warehouse poweruser in corporate development; Later on at Mobiliar Insurance as a data architect in the enterprise architecture unit; and as a business analyst at FIVE Informatik AG, where he initiated and led the CTI research project LOKAHI INSIDE. Since 2014 he has been working at the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences in teaching and research as a lecturer for databases. In 2015- 2016 he acquired and managed the Hasler research project Intuitive Knowledge Connectivity. In 2016, Michael Kaufmann received the title of professor of the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts.