Keynote Speaker / 主讲嘉宾

Prof. Witold Pedrycz, University of Alberta, Canada
IEEE Fellow
Professor and Chair
Canada Research Chair



Speech Title: From Artificial Intelligence to Granular Artificial Intelligence: A New Environment for System Modeling

Abstract: Recent advancements in Artificial Intelligence fall under the umbrella of industrial facets of AI (Industrial AI, for short) and explainable AI (XAI). The explainability feature becomes essential in a vast array of problems in management and software engineering. We advocate that in the realization of these two pursuits, information granules and Granular Computing play a significant role. First, it is shown that information granularity is of paramount relevance in building linkages between real-world data and symbols commonly encountered in AI processing. Second, we stress that a suitable level of abstraction (information granularity) becomes essential to support user-oriented framework of design and functioning AI artifacts. In both cases, central to all pursuits is a process of formation of information granules and their prudent characterization. We discuss a comprehensive approach to the development of information granules by means of the principle of justifiable granularity; here various construction scenarios are discussed. In the sequel, we look at the generative and discriminative aspects of information granules supporting their further usage in the formation of granular models. A symbolic manifestation of information granules is put forward and analyzed from the perspective of semantically sound descriptors of data and relationships among data.


Biography: Witold Pedrycz (IEEE Fellow, 1998) is Professor and Canada Research Chair (CRC) in Computational Intelligence in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada. He is also with the Systems Research Institute of the Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw, Poland. In 2009 Dr. Pedrycz was elected a foreign member of the Polish Academy of Sciences. In 2012 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. Witold Pedrycz has been a member of numerous program committees of IEEE conferences in the area of fuzzy sets and neurocomputing. In 2007 he received a prestigious Norbert Wiener award from the IEEE Systems, Man, and Cybernetics Society. He is a recipient of the IEEE Canada Computer Engineering Medal, a Cajastur Prize for Soft Computing from the European Centre for Soft Computing, a Killam Prize, and a Fuzzy Pioneer Award from the IEEE Computational Intelligence Society. His main research directions involve Computational Intelligence, fuzzy modeling and Granular Computing, knowledge discovery and data mining, fuzzy control, pattern recognition, knowledge-based neural networks, relational computing, and Software Engineering. He has published numerous papers in this area. He is also an author of 15 research monographs covering various aspects of Computational Intelligence, data mining, and Software Engineering. Dr. Pedrycz is intensively involved in editorial activities. He is an Editor-in-Chief of Information Sciences, Editor-in-Chief of WIREs Data Mining and Knowledge Discovery (Wiley), and Int. J. of Granular Computing (Springer). He currently serves on the Advisory Board of IEEE Transactions on Fuzzy Systems and is a member of a number of editorial boards of other international journals.


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