(Dec. 18, 2013) -- The "Father of Fuzzy Logic" paid a visit to The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) Main Campus yesterday after being honored at the third annual World Conference on Soft Computing in downtown San Antonio. Soft computing giant Lotfi A. Zadeh met with President Ricardo Romo, and they exchanged books with one another.
At age 92, Zadeh is a mathematician, electrical engineer, computer scientist, researcher and professor who is most well known for his breakthrough discovery of fuzzy set theory, which is used widely today in many commercial and scientific applications.
Fuzzy logic allows individuals to program computers so they can mimic the imprecise way humans make decisions. This technology is now found in many real-life applications and commercial products including cars that virtually drive themselves, washing machines that automatically pick the right wash cycles and water temperature, and HVAC systems that adjust the temperature based on the number of people in a room.
Despite the advances in technology that uses fuzzy logic and artificial intelligence, Zadeh says human reasoning and emotions are very difficult to capture and machines are not even close to replacing humans.
"Machines can give the impression that they understand, but they don't really understand," he said. "The human mind is capable of doing many things that would be impossible for a robot to mimic. For example, a computer can compose music but is incapable of composing interesting and beautiful music like Tchaikovsky and other great composers."
The third annual World Conference on Soft Computing drew participants from 18 nations to hear keynote presentations from eight scholars on soft computing and to honor Lotfi A. Zadeh and his wife, Fay Zadeh. The conference was co-hosted by UTSA, the Republic of Azerbaijan Ministry of Communication and Information Technology and the Azerbaijan Technical University.
Mo Jamshidi, UTSA Lutcher Brown Endowed Distinguished Chair Professor in electrical and computer engineering, was responsible for dedicating the conference to Zadeh and inviting him to San Antonio.
Members of the UTSA community have published “Adapt and Overcome: Essays of the Student Veteran Experience,” an important book to help active duty military and veterans successfully transition to college life. The event includes a panel discussion with UTSA alumni student veterans who contributed chapters to the book. Guests can also purchase the book. All proceeds benefit the UTSA Student Veteran Association.
Business Building, University Room (BB 2.06.04), Main Campus
The Graduate School is hosting a panel discussion for all of our current students, alumni and members of the San Antonio community who are interested in learning more about graduate education.
Graduate School and Research Building (GSR 1.204), Main Campus
The annual UTSA Graduate fair gives students an opportunity to meet representatives who can provide the information on admission requirements, fellowship opportunities, and other key information.
University Center, Main Campus
A recruiter will speak to potential candidates for the Archer program. The Archer program has helped students land successful careers in public service.
Durango Building (DB 2.208), Downtown Campus
Canadian scholar Jasmin Hristov will present a lecture on paramilitarism, complex type of politically-motivated violence in different parts of Latin America. This presentation will explain paramilitary violence as a tool of economic globalization.
Buena Vista St. Bldg., Aula Canaria Lecture Hall (BV 1.328), Downtown Campus
Richard Peretz,’85, chief financial officer at UPS, will present the keynote address at the Frost Distinguished Lecture Series, presented by the UTSA College of Business.
Business Building (BB 2.06.04), Main Campus
The UTSA Department of Philosophy and Classics hosts Michael Wheeler from University of Stirling as its Brackenridge Distinguished Visiting Professor. He will be giving a talk on how creativity works.
H-E-B University Center (HUC 1.102), Main Campus,
The Dept. of Kinesiology, Health and Nutrition and the South Texas Consortium for HIV and STI Research welcomes Dr. Joshua Rosenberger who will discuss his recent work on using innovative HIV-prevention strategies.
University Center (UC 2.02.12), Main Campus
Join the UTSA African American Studies program for a lecture by Gary Bledsoe, President of the Texas NAACP, who specializes in public interest law, employment and civil rights law.
Buena Vista Building (BVB 1.328), Downtown Campus
The UTSA College of Engineering Technology Symposium showcases innovative student projects and research performed across multiple disciplines including engineering, science and business. The public is invited.
H-E-B UC Ballroom (HUC 1.104), Main Campus
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