Combining Experimentation and Theory

A Hommage to Abe Mamdani

  • Enric Trillas
  • Piero P. Bonissone
  • Luis Magdalena
  • Janusz Kacprzyk

Part of the Studies in Fuzziness and Soft Computing book series (STUDFUZZ, volume 271)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages 1-13
  2. Ebrahim H. Mamdani, E. Trillas
    Pages 1-17
  3. Piero P. Bonissone
    Pages 27-47
  4. Didier Dubois, Henri Prade
    Pages 49-60
  5. Christian Moewes, Rudolf Kruse
    Pages 91-101
  6. Kaoru Hirota, Yoichi Yamazaki, Fangyan Dong
    Pages 137-149
  7. Janusz Kacprzyk, Sławomir Zadrożny
    Pages 191-208
  8. Daniel Leite, Fernando Gomide
    Pages 209-223
  9. Christer Carlsson, Robert Fullér, József Mezei
    Pages 225-236
  10. Enrique H. Ruspini
    Pages 237-246
  11. Marcin Detyniecki, Benjamin Moubêche, Bernadette Bouchon-Meunier
    Pages 259-270
  12. Jeremy Pitt, Arvind Bhusate
    Pages 271-285
  13. Gracian Triviño, Daniel Sánchez
    Pages 287-300
  14. Enric Trillas, Itziar García-Honrado
    Pages 391-406
  15. María Ángeles Gil, Gil González-Rodríguez
    Pages 407-420
  16. Back Matter
    Pages 1-1

About this book


The unexpected and premature passing away of Professor Ebrahim H. "Abe" Mamdani on January, 22, 2010, was a big shock to the scientific community, to all his friends and colleagues around the world, and to his close relatives. Professor Mamdani was a remarkable figure in the academic world, as he contributed to so many areas of science and technology. Of great relevance are his latest thoughts and ideas on the study of language and its handling by computers.

The fuzzy logic community is particularly indebted to Abe Mamdani (1941-2010) who, in 1975, in his famous paper An Experiment in Linguistic Synthesis with a Fuzzy Logic Controller, jointly written with his student Sedrak Assilian, introduced the novel idea of fuzzy control. This was an elegant engineering approach to the modeling and control of complex processes for which mathematical models were unknown or too difficult to build, yet they could effectively and efficiently be controlled by human operators. This ground-breaking idea has found innumerable applications and can be considered as one of the main factors for the proliferation and adoption of fuzzy logic technology.

Professor Mamdani's own life and vital experience are illustrative of his “never surrendering” attitude while facing adversaries, which is normal for a person proposing any novel solution, and represent a great example for everybody. His subtle sense of humor, his joy for life, and his will to critically help people, especially young people, were characteristics deeply appreciated by all the people who enjoyed and benefited from his friendship and advice.

This book constitutes a posthumous homage to Abe Mamdani. It is a collection of original papers related in some way to his works, ideas and vision, and especially written by researchers directly acquainted with him or with his work. The underlying goal of this book will be fulfilled if, in the very spirit of Mamdani's legacy, the papers will trigger a scientific or philosophical debate on the issues covered, or contribute to a cross-fertilization of ideas in the various fields.


Fuzziness Fuzzy Control Fuzzy Modeling Fuzzy Theory Soft Computing

Editors and affiliations

  • Enric Trillas
    • 1
  • Piero P. Bonissone
    • 2
  • Luis Magdalena
    • 3
  • Janusz Kacprzyk
    • 4
  1. 1.European Center for Soft ComputingMieres, AsturiasSpain
  2. 2., Computing and Decision SciencesCoolidge Fellow GE Global ResearchNYUSA
  3. 3., Edificio Científico-TecnológicoEuropean Centre of Soft ComputingAsturiasSpain
  4. 4.Systems Research InstitutePolish Academy of SciencesWarsawPoland

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2012
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Engineering Engineering (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-24665-4
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-24666-1
  • Series Print ISSN 1434-9922
  • Series Online ISSN 1860-0808
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