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Intelligent control is now becoming a common tool in many engineering and industrial applications , . It has the ability to comprehend and learn about plants, disturbances, environment, and operating conditions ,. Some examples of the factors to be learned are plant characteristics such as its static and dynamic behaviours, some characteristics of disturbances or the environment, and equipment-operating practices , . Figures 1.1.1 and 1.1.2 show the number of papers from INSPEC (Information Service for Physics and Engineering Communities) and patents from CASSIS (Classification for Search Support Information System), respectively . From these figures, we can see the trends and the relative activities of research and applications in the field of computational and artificial intelligence. It can be observed that while research in expert systems which used to be the domain tool for intelligent systems, is declining slowly, research in neural networks is progressing rather steadily.
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