Rudolf Seising,

Munchen Ludwig-Maximilians University


In 1965, Lotfi Zadeh, a professor of electrical engineering at the
University of California in Berkeley, published the first papers on
Fuzzy Set Theory.

Since the 1980s, this mathematical theory of “unsharp amounts” has been
applied with great success in many different fields.

Thanks not least of all too extensive advertising campaigns for
fuzzy-controlled household appliances and to their prominent presence in
the media, first in Japan and then in other countries, the word “fuzzy”
has also become very well-known among non-scientists. On the other hand,
the story of how Fuzzy Set Theory and its earliest applications
originated has remained largely unknown.

In this lecture, the history of Fuzzy Set Theory and the ways it was
first used are incorporated into the history of 20th century science and
technology. Influences from system theory and cybernetics stemming from
the earliest part of the 20th century are considered alongside those of
communication and control theory from mid-century.


Date: 2008-Oct-15     Time: 17:00:00     Room: Instituto Superior Técnico – FA2

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