Computer Science Guru to Speak at U. T. Dallas

Computing pioneer Dr. Lotfi Zadeh will discuss efforts to develop computers that perform calculations using words and perceptions rather than numbers – much like the process employed by the human brain – in an address on Friday, March 18, at The University of Texas at Dallas (UTD).

Zadeh, a computer science professor emeritus in the Graduate School of the University of California, Berkeley, who is known as the “Father of Fuzzy Logic,” will deliver a talk entitled “Precisiated Natural Language (PNL) – A Basis for a Computational Theory of Perceptions” at 11 a.m. in the School of Management Building, Room 1.118. The event, part of the Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science Distinguished Lecturer Series 2005 and sponsored by UTD’s Institute for Research in Anticipatory Systems, is free and open to the public.

Photo, Lotfi Zadeh
Dr. Lotfi Zadeh

Like his work in the fields of fuzzy logic, soft computing and computing with words, Zadeh’s research involving PNL seeks to introduce a new paradigm in information processing, decision and control, where natural language becomes the basis of computer programming instead of the current “yes-no” architecture in which something is either true or false.

The director of the Berkeley Initiative in Soft Computing, Zadeh has received scores of awards, fellowships and honors for his groundbreaking work in conception, design and analysis of information and intelligent systems. He is also a member of the scientific advisory board of the Institute for Research in Anticipatory Systems, known as antÉ, at U. T. Dallas.

For additional information about Zadeh’s address, please call 972-883-4663.