FQAS 2013 Special Session on Advances in Fuzzy Querying and Fuzzy Databases

FQAS 2013 – Flexible Query Answering Systems International Conference
Granada, Spain, September 18-20 2013.
Advances in fuzzy querying and fuzzy databases: theory and applications
Guy De Tré (Guy.DeTre@UGent.be),
Dept. of Telecommunications and Information Processing, Ghent University, Ghent, Belgium
Slawomir Zadrozny (Slawomir.Zadrozny@ibspan.waw.pl),
Systems Research Institute, Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw, Poland
Juan M. Medina (medina@decsai.ugr.es),
Dept. of Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence, University of Granada, Granada, Spain.
Carlos D. Barranco (cbarranco@upo.es),
Division of Computer Science, Pablo de Olavide University, Seville, Spain.
Supported by the EUSFLAT Working Group on Soft Computing in Database Management and Information Retrieval (http://www.eusflat.org/research/scdbmir.htm)
Nowadays, one of the most crucial challenges raised by modern Database Management Systems, and by Information Systems in general, concerns the ability to make their huge, often heterogeneous and imperfect data volumes better accessible for a human being.
Soft computing and fuzzy set theory have been important tools in many research works that aim to deal with the intrinsic complexity of querying and information handling as required by current information systems. The aim of this special session is to collect and present recent scientific advances in soft computing and fuzzy set theory applied to flexible querying. Moreover, the session should offer opportunities to exchange ideas, to discuss theoretical and experimental results, and to identify new promising directions of research and unsolved problems in this area.
We invite contributions that focus on the application of:
- fuzzy set theory
- fuzzy logic
- soft computing
to the development of fuzzy querying techniques within the following, non-exhaustive, list of fields:
- regular and fuzzy databases
- information retrieval
- semi-structured data
- geographical information systems
- multimedia information systems
- web search engines
- spatio-temporal data modelling
- knowledge bases
- semantic retrieval

We encourage submissions of papers on theoretical advances in these core areas as well as
papers which deal with some practical insights resulting from experiments or implementations.