FUZZ-IEEE 2012 Special session

Fuzzy Approaches in Database Management and Information Retrieval

The annual IEEE International Conference on Fuzzy Systems (FUZZ-IEEE) will be held jointly with the International Joint Conference on Neural Networks (IJCNN) and the IEEE Congress on Evolutionary Computation (IEEE CEC) as part of the 2012 IEEE World Congress on Computational Intelligence (IEEE WCCI), June 10-15, 2012, Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, Brisbane, Australia.

Special session organizers

Guy De Tre, Ghent University, Belgium
Janusz Kacprzyk, Polish Academy of Sciences, Poland
Olivier Pivert, IRISA/ENSSAT, France
Slawomir Zadrozny, Polish Academy of Sciences, Poland

Introduction to the special session

One of the most crucial challenges raised by modern Database Management Systems, and by Information Systems in general, concerns - first - their ability to support a huge volume of data which can be heterogeneous, imprecise, uncertain, incomplete and/or inconsistent, and - second - to provide tools and techniques to make appropriate use of them. From a user's point of view, it is thus very desirable for such systems to possess a human centric functionality, and a high flexibility. Flexibility in such a context might be understood in several ways, among which the following ones are most important:

  1. The capability of querying large amount of data in a user-friendly way so as to retrieve the information which is the most relevant to specific user needs.
  2. The capability of representation, management and exploitation of imprecise, partially known, and uncertain data.

Fuzzy Logic and Soft Computing have, for a long time, constituted an important source of inspiration for numerous research works aimed at dealing with various facets of flexibility in Databases and Information Systems. The primary purpose of this special session is to highlight the latest scientific advances within the Fuzzy Logic and Soft Computing fields applied to Databases and Information Systems.

This special session will be an exciting opportunity to exchange ideas and to discuss theoretical and experimental results in this research domain. Hopefully, it will contribute to identifying new promising directions of research and unsolved problems in this area.

We invite contributions that focus on the application of soft computing within the fields given in the following, non-exhaustive, list:

  • classic and new paradigms based databases
  • information retrieval
  • querying and retrieval for the summarization of data sets
  • advanced aggregation operators useful for querying criteria specifying
  • semi-structured and unstructured data
  • geographical information systems
  • multimedia information systems
  • web based information systems.

We encourage the submission of papers which have not been published or submitted to any other conference, concerning theoretical advances in these core areas as well as papers which deal with some practical insights resulting from experiments or implementations.


  • soft computing
  • databases
  • querying
  • information retrieval
  • information systems

Program Committee (to be extended)

  • Troels Andreasen, Denmark
  • Carlos Barranco, Spain
  • Gloria Bordogna, Italy
  • Antoon Bronselaer, Belgium
  • Patrice Buche, France
  • Fabio Crestani, Switzerland
  • Jozo Dujmovic, USA
  • Jose Galindo, Spain
  • Allel Hadjali, France
  • Sven Helmer, UK
  • Enrique Herrera-Viedma, Spain
  • Ludovic Lietard, France
  • Zongmin Ma, China
  • Nicolas Marin, Spain
  • Juan Miguel Medina, Spain
  • Gabriella Pasi, Italy
  • Olga Pons, Spain
  • Giuseppe Psaila, Italy
  • Mario Amparo Vila, Spain

Submissions: details and dates

Papers should be submitted electronically. For details on submissions and for the deadlines,
please refer to the WCCI'2012 website.