Introduction to the Fuzzy Logic course

Fuzzy Logic - a powerful new technology

Fuzzy Logic has emerged as a a profitable tool for the controlling of subway systems and complex industrial processes, as well as for household and entertainment electronics, diagnosis systems and other expert systems. Although, Fuzzy Logic was invented in the United States the rapid growth of this technology has started from Japan and has now again reached the USA and Europe also.
Fuzzy Logic is still booming in Japan, the number of letters patent applied for increases exponentially. The main part deals with rather simple applications of Fuzzy Control.

Fuzzy has become a key-word for marketing. Electronic articles without Fuzzy-component gradually turn out to be dead stock. As a gag, that shows the popularity of Fuzzy Logic, there even exists a toiletpaper with "Fuzzy Logic" printed on it.
In Japan Fuzzy-research is widely supported with a huge budget. In Europe and the USA efforts are being made to catch up with the tremendous japanese success. For instance, the NASA space agency is engaged in applying Fuzzy Logic for complex docking-maneuvers.

Fuzzy Logic is basically a multivalued logic that allows intermediate values to be defined between conventional evaluations like yes/no, true/false, black/white, etc. Notions like rather warm or pretty cold can be formulated mathematically and processed by computers. In this way an attempt is made to apply a more human-like way of thinking in the programming of computers.
Fuzzy Logic was initiated in 1965 by Lotfi A. Zadeh, professor for computer science at the University of California in Berkeley.

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