Professor MAMDANI Ebrahim

Invited by : Bernadette BOUCHON-MEUNIER
Arrival date : 06/01/2006
Departure date : 07/01/2006

Research activity

Commande floue, Réseaux de communication adaptatifs.
Professor (Abe) Mamdani is well known for his research into fuzzy logic and in particular, his pioneering work on Fuzzy Control which was carried out starting in the early 70s. His other research interests include investigations on reasoning under uncertainty and knowledge based systems for industrial control. He has been actively involved with several UK industrial companies in the research and development of applications of Knowledge Based Systems. Until recently he was in the Electronic Engineering Department of Queen Mary & Westfield College of University of London. As of July 1995 Professor Mamdani has joined the Electrical & Electronic Engineering Department of Imperial College, London to take up a newly created Chair of Telecommunications Strategy and Services endowed by Nortel Networks and the Royal Academy of Engineering. Professor Mamdani is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering as well as The Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineering. He spent two years working at the central British Telecom Research Laboratories within the Network Management Department. His work was concerned with the application of Artificial Intelligence for network management. Today his main research area is in communicating intelligent software agents and their applications to telecommunication systems. This research extends to soft computing abilities that agents must possess if they are to act intelligently within an open community of agents. He helped with the start of the ?Foundation for Intelligent Physical Agents? FIPA which is a group formed industrial organisations world-wide whose aim is to achieve minimal standards in the area of intelligent software agents. His recent work has focused on personal assistant agents that interact with users and act on their behalf to negotiate and obtain services often acting in a community of other agents. Some of this work involves research into what are called embodied agents and the importance of ?affect? in designing such agents in order to makethem believable. Trust is another closely related issue that impacts believability. This work has been carried out through a number of EU funded and UK research council funded projects.
The purpose of his visit to LIP6 is to explore complementary know-how that exists in his laboratory at Imperial College and at LIP6 that can form a basis of future research relationship between the two. It is hoped that the visit will lead to future exchanges of people and ideas between the two groups of researchers. It is worth pointing out that Imperial College London is a premier academic institute in the UK with a strong science and technology base.

Departure date : 07/01/2006
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