May 17-20, 2007
Marriott O'Hare

Chicago, IL, USA

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Toward Human-Level Machine Intelligence

Lotfi A. Zadeh
Professor Emeritus, Professor in the Graduate School
Opening Session - Friday May 18, 8:00 AM

LOTFI A. ZADEH is a Professor in the Graduate School, Computer Science Division, Department of EECS, University of California, Berkeley. In addition, he is serving as the Director of BISC (Berkeley Initiative in Soft Computing).

Lotfi Zadeh is an alumnus of the University of Tehran, MIT and Columbia University. He held visiting appointments at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, NJ; MIT, Cambridge, MA; IBM Research Laboratory, San Jose, CA; AI Center, SRI International, Menlo Park, CA; and the Center for the Study of Language and Information, Stanford University. His earlier work was concerned in the main with systems analysis, decision analysis and information systems. His current research is focused on fuzzy logic, computing with words and soft computing, which is a coalition of fuzzy logic, neurocomputing, evolutionary computing, probabilistic computing and parts of machine learning.

Lotfi Zadeh is a Fellow of the IEEE, AAAS, ACM, AAAI, and IFSA. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and a Foreign Member of the Russian Academy of Natural Sciences, the Finnish Academy of Sciences, the Polish Academy of Sciences, Korean Academy of Science & Technology and the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences. He is a recipient of the IEEE Education Medal, the IEEE Richard W. Hamming Medal, the IEEE Medal of Honor, the ASME Rufus Oldenburger Medal, the B. Bolzano Medal of the Czech Academy of Sciences, the Kampe de Feriet Medal, the AACC Richard E. Bellman Control Heritage Award, the Grigore Moisil Prize, the Honda Prize, the Okawa Prize, the AIM Information Science Award, the IEEE-SMC J. P. Wohl Career Achievement Award, the SOFT Scientific Contribution Memorial Award of the Japan Society for Fuzzy Theory, the IEEE Millennium Medal, the ACM 2001 Allen Newell Award, the Norbert Wiener Award of the IEEE Systems, Man and Cybernetics Society, Civitate Honoris Causa by Budapest Tech (BT) Polytechnical Institution, Budapest, Hungary, the V. Kaufmann Prize, International Association for Fuzzy-Set Management and Economy (SIGEF), the Nicolaus Copernicus Medal of the Polish Academy of Sciences, the J. Keith Brimacombe IPMM Award, the Silicon Valley Engineering Hall of Fame, the Heinz Nixdorf MuseumsForum Wall of Fame, other awards and twenty-six honorary doctorates. He has published extensively on a wide variety of subjects relating to the conception, design and analysis of information/intelligent systems, and is serving on the editorial boards of over sixty journals.

Keynote Speaker

Wavelet-Chaos-Dynamic Neural
Network Models for Biomedical
Applications and Diagnosis of
Neurological Disorders

Hojjat Adeli
Banquet - Friday May 18, 7:00 PM

Hojjat Adeli has been advancing a multi-paradigm approach for development of intelligent systems and solution of complicated and intractable dynamic pattern recognition problems. A novel wavelet-chaos-neural network methodology is presented for signal processing of brain waves as recorded by EEGs with the goal of automatic detection of brain abnormalities. Certain combinations of parameters from the EEG sub-bands were discovered to be effective markers for seizure detection and epilepsy diagnosis. The model can distinguish among healthy, interictal, and ictal EEGs with a high accuracy of more than 96%. Extension of this research for early diagnosis of Alzheimerís disease is also discussed.

Hojjat Adeli is Professor in the Departments of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Geodetic Science, Biomedical Engineering, Biomedical Informatics, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, and Neuroscience and the Interdisciplinary Biophysics Graduate Program at The Ohio State University. He is also the holder of the Abba G. Liechtenstein Professorship. He is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of research journals: Computer-Aided Civil and Infrastructure Engineering, now in 22nd year of publication and Integrated Computer-Aided Engineering, now in 15th year of publication, and the Editor-in-Chief of International Journal of Neural Systems. He has authored 230 journal articles and 11 books including Machine Learning - Neural Networks, Genetic Algorithms, and Fuzzy Systems (Wiley, 1995) and Wavelets in Intelligent Transportation Systems (Wiley, 2005). In 1998 he received the Distinguished Scholar Award from The Ohio State University "in recognition of extraordinary accomplishment in research and scholarship." In 2005 he was elected Honorary Member, ASCE, "for wide-ranging, exceptional, and pioneering contributions to computing in civil engineering and extraordinary leadership in advancing the use of computing and information technologies in many engineering disciplines throughout the world.Ē

Invited Speaker


Professor Mohammad Shahidehpour
Electrical and Computer Engineering Department
Illinois Institute of Technology
Chicago, Illinois, USA
Lunch - Friday May 18, Noon

Professor Mohammad Shahidehpour is Carl Bodine Distinguished Professor and Chairman in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT). He is the author of 300 technical papers and four books on electric power systems planning, operation, and control. His books have been translated into several languages. Dr. Shahidehpour is the recipient of 2005 IEEE/PES Best Transactions Paper Award, 2004 IEEE/PSO Best Transactions Paper Award, Edison Electric Instituteís Outstanding Faculty Award, HKNís Outstanding Young Electrical Engineering Award, Sigma Xiís Outstanding Researcher Award, IITís Outstanding Faculty Award, and University of Michiganís Outstanding Teaching Award. He is the past president of National Electrical Engineering Honor Society, and serves as the Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Power Systems. Dr. Shahidehpour has been a consultant to the power industry for the last 25 years and his software products have been installed in energy control centers in major utility companies. He is an IEEE Distinguished Lecturer, has lectured in 20 countries across the globe on electricity restructuring issues, and has been a visiting professor at several universities. He is a Fellow of IEEE.

Invited Speech

Convergence in the Mobile Device

Tom Walczak
Senior Director, Mobile Devices Technology Office, Motorola Inc.
Lunch - Saturday May 19, Noon

Mr. Tom Walczak received his B.S. degree in electrical engineering from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee in 1980. He is currently Fellow of the Technical Staff and Senior Director of the Radio Systems Group in Motorola Mobile Devices Business. Since joining Motorola in 1981 he has developed cellular telephone products and technology. In his present position he is responsible for handset antenna technology development and measurement, 3G and 4G radio systems technology and standards development, and simulation technology. He has 27 issued patents, is a member of Motorolaís Science Advisory Board Associates and a Motorola Dan Noble Fellow.

Invited Speaker

Using Digital Technology

Larry Leto
President of North American Color, Inc.
Dinner - Saturday May 19, 7:30 PM

Larry Leto has been in the prepress, imaging communications and printing business for 45 years.  He began his career at General Motors in Detroit in 1961. He is a graduate of Wayne State University in Detroit. He has held various first line management jobs in the industry along with several managerial positions at leading prepress and printing companies in the USA.

He founded North American Color, Inc. in 1981 with the goal of implementing the future merging technologies of computer science for the design, prepress and printing industries including tele-communications.

North American Color, Inc. was one of the first companies to move to the digital applications of imaging including the tele-communications and remote applications for imaging in a remote work-group.

Today, North American Color, Inc. has technical applications partnerships throughout the world.  The partners in workflow automation is a software company in Kehl, Germany (near Strasbourg, France) working with some of the leading printers in Europe and Asia. Dalim Software is the leading imaging automation software developer in the Gravure Printing industry.

NAC has partnerships with Hyphen Italia, who has developed a single portal suite of tools, NAC Tools.  The NAC Tools is a suite of tools which enables you to coordinate and manage activities performed by designers, photographers, copywriters, editors, web developer, pre-press and printers in a most efficient and secure way, directly from your desktop.