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IFSA-EUSFLAT 2009 Retrospect

The Conference

The 6th EUSFLAT Conference was organized jointly with the 13th IFSA World Congress in Lisbon, Portugal, in the week July 20-24, 2009. It was the first time the conference was jointly organized with an IFSA World Congress. The conference was attended by an impressive number of more than 350 people, including many leading researchers and a significant number of students. EUSFLAT this time sponsored eight student grants, covering full registration and accommodation.

The first day took place at the Alameda Campus of the Instituto Superior Técnico (Universidade Técnica de Lisboa), where five highly interesting tutorials were held by D. Dubois (France), W. Pedrycz (Canada), J. Bezdek (USA), J. Keller (USA), and A. Gegov (United Kingdom), jointly with N. Petrov (Bulgaria). It is worth to note that the tutorials were free of charge for all conference participants. The conference was opened officially on the evening of Monday, July 20, with a nice welcome reception in the garden of Palácio Galveias, a palace now hosting the Municipial Library of Lisbon.

The scientific program of the following four days took place at the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, consisting of four enlightening and inspiring plenary lectures by K. Hirota (Japan), E. Hüllermeier (Germany), M. Grabisch (France), and H. Nurmi (Finland), and approximately 330 contributed papers, a significant proportion of which were presented as part of one of the 31 special sessions organized by leading researchers. The program also featured two highly interesting round table discussions on "The Future of Fuzzy Logic" and "Type 2 or not Type 2?" which attracted many participants. The gorgeous conference banquet was held on the evening of Thursday, July 23, 2009, at Páteo Alfacinha. On this occasion, the student best paper awards (sponsored by IFSA) were presented. The winner was J. Baetens from Ghent University, Belgium, for his paper "Incorporating Fuzziness in Spatial Susceptible-Infected Epidemic Models". Two honorable mentions were awarded to M. Petrík (Czech Republic) and J. Luengo (Spain).

The conference cannot only be characterized by high scientific quality, interesting discussions, and smooth organization. It is also worth to note the warm and hospitable atmosphere that made this conference a unique experience. The EUSFLAT society, its board, and all members want to thank the general chairs, the program chairs, and all their co-workers cordially for making this conference an unforgettable event!

The Assembly

A general assembly took place on Tuesday, July 21, 2009, was attended by around 60 EUSFLAT members. At this meeting, the board presented a report of activities in the last years and a financial statement. As the last action before the election, the previous board proposed Francesc Esteva as the first Honorary Member of the society. The proposal was accepted unanimously. Finally, a new EUSFLAT Board had to be elected. There was one candidature submitted by Javier Montero. The candidature was accepted by unanimous vote, and the new EUSFLAT Board immediately took over duties.

Next EUSFLAT Conference

There is a tentative agreement to organize the 7th EUSFLAT Conference jointly with the French Days on Fuzzy Logic and Applications again, this time in France. Details will be announced as soon as available.