NAFIPS 2024 Program

Day 1: May 27


8:30 – 9:00 am Registration


9:00 – 9:10 am Opening (Room 202)


9:10 – 10:10 am Plenary 1 (rm 202): Non-monotonic Commonsense Reasoning with Intermediate Quantifiers, Vilem Novak, Session chair: Vladik Kreinovich


10:10 – 10:30 am Coffee Break (rm 203)


10:30 – 11:30 am Panel (202):  Celebrating Prof. Michio Sugeno’s educational and research contributions in Fuzzy Systems. Moderator: Kelly Cohen


11:30 am – 12:30 pm Session 1a (202)

Explainable AI: 3, 12, 41

Session chair: Scott Dick

1. From Fuzzy to Clear: Visualizing System through Heatmaps Derived from

Approximate Inverse Model Explanations and Membership Function Activity, Takafumi Nakanishi


2. DCNFIS Regularization via Rule and Consequent Function Dropout Mechanisms, Mojtaba Yeganejou, Scott Dick, and Michael Lipsett


3. Equivalence between TSK Fuzzy Systems with Triangular Membership Functions and Neural Networks with ReLU Activation on the Real Line, Barnabas Bede, Vladik Kreinovich, and Peter Toth


11:30 am – 12:30 pm Session 1b (Room 201)

Fuzzy Theory: 6, 7, 23

Session Chair: Daniel Schwartz

1. On the fuzzy Ishigami function, Juan Carlos Figueroa-Garcia, Roman Neruda, and Carlos Franco


2. Strong Equivalence of Fuzzy Propositions, Daniel Schwartz


3. Why Bernstein Polynomials: Yet Another Explanation, Olga Kosheleva and Vladik Kreinovich

12:30 – 1:30 pm Lunch (203)


12:30 – 1:30 pm Lunch +NAFIPS board mtg (201)

1:30 – 2:30 pm Plenary 2 (202): Machine learning for cooperative robotics and healthcare, Anoop Sathyan, 2023 Early Career Award Recipient, Session chair: Julia Rayz



2:30 – 2:40 pm Coffee break (203)



2:40 – 4:00 pm Session 2a (202)

Special session on Large Language Models 10, 14, 48, 45

Session chairs: Geetanjali Bihani and Tatiana Ringenberg

1. "Magic mirror on the wall, who’s the fairest of them all": relying on LLM for accurate information, Yifei Hu, Tatiana Ringenberg, Tianyi Li, and Julia Rayz


2. Evaluating Language Models on Grooming Risk Estimation Using Fuzzy Theory, Geetanjali Bihani, Tatiana Ringenberg, and Julia Rayz


3. Beyond the Noisy Form: Fuzzy Author Role Classification with Intention, Damin Zhang and Julia Rayz


4. A Fuzzy Evaluation of Sentence Encoders on Grooming Risk Classification, Geetanjali Bihani and Julia Taylor Rayz


2:40 – 4:00 pm Session 2b (201)

Applications of fuzzy systems in Life Sciences: 4, 11, 13, 1

Session chair: Vinicius Wasques

1. Evolutionary Optimization of 1D-CNN for Non-contact Respiration Pattern Classification, Md Zobaer Islam, Sabit Ekin, John O’Hara, and Gary Yen


2. Linear Fuzzy Difference Equations via Hamacher t-norm: Application to the Plant Growth Dynamic, Vinicius Wasques and Jefferson Alves 


3. Fitting interval data through interactive arithmetic: Application in Saccharomyces cerevisiae growth, Pedro Zanineli, Paola Ferrari, Vinicius Wasques, Joao Netto, and

Juliana Smetana


4. Modified Hargreaves Equation Using Interval Type-2 Fuzzy Logic System for Predication of Reference Evapotranspiration: Case Study for Arid Climate Region of Gujarat, Himanshukumar Patel  

4:00 – 5:00 pm Session 3a (202)

Genetic Fuzzy Systems: 15, 25, 31, 33

Session chair: Pawan Lingras

1. Optimizing Platoon Time Gap Following on the Highway Using Genetic Fuzzy Systems, Heath Palmer, Kelly Cohen, and Anoop Sathyan


2. Improving Redundant Manipulator Control with Genetic Fuzzy Systems, Sathya Karthikeyan, Anirudh Chhabra and Donghoon Kim


3. Fuzzy Logic Based Risk Assessment for Multi-Rotor Precision Landing, Rebecca Gilligan, Justin Ouwerkerk, and Kelly Cohen

4:00 – 5:00 pm Session 3b (201)

Fuzzy Numbers and Functions:19,35,52

Session chair: Humberto Bustince

1. p-Fuzzy Gradient Descent Method, Nilmara Pinto, Vinicius Wasques, Washington Oliveira,

Laecio C. Barros, and Estevao Esmi


3. Fuzzy functions for MRI flow analysis, Geetanjali Bihani, Vitaliy Rayz, and Julia Rayz


4. From Historically First "Unary" Numbers, Through Egyptian Fractions, Roman Numerals, Leibniz’s Binary Numbers and Kepler’s Fractions to Modern Ideas Such as Calkin-Wilf Tree: A Unified Approach to Representing Natural Numbers and Fractions, Olga Kosheleva, Vladik Kreinovich, Christian Servin, and Shahnaz Shahbazova



Day 2: May 28


8:30 – 9:00 am Registration


9:00 – 10:00 am Plenary 3 (202): Feedforward Neural Networks: Interpretability in the Hands of Mathematics, Irina Perfilieva, Session chair: Barnabas Bede


10:00 – 10:20 am Coffee Break (203)


10:20 – 11:30 am Special session on the Explainable Fuzzy Competition (XFC 2024, rm 202). Moderator: Tim Arnett


11:30 am – 12:30 pm Session 4a (202)

Special Session: Fuzzy Education 8,18,37

Session Chair: Christian Servin

1. How Difficult Is It to Comprehend a Program That Has Significant Repetitions: Fuzzy-Related Explanations of Empirical Results, Christian Servin, Olga Kosheleva, and Vladik Kreinovich


2. Fuzzy Education: The potential for an Agentic AI System to Advance Precision Medical Education using Large Language Models, Fuzzy Logic and Shapley Values, Laurah Turner, Matthew Kelleher, Andrew Zahn, Eric Warm,

David Furniss, Anoop Sathyan, Weibing Zheng, Seth Overla, and Kelly Cohen


3. A Generative Model for Assessing Computing Education: The Fuzzy Bloom’s Taxonomy Approach, Christian Servin, Dan Padilla, Olga Kosheleva, and Vladik Kreinovich

11:30 am – 12:30 pm Session 4b (201)

Engineering applications on fuzzy systems: 9, 16, 47

Session Chair: Maxim Serezhin

1. Prediction Interval Fuzzy Model for Bath Temperature Estimation in an Electric Arc Furnace, Aljaz Blazic, Igor Skrjanc and Vito Logar


2. Genetic Fuzzy Route Interception of Known Evader’s Path, Daniel Heitmeyer, Justin Ouwerkerk, and Kelly Cohen    


3. Fuzzy Logic System for Optimal Control of Power Grid Demand Response Using Bitcoin Mining, Maxim Serezhin, Kelly Cohen, Adam Phillips and Ivan Serezhin

12:30 – 1:30 pm Lunch (203)


12:30 – 1:30 pm Lunch +NAFIPS board mtg if needed (201)

1:30 – 2:30 pm Plenary 4 (202): The Need for Responsible AI and Opportunities for our NAFIPS Community, Kelly Cohen Session chair: Irina Perfilieva


2:30 – 2:40 pm Coffee break (203)


2:40 – 4:00 pm Session 5a (202)

Interval and Fuzzy Uncertainty: 22, 26, 27, 29

Session Chair: Vladik Kreinovich

1. McFadden’s Discrete Choice and Softmax under Interval (and Other) Uncertainty: Revisited 

Bartlomiej Kubica, Olga Kosheleva, and Vladik Kreinovich 


2. Somewhat Surprisingly, (Subjective) Fuzzy Technique Can Help to Better Combine Measurement Results and Expert Estimates into a Model with Guaranteed Accuracy: Digital Twins and Beyond, Niklas Winnewisser, Michael Beer, Olga Kosheleva, and Vladik Kreinovich 


3. How to Gauge Inequality and Fairness: A Complete Description of All Decomposable Versions of Theil Index, Saeid Tizpaz Niari, Olga Kosheleva and Vladik Kreinovich


4. From Aristotle to Newton, from Sets to Fuzzy Sets, and from Sigmoid to ReLU: What Do All These Transitions Have in Common?, Christian Servin, Olga Kosheleva and Vladik Kreinovich 

2:40 – 4:00 pm Session 5b (201)

Online session: 2, 21, 28, 34, 46

Session Chair: Nick Ernest

1. On Fuzzy Ideals and Fuzzy Filters of an ADFL, Bekalu Tarekegn Bitew and Berhanu Assaye Alaba


2. Linear Equations in the Ring of S(A)-Linearly Correlated Fuzzy Numbers, Beatriz Laiate and Peter Sussner


3. Front-propagation Algorithm: Explainable AI Technique for Extracting Linear Function Approximations from Neural Networks, Javier Viana


4. Robust Control of Linear Second-Order System by Genetic Fuzzy Tree, Waite Wiedeman and Kelly Cohen


4:00 – 5:40 pm Session 6a (202)

Explainable AI: 5, 24, 44, 53, 30

Session chair: Fernando Gomide

1. High-Performance Stochastic Simulations of Parental Vaccine Acceptance and Disease Spread Over a Bilayer of Household Networks, Andras Balogh


2. Adaptive Level Set Fuzzy Modeling, Leandro Maciel, Rosangela Ballini, and Fernando Gomide


3. Explainable Fuzzy AI for Physics Simulation, Michael Riches, Erik Mohrmann and Barnabas Bede


4. Outlier Removal in Classification Datasets via Extracted Rules of a Deep Neuro-Fuzzy System, Mojtaba Yeganejou, Scott Dick, and Michael Lipsett


5. Enhancing Spacecraft Relative Motion Control through Fuzzy Inference System Interpretability, Daegyun Choi and Donghoon Kim



4:00 – 4:40 pm Session 6b (201)

Online session

Session chair: Anoop Sathyan


1. On Covering Properties in Intuitionistic Fuzzy Topological Spaces: A survey, Francisco Gallego Lupianez


2. Comparative Analysis: LSTM Deep Network vs. Fuzzy Inference System for Time Series Data Prediction Accuracy, Sai Venkatesh Bhavanam and Devinder Kaur

Break (walk to Courtyard Marriott)


6:00 – 9:00 Awards Dinner (Courtyard Marriott)




Day 3: May 29


9:00 – 10:30 am Panel (202): Responsible AI & the Potential of Fuzzy Systems. Moderator: Kelly Cohen


10:30 – 10:50 am Coffee Break (203)


10:50 – 11:30 am Expo: Demo AI wingman/HoloLens fuzzy systems. Moderator: Nick Earnest


                11:30 – 12:30 pm NAFIPS general meeting (202)


12:30 – 1:30 pm Lunch (203)


1:30 am – 2:30 pm Session 7 (202)

Aggregation operators and special session on education: 38, 51

Session chair: Vladik Kreinovich

1. A new family of Choquet-inspired aggregation functions, Humberto Bustince


2. Enhancing Understanding of Responsible AI in Artificial Intelligence Course through Video Assignment, Palak Shah and Kelly Cohen


3. Shall We Place More Advanced Students in a Separate Class? Shahnaz Shahbazova, Olga Kosheleva and Vladik Kreinovich


2:30 – 2:40 pm Coffee Break (203)


2:40 am – 4:00 pm Session 8 (202)

Aerospace Engineering Applications: 20, 39, 42, 43

Session Chair: Tim Arnett


1. Genetic Fuzzy Tree-based Routing for Sail Plane in Atmospheric Waves, Timothy Arnett, Zachariah Phillips, and Nicholas Ernest


2. Implementation of a Genetic Algorithm into F-4 Phantom Autopilot, Isabella Allen and Kelly Cohen


3. A model agnostic eXplainable AI based fuzzy framework for sensor constrained Aerospace maintenance applications

Bharadwaj Dogga, Anoop Sathyan, and Kelly Cohen


4. Trustworthy AI for landmine detection using Genetic Fuzzy Systems, Wilhelm Louw and Kelly Cohen


4:00 – 4:20 Closing (202)