Soft computing plays an important, unique, and highly visible role in bringing a variety of technologies of granular computing, neural networks and evolutionary optimisation under the same roof with a well-articulated intent to support the design and analysis pursuit of intelligent systems. We have been witnessing significant progress in soft computing, being regarded both as a coherent methodologies platform and algorithmic platform. The leitmotiv of soft computing is about the synergy where all individual contributing technologies are seamlessly structured together and we build on their unique strengths and compensate existing limitations. The synergies are formed in several ways, reflecting the diversity of the problems being handled. the ongoing challenges give rise to the plethora of design schemes and make the use of soft computing a highly creative endeavour.
The primary objective of this special issue is to bring forward thorough, in-depth, and well-focused developments of soft computing approaches in various applications. Our ultimate objective is to raise and discuss fundamental questions that create a tapestry of soft computing design and analysis practices of intelligent systems. What are the key design methodologies of bringing all technologies together so that the synergistic linkage could be fully exploited what are the essential challenges? What is the essence of synergies? What are the currently encountered limitations? Where did we witness failures? Why did they happen? What were the key trends reported over the last decades? What are the stumbling blocks hampering or slowing down the progress? What are the applied application domains in which soft computing has assumed a highly visible position? All these are highly intriguing, important and timely questions whose discussion may help foster further progress in the area.
The issue will carry revised and substantially extended versions of selected papers presented at the 7thInternational Conference on Cloud Computing, Data Science and Engineering (CONFLUENCE-2017) , but we also strongly encourage researchers unable to participate in the conference to submit articles for this call.
Suitable topics include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Soft computing: analysis and underlying methodologies
- Main challenges of intelligent system design
- Comparative studies involving design practices supported by soft computing
- Best analysis and development practices of soft computing
- Limitations of technologies of soft computing
- Validation and analysis schemes of intelligent systems
- Applications of soft computing in different domains
Submission of manuscripts: 10 March, 2017
Notification to authors: 10 May, 2017
Final versions due: 10 July, 2017