|Volume 2: No. 44|
OMRON Corp. (Tokyo) specializes in fuzzy technology. Their "Clearly Fuzzy" booklet says that OMRON has applied for more than 700 patents. (Japanese patents tend to be much narrower than U.S. patents.) OMRON has implemented over 100 applications, with fuzzy technology in almost 20% of its product line. Applications include process control, automation, signal analysis, investment, scheduling, databases, information retrieval, system modeling, and mathematical programming. The company invests about 7% of sales revenue in R&D, with 1/7 in fuzzy logic research. 81-3-3436-7139. [Farzin Mokhtarian (firstname.lastname@example.org), comp.ai, 10/19.]
Consumer Reports (3/91) said that Fisher's "fuzzy logic" autofocus camcorder had more focusing problems than most models without the feature. [Robert Mokry (email@example.com), rec.humor.funny, 10/15.]
Fuzzy database queries specify values as "large" or "acceptable" rather than giving specific values. The linguistic qualifiers depend on the application and the user, of course, but greatly simplify exploratory searches for good investments. Other applications include sales analysis, marketing, consumer goods tracking, software development metrics, credit determination, financial planning, enterprise modeling, and risk assessment. [Earl Cox, AI Expert, 10/92.] Earl is founder of Metus Systems (New York), and is working in fuzzy logic and fuzzy neural business systems. Modeling the user is an interesting AI challenge, especially if ratios and formulas inherit the semantics of their component terms.
A BibTeX database of 77 neuro-fuzzy articles has been compiled by Detlef Nauck (firstname.lastname@example.org). FTP local/papers/fuzzy- nn.bib from ftp.tu-bs.de or contact Detlef. [comp.ai, 10/7.]
The North American Fuzzy Information Processing Society (NAFIPS) has a discussion list called NAFIPS-L. Send a "sub nafips-l your name" message to email@example.com. [Brian Schott (firstname.lastname@example.org). James Rash (email@example.com), Neuron Digest, 10/20.]
TILShell+ is Togai InfraLogic's CASE tool for fuzzy logic. You can get a demo version for IBM PCs running Windows 3.1 by sending a "help" message to firstname.lastname@example.org or by FTPing from the ntia.its.bldrdoc.gov fuzzy repository. The demo is a full tool except that it won't compile or save. [Erik Horstkotte (email@example.com), comp.ai, 10/23.]
Fuzzy-logic resources can be downloaded from several dial-up BBSs. Aptronix FuzzyNet at (408) 428-1883 8-N-1 has application notes (overview, grasping control, etc.), article reprints, news files, and a list of consultants (news7.txt). Motorola FREEBBS at (512) 891-3733 7-E-1 has a free assembly-language "inference engine" for Motorola MCUs, as well as a tutorial (in WordPerfect 5.0), an inverted-pendulum knowledge base, and a bit of C code for developers. Additional resources are in The Turning Point BBS at (512) 219-7828 8-N-1 (library) or (512) 219-7848. [Tom Parish (firstname.lastname@example.org), comp.ai, 10/6.] Tom is looking for an Internet site to host the files.
Universities needing Motorola Fuzzy Logic Education Kits should contact Fritz Wilson (university_support @spshqqm.sps.moto.com), (602) 952-3855, (602) 952-3621 Fax. Kits are $600 with M68HC05EVM or M68HC11EVM, $195 without. The 500-screen FuzzBasic MS Windows course alone is $68.80. Kits include the Aptronix FIDE demonstration system for Windows and Motorola's KBG 2.22 DOS tools. [Tom Parish (parish @cactus.org), comp.ai, 10/7.]