|Volume 1: No. 19|
R. Colin Johnson [EE Times, 7/15] reported a number of items from MCC's recent fuzzy-logic conference. Numerous government and private projects were brought to light, including a list of 48 circulated by Dr. Maria Zemankova (firstname.lastname@example.org). Many more were presented or discussed by the 300 attendees.
Togai InfraLogic Inc. (Irvine, CA) is the first U.S. company dedicated to fuzzy-logic products and services, including compilers, microprocessors, an HDTV 3x3 spatial filter, and a one-chip "classifier sorter" that finds the 100 nearest matches for a 3,216-bit vector. (The chip was developed for Kanji OCR.) Work done for NASA on Fuzzy CLIPS will be made available to others. Another project is neural learning of fuzzy rules, based on Bart Kosko's differential competitive learning version of Tuevo Kohonen's adaptive vector quantization. (In ancient terminology, cluster analysis.) Togai InfraLogic was founded by Masaki Togai, from AT&T and then Rockwell International. Frank Lundberg of Rockwell has joined as president and Dan Bochsler is VP of operations. The company is opening branches in Munich and Tokyo.
MCC has added fuzzy logic as a fifth major research area, behind AI, NL, neural networks, and database technology. Initial projects will be in process control, image processing, and enterprise modeling, with at least four small application projects in 1992. Participants will get copies of the hardware-independent "Craft" environment that is to be developed. MCC will also spin out Pavilion Technologies, a neural/fuzzy company headed by President Ron Riedesel and Chief Scientist Tim Magnuson. Pavilion will offer software and contract R&D services in process modeling, control, and optimization.