Irina V. EZHKOVA

Adviser, Professor, International Institute of Applied Technologies, Brussels, Belgium

Fields of Specialization:

Artificial Intelligence, Cognitive Science, Mathematical Theory of Cultural Systems, Cognitive Economics, Reasoning and Soft Computing, Data and Knowledge Based Systems, Decision Making Support Systems, WWW technologies

Education and Degrees:

- 1969-1975   Moscow Physical-Technical Institute

- 1975              graduated with honor from the Moscow Physical-Technical Institute (diploma with excellence in Automatic Control Systems)

- 1975-1978   Post-graduate Study, Moscow Physical-Technical Institute

- 1978 PhD in Physics and Mathematics with thesis on Automatic Logic Inference, Diagnostics and Planning

Positions held:

- 1979-1985   senior scientific researcher at the Institute of Psychology, at the Physical-Technical Institute and at the Aviation Institute in Moscow, USSR

- 1985-1992   senior scientific researcher at the Russian Academy of Sciences, Computing Center, and leader of several State projects on new generation of computers  and new information technologies,  USSR

- 1991-1992   visiting professor in UK (Cambridge, Oxford, London and Glasgow)

- 1992-1993   visiting professor at the Main University of Vienna, Austria

- 1993-1995   professor at the Institute for Systems Analysis and Informatics, CNR, Rome, Italy

- from 1995-  adviser, professor, at the International Institute of Applied Technologies in  Brussels, Belgium 

Invited Speaker and Tutorials at about 30 International Conferences

Guest Lectures at more then 20  Institutes and Universities, including :

University of Cambridge, University of Oxford, Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine, University College of  London, Turing Institute, University of Manchester, Rome University, University of Turku, Technical and Main Universities of Vienna, etc.

Consultant (Expert, Evaluator) to International Organizations:

- European Parliament (Strasbourg, France) and Commission (Brussels, Belgium)

- United Nations Industrial Development Organization, Vienna, Austria

- International Drug Control Program, Vienna, Austria

- International Center for Protection and Restoration of Waters, Falmouth, USA

- International Laboratory on Artificial Intelligence, Bratislava, Slovakia

- International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), Vienna, Austria

Editor of several International Journals on Computers and Artificial Intelligence, Robotics and Cultural Systems

Member of  Program Committees/ Chair/ Referee/ Reviewer for several International Conferences and Professional Bodies on Artificial Intelligence, Robotics, Data and Knowledge Based Systems, Data Mining, Automatic Design, Systems Research  and Cybernetics, Decision Making , Context Formalization, Fuzzy sets and WWW

Several Reviews distinguished by European Commission on Artificial Intelligence, Data Mining and Information Technologies

Technologies (and software) developed:

- Recursive System for Automatic Inference "SEARCH"

- Automatic Planning in Robotics "REPLAN" 

- Diagnostic and Planning in Fuzzy Environments "DICIM"

- CADCAM Contextual Technology

- Decision Making in Multi-Contextual Complex Environments "CONTEXT"

- Several algorithms and software systems in Russian State Fund of Algorithms and Programs,

- Contextual Technology: USA patent applied. 

Courses given in:

- Theoretical Bases of Programming Languages

- Decision Making: Theory and Application

- Artificial Intelligence

- Data and Knowledge Based Systems: Advanced Technologies

- Contextual Systems

Applications in more than 20 international projects:

in Medicine :

- Diagnostics of SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome), Children Hospital, University of  Turku, Finland - North Staffordshire Hospital Center, UK

- Diagnostics of Stroke Character (Academy of Medical Sciences, USSR)

- Diagnostics of Heart Diseases (Academy of Medical Sciences; Industrial Amalgamation ELAS)

in Strategic Planning :

- Strategic Planning & Decision Making in Transportation (Institute for Informatics and

  System  Analysis, CNR, FIAT, Rome, Italy)

- Project "Town of Harwich" (Massachusetts Centers of Excellence Cooperation,  Harwich)

 in Engineering :

- CADCAM System (Moscow Aviation Institute)

- Automatic Control (State Atomic Energy Project "TOKOMAK", USSR)

in Ecology :

- Project "Integrated Industrial Management and Planning" (UNIDO, Vienna, Austria)

- Project "Communication with natural systems" (The World Wildlife Fund & the

  Conservation Foundation; International Center of the Protection and Restoration of   Waters, Falmouth, USA)

in Training and Education :

- Pilot's training (Eurocontrol, Brussels)

- Medical Hypertext Encyclopedia (Academy of Medical Sciences, Russia)

in Planning in Robotics :

- Robot behavior planning (Moscow Physical-Technical Institute)

in High Performance Computers,  Neuronets and Multimedia :

- State Project "New Generation of Computers" (USSR Academy of Sciences)

- Neurosynthesis (Oxford University, UK)

- Visual Perception (I. Pavlov Physiological Institute, St. Petersburg, Cambridge  University)

- Architecture, Design and Communication Media (International Institute for Advanced Studies in Systems Research and Cybernetics, Windsor, Canada & Baden-Baden, Germany)

About 100 Scientific Publications

Some Recent Publications and Interests:

"Self-organizing Representations", Cybernetics and Systems: An International Journal, 36: 861-875, Taylor & Francis, 2005

"Systems of Communicating Contextual Systems", Plenary Lecture, International Conference on Informatics'05, Bratislava, 2005

"Universal Scales: Theory of Distinguishability", BISCSE'05, Berkeley, 2005

"Relativity of Mind: Nesting Perspective", CASYS'05, International Conference on Computing Anticipatory Systems, Liege, 2005

"Natural Logic and Cognitive Economics", International Conference on Cognitive Economics, Sofia, 2005

 "Notes on Cognitive Relativity, Rationality and Clarity", Cybernetics and Systems, Proceedings of the Sixteenth European Meeting on Cybernetics and systems Research, Vienna, 2004

"The Principles of Cognitive Relativity, Rationality and Clarity: Application to Cultural Theory", Cybernetics and Systems, vol. 35, 2-3, Taylor & Francis, 2004, pp 229-258

"Challenges of Cultural Theory: The Theory of Cognitive States" Cybernetics and Systems, Proceedings of the Sixteenth European Meeting on Cybernetics and systems Research, Vienna, 2002, 1, pp. 432-437

"Knowledge with and without representation" (in print, in English)

"Natural Logic" (in print, in English)

Some Prior Publications:

"Inference Search System in Dynamic Environments",  L.Kuzin  (ed), Information  Banks  for  Decision  Making,  Moscow, 1976, pp. 92-97, (in Russian).

"Application of Fuzzy Logic to Dialogue Systems based on Natural Language." D. Pospelov (ed),  Man-Machine System, Moscow, 1977, pp.71-77, (in Russian).

with D. Pospelov, "Decision   Making    on   Fuzzy    Reasons.  1. Universal Scale." Technical  Cybernetics. News of the USSR Academy of Sciences, No.6, 1977, pp.3-10, (in Russian and in English).

"Application of Logic Inference to Planning of Calculations in Automatic  Design Systems."  Proceedings of Moscow Physical-Technical   Institute,  1977,  pp. 237-242,  (in Russian).

"Application of  Non-traditional Logic  to Control of Complex Objects "  Proceedings of  International Conference on  Problems of Design  and  Application  of Discrete Control  Systems, Minsk, USSR, 1977, pp. 261-263, (in Russian  and in English).

with  D. Pospelov,  "Decision   Making  on  Fuzzy  Reasons. 2. Inference Schemes." Technical   Cybernetics.  News of the  USSR Academy  of  Sciences,  No.2, 1978, pp. 5-11, (in Russian and in English).

"Formalization of  Decision Making Schemes  in a Frame of Fuzzy  Logic." L.Kuzin (ed), Software Development for  Artificial Intelligence  Systems,   Moscow, 1978, pp.102 - 112, (in Russian).

"SEARCH-System for Automatic Theorem Inference and  Planning." Report of the USSR State Fund of Algorithms and  Programs,  P003025, NO. 4(24), 1978, 31pp. (in Russian).

"Automatic Logic Inference and its Application to Planning and Diagnostics."  Abstract of the Doctoral  Dissertation on Physical-Mathematical  Sciences, (Specialization: Mathematical Cybernetics), Moscow  Physical-Technical  Institute,  Moscow, 1978, 16 pp, (in Russian).

"Automatic  Logic  Inference  and  its  Application to Planning and  Diagnostics." Doctoral  Dissertation on Physical- Mathematical  Sciences, (Specialization: Mathematical Cybernetics), Moscow  Physical-Technical Institute, Moscow, 1978, 148 pp, (in Russian).

"Automatic  Logic  Inference  and its  Application to Planning  and Diagnostics. Part 2. The Proof of  Theorems.  Supplements   1-8."    Doctoral  Dissertation on Physical-Mathematical Sciences, (Specialization:  Mathematical  Cybernetics), Report of Moscow  Physical-Technical  Institute,  Moscow, 1978, 145 pp, (in Russian).

"Inference  Schemes in Fuzzy Logic." A. Michailov (ed), Semiotics and Informatics. Logic Methods in Artificial Intelligence,  Moscow, 1979, pp. 108 -112, (in Russian).

"Application  of  Fuzzy  Inference  Schemes  in the Tasks of  Medical  Diagnostics." Publication of  Scientific Council on Artificial Intelligence of the Presidium of the USSR Academy of Sciences, Moscow,  1980, 43pp, (in Russian).

"Diagnostics based on Fuzzy Logic." Proceedings of the USSR Conference on a Choice of Alternatives in Fuzzy Environment, Riga, 1980, (in Russian).

"Planning of Behavior in Intelligence Systems."  Measurement, Control, Automatization, Vol. 7-8, Moscow, 1980, pp.38-44, (in Russian).

"Expansion of  Mathematical Logic Tools for Behavior Planning in Fuzzy Environments."Proceedings of  IX-th  USSR  Symposium on Cybernetics: Methods of Mathematical Logic, Sukhumi, 1981, pp. 13-16, (in Russian).

"The Method of Decision Making in Fuzzy Environments for simulating the Operator's Behavior." Transactions of the Tartu State University, Processing on Artificial Intelligence, Vol. 621, 1983, pp.5-23, (in Russian and English).

"Semantical-Invariant Formation of Linguistic Estimates." Theses of the Seminar on Semantical  Aspects of  Formalization of  Intellectual Activity, Telavi, 1983, pp.48-51, (in Russian).

with  V.Debelov,  "Systems Aspects of Software Development in  CAD-CAM  Systems."   News of the Scientific Councils on Cybernetics of  the USSR Academy of Sciences. Vol.3(129), Moscow, 1983, pp.28-34, (in Russian).

"Logical Models  for Control  of Complex  Objects." Proceedings of the International Conference on Logical-Algebraic models of knowledge representation, Ashkhabad, USSR, 1983, (in Russian).

"Application of Fuzzy Inference Schemes in Medical Diagnostics." Proceedings of the Second International  Meeting on Artificial Intelligence (IFAK), (Leningrad, 1980), Plenum Press, New York, 1983, (in English).

"SEARCH -  Logic System for Behavior Planning." Proceedings of the International  Conference on Problems of Artificial Intelligence  and Image  Recognition,  Vol. 1.,    Kiev, USSR, 1984, pp. 57-60, (in Russian).

"The Universal  Scale  for  Representing Linguistic Estimates." Proceedings of the International  Symposium on Artificial Intelligence (IFIP and IFAK), (Leningrad,  1983), Pergamon Press, New York, 1984, pp. 163-170, (in English).

"Formal Models  of  Planning  Robot Activity." In: Knowledge Representation  in Man-Machine  Systems and Robotics,  volume D:  Fundamental and Applied Investigations in Robotics. Report of Joint Commission on Fundamental Problems of the  Computer Science, Socialist Countries Academics of Sciences, 1984, pp.109-128. (in Russian and English)

with V.Ampilov and other, "Introduction to the Specialization. Software   Development."   Text-Book, USSR Education  Ministry, MAI, 1984, 82 pp, (in Russian).

with  V.Ampilov  "Principles of Training Engineers for Software Development."  Theses of  Scientific-Methodical  Conference on Computers in Education, Leningrad, 1985,  (in Russian).

"Problems  of   Approximate  Measuring  in  Natural  Contexts."  Proceedings of the Conference  on  Formalization of Intellectual Behavior, Kutaisi, 1985, pp. 128-130, (in Russian).

with Y.Drushliakov  "Theoretical bases of  Programming Languages." Text-Book, USSR Education  Ministry,  MAI, 1986, 60 pp, (in Russian).

"Systems Based on a Self Experience."  Proceedings of the  1-st  USSR Conference on     Artificial Intelligence, Pereiaslavl-Zallesski, 1988, pp. 258-264, (in Russian).

"Contextual  Diagnostic  Expert Systems." Proceedings of the International Meeting on PC  Application in Design and Support of Decisions, (CMEA), Suzdal, USSR, 1989, (in Russia).

"Expert Systems Based on Fuzzy Sets."  Proceedings of the International Conference on Fuzzy Sets in Informatics, Moscow, 1989, pp.24, (in English).

"Context Formalization Based on the Concept of Universal Scale."  Proceedings of the Third World Congress of International Fuzzy Sets Association (IFSA), Seattle, Washington, USA, 1989, (in English).

"Processing of Knowledge: Algebra and Logic of Contexts." Proceedings of the Second International Seminar on Theory and Application of Artificial Intelligence, Sozopol, Bulgaria, 1989, (in English).

"Principles of Knowledge Formation in Universal Expert  Systems."  Proceedings of  the   International Meeting on PC Application in Design and Support of Decisions (CMEA), Suzdal, USSR, 1989, (in Russian).

"Knowledge Formation Through Context Formalization." Computers and Artificial Intelligence,  Vol. 8,  No. 4, 1989, pp. 305-322, (in English).

"Context Formalization based on an Experience." Transactions of the Tartu State University, Processing on Artificial Intelligence, Vol. 840, 1989, pp.40-52, (in Russian and English).

"Automatic Generation of Knowledge in Expert Systems." In:  J.L.Alty and L.I.Mikulich (eds.) Industrial Application of Artificial Intelligence, Elsevier Science Publishers, North Holland, IFIP, 1991, pp. 96-99 (in English).

"Contextual Systems." Proceedings of the Second USSR Conference on Artificial Intelligence,  Minsk, 1990, pp. 21-26, (in Russian).

"The Contextual Technology: a New Approach to Creating Artificial Intelligence Systems." Proceedings of the Forum "Science, Technology and Society: The Challenge of a Wider Europe",  Strasbourg, France, 8-10  November  1990, p.110 (in English).

"Is an Universal Expert System Feasible? " Software & Systems, N. 2, 1991, pp.19-29, (in Russian).

"Contextual Systems for Generating, Updating and Processing of  Knowledge". In: G.E.Lasker, R.R.Hough (eds.), Advances in Support Systems Research, USA, 1991,(in English).

"Contextual Systems for Decision Making in Fuzzy Environments."  Proceedings of the Fourth World Congress of International Fuzzy Sets Association  (IFSA),  Brussels,  Belgium, 1991, (in English).

"Contextual Technology for Supporting Decision Making." Proceedings of the Eleventh European Meeting on Cybernetics and Systems, Vienna, Austria, 1992, (in English).

"Contextual Method For Decision Making in Medicine - Case Study: Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)." Proceedings of the Midnight Sun International School on Hypoxia and Perinatal Haemodynamics, Turku, Finland, June 1992, (in English).

"Decision Making in Fuzzy Environment." Proceedings of the Joint International Conference on Operational Research and Management Science (EURO XII, TIMS XXXI), Helsinki, Finland, 1992, (in English).

"A Contextual Approach for AI Systems Development." Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence, vol. 695, ( ed. E.P. Klement, W. Slany), 1993, (in English).

"Contextual Approach: From Theory to Practice." Proceedings of  East-West Artificial Intelligence Conference ( EWAIC'93), 1993, (in English).

"Contextual Systems : Is  It a Way of a Universal Expert System  Development ?" General Systems, New York, 1993, (in print), (In English).

"New Contextual Technology for Knowledge Based Systems Development." Tutorial on the Twelfth European Meeting on Cybernetics  and Systems Research, Vienna, Austria, 1994, (in English).

"Using Computer for Freedom of Choice." UNESCO Conference on Interdisciplinary Research, Carlsbad, Czech Republic, 1994, ( in English).

with L.Bianco "Context-depended Decision Making in the Transportation Management Process,"IASI-CNR, 1994. (in English).

with L. Bianco, P. Dell'Olmo "Application of Contextual Technology for supporting decision making in Urban Transportation Networks." Proceeding of International Symposium on Transportation Analysis, Capri, Italy, pp. 591-602, 1994, (in English).

with L. Bianco "Application of Contextual Technology for Supporting Decision Making in Transportation." Proceedings  of the 7-th International Symposium on transportation    Systems: Theory and Application of Advanced Technology (IFAC TS'94), Tianjin, China, 1994, (in English).

"Values. Ambiguity, Unusualness and Unity."  International Conference on Interdisciplinary Research  and SynergSymp '95 (UNESCO, IIAS), Carlsbad, Chech Republic, August 10-14, 1995 (in English)

"Spiders and Webs." International Conference on Systems Research, Informatics and Cybernetics, Baden-Baden, Germany, August 16-20, 1995 (in English)

"Artificial Intelligence" (IJCAI Conference, Montreal, Canada, 1995), Computers and Artificial Intelligence, vol. 15, 2-3, 1996, pp.265-272 (in English)

"Context in knowledge management: Challenge for Knowledge-Based Systems" (Plenary Invited lecture at the First International Conference on Successes and Failures of Knowledge Based Systems in Real World Applications, Bangkok, Thailand, October 1996) (in English)

"Artificial Intelligence: Conceptual Status and Applications". Computers and Artificial Intelligence, vol. 15, 6, 1996, pp. 589-620 (in English)

"Artificial Intelligence: Towards Integration". Position Paper at the Seventh International Conference on Artificial Intelligence and Information-Control Systems of Robotics, Smolenice, 1997 (in English) 

"Golden Ages of AI", http://www.raai.org/about/persons/ezhkova/pages/GoldenAges.doc, 2005.