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The series Studies in Computational Intelligence (SCI) publishers new developments and advances in the various areas of computational intelligence – quickly and with a high quality. The intent is to cover the theory, applications, and design methods of computational intelligence, as embedded in the fields of engineering, computer science, physics and life science, as well as the methodologies behind them. The series contains monographs, lecture notes and edited volumes in computational intelligence spanning the areas of neural networks, connectionist systems, genetic algorithms, evolutionary computation, artificial intelligence, cellular automata, self-organizing systems, soft computing, fuzzy systems and hybrid intelligent systems. Critical to both contributors and readers are the short publication time and world-wide distribution – this permits a rapid and broad dissemination of research results.
This volume is dedicated to the memory of Professor Ashley Morris who passed away some two years ago. Ashley was a close friend of all of us, the editors of this volume, and was also a Ph.D. student of one of us. We all had a chance to not only fully appreciate, and be inspired by his contributors, which have had a considerable impact on the entire research community. Due to our personal relations with Ashley, we also had on opportunity to get familiar with his deep thinking about the areas of his expertise and interests. Ashley has been involved since the very beginning of his professional career in database research and practice. Notably, he introduced first some novel solution in database management systems that could handle imprecise and uncertain data, and flexible queries based in imprecisely specified user interests. He proposed to use for that purpose fuzzy logic as an effective and efficient tool. Later the interests of Ashley moved to ways of how to represent and manipulate more complicated databases involving spatial or temporal objects. In this research he discovered and pursued the power of Geographic Information Systems (GISs).
These two main lines of Ashley's research interests and contributions are reflected in the composition of this volume. Basically, we collected some significant papers by well known researchers and scholars on the above mentioned topics. The particular contributions will now be briefly summarized to help the reader get a view of the topics covered and the contents of the particular contributions.
Part I Decision Support, OLAP, Data Fusion and GIS
Decision Support Classification of Geospatial and Regular Objects Using Rough and Fuzzy Sets Ashley Morris Piotr Jankowski Brian S. Bourgeois Frederick E. Petry 3
Supporting Spatial Decision Making by Means of Suitability Maps Guy De Tré Jozo Dujmović Nico Van de Weghe 9
Exploring the Sensitivity of Fuzzy Decision Models to Landscape Information Inputs in a Spatially Explicit Individual-Based Ecological Model Vincent B. Robinson 29
Fuzzy Multidimensional Databases Anne Laurent 43
Expressing Hierarchical Preferences in OLAP Queries Panagiotis Chountas Ermir Rogova Krassimir Atanassov 61
Imperfect Multisource Spatial Data Fusion Based on a Local Consensual Dynamics Gloria Bordogna Marco Pagani Gabriella Pasi 79
Part II Database Querying, Spatial and Temporal Databases
Querying Fuzzy Spatiotemporal Databases: Implementation Issues Aziz Sözer Adnan Yazici Halit Oğuztüzün Frederick B. Petry 97
Bipolar Queries: A Way to Deal with Mandatory and Optional Conditions in Database Querying Stawomir Zadrożny Janusz Kacprzyk 117
On Some Uses of a Stratified Divisor in an Ordinal Framework Patrick Bosc Olivier Pivert 133
Integration of Fuzzy ERD Modeling to the Management of Global Contextual Data Gregory Vert S.S. Iyengar 155
Repercussions of Fuzzy Databases Migration on Programs Mohamed Ali Ben Hassine José Galindo Habib Ounelli 175
Author Index 195