Persian Academic & Cultural Student Association at University of Southern California


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Remembering Professor Lotfi Zadeh, the father of fuzzy logic

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Please join us in honoring the life of Professor Lotfi Zadeh, the father of fuzzy logic.

Dr. Zadeh was born in 1921 in Baku, Azerbaijan. He later moved to Iran and graduated from the University of Tehran. He also received a master’s degree in electrical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1946 and a Ph.D. from Columbia in 1949. In 1959, Zadeh joined UC Berkeley’s Department of Electrical Engineering and was named department chair in 1963. Zadeh is widely known as the father of a mathematical framework called fuzzy logic, which was an early approach to artificial intelligence. His 1965 paper on the topic has been cited over 90,000 times. He passed away on September 6th, 2017. He was 96.

The evening will be organized as follows:
5:30 Welcome and Introductory Remarks, Dr. Fred Aminzadeh
5:40 In Memory of My Father, Dr. Norman Zada
5:50 Live Classical Music Performance, Shelby Wei Wong & Michael Jusian Su
6:15 Probability, Zadeh, and Rumi, Dr. Mohammad Reza Rajati
6:25 Break: Refreshment and Beverage
6:55 Impact of Fuzzy Logic on Science & Engineering, Dr. Jerry Mendel
7:15 Professor Zadeh and Academic Organizations, Dr. Farrokh Ashrafi (Fanni Reunion) and Dr. Saeideh Fallah Fini (APSIH)
7:30 The History Behind "Father of Fuzzy Logic", Dr. Mo Jamshidi (video message)

Earlier Event: October 20
A Thousand Nights Under Stars
Later Event: November 5
An Exploration of Iranian Dance