Witold Pedrycz, Ph.D., is Professor and Canada Research Chair (CRC) in Computational Intelligence in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada. He is also with the Systems Research Institute of the Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw, Poland and King Abdulaziz University, Saudi Arabia. In 2009, Dr. Pedrycz was elected a foreign member of the Polish Academy of Sciences. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, the Institute of Electronic and Electrical Engineers (IEEE), International Fuzzy Systems Association (IFSA), International Society of Management Engineers, Engineers Canada, and The Engineering Institute of Canada. He is editor-in-chief of Information Sciences and editor-in-chief of IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics, Part A. He currently serves as an associate editor of IEEE Transactions on Fuzzy Systems and a number of other international journals. In 2007, he received the prestigious Norbert Wiener award from the IEEE Systems, Man, and Cybernetics Society. Dr. Pedrycz is a recipient of the IEEE Canada Computer Engineering Medal. In 2009, he received a Cajastur Prize for Soft Computing from the European Centre for Soft Computing for pioneering and multifaceted contributions to granular computing. In 2013 he received a prestigious Killam Prize.
Dr. Pedrycz is an internationally acclaimed authority in the granular computing area. ... I particularly appreciate his elegant writing style. This book is the first comprehensive treatise of the granular computing techniques and their application to the design of intelligent systems. ... As an application-oriented practitioner in computational intelligence systems, I think that this book will be a welcome and strongly needed addition to this field. I cannot think of any other expert worldwide more qualified than Prof. Pedycz to write such a book. -Emil M. Petriu, University of Ottawa, Canada This volume covers most of the interesting and important topics in granular computing. The contents may be well understood by senior or master course students in the field of computer science ... also a good textbook for engineers who are involved in developing so-called intelligent systems. -Kaoru Hirota, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan Dr. Pedrycz's latest magnum opus ... breaks new ground in many directions. [It] takes an important step toward achievement of human-level machine intelligence-a principal goal of artificial intelligence (AI) since its inception. ... [This is] a remarkably well put together and reader-friendly collection of concepts and techniques, which constitute granular computing. ... [The book] combines extraordinary breadth with extraordinary depth. It contains a wealth of new ideas, and unfolds a vast panorama of concepts, methods, and applications. ... Dr. Pedrycz's development and description of these concepts, techniques, and their applications is a truly remarkable achievement. ... must reading for all who are concerned with the design and application of intelligent systems. -From the Foreword by Lotfi A. Zadeh, University of California, Berkeley, USA