Working Group on Soft Computing
Soft Computing has emerged as an attempt to formulate a new paradigm of computing. Professor Zadeh describes the field of Soft computing as follows:
Soft computing (SC)
is an association of computing methodologies centering on fuzzy
logic (FL), neurocomputing (NC), genetic computing (GC), and
probabilistic computing (PC). The methodologies comprising soft
computing are for the most part complementary and synergistic
rather than competitive.
The guiding principle of soft computing is: exploit the tolerance for imprecision, uncertainty, partial truth, and approximation to achieve tractability, robustness, low solution cost and better rapport with reality. One of the principal aims of soft computing is to provide a foundation for the conception, design and application of intelligent systems employing its member methodologies symbiotically rather than in isolation."