NAFIPS'2014: final information, deadline for abstracts is January 31, 2014

Dear Friends,

As many of you know, this year's annual Conference NAFIPS'2014 of the North American Fuzzy Information Processing Society (NAFIPS) will be held in Boston, Massachusetts, on June 24-26, 2013, as part of the general IEEE cybernetics conference devoted to the 120th anniversary of Norbert Wiener, the father of cybernetics; see the conference website

NAFIPS is explicitly mentioned on the front page of the main conference website, and we hope that all instructions related to the conference and to its NAFIPS part are clear.

This is a good opportunity for us to listen to talks related to other aspects of cybernetics -- and for other "cyberneticians" to get a better understanding of fuzzy research.

For that purpose, one of the keynote talks at the IEEE conference will be given by Rudolf Seising, a well-known fuzzy researcher, who will describe how Lotfi Zadeh started by working on Wiener-related cybernetics topics, how he came up with ideas of fuzzy, and how these fuzzy ideas and techniques contributed to cybernetics.

William Melek, President-Elect of NAFIPS, is Chair of NAFIPS'2014 and Fuzzy Co-Chair of the general IEEE conference. Many thanks to those who have already submitted their abstracts. For those who are still planning to submit, here are the instructions (finalized at yesterday's phone meeting of the IEEE conference program committee):

SUBMISSION IN TWO STAGES. All the submissions to the IEEE conference -- including all the submissions to NAFIPS'2014 -- need to be done in two stages.

First, the authors submit a short abstract by January 31, 2014; Detailed instructions for submitting abstracts and full papers are
given on the conference website, see, and copied below; submissions should be done in the same IEEE format that we have been using for NAFIPS conference for several years already, except that an abstract is short (no more 500 words); please do not forget to indicate, when submitting, that you submit to NAFIPS track.

If you are unable to submit your paper online, or have any questions about submitting your abstract, please contact Dr. Melek at (copy to me at

Authors of submitted abstracts will received (hopefully useful) referees' feedback by February 7; authors should submit full papers (which take this feedback into account) by March 1, 2014 (the process of reviewing abstracts should also serve the purpose of weeding our irrelevant abstracts, without the authors of these papers having to write the whole paper first).

NEW SPECIAL SESSION PROPOSALS ARE STILL WELCOME. As usual, we strongly encourage special sessions. So far, we have three excellent proposals for special sessions, we are expecting a few more.

If you have not yet done so, please submit your proposals for special sessions to Dr. Melek and myself, we will accept the proposals until January 31.
Proposals for special sessions focusing on fundamental theories and innovative applications of fuzzy sets are welcome. Submission of proposals should include a short description of the session, its relevance to NAFIPS, and a list of potential contributors. Special sessions will be open to all


* For most papers submitted for the special session (with the exception of conflict of interest cases), reviewing will handled by the session organizers -- who are usually the most knowledgeable specialists in the corresponding subfield.

* If the session is organized by two or more researchers, reviewing of papers authored or co-authored by one of the organizers can be arranged by his/her co-organizers.

* Refereeing of the special session papers with potential conflict of interest (e.g., written by a sole organizer of a special session and/or a joint paper by two co-organizers) will be handled by Dr. Melek and myself.

SUBMITTING ABSTRACTS FOR SPECIAL SESSIONS: IMPORTANT. For submitting abstracts for special sessions, there are three options:

* An ideal option is that all the authors of the special session submit individual abstracts to the conference website. Each abstract should clearly indicate that it is submitted for a special session (approved or planned) -- and the name of this special session should be a part of the abstract.

* Another option is that instead of individual abstracts, the organizers of the special session provide a 500-word general description of their proposed session -- with as many details as possible -- submitted as an abstract, via the conference website, in the abstract's IEEE format.

* We realize that time is short. Worst comes to worst, if you are unable to submit the proposal as an IEEE-formatted abstract on time, just send us a detailed session proposal by email.

Again, if you encounter any problems with submission, please contact us immediately.

We hope to see your abstracts soon, and to see many of you in Boston! Boston, one of the oldest cities in the US, is a cultural and tourist attraction, and June is a great time to visit

Below are several important points related to abstract submissions, from
This is just FYI, Please read instructions on the website attentively.
Number of papers: Each author is allowed to present a maximum of
two papers. If you have more than two papers accepted, you must
register accompanying co-author(s) to present the additional

Abstracts must not exceed 500 words over 2 pages (extended
abstract). The abstract must give reviewers a clear indication of
the objective, scope, and results of the paper. Later the abstract
can be easily expanded to the full paper. For information on
formatting submissions, authors should refer to the IEEE Author
Digital Toolbox

Final papers (manuscript) must follow the IEEE two-column format
with single-spaced, ten-point font in the text. The minimum
manuscript length is four (4) and the maximum length is eight (8)
pages. Papers longer than eight pages will not be accepted for
publication. All figures, tables, references, etc. are included in
the page limit. Papers must be submitted in Portable Document
Format (PDF) format. For information on formatting final paper
submissions, authors should refer to the IEEE Manuscript Templates
for Conference Proceedings which has standard IEEE Transactions
templates for Microsoft Word or LaTeX formats

We encourage authors to check their final full papers by using the
IEEE PDF eXpress system before they are uploaded to the NW21C2014
Submission Site

Abstracts, papers and posters can only be submitted online via the

There are several steps to submitting your abstract, paper or

1. Author Registration: Create a New User account on the conference
Submission Site. It is recommended, but not essential, that this be
the lead author of the submission.

2. Track Selection: Select the Track to which you wish to lodge
your submission (in our case, NAFIPS)

3. Abstract Submission: Follow the following steps to submit an
abstract for each proposed paper or poster.

a. In the "Title" field, enter the title of the paper or poster
(max 256 characters), abbreviate if necessary.

b. In the "Abstract" field provide a brief (max 3000 characters)
summary of your abstract. Clearly indicate at the beginning of your
text the conference theme and sub-theme to which your paper

c. In the "Authors" section, use the "Add Author" button to
populate the "Authors" field with the name(s) of the author(s).

d. Select the "Primary Contact" from the authors list. It is
recommended, but not essential, that the lead author be the Primary
Contact for the submission.

e. Use the File Upload facility to upload a copy of your abstract.
Max file size is 3 MB. Allowed file types are doc, docx, pdf.

f. Click on "Submit" at the bottom of the page to save the
submission details and uploaded file in the system.

g. The nominated Primary Contact will then receive an automated
email from the system with a summary of the User account and
submission details.

4. Final Poster/Paper/Manuscript Submission: The nominated Primary
Contact will receive an advisory email when the Abstract has been
accepted by the Program Committee. You can then submit your final
paper (or "manuscript") or poster by logging into the Submission
Site and using the file upload facility under the Manage Submission
page of your profile.

Paper/poster amendments: Authors can amend their submission online
at any time until the submission deadline."