Fuzzy Hot Spot and Lotfi Zadeh
By MortazaviBlog on Jan 25, 2005
I just signed up for T-Mobile's hot-spot at SFO, $6 / hour.
Not bad for a quick read of e-mail and download of PDF files, and of course a quick weblog.
As I was doing all this and thinking what I should write about, Lotfi-Zadeh walked past me, and I got to have a short conversation with him at this airport lounge. He was curious to know what I had been doing after leaving the Logic and Methodology of Science Group at Berkeley.
Lotfi-Zadeh, originally an Iranian immigrant from Baku, Azerbaijan, was an amazing student in his young years and attended the same high school as I in Tehran. (My father was also born in Baku and later immigrated back to Iran in the early 1930s at the age of 5.) That high-school is still there. At Lotfi-Zadeh's time, I believe it was called "The American College of Tehran," or simply ACT, under the directorship of a Mr. Jordan. Later, when I attended it in the 1970s, it was called the Alborz High School. Lotfi ended up majoring in electrical engineering, coming to the U.S., and writing one of the first papers on machine thinking, very close to the time that Turing wrote his famous paper on the same topic. For the computer scientists and logicians among you, I do not need to say more about what else Zadeh has done. Just a few words should suffice: Fuzzy Sets and Fuzzy Logic.