The jury, which met September 4th, 2012, analyzed the different nominations, highlighting the high level features in each. Among them, the jury decided to award the prize to Dr. Fogel for the "development of the first self-taught chess program using co-evolutionary algorithms and spatial neural networks.”

The "Outstanding Organization Award" recognition, was received by Luis Magdalena, ECSC Director, during the gala dinner of the "IEEE World Conference on Computational Intelligence", which took place in Brisbane (Australia) in June.

 One year before, the board of the IEEE Computational Intelligence Society, during a meeting taking place in New Orleans, decided to recognize "the great variety of activities and the continuing efforts of the center to increase presence and knowledge of computational intelligence in the scientific, social, education and business." of the European Centre for Soft Computing, through its Outstanfing Organization Award. 

For the ECSC, this award represented the recognition of its continuous activity contributing to the advancement of theories, technologies and applications of computational intelligence.

The jury in this category was chaired by George Gottlob, Professor of Computer Science at the University of Oxford (United Kingdom), with Ramon Lopez de Mantaras, Director of the Artificial Intelligence Research Institute of the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) acting as secretary. Remaining members were Oussama Khatib, Professor in the Artificial Intelligence Laboratory in the Computer Sciences Department of Stanford University (United States), Rudolf Kruse, Head of the Department of Knowledge Processing and Language Engineering at Otto-von-Guerike-Universitat Magdeburg (Germany), Mateo Valero, Director of the Barcelona Supercomputing Center (Spain) and Joos Vandewalle, Head of the SDC Division in the Department of Electrical Engineering at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (Belgium).

The jury, composed of the members of the Scientific Committee of the ECSC, decided in this third edition to award the prize to Prof. Witold Pedrycz, in consideration of his pioneering and multifaceted contributions to Granular Computing which

  • strongly influence the ongoing research directions in Soft Computing, and
  • pave the way to the next generation of architectures of granular modelling.

Prof. Pedrycz’s work is widely known with more than 300 papers in international journals. His papers have received the attention of the community with a large number of citations in the ISI Web of Sciences, being a Highly cited researcher, the highest recognition from ISI (

Prof. Pedrycz was President of the prestigious associations IFSA and NAFIPS. He has received honors and awards from IEEE, NAFIPS, IFSA, JSPS among others. He maintains an active participation as a recognized researcher editorial committee member in many journals, being Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics- part A, since January 2008, and Information Sciences (Elsevier), since December 2003.

Witold Pedrycz is Professor and Canada Research Chair in Computational Intelligence at the University of Alberta, Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Edmonton, Canada, and member of the Systems Research Institute of the Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw, Poland.

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I Cajastur International Prize for Soft Computing

The Jury of the Prize, during the meeting held in Oviedo in September 2011, decided to distinguish Prof. Kalyanmoy Deb (Department of Mechanical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur) as the winner of the Fifth Edition of the Cajastur Mamdani Prize for Soft Computing, in consideration of his contributions to the development and application of Evolutionary Multi-objective Optimization.

Prof. Kalyanmoy Deb was awarded the Fifth Cajastur Mamdani Prize for Soft Computing during a public ceremony held on December the first, at the Research Building in Miéres.

The ceremony was chaired by Mr. Felipe Fernández, Director General of Cajastur, taking also part Mr. Jesús Alcalde, President of the Foundation for the Advancement of Soft Computing and Dr. Luis Magdalena, Director General of the ECSC. After receiving the prize, the winner Prof. Kalyanmoy Deb, gave a conference about “Evolution's Niche in Multi-Criterion Problem Solving”

By equipping computers to tolerate real-world complexities and decide accordingly, fuzzy logic transforms them from mere calculating machines, and allows appliances and systems to operate autonomously

His 1965 paper on fuzzy sets is one of the most cited of the 20th century, and has given rise to over 50,000 patents just considering Japan and the United States

Fuzzy logic is now an essential part of popular consumer technologies - like video cameras or washing machines - and other more sophisticated technologies used in medicine and the automobile and railway industries

The BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award in the Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) category has been granted in this fifth edition to the electrical engineer Lotfi A. Zadeh , "for the invention and development of fuzzy logic." This "revolutionary" breakthrough, affirms the jury in its citation, has enabled machines to work with imprecise concepts, in the same way humans do, and thus secure more efficient results more aligned with reality. In the last fifty years, this methodology has generated over 50,000 patents in Japan and the U.S. alone.

The award consisted of €400,000, a diploma and a commemorative artwork.

Sixth Cajastur “Mamdani” Prize for Soft Computing 

Cajastur and the ECSC created in 2007 a yearly international award: The Cajastur International Prize for Soft Computing. The aim of this prize was to distinguish a person or group of persons who had made an original contribution in the area of Soft Computing leading to significant scientific or industrial applications.


In the first edition of this prize, it was awarded to Dr. Marco Dorigo for his outstanding contributions to the field of Bio-inspired Computing. His main achievement was the development of "Ant Colony Optimization" algorithms, a set of methodologies inspired by the behaviour of ants to solve complex process optimization problems.

Professor Dorigo was Director of the Institute of Interdisciplinary Research and Development in Artificial Intelligence at the Université Libre de Bruxelles and he has authored over 300 scientific publications in high impact journals, books and conferences.

A published analysis identifies Dr. Dorigo as one of the most prominent and influential figures in his area of research with applications in bio-computing science, energy, production, logistics, economic analysis, health care, etc.. International magazines (such as National Geographic and The Economist) have dedicated articles to the computing tools developed by Dr. Dorigo.

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Dr. Fogel created the first computer program capable of learning to play chess without human intervention, achieving a playing level on par with Grandmaster, the highest ranking for human chess players.

The jury, composed of the members of the Scientific Committee of the ECSC, decided in this second edition to award the prize to Dr. Piero Bonissone, Chief Scientist at the multinational General Electric Global Research.

Dr. Piero Bonissone was a pioneer in the practical application of Fuzzy Logic, Artificial Intelligence, Soft Computing and Approximate Reasoning. He had made outstanding contributions to the field of Hybrid Systems as tools to solve real-world problems. The publication in September 1999 of his paper "Hybrid Soft Computing Systems: Industrial and Commercial Applications" summarized important industrial applications of such systems.

Dr. Bonissone was also Adjunct Professor at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, New York, Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence and the International Fuzzy Systems Association, and author of over 150 scientific papers published in international journals, conference proceedings and books, of 37 patents licensed by the U.S. Patent Office and 41 applications in process.

Fifth Cajastur “Mamdani” Prize for Soft Computing

II Cajastur International Prize for Soft Computing

Lotfi Zadeh, inventor of fuzzy logic, wins the 2012 BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award for enabling computers and machines to behave and decide like human beings

The European Centre for Soft Computing receives the “2012 Outstanding Organization Award” from the IEEE Computational Intelligence Society

The Fourth edition of the  Cajastur Mamdani Prize for Soft Computing was announced in July 2010, during the World Conference in Computational Intelligence in Barcelona. The Jury decided to distinguish Francisco Herrera (Univ. of Granada, Spain)  in consideration of his contributions to the Methodologies and Practice of Evolutionary Learning and Genetic Fuzzy Systems for Intelligent Data Analysis and Control.

The ceremony, which was held on November 15th at the Hotel de la Reconquista in Oviedo, had a large audience and received significant attention from the media. The members of the Scientific Committee of the ECSC, that constitute the jury of the award, were also present as well as the widow of Professor Ebrahim Mamdani (Virginia Mamdani). During the ceremony, the medals of the Foundation for the Advancement of Soft Computing were given to Professor Senén Barro, Dr. Gianguido Rizzotto and (in memoriam) to Professor Ebrahim Madani, being his wife who received the medal.

The ceremony was chaired by Mr. Felipe Fernández, Director General of Cajastur, taking also part Mr. Jesús Alcalde, President of the Foundation for the Advancement of Soft Computing, Dr. Luis Magdalena, Director General of the ECSC, and Dr. Piero Bonissone, Chairman of its Scientific Committee. After receiving the prize, the winner Prof. Francisco Herrera, gave a lecture on "Artificial Intelligence and Soft Computing: Imitating nature in the design of intelligent systems."