The flow of academic ideas in the area of computational intelligence is impacting industrial practice at considerable speed. Practitioners face the challenge of tracking, understanding and applying the latest techniques, which often prove their value even before the underlying theories are fully understood. This book offers realistic guidelines on creating value from the application of computational intelligence methods. In Part I, the author offers simple explanations of the key computational intelligence technologies: fuzzy logic, neural networks, support vector machines, evolutionary computation, swarm intelligence, and intelligent agents. In Part II, he defines the typical business environment and analyzes the competitive advantages these techniques offer. In Part III, he introduces a methodology for effective real-world application of computational intelligence while minimizing development cost, and he outlines the critical, underestimated technology marketing efforts required. The methodology can improve the existing capabilities of Six Sigma, one of the most popular work processes in industry. Finally, in Part IV the author looks to technologies still in the research domain, such as perception-based computing, artificial immune systems, and systems with evolved structure, and he examines the future for computational intelligence applications while taking into account projected industrial needs. The author adopts a light tone in the book, visualizes many of the techniques and ideas, and supports the text with notes from successful implementations. The book is ideal for engineers implementing these techniques in the real world, managers charged with creating value and reducing costs in the related industries, and scientists in computational intelligence looking towards the application of their research.
Part I: Computational Intelligence for the Masses: Computational vs. Artificial
Intelligence.- A Roadmap Through the Computational Intelligence Maze.- Fuzzy
Systems: Let's Get Fuzzy.- Machine Learning: The Ghost in the Learning Machine.-
Evolutionary Computation: The Profitable Gene.- Swarm Intelligence: The Benefits
of the Swarms.- Intelligent Agents: The Computer Intelligence Agency (CIA).-
Part II: Computational Intelligence Creates Value: Why We Need Intelligent
Solutions?.- Competitive Advantages of Computational Intelligence.- Issues in
Applying Computational Intelligence.- Part III: Computational Intelligence
Application Strategy: Integrate & Conquer.- How to Apply Computational
Intelligence?.- Computational Intelligence Marketing.- Examples of Computational
Intelligence Industrial Applications.- Part IV: The Future of Applied
Computational Intelligence: Future Directions of Applied Computational
"This book demonstrates profound understanding regarding the problems and issues associated with technology transfer by bridging two complex worlds: the world of advanced theory of computational intelligence, soft computing, and cybernetics and the world of engineering methodologies, practices, and industrial applications." Dimitar Filev, Ford Research & Advanced Engineering, Dearborn, Michigan, USA "Kordon comprehensively analyses how to apply computational intelligence to give real return on investment. He devotes complete chapters to comparing CI to traditional approaches and to discussing in what sense CI has a 'competitive advantage'. ... This book is particularly designed for non-expert readers interested in computational intelligence and its applications. Moreover, parts II and III are essential for academic readers without industrial experience. These parts bring together a novel, broad, and useful perspective on the marketing of CI. This will certainly help researchers to design successful strategies to develop and deploy industrial applications, as well as improving presentations to both academic and industrial audiences. ... [The book] represents a great contribution that shows us alternative ways of transferring computational intelligence from the realm of exciting research ideas into a highly competitive generator of intelligent and valuable solutions to real-world problems". (G. Leguizamón, Genetic Programming and Evolvable Machines (2011) 12:85-86) "[The author] has enjoyed significant success as an industry leader in computational intelligence and with this book he has fulfilled a long-standing need for a pragmatic treatment of the field. From checklists and prescriptions for application development to advice for overcoming cultural barriers and gaining management buy-in, Applying Computational Intelligence effectively addresses the value creation challenge posed in its subtitle." (Tariq Samad, Honeywell Automation and Control Solutions)
Arthur K. Kordon is a Data Mining and Modeling Leader in the Data Mining and Modeling Capability of The Dow Chemical Company. He is an internationally recognized expert in applying emerging technologies in industry, and has given talks and chaired panels on the topic at the major computational intelligence conferences such as WCCI and GECCO. He has successfully introduced several novel technologies for improved manufacturing and new product design in the chemical industry, and his research interests include application issues of computational intelligence, robust empirical modeling, intelligent process monitoring and control, and data mining.