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ITQM2017: Agora's special session in India

Written on Nov. 8, 2017.

ITQM2017: Agora's special session in India

ITQM2017, 8-10 December, 2017, Delhi, India

Special Session 01: Soft computing methods in quantitative management and decision making processes

Organizers and Chairs:

1. Florin Gheorghe Filip, Romanian Academy, Romania& Doctor Honoris Causa of Agora University;
2. Ioan Dzitac, Rector of Agora University of Oradea &  Professor at Aurel Vlaicu University of Arad, Romania;
3. Simona Dzitac, Assoc. Professor at University of Oradea, Romania & Researcher at R&D Agora Center.

  • In according with Zadeh’s definition, Soft Computing (SC) is based on Fuzzy Logic, Neural Networks, Support Vector Machines, Evolutionary Computation, Machine Learning and Probabilistic Reasoning. SC can deal with ambiguous or noisy data and is tolerant of imprecision, uncertainty, partial truth, and approximation. In effect, the role model for SC is the human mind. Artificial Intelligence and Computational Intelligence based on SC provide the background for the development of smart management systems and decisions in case of ill-posed problems.
  • In many real-world situations, the problems of decision making are subjected to some constraints, objectives and consequences that are not accurately known. After Bellman and Zadeh introduced for the first time fuzzy sets within multiple-criteria decision-making (MCDM), many researchers have been preoccupied by decision making in fuzzy environments. The fusion between MCDM and fuzzy set theory has led to a new decision theory, known today as fuzzy multi-criteria decision making (FMCDM), where we have decision-maker models that can deal with incomplete and uncertain knowledge and information. The most important thing is that, when we want to assess, judge or decide we usually use a natural language in which the words do not have a clear, definite meaning. As a result, we need fuzzy numbers to express linguistic variables, to describe the subjective judgement of a decision maker in a quantitative manner. Fuzzy numbers (FN) most often used are triangular FN, trapezoidal FN and Gaussian FN. We highlight that the concept of linguistic variable introduced by Lotfi A. Zadeh in 1975 allows computation with words instead of numbers and thus linguistic terms defined by fuzzy sets are intensely used in problems of decision theory for modelling uncertain information. After Atanassov introduced the concept of intuitionistic fuzzy sets, where each element is characterized by a membership function, as in fuzzy sets, as well as by a non-membership function, the interest in the study of the problems of decision making theory with the help of intuitionistic fuzzy sets has increased.
  • The goal of this special session is to bring together researchers interested in applications of soft computing algorithms and procedures in quantitative management and decision making, in order to exchange ideas on problems, solutions, and to work together in a friendly environment.

    Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, the following:

    - Ant colony optimization algorithms;
    - Artificial intelligence methods for web mining;
    - Bayesian networks and decision graphs; Computational intelligence methods for data mining;
    - Decision support systems for quantitative management;
    - Decision making with missing and/or uncertain data;
    - Fuzzy multi-criteria decision making;
    - Fuzzy and neuro-fuzzy modelling and simulation;
    - Fuzzy numbers applications to decision making;
    - Fuzzy-sets-based models in operation research;
    - Knowledge Discovery in Databases;
    - Machine learning for intelligent support of quantitative management;
    - Neural networks in decision making tools;
    - Smarter decisions;
    - Support Vector Machine in SC applications;

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  • Rector's Word 2016-2017

    Written on March 10, 2017.

    Rector's Word 2016-2017

    "Access to Success!" (Motto UAO)

    "The management team of Agora University of Oradea assumes transparency as an essential component of quality." (Mission assumed by the rector and his team)

    EUA-IEP Team: "The team has enjoyed learning about the characteristics of Agora University and its role as an entrepreneurial provider of higher education in the fields of law, management and social science. It has been an interesting experience to discuss with staff, students, and external stakeholders the challenges faced by UAO and the university’s efforts to address constraints and to explore future opportunities. We believe the university has the potential to take successful steps in its next stage of development."

    Agora University of Oradea is a higher education institution of private law and public utility, founded in 2000 by Agora Foundation,  accredited by ARACIS in 2010 and  validated by the Romanian Parliament by Law 59/2012, as a part of national system of higher education in Romania.

    On 24.04.2012 I was elected rector by all teachers and students of the University Agora, the legislature from 2012 to 2016, and in 2016  I was re-elected for the mandate 2016-2020.

    Rector legally represents the University Agora of Oradea (UAO) in the National Council of Rectors in relations with the Ministry of National Education and its subordinate entities or advisory (ARACIS, CNATDCU, UEFISCDI etc.), with central and local government, educational institutions and national research and abroad, with domestic and international public bodies.

    Although young and small, with two faculties (Faculty of Economics and Faculty of Law and Administration), University Agora is extremely dynamic and active. Instead of a quantitative prefer qualitative development.

    Without false modesty, Agora University have some performance difficult to achieve even some old and larger academic institutions: 5 research centers (two international), a publishing house editing 5 international scientific journals in English language (one of which is indexed in ISI Web of Science), 5 international conferences in English, a computer laboratory, a forensic laboratory, three rooms with smart boards for videoconferencing courses, three lecture halls with over 100 seats, platform for e- functional learning, and 10 POS-DRU successfully  projects.

    If you agree a higher quality education, through modern teaching technologies, in full transparency and legality, come with the greatest confidence to University Agora.

    In total transparency spirit that characterizes us, I invite you to read the document below: Rector's report about UAO 2015 (Cf. article 130 of Law 1/2011): PDF

    Success to  Access!

    Rector,  Prof.dr. Ioan Dziţac

    Tel. /fax: +40 359 101 032,
    Mobil: +40 722 562 053
    Email: rector@

    Rector's visit in India

    Written on Feb. 9, 2014.

    Rector's visit in India

    Prof. Vinod K. Madan, from Kalasalingam University, Krishnankoil, Tamil Nadu, India, visited Agora University of Oradea, so far, twice. The first visit made in June 13, 2013, on which occasion he had two invited lectures: 1) Nondestructive Evaluation using Barkhausen Noise; 2) Digital Signal Processing and Applications [1].

    Professor Madan  second visit took place during the period 15 to 20 October 2013, on which occasion he attended the 7th Agora International Law Conference, AILC 2013, "Prospects and Challenges of 21st Century Law" [2], where he presented the paper written in collaboration with R.K. Sinha, The Dymamics of Rape in Modern Indian Society, which was published later in the journal Agora International Journal of Juridical Sciences.

    During the second visit, Professor Vinod Madan was accompanied by his university Chancellor (chancellor is equivalent to them with the rector to us), Thiru K. Sridharan, whom I invited to sign a Memorandum of understanding that we are committed to collaboration in research and education, including teaching and student mobility mutual[3].  

    Upon agreement of understanding and an official invitation, from January 17 to 24, 2014, I paid a visit to India

    The visit to the Kalasalingam University [4] included:

    1)     Meeting of the board of management (including the chancellor, vice chancellor, deans and department heads), on which occasion I had the honor to hand over the scarf of honorary member of their academic community, as a member în International Advisory Committee of Kalasalingam University, the title was given to me on 10 October 2013. On this occasion, in my turn, I handed to Chancellor, Dr. Thiru K. Sridharan The Certificate of Honorary Member of Agora University Senate

    2)    Meeting with the president and founder of the university, Thiru T. Kalasalingam, which gave me a beautiful garland and decorations

    3)    Reading lecture invited to the academic community, teachers and students of Kalasalingam University, with the theme From Hard to Soft Computing Computing;

    4)     Tour the campus, along with the Chancellor Thiru K. Sridharan and Vinod Prof. Madan (campus is located 60 km from Madurai, in a beautiful setting, has a very high tensile and hosts all faculties, departments, hostels for boys and girls - which we visited, three student canteens, one for boys, that girls who live in dormitories, and one for staff and external students - who come to the university with its own transport or part of the 65 buses - each equipped university has its own fuelling station, sports fields, swimming pool, medical center, pharmacy, car salvage, heliport, apartment building for teachers and research guest house with its own dining room, places of worship, etc.);

    5)     Visit to faculties and departments of education and research Kalasalingam University (Kalasalingam University noted that it is very large, has faculties of engineering, arts and sciences, pharmacy, over 50 undergraduate programs, seven master's programs and doctoral schools in all areas and 8 departments, nine professional societies and a center of excellence IBM and teaching is in English);

    6)     Religious ceremony of gratitude for the visit.

    I should mention that I was given a special honor during the visit, starting with accommodation in a room adjacent to the university founder (your facility have a 3 star hotel with comfort Rich: office with TV, Internet-connected computer, fridge water and fruit, bedroom, bathroom, air conditioning and fan) and ending with the meals offered in restaurants host of five-star hotels.

          The visit was well prepared beforehand, since arriving on campus in the evening of 19 January at the door I noticed a huge banner announcing the visit of Agora University with my picture and my colleague who had to accompany me Associate professor Viorina Judeu, but unfortunately she could not it. Such banners were still two places inside the campus, the entrance to the administrative body and near center of excellence IBM. On the morning of January 20 I went alone on campus to take some pictures and I was pleasantly surprised that they are greeted in the driveway by students and staff who recognized me after picture of the banner, with "Hello Romania".

    The things that impressed me pleasantly at Kalasalingam University, are many, but I remember a few of them:

    1 ) The campus is very clean , equipped with running water and drinking with all the necessary amenities for living, such as a town independent from scolding centres and laboratories, places of worship (near campus is even a Catholic Church to potential Christians who attend the university and Christians in the area) ;

    2) In the campus is being built Kalasalingam International School, on the model of Agora International School, the Indians saw Agora University during the visit in October 2013 ( which can quickly implement some valuable ideas);

    3 ) After the conference where I had a lecture , several students from undergraduate studies, have expressed their willingness to continue their studies in Romania for master. Over 100 students were enrolled in the voluntary in Romanian language classes, and we have engaged to send a Romanian language professor starting with autumn this year to Kalasalingam University ;

    4 ) Kalasalingam University is a great potential for research and education institution, currently over 6,000 students, serving the community of Tamil Nadu, the second region of India in the degree of economic and social development .

    Kalasalingam University campus visit was preceded by some excursions in Delhi [5] and Agra [6] and followed by a visit to the jungles of Kerala region, also called the Land of God (including a traditional Indian ride through the jungle, riding elephants) [7]. It should be noted that in Southern India, in January, temperatures range between 30-38 degrees Celsius.

    Thank you so much my hosts for their hospitality and honor that I have enjoyed throughout their visits.











    Prof.dr. Ioan Dzițac,

    Rector of Agora University

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