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The Modelling of University Processes through Intuitionistic Fuzzy Evaluations"/>

11th January 2023

Book in Focus
The Modelling of University Processes through Intuitionistic Fuzzy Evaluations

By Evdokia N. Sotirova, Anthony G. Shannon and Krassimir T. Atanassov

The Modelling of University Processes through Intuitionistic Fuzzy Evaluations shows how intuitionistic fuzzy logic can be used in generalized nets to describe university micro- and macro-processes through an actual detailed analysis of their constituent elements. This method uses InterCriteria Analysis as a basis for summarising the holistic achievements of a university in comparison to other universities. This is often done by focusing on research and teaching league tables at national and international levels, all of which can be misleading as they fail to convey a total picture of the university in question. Therefore, in some countries one can find a university at the top of the research table and another university at the bottom, and yet their positions can be virtually reversed in the corresponding teaching table. Either gives a misleading picture of both universities.

For this reason, we explore the Boyer Model of scholarship because it is wide-ranging, inclusive and comprehensive. For these reasons, the book outlines higher education systems in a number of countries. This demonstrates the difficulties in making comparisons across jurisdictions with traditional metrics of central tendency and variation, especially if such metrics focus on maximising the numerator and minimising the denominator in a fraction that is used as a key performance indicator.

A key operational process within any successful organisation is efficient and effective information flow. This book applies the nets and fuzzy techniques to the modelling of these processes, which once broken can disrupt the whole entity. It defines intuitionistic fuzzy logic and illustrates generalized nets so that the parts of the processes pertinent to each section can be analysed clearly and in detail. If they are not considered, the parts of each process spell effectiveness or failure. More parts can, of course, be added to fit the needs of a particular institution.

The present book constitutes a critical and comprehensive account, complemented with some new results, of an intensive research effort by the authors and their collaborators and peers in the last decade and a half on various issues related to the use of Atanassov’s generalized nets, which are a far-reaching extension of the well-known Petri nets, for the modelling, analysis and solution of various problems and processes occurring in the processes of any higher education context. This is a very important field, socially and economically, which is ultimately crucial for the future of both individuals and nations. The tool of intuitionistic fuzzy logics adds a dimension of flexibility that may appear novel to some readers, but it may interest them to apply it to other fields.

Evdokia N. Sotirova received her MSc in Computer Systems and Technologies from the Technical University of Sofia, Bulgaria, in 1994, and her PhD in Computer Sciences from Burgas “Prof. Dr. Assen Zlatarov” University, Bulgaria, in 2004. She is a member of the Laboratory of Intelligent Systems and the Vice-Dean of Education Process in the Faculty of Public Health and Health Care at Burgas “Prof. Dr. Assen Zlatarov” University. Her research interests include fuzzy logic, generalized nets (extensions of Petri nets), data mining, and algorithms.

Anthony G. Shannon is an Emeritus Professor of Mathematics at the University of Technology Sydney, where he received the higher doctorate (DSc) for research into the interdisciplinary contributions to the diagnosis and management of diabetes mellitus, although his first doctorate (PhD) was in number theory under the supervision of the late Alwyn Horadam at the University of New England, Australia. He has an honorary doctorate from the University of Notre Dame Australia, where he served as Deputy Chancellor, and from the European Polytechnical University, Bulgaria.

Krassimir T. Atanassov received his PhD, his Doctor of Technical (Computer) Science, and his Doctor of Mathematical Sciences from Sofia University, Bulgaria. Since 1998, he has served as a Full Professor in the Department of Bioinformatics and Mathematical Modelling of the Institute of Biophysics and Biomedical Engineering of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences. He is the author of over 800 journal articles, 300 conference reports, and 36 books.

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