If much remains still to discover concerning animal brain’s internal structure as well as concerning its learning and self-organization mechanisms, I am definitely swayed that bio-inspired Artificial Intelligence has considerably progressed over the last decades. Probably, as the “progression” of a good wine, attributable to maturity it acquires throughout the years, part of these progresses is due to the maturity of this relatively young area of computational science. However, “joking aside”, I am convinced that a number of complementary facts have occupied crucial positions in recent advancements of bio-inspired Artificial Intelligence. Among the most important of them, one could emphasize the nowadays’ applicative and technological challenges, emanated from industrial world, opening new dilemmas and decisively highlighted limitations of conventional computational science. Another, but not less important, fact playing a central role in development of bio-inspired artificial systems
over the last decade was borders contraction between biological and computational sciences. “Bioinformatics” and “genetics” are significant examples of the numerous benefits issued from the above-mentioned fact. Finally, the third but certainly not the last essential reality is related to the fantastic intellectual dynamics created around Artificial Neural Networks (and more generally around bio-inspired Artificial Intelligence), by an everincreasing interest of both confirmed and young researchers on this juvenile science generating a reach multidisciplinary synergy between several fields of science representing a wide thematic diversity. Since 2005, the international workshop on Artificial Neural Networks and Intelligent Information Processing (ANNIIP), within the aforementioned appealing dynamics, and in the frame of the prestigious ICINCO International Conference, aims to offer a privileged occasion to overhaul and exchange the knowledge about further theoretical advances, new experimental discoveries and novel technological improvements in the promising area of the bio-inspired Artificial Intelligence. Along the lines of the above-expressed “philosophy”, born with ANNIIP 2005, aiming to make an inventory of recent advances as well in Artificial Neural Networks as in Intelligent Information Processing areas around a deliberately limited number of presentations, the objective of this book is to convene around a small number of topics a set of relevant papers concerning bio-inspired Artificial Intelligence field. Conformably to our philosophy, the choice of publishing a relatively restricted number of papers has been motivated on the one hand by the premeditated desire to give a large space to exchanges and discussions, and on the other hand by the strong principle of the presentation of each submitted article by its authors. If “Bio-inspired Artificial Intelligence” and its impact on realworld dilemmas have remained leading themes of this 3rd ANNIIP international workshop’s edition, as in the previous editions, a particular interest has been devoted to the equilibrium between theoretical and applicative aspects. It is important to remind that scientific relevance and technical quality of a collective volume emerge from quality of its contributors: those who contribute by the high quality of their manuscripts and those who take part in reviewing of submitted papers ensuring the distinction of the book by their valuable expertise. I would like to reedit my acknowledgements to contributors of all accepted papers. Also, I would like to express again my gratitude to Reviewing Board and Program Committee for the valuable work that they accomplished: my heartfelt recognition to those who already were members of ANNIIP Program Committee as well as my sincere thanks to those who kindly accepted to enlarge the Reviewing Board of this new edition of the workshop. It is also essential to be reminiscent that frequently, creative dynamics is a result of fruitful contacts of humans belonging to a same or to different scientific communities. Again, I would like to express my warm appreciation and my particular gratitude to my friend Prof. Joaquim Filipe, ICINCO 2007 Conference Chair, for his reliance on the young science of “Bio-inspired Artificial Intelligence” and for his confidence on devoting once more this privileged space to the ANNIIP workshop within his valuable conference. Finally, another key factor in organization of a prestigious conference in so accurate way remains a challenging undertaking requiring a reliable and a solid Organizing Committee. Since its first edition, the ICINCO Organizing Committee has proved its professionalism conformably to this chief point. I would like acknowledge all of the ICINCO Organizing Committee’s members, with a special attention for Marina Carvalho from ICINCO Secretariat who has been particularly a key person in ANNIIP 2007 organization tasks.
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