The nowadays’ applicative and technological challenges emanating from industrial, socioeconomic or environment needs open new dilemmas and decisively highlight limitations of conventional computational science. Recent borders’ contraction between biological and computational sciences, especially the latest developments in bio-inspired artificial systems over the last decade, may play a central role in designing adequate solutions to these new challenging dilemmas. The fantastic ever-increasing intellectual dynamics created around bio-inspired Artificial Intelligence and related topics (as Artificial Neural Networks, Humanoid Robotics, Ambient Intelligence, etc…), uphold by escalating interest of both confirmed and young researchers on this relatively juvenile science, generates a reach multidisciplinary synergy between a large number of scientific communities making conceivable a forthcoming emergence of viable solutions to real-world dilemmas. Since 2005, the international
workshop on Artificial Neural Networks and Intelligent Information Processing (ANNIIP), within the frame of the prestigious ICINCO International Conference, takes part in the aforementioned appealing dynamics by offering a privileged space 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. The present book is the outcome of the fourth edition of this annual event. Around a deliberately limited number of papers, the objective of this book is to convene a set of relevant recent works focusing bio-inspired Artificial Intelligence related fields and applications. 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 during the ANNIIP workshop, and on the other hand by the strong principle of the presentation of each accepted article by its authors. If “Bio-inspired Artificial Intelligence” and its real-world applications remain, as in the previous editions of this international workshop, the foremost themes of this 4th ANNIIP edition, 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 express again my acknowledgements to contributors of all accepted papers: You are the centralreason of the nobles of this tome. Also, I would like to reedit 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 the result of fruitful human contacts within a same scientific field or the consequence of interaction of humans from different scientific communities and since 2004, the date of the its first edition, the ICINCO multi-conference has been an outstanding bench of such creative synergies. For that, again, I would like to express my warm appreciation and my particular gratitude to my friend Prof. Joaquim Filipe, ICINCO 2008 Conference’s Chair, for his faith in young science of “Bio-inspired Artificial Intelligence” and for his reliance on devoting once more this privileged space to the ANNIIP workshop within his valuable conference. Finally, if ICINCO Organizing Committee’s professionalism became an obvious skill of the organization of this international event in so accurate way, it should never be forgotten that the organization of a prestigious conference remains a challenging undertaking requiring a reliable and a solid team. I would like acknowledge all of the ICINCO Organizing Committee’s members, with a special word for Marina Carvalho from ICINCO Secretariat who, since 2005, is a key person in ANNIIP workshop’s organization.
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