Skyline of El Paso Texas

October 31 - November 4, 2016

El Paso, Texas

As the premier fuzzy society in North America established in 1981, NAFIPS's purpose is to help guide and encourage the development of fuzzy sets and related technologies for the benefit of mankind.

CALL FOR PAPERS -- NAFIPS 2016 -- October 31 - November 4, 2016

You are cordially invited to participate in the 35th North American Fuzzy Information Processing Society Annual Conference, NAFIPS 2016, to be held in El Paso, Texas, USA, on October 31 (at 6pm) to November 4 (included), 2016. NAFIPS 2016 aims at bringing together researchers, engineers, and practitioners to share and present the latest achievements and innovations in the area of fuzzy information processing, to discuss thought-provoking developments and challenges, and to consider potential future directions.

Topics of interest include:

  • Fuzzy sets methodology/Algorithms/Mathematics
  • Computational Intelligence/Learning
  • Fuzzy modeling/Intelligent data analysis
  • Pattern recognition/Image processing
  • Data mining/Databases
  • Human-centric interfaces/Visualization
  • Neuro-fuzzy systems/Evolutionary optimization & Adaptive systems/Uncertainty management
  • Control/Robotics/Computer vision
  • Bioinformatics
  • Software engineering & Intelligent agents
  • Applications/Computational experiments/Case studies
  • Biomedical applications
  • Hybrid architectures
  • Analysis of structures under uncertainty
  • Constraints/Soft constraints
  • Decision making under uncertainty

Special events

Pre-conference Symposium: UTEP CyberSec Symposium: "Interdisciplinary Approaches to Cyber Security" will be held on Monday, October 31, 2016 from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM at UTEP. Please check the program and register.

Social events planned during the conference:

  • Conference Welcome reception: on Monday October, 31st from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
  • Visit of the Dia de los Muertos exhibits at the El Paso Museum of Art: on Wednesday November, 2nd starting at 3 p.m.
  • Conference Banquet: on Wednesday November, 2nd, at the Stateline Restaurant
  • Trip to Carlsbad Caverns, NM: on Friday November, 4th all day
See program for more details.

Paper Submission.

Authors are invited to prepare papers of no more than six (6) pages in the IEEE conference style including results, figures, and references. The papers should be submitted online. Detailed information is available on the submission page of this website.
Papers will be peer refereed. Accepted papers will be indexed by IEEE IExplore as Nafips is co-sponsored by IEEE.
Authors of the best papers will be invited to submit extended versions of their paper for possible publication in a special issue of the International Journal of Approximate Reasoning.

Student Papers.

We strongly encourage students to submit papers under the mentorship of their faculty advisors. Special best paper awards will be presented at the conference banquet to recognize the accomplishments of students. To qualify, a student or a group of students must be the primary author(s) of the paper. The papers will be judged based on both manuscript content and presentation quality.

Important dates.

  • Special session proposals: March 7, 2016
  • Papers due: June 14, 2016 (final extended deadline)
  • Conference: October 31 - November 4, 2016

Conference Venue.

NAFIPS 2016 will be held in a city that stretches the imagination -- El Paso, Texas' westernmost city, surprisingly closer to San Diego than to Houston, and tucked between New Mexico and Mexico. From the campus, you can see both states and both countries. El Paso is a city of nearly three-quarters of a million people, which sprawls across hundreds of square miles of desert and rambling foothills. The Franklin Mountains, southern tip of the Rockies, slice El Paso nearly in two. El Paso's dry, sunny, warm desert climate earned the city the nickname ``Sun City". This climate makes it easy to enjoy the outdoor activities that abound in the area, including hiking in the Franklin Mountains, which rise to over 7,000 feet inside the city limits. With its classic Western geography and tri-cultural history, El Paso makes an intriguing place to visit.
For a closer look at the city, visit the El Paso Convention and Visitors Bureau website; this website has a short video of El Paso.

NAFIPS 2016 will take place at The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP). Approaching its centennial celebration, UTEP is the second oldest academic component of the University of Texas system. UTEP is a major urban research university in the heart of a thriving international metropolis. It is experiencing an unprecedented growth with a record enrollment of more than 23,000 students in 2015 and a $180-million building boom. With new labs and classrooms to support its rapidly expanding academic and research programs, UTEP is striving to become one of the next top-tier research universities in Texas. Moreover, UTEP is changing the face of higher education - it is ranked second in the nation in awarding undergraduate degrees to Hispanics. As the country's only high-research-activity research university with a student body that is majority Mexican-American, UTEP is committed to providing access and excellence in higher education. You can take a virtual tour of the campus: you will see that UTEP's beautiful campus features a distinctive architectural style derived from the buildings in the Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan.

Conference Administration.

For further details, please contact:

  • Vladik Kreinovich, University of Texas at El Paso, vladik /
  • Martine Ceberio, University of Texas at El Paso, mceberio /

Conference location

  • The University of Texas at El Paso
    Union Building - East
    3rd floor
    Rooms: Tomas Rivera Conference Center, University Suite, Templeton Suite, and Ray room

  • See map of UTEP
  • See map of Union East's 3rd floor

NAFIPS 2016 Program

Contact Information

Important Dates

  • 03/07/2016: Special session proposals
  • 06/14/2016: Papers due (final extended deadline)
  • 10/31-11/04/2016: Conference

About the Location

About El Paso

Downtown El Paso

Discover a city that stretches the imagination - El Paso, Texas' westernmost city. A city of nearly three-quarters of a million people, which sprawls across hundreds of square miles of desert and rambling foothills. More about El Paso

About UTEP

University of Texas at El Paso

Just past its first centennial celebration, UTEP is the second oldest academic component of the University of Texas system. It has over 20,000 students. It is a beautiful, friendly, and newly remodeled campus with a harmonious and pleasing Bhutanese architecture.

Where to Stay

Stay In El Paso Screenshot

Although the most convenient hotel is probably the on-campus Hilton Garden Inn, many other options are available in the campus' neighborhood, and can be checked on the website of the El Paso Hotel Motel Association.

What to do

The Sunbowl at UTEP

El Paso is an intriguing city worth visiting. Its mountains, the Franklin Mountains, southmost part of the Rockies, are surely a place to visit. An easy way to get a nice view of the city is by taking the Wyler aerial tramway. Surrounding places of interest also include the New Mexico sites: La Mesilla, Carlsbad caverns, White Sands National Monument.