Simone Spolaor recipient of EUSFLAT 2020 best PhD thesis award
My former PhD student, Simone Spolaor, was awarded by EUSFLAT for the best 2020 PhD thesis on fuzzy logic. Prof. Daniela Besozzi (Simone’s main advisor) and me are incredibly proud of this achievement.
Simone’s thesis, titled “Fuzzy Logic for the modeling and simulation of complex systems”, is an investigation about moving back and forth from mechanistic certainty to vagueness in complex systems. Specifically, he studied how a detailed mechanistic dynamic system (e.g., a biochemical reaction network) can be partially replaced by fuzzy phenomenological descriptions. Simone created a new method handling the communication between the two worlds — named FuzzX — and showed that the complexity of these systems can be mitigated under some circumstances, preserving their emergent dynamic behaviour.