Journal of Intelligent & Fuzzy Systems

Applications in Engineering and Technology

Impact Factor
2024
1.7
CiteScore
2024
3.4

Volume

46-47, 12 issues

Latest issue

46:4 online 23 April 2024

Next issue

47:1 scheduled for May 2024

Back volumes

From volume 1, 1993

ISSN online

1875-8967
Online Only

Aims & Scope

The purpose of the Journal of Intelligent & Fuzzy Systems: Applications in Engineering and Technology is to foster advancements of knowledge and help disseminate results concerning recent applications and case studies in the areas of fuzzy logic, intelligent systems, and web-based applications among working professionals and professionals in education and research, covering a broad cross-section of technical disciplines.

The journal will publish original articles on current and potential applications, case studies, and education in intelligent systems, fuzzy systems, and web-based systems for engineering and other technical fields in science and technology. The journal focuses on the disciplines of computer science, electrical engineering, manufacturing engineering, industrial engineering, chemical engineering, mechanical engineering, civil engineering, engineering management, bioengineering, and biomedical engineering. The scope of the journal also includes developing technologies in mathematics, operations research, technology management, the hard and soft sciences, and technical, social and environmental issues.

Editorial Board

Founding Editors

Mo M. Jamshidi
University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM, USA

Timothy J. Ross
University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM, USA

Honorary Editor

Lotfi A. Zadeh

Book Review Editor

Vladik Kreinovich
University of Texas at El Paso, El Paso, TX, USA

Editorial Advisory Board

Ajith Abraham
Machine Intelligence Research Labs
Washington, DC, USA

Krassimir T. Atanassov
Bulgarian Academy of Sciences
Sofia, Bulgaria

Zeungnam Bien
Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology
Taejon, Korea

Bimal Kumar Bose
The University of Tennessee
Knoxville, TN, USA

Madan M. Gupta
Saskatchewan University
Saskatoon, SK, Canada

Fred Hadaegh
California Institute of Technology
Pasadena, CA, USA

Mohammad M. Jamshidi
University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM, USA

Lesheng Jin
Nanjing Normal University
China

Zhaojie Ju
University of Portsmouth
UK

Janusz Kacprzyk
Polish Academy of Sciences
Warsaw, Poland

Cengiz Kahraman
Istanbul Technical University
Turkey

Jim Keller
University of Missouri
Columbia, MO, USA

Heikki N. Koivo
Helsinki University of Technology
Helsinki, Finland

Om P. Malik
University of Calgary
Calgary, AB, Canada

Victor Maojo
Polytechnical University of Madrid
Madrid, Spain

Hung T. Nguyen
New Mexico State University
Las Cruces, NM, USA

Witold Pedrycz
University of Alberta Edmonton
Edmonton, AB, Canada

Lambert Spaanenburg
Lund University
Lund, Sweden

Timothy J. Ross
Department of Civil Engineering
University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM, USA

John Yen
The Pennsylvania State University
University Park, PA, USA

Associate Editors

Tareq Al-shami
Department of Mathematics; Sana'a University
Yemen

Adel Alimi
University of Sfax    
Sfax, Tunisia

Tofigh Allahviranloo    
Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences
Istanbul, Turkey

Shahzaib Ashraf
Khwaja Fareed University of Engineering and Information Technology Punjab, Pakistan

Nebojsa Bacanin
Singidunum University
Serbia

Mohammed Rashad Baker
University of Kirkuk
Iraq

Olexander Barmak    
Khmelnytskyi National University    
Khmalnytsky, Ukraine

Ildar Batyrshin    
Instituto Politecnico Nacional    
Mexico City, Mexico

Svajone Bekešienė    
The General Jonas Žemaitis Military Academy of Lithuania    
Vilnius, Lithuania

Ana Margarida Bento
University of Porto
Portugal

Salah Bouktif
United Arab Emirates University
United Arab Emirates

Selim Buyrukoğlu
Çankırı Karatekin University
Turkey

Francisco Javier Cabrerizo
Distance Learning University of Spain
Granada, Spain

Antonio Calcagnì
DPSS, University of Padova
Padova, Italy

Zehong Cao
University of Tasmania    
Hobart, Australia

Gabriella Casalino
University of Bari Aldo Moro    
Bari, Italy

Ciro Castiello
University of Bari Aldo Moro    
Bari, Italy

Selcuk Cebi    
Yildiz Technical University    
Istanbul, Turkey

Sezi Cevik Onar    
Istanbul Technical University    
Istanbul, Turkey

Chinmay Chakrabarty
Birla Institute of Technology
Ranchi, India

Debjani Chakraborty
Department of Mathematics
Indian Institute of Technology
Kharagpur, India

Jinxing Che
Nanchang Institute of Technology
China

Chengwu Chen
National Kaohsiung Marine University    
Kaohsiung, Taiwan

Chien-Ming Chen
Nanjing University of Information Science and Technology
Nanjing, China

Shyi-Ming Chen
National Taiwan University of Science and Technology
Taipei, Taiwan

Xia Chen
Sichuan University
Chengdu, Sichuan, China

Xinquan Chen
Anhui Polytechnic University
China

Zhen-Song Chen    
Wuhan University    
Wuhan, China

Zhiwen Chen
Central South University
Changsha, China

Francisco Chiclana    
De Montfort University    
Leicester, United Kingdom

Yao-Liang Chung    
National Taiwan Ocean University    
Keelung City, Taiwan

Marco Cremaschi
University of Milano - Bicocca
Milan, Italy

Rubén González Crespo
Universidad Internacional de La Rioja (UNIR)
Spain

Bijan Davvaz
Yazd University
Yazd, Iran

Wu Deng
Civil Aviation University of China
China

Hasan Dincer
Istanbul Medipol University
Istanbul, Turkey

Weiping Ding    
Nantong University    
Nantong, China

Xinyu Du    
General Motors Research Laboratories    
Warren, MI, USA

Ponciano Jorge Escamilla-Ambrosio
Centro de Investigación en Computación
Mexico

Cristina Flaut
Ovidius University of Constanța
Constanța, România

Can Gao
Shenzhen University
Shenzhen, China

Qing Gao
Sun Yat-sen University
Guangzhou, China

Xiao-Zhi Gao    
University of Eastern Finland    
Kuopio, Finland

Akhil Garg
Huazhong University of Science and Technology (HUST)
China

Harish Garg    
Thapar Institute of Engineering & Technology
Patiala, India

Alexander Gegov
University of Portsmouth
Portsmouth, United Kingdom

Gevork B. Gharehpetian
Amirkabir University of Technology
Tehran, Iran

Susmita Ghosh
Jadavpur University
India

Ramon Alberto Carrasco Gonzalez
Universidad Complutense de Madrid
Madrid, Spain

Xunjie Gou
Sichuan University
China

Sarah Greenfield
De Montfort University
Leicester, United Kingdom

Alfonso Guarino
Research Fellow – UniSannio
Benevento, Italy

Jesús Serrano Guerrero
University of Castilla-La Mancha
Spain

Jeonghwan Gwak
Korea National University of Transportation
Korea

Meng Han
Binjiang Institute of Zhejiang University Hangzhou
Zhejiang, China

Peng Hao
Dalian University of Technology
Dalian, China

Yan Hao
Business School
Shandong Normal University
Jinan, China

Hooman Harandizadeh
Shahid Bahonar University
Kerman, Iran

Khizar Hayat
University of Kotli, Azad Jammu & Kashmir|
Pakistan

Enrique Herrera-Viedma
University of Granada
Granada, Spain

Farshad Homaei
Graduate University of Advanced Technology
Kerman, Iran

Noriyasu Homma    
Tohoku University    
Sendai, Japan

Tetiana Hovorushchenko    
Khmelnytskyi National University    
Khmelnytskyi, Ukraine

Jun Hu
Harbin University of Science and Technology
Harbin, China

Zhijian Hu
School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering
Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore

Raheleh Jafari
University of Leeds
Leeds, United Kingdom

Naeem Jan
National University of Transportation
Korea

Mohammad A. Jaradat    
American University of Sharjah    
Sharjah, UAE

Wenqiang Ji
Hebei University of Technology
Xiping Street, China

Ying Ji
Shanghai University
China

Shancheng Jiang
Sun Yat-sen University
China

Yuchen Jiang
Harbin Institute of Technology
Harbin, China

Ruwang Jiao
Victoria University of Wellington
New Zealand

Feifei Jin    
Anhui University    
Hefei, China

Firuz Kamalov
Canadian University at Dubai
UAE

Faruk Karaaslan
Department of Mathematics
Çankırı Karatekin University
Turkey

Ihsan Kaya
Yıldız Technical University    
Istanbul, Turkey

Yeesock Kim    
California Baptist University    
Riverside, CA, USA

Olga Kolesnikova
Instituto Politécnico Nacional
Mexico City, Mexico

Viacheslav Kovtun    
Vinnytsia National Technical University    
Vinnytsia, Ukraine

Ajay Kumar
KIET Group of Institutions
Delhi-NCR, Ghaziabad, India

Arun Kumar
National Institute of Technology
India

Aswani Kumar    
Cherukuri    
Vellore Institute of Technology    
Vellore, India

Marija Kuzmanović
University of Belgrade
Serbia

Cong-cong Li
Southwest Jiaotong University
Chengdu, China

Gang Li
Deakin University
Australia

Jinhai Li    
Data Science Research Center    
Kunming, China

Qian Li
Curtin University
Australia

Decui Liang
University of Electronic Science and Technology of China
Hefei, China

Haiming Liang
Department of Management and System Sciences
Sichuan University
China

Huchang Liao    
Sichuan University    
Chengdu, China

Chi Lin
Dalian University of Technology
Dalian, China

Jian Lin
College of Computer and Information Sciences,
Fujian Agriculture and Forestry University
Fuzhou, China

Mingwei Lin
Fujian Normal University
Fuzhou, China

Jian Liu
Nanjing University of Information Science and Technology
Nanjing, China

Jinpei Liu
Anhui University
China

Peide Liu    
Shandong University of Finance and Economics    
Jinan, China

Shuai Liu
Hunan Normal University
Changsha, China

Sergii Lysenko
Khmelnytskyi National University
Khmelnytskyi, Ukraine

Xueling Ma
Hubei University for Nationalities    
Hubei, China

Mohamed A. Mahfouz
MSA University    
6th October City, Egypt

Tahir Mahmood
International Islamic University Islamabad
Pakistan

Santi P. Maity
IIEST Shibpur
India

Marek T. Malinowski
Cracow University of Technology    
Kraków, Poland

Eduard Manziuk
Khmelnytskyi National University
Ukraine

Delfina Malandrino
Department of Informatics
University of Salerno
Fisciano, Italy

Luis Martínez López    
University of Jaén    
Jaén, Spain

Fabrizio Maturo
Universitas Mercatorum
Rome, Italy

Reza Kiani Mavi    
Edith Cowan University    
Joondalup, WA, Australia

Šárka Hoskova-Mayerova
University of Defence    
Brno-střed, Czech Republic

Nataliia Melnykova    
Lviv Polytechnic National University
Lviv, Ukraine

Miguel González Mendoza
Tecnológico de Monterrey
Mexico

Fanyong Meng
Nanjing University of Information Science and Technology    
Nanjing, China

Chuanmin Mi
Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics
China

Mazin Abed Mohammed
University of Anbar
Iraq

Fazel Mohammadi
University of New Haven
CT, United States

Javier Montero    
Complutense University    
Madrid, Spain

Mohammad Najafzadeh
Graduate University of Advanced Technology
Kerman, Iran

Suyel Namasudra
National Institute of Technology Agartala
India

Palanichamy Naveen
KPR Institute of Engineering and Technology
India

Mariia Andriivna Nazarkevych
Lviv Polytechnic National University    
Lviv, Ukraine

‪Ngoc Thanh Nguyen
Wroclaw University of Science and Technology
Wrocław, Poland

Michal Novak
Brno University of Technology
Brno, Czech Republic

Fabio Di Nunno
University of Cassino and Southern Lazio
Italy

Dragan Pamucar    
University of Belgrade    
Belgrade, Serbia

Abbas Parsaie
Shahid Chamran University
Iran

Srikanta Patnaik    
SOA University    
Bhubaneswar, India

Jose Ignacio Pelaez    
University of Malaga    
Málaga, Spain

Hiram Ponce
Universidad Panamericana
Mexico

Dilip Kumar Pratihar    
Centre for Excellence in Robotics     
Kharagpur, India

Wenbin Qian    
Jiangxi Agricultural University    
Nanchang, China

Junsheng Qiao    
Northwest Normal University    
Lanzhou, China

Jianbin Qiu    
Space Control and Inertial Technology Research Centre    
Harbin, China

Shaojian Qu
Nanjing University of Information Science and Technology
China

Yanpeng Qu
Dalian Maritime University
Dalian, China

Pavlo Radiuk
Khmelnytskyi National University
Ukraine

Zia Ur Rahman
Koneru Lakshmaiah Education Foundation
India

Maheswar Rajagopal
KPR Institute of Engineering and Technology
India

Raj S. Rajasoundaran
SRM Institute of Science and Technology
Kattankulathur, Chennai, India

Hemant Kumar Reddy    
National Institute of Science & Technology    
Berhampur, India

A. Johny Renoald
Erode Sengunthar Engineering College
India

Muhammad Riaz
Department of Mathematics
University of the Punjab
Lahore, Pakistan

Juan Vicente Riera    
University of the Balearic Islands    
Palma, Spain

Rosa Maria Rodríguez    
University of Jaén    
Jaén, Spain

Álvaro Labella Romero
University of Jaén
Jaén, Spain

Farid Saberi-Movahed
Graduate University of Advanced Technology
Kerman, Iran

Sovan Samanta    
Tamralipta Mahavidyalaya    
Tamluk, India

Chaitanya Sankavaram
Vehicle Systems Research Lab
Warren, MI, USA

Ekrem Savas    
Yuzuncu Yıl University    
Van, Turkey

Daniele Schicchi
National Research Council in Palermo
Italy

Wen-Long Shang
Beijing University of Technology
Beijing, China

Ming-Wen Shao
China University of Petroleum
Beijing, China

Wasfi Shatanawi
Hashemite University
Zarqa, Jordan

Razieh Sheikhpour
Ardakan University
Iran

Gong Shengrong
Changshu Institute of Technology
China

Vladimir Simic
University of Belgrade
Serbia

Le Hoang Son
Vietnam National University    
Hanoi, Vietnam

Souhir Ben Souissi
Bern University of Applied Science
Bern, Switzerland

Ruidan Su
Shanghai Jiao Tong University    
Shanghai, China

Jianfei Sun
Singapore Management University
Singapore

Kangkang Sun    
Harbin Institute of Technology    
Harbin, China

Lin Sun
Henan Normal University
Xinxiang, China

Reza Tafreshi
Texas A&M University at Qatar
Doha, Qatar

Ming Tang
Dalian University of Technology
China

Yiming Tang
Hefei University of Technology
Hefei, China

Zhifu Tao
Anhui University
Anhui, China

Roman O. Tkachenko    
Lviv Polytechnic National University    
Lviv, Ukraine

Pei-Wei Tsai
Swinburne University of Technology
Australia

Kifayat Ullah
Riphah International University
Pakistan

Raquel Ureña    
De Montfort University    
Leicester, United Kingdom

Alena Vagaská
Technical University of Kosice
Slovakia

José Valente De Oliveira
University of Algarve
Faro, Portugal

Bay Vo
Ho Chi Minh University of Technology
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Changzhong Wang
Bohai University
China

Jun Tao Wang
Xi'an Shiyou University
Xi'an, China

Tong Wang
Harbin Institute of Technology
Harbin, China

Xinxin Wang
Sichuan University
China

Zi-Peng Wang
Beijing University of Technology
China

Jian-Zhang Wu    
Ningbo University    
Ningbo, China

Jian Wu    
Shanghai Maritime University    
Shanghai, China

Ming-Tai “Jimmy” Wu
National Kaohsiung University of Science and Technology
Taiwan

Peng Wu
Nanjing University of Science &Technology
China

Xing Wu    
Shanghai University    
Shanghai,China

Xingli Wu
Sichuan University
Chengdu, China

Zhihui Wu
Harbin University of Science and Technology
China

Zhou Wu
Chongqing University
Chong Qing Shi, China

Kaijian Xia
Changshu Hospital of Soochow University
Jiangsu, China

Hailu Xu    
California State University    
Long Beach, CA, USA

Weihua Xu
Southwest University    
Chongqing, China

Zeshui Xu    
Sichuan University    
Chengdu, China

Xingsi Xue
Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand
and Fujian University of Technology
China

Bin Yang    
Northwest A&F University    
Xianyang, China

Gongping Yang    
Shandong University    
Jinan, China

Longzhi Yang    
Northumbria University    
Newcastle, United Kingdom

Wanqi Yang    
Nanjing Normal University    
Nanjing, China

Wendong Yang
Shandong University of Finance and Economics
Shandong, China

Yingjie Yang    
De Montfort University    
Leicester, United Kingdom

Zaoli Yang
Beijing University of Technology
Beijing China

Naveed Yaqoob
Riphah International University
Islamabad, Pakistan

Atousa Yazdani
Sacramento State University
Sacramento, CA USA

Morteza Yazdani
Universidad Internacional de Valencia
Valencia, Spain

Shen Yin
Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Trondheim, Norway

Shi Yin
Hebei Agricultural University
China

Hao Ying
Wayne State University
Detroit, MI, USA

Dejian Yu
Nanjing Audit University
Nanjing, China

Hui Yu
Harbin University of Science and Technology
China

Keping Yu
Graduate School of Science and Engineering
Hosei University, Tokyo, Japan

Wen Yu
CINVESTAV-IPN
Mexico City, Mexico

Wenyu Yu
Dongbei University of Finance and Economics
China

Rocco Zaccagnino
University of Salerno
Fisciano, Italy

Gianluca Zaza
University of Bari Aldo Moro
Italy

Reza Yousefi Zenouz
Queen’s University Belfast
Ireland

Jianming Zhan
Hubei University for Nationalities    
Enshi City, China

Min Zhan
Hunan University of Technology and Business
China

Bowen Zhang
Central South University
China

Chao Zhang
Shanxi University
P.R. China

Haijun Zhang
Harbin Institute of Technology    
Harbin, China

Hengjie Zhang
Hohai University    
Nanjing, China

Qiang Zhang    
Beijing Institute of Technology    
Haidian, China

Weiping Zhang
Northwestern Polytechnical University
Xi'an, China

Yong Zhang
China University of Mining and Technology
Xuzhou, China

Yuanpeng Zhang
Nantong University
China

Zhen Zhang
Dalian University of Technology
Dalian, China

Huiming Zhao
Civil Aviation University of China
China

Mingbo Zhao
Donghua University
China

Zhigao Zheng
Wuhan University
China

Dalin Zhou
University of Portsmouth
UK

Mu Zhou
Chongqing University of Posts and Telecommunications
Chongqing, China

Shangming Zhou    
Swansea University
Plymouth, United Kingdom

Ta Zhou
Jiangsu University of Science and Technology
Zhenjiang, China
and
Hong Kong Polytechnical University
Hong Kong

Wei Zhou
Yunnan University of Finance and Economics
China

Ye Zhu
Deakin University
Australia

Zhenfang Zhu
Shandong Jiaotong University
China

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  3. Major revisions required: The manuscript cannot be accepted for publication in its current form. However, a major revision which addresses all issues raised by the reviewers may be acceptable for publication. The revised manuscript will undergo a full second round of review. Authors are requested to provide a letter to the reviewers detailing the improvements made for the resubmission.
  4. Reject: The manuscript is rejected as it is deemed to be out of scope, not relevant, or not meeting the journal’s quality standards in terms of significance, novelty, and/or presentation.

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