The Belief Functions and Applications Society

Promoting teaching, research, applications and creation of knowledge in the domain of Belief Functions

About BFAS

The Belief functions and Applications society (BFAS) was created to promote teaching, research, applications and creation of knowledge in the domain of belief functions, their extensions, and the links they can share with other uncertain theories such as probability theory, imprecise probability theory, probability boxes, possibility theory, fuzzy sets, random sets, ...

The society was born in 2010 at the occasion of the first conference on the theory of belief functions, which was held in Brest, France, with Arthur P. Dempster and Glenn Shafer as honorary chairs and invited speakers.

The organization can use any means or technique adapted to the realization of its goals, like establishing conventions with public, semi-public or private organizations, with physical or moral persons. In particular, it supports the organization of a biennial international conference and a biennial international school both on belief functions and their applications.

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What is a Belief Function?

If we trace them back to Arthur P. Dempster's works, belief functions were initially proposed as a way to achieve generalized Bayesian inference without priors. They are mathematically related to random sets.

In general, belief functions are used as a way to model uncertainty where imprecision, or lack of knowledge has to be modelled explicitly. As a matter-of-fact, they combine set representation and distribution representation to do so.

Glenn Shafer's seminal book as well as the lectures given to BFAS schools, constitute good introductions.

Members

The organization is composed of physical and moral persons. All members have the right to vote during the assemblies. Conventions may be contracted with other non-profit organization to establish reciprocal cooperation links, allowing their members to join with specific conditions.

New members are welcome. If you intend to do so, you may either participate to a BFAS conference or a BFAS school, membership being valid during 4 years, or contact us, members of the board will then be pleased to study your candidacy. Be aware that a quadrennial fee is asked (20€ at the moment).

Members have access to general assembly reports, all past schools lectures and materials, events reports. Member area (restricted access)

Conferences

2018, Compiègne, France
- The 5th International Conference on Belief Functions took place on September 17th-21st in Compiègne, France, together with the SMPS (Soft Methods in Probability and Statistics) conference.
2016, Prague, Czech Republic
- The 4th International Conference on Belief Functions took place on September 21st to 23th in Prague, Czech Republic.
2014, Oxford, United Kingdom
- The 3rd International Conference on Belief Functions took place on September 26-28th in Oxford, United Kingdom.
2012, Compiègne, France
- The 2nd International Conference on Belief Functions took place on May 8-10th in Compiègne, France.
2010, Brest, France
- The 1st International Conference on Belief Functions took place on April 1st-2nd in Brest, France.

Schools

2019, Siena, Italy
The 5th school on belief functions and their applications will be held in Siena, Italy in La Certosa di Pontignano in October 27th-31st 2019.
2017, Xi'an, China
- The 4th school on belief functions and their applications took place on July 5th to 9th in Xi'an, China.
2015, Stella Plage, France
- The 3rd school on belief functions and their applications took place on September 28th to October 2nd in Stella Plage, France.
2013, Carthage, Tunisia
- The 2nd school on belief functions and their applications took place on May 20-24th in Carthage, Tunisia.
2011, Autrans, France
- The 1st school on belief functions and their applications took place on April 4-8th in Autrans, France.

Software and toolboxes

A list of links to find software and toolboxes to facilitate the development and handling of belief functions.

Link Language Author Comment
TBM MATLAB Philippe Smets TBM, FMT
Software R and MATLAB Thierry Denœux Clustering, Distance-based Classification, Approximation
iBelief R Kuang Zhou and Arnaud Martin Some basic functions to implement belief functions.
Belief Package R Sébastien Destercke Some basic functions to deal with discrete belief functions.
Referee Toolbox Java Frédéric Dambreville

Board of directors


Thierry Denœux

Thierry Denœux (President)

Professor, Compiègne University of Technology, France.

Frédéric Pichon

Frédéric Pichon (Treasurer)

Associate professor, Artois University, France.

Anne-Laure Jousselme

Anne-Laure Jousselme (Secretary)

Scientist, Maritime Security, NATO STO Centre for Maritime Research and Experimentation, Italy.

David Mercier

David Mercier (Webmaster)

Associate professor, Artois University, France.

Zhunga Liu

Zhunga Liu (Webmaster)

Professor, School of Automation, Northwestern Polytechnical University Xi'an, China.

Fabio Cuzzolin

Fabio Cuzzolin (Communication)

Professor of Artificial Intelligence, School of Engineering, Computing and Mathematics, Oxford Brookes University, UK.

Zied Elouedi

Zied Elouedi (Communication)

Professor, Institut Supérieur de Gestion Tunis, Tunisia.

Johan Schubert

Johan Schubert

(Responsible for the LinkedIn Group)

Research Director with the Division of Defence and Security, Systems and Technology at the Swedish Defence Research Agency, FOI, Sweden.

Arnaud Martin

Arnaud Martin

(President 2010-2012, treasurer 2012-2017)

Professor, University of Rennes 1, France.

Prakash Shenoy

Prakash Shenoy

Ronald G. Harper Distinguished Professor of Artificial Intelligence, School of Business University of Kansas, USA.

Previous board members

2010-2017: Sebastien Destercke (secretary 2012-2017)
2010-2017: Boutheina Ben Yaghlane
2013-2017: Thanuka Wickramarathne
2011-2013: Rajendra P. Srivastava
2010-2012: Gavin Powell (secretary 2010-2012)
2010-2012: Christophe Osswald (treasurer 2010-2012)
2010-2012: Alain Hillion

CONTACTS

LinkedIn Group     bfas@bfasociety.org