Ali Hasanov: Unethical remarks by Akif Ali about Lotfi Zadeh unacceptable

Ali Hasanov: Unethical remarks by Akif Ali about Lotfi Zadeh unacceptable
# 11 September 2017 16:18 (UTC +04:00)

Heads and employees of state bodies' press services are directly responsible for the regulation of relations between these organizations with media outlets and the formation of public opinion about the activities of these organizations, which should be based on the principles of mutual respect and efficient cooperation, the Azerbaijani president’s aide for public and political affairs, Ali Hasanov, told APA commenting on the offensive remarks voiced by Cabinet of Ministers spokesperson Aki Ali about renowned scientist Lotfi Zade, who passed away recently.

“They must behave according to their status and always abide by the ethical framework in their speech and opinions. A press officer should not forget that he or she is always in the spotlight—like facing a camera or microphone—and should behave accordingly,” said Hasanov.

He said Lotfi Zade is not only a prominent scientist but also a world-famous Azerbaijani, adding that he had also been awarded the Order of Friendship (Dostlug) of the Republic of Azerbaijan.

"He was received by Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev. He was someone who was deeply respected by our president and with whom our people are proud of. It was inadmissible of a person bearing the status of Cabinet of Ministers spokesperson to have lost his sense of responsibility and made such remarks about a prominent scientist,” added Hasanov.

A few days ago, Cabinet of Ministers spokesperson Akif Ali spoke harshly about famous Azerbaijan scientist Lotfi Zadeh, which caused serious public concern. Akif Ali was forced to apologize for his remarks after receiving strong condemnation both in the media and on social networks.

A world-renowned Azerbaijani scientist, founder of fuzzy logic Lotfi Zadeh passed away on September 6 at 7:30 am California time aged 96.

Lotfi Zadeh was born in 1921 in Baku to an Iranian Azerbaijani father from Ardabil, Rahim Aleskerzade, who was a journalist on assignment from South Azerbaijan and a Russian Jewish mother, also an Iranian citizen, Fanya Korenman, who was a pediatrician from Odessa.

In 1931, when Lotfi Zadeh was ten years old, his family moved to Tehran in Iran, his father's homeland. There he continued his education in English in a private Presbyterian school in Tehran. After high school, he sat for the national university exams and placed second in the entire country. In 1942, he was graduated from the University of Tehran in electrical engineering.

During World War II, he moved to the US and took a Master's degree from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 1946 and a Ph.D. from Columbia (New York) in 1949, where he began teaching systems theory.

Since 1959, Lotfi Zadeh has taught at Berkeley, first in the Electrical Engineering (EE) Department where he became Chair in 1963, and later in the Computer Science Division (EECS).

It's a vivid example of how in real life Lotfi Zadeh shuns abrupt absolute categories that don't take into account life's complexities. It's the same kind of thinking that characterizes Fuzzy Logic, an unorthodox theory which he invented which is impacting computer technology.

Lotfi Zadeh was also credited, along with John R. Ragazzini, in 1952, with having pioneered the development of the z-transform method in discrete time signal processing and analysis. These methods are now standard in digital signal processing, digital control, and other discrete-time systems used in industry and research. He was an editor of International Journal of Computational Cognition.

The scientist has 6 famous theories. Zadeh has developed his theory of fuzzy logic while working at Berkeley. Fuzzy logic failed to find acceptance amongst the American scientific community for 20 years, but in the 1980s it attracted great interest amongst Japanese scientists.

The theory began a new period in the development of mathematics, cybernetics and information and computer technology, becoming deeply rooted in all these areas. Fuzzy logic is now used in thousands of different systems and products, from washing machines to automatic pilots. The practical application of fuzzy logic gradually surpassed its abstract essence.

Azerbaijani President, state and government officials offered condolences in connection with Lotfi Zadeh’s death.