1st Edition

Introduction to Lattice Algebra With Applications in AI, Pattern Recognition, Image Analysis, and Biomimetic Neural Networks

By Gerhard X. Ritter, Gonzalo Urcid Copyright 2022
    432 Pages 16 Color & 78 B/W Illustrations
    by Chapman & Hall

    432 Pages 16 Color & 78 B/W Illustrations
    by Chapman & Hall

    432 Pages 16 Color & 78 B/W Illustrations
    by Chapman & Hall

    Lattice theory extends into virtually every branch of mathematics, ranging from measure theory and convex geometry to probability theory and topology. A more recent development has been the rapid escalation of employing lattice theory for various applications outside the domain of pure mathematics. These applications range from electronic communication theory and gate array devices that implement Boolean logic to artificial intelligence and computer science in general.

    Introduction to Lattice Algebra: With Applications in AI, Pattern Recognition, Image Analysis, and Biomimetic Neural Networks lays emphasis on two subjects, the first being lattice algebra and the second the practical applications of that algebra. This textbook is intended to be used for a special topics course in artificial intelligence with a focus on pattern recognition, multispectral image analysis, and biomimetic artificial neural networks. The book is self-contained and – depending on the student’s major – can be used for a senior undergraduate level or first-year graduate level course. The book is also an ideal self-study guide for researchers and professionals in the above-mentioned disciplines.


    • Filled with instructive examples and exercises to help build understanding
    • Suitable for researchers, professionals and students, both in mathematics and computer science
      • Contains numerous exercises.

      1. Elements of Algebra. 1.1. Sets, Functions, and Notations. 1.2. Algebraic Structures. 2. Pertinent Properties of R. 2.2. Elementary Properties of Euclidean Spaces. 3. Lattice Theory. 3.1. Historical Background. 3.2. Partial Orders and Lattices. 3.3. Relations with other branches of Mathematics. 4. Lattice Algebra. 4.1. Lattice Semigroups and Lattice Groups. 4.2. Minimax Algebra. 4.3. Minimax Matrix Theory. 4.4. The Geometry of S(X). 5. Matrix-Based Lattice Associative Memories. 5.1. Historical Background. 5.2. Associative Memories. 6. Extreme Points of Data Sets. 6.1. Relevant Concepts of Convex Set Theory. 6.2. Affine Subsets of EXT(ß(X)). 7. Image Unmixing and Segmentation. 7,1, Spectral Endmembers and Linear Unmixing. 7.2. Aviris Hyperspectral Image Examples. 7.3. Endmembers and Clustering Validation Indexes. 7.4. Color Image Segmentation. 8. Lattice-Based Biomimetic Neural Networks. 8.1. Biomimetics Artificial Neural Networks. 8.2. Lattice Biomimetic Neural Networks. 9. Learning in Biomimetic Neural Networks. 9.1 Learning in Single-Layer LBNNS. 9.2. Multi-Layer Lattice Biomimetic Neural Network. Epilogues. Bibliography.


      Gerhard X. Ritter received both his B.A. degree with honors in 1966 and his Ph.D. degree in Mathematics in 1971 from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is a Florida Blue Key Distinguished Professor Emeritus in both the Department of Mathematics and the Department of Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) of the University of Florida. He was the Chair of the CISE department from 1994 to 2001, and Acting Chair from 2011 to 2012.

      Professor Ritter has written more than 140 research papers in subjects ranging from pure and applied mathematics to pattern recognition, computer vision, and artificial neural networks. He is the founding editor of the Journal of Mathematical Imaging and Vision, and founding member and first chair of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) Activity Group on Imaging Science (SIAG-IS). He was a member of the Deputy Undersecretary of Defense for Research and Advanced Technology’s advanced technology research on emerging technologies panel (1988) and a member of the advanced sensors committee on key technologies for the 1990s, formed by the same undersecretary (1989). Among other U.S. government-requested briefings attended by Professor Ritter were the annual Automatic Target Recognition Working Group (ATRWG) meetings held across the U.S. (1984–1996 and 2003). For his contribution, he was awarded the General Ronald W. Yates Award for Excellence in Technology Transfer by the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory (1998). Among honors outside the realm of the Department of Defense are the Silver Core Award of the International Federation for Information Processing (1989); the Best Session Award at the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) Conference for Industry and Education Collaboration in San Jose, CA (1996); and the Best Paper Presentation Award at the International Joint Conference on Neural Networks (IJCNN) sponsored by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Neural Networks Council (IEEE/NNC) and the International Neural Network Society (INNS) in Washington, DC (1999).

      Gonzalo Urcid received his Bachelor degree in Communications and Electronic Engineering (1982) and his Master degree in Computational and Information Systems (1985) both from the University of the Americas in Puebla (UDLAP), Mexico. He has a Ph.D. degree (1999) in Optical Sciences from the National Institute of Astrophysics, Optics, and Electronics (INAOE) in Tonantzintla, Mexico and made a postdoctoral residence, between 2001 and 2002, as invited faculty at the CISE Department, University of Florida. Also, from 2001 to 2020 was awarded the distinction of National Researcher from the Mexican National Council of Science and Technology (SNI-CONACYT). Currently is an Associate Professor in the Optics Department at INAOE. His research interests include digital image processing and analysis, artificial neural networks based on lattice algebra, and lattice computing applied to artificial intelligence and pattern recognition.

      "This book gives the first comprehensive introduction to lattice algebra from the point of view of applications in image analysis and artificial neural networks. . . .] Roughly half of the book is devoted to the detailed mathematical description of lattice semi-rings and lattice semi-fields, which are put into the foundation of lattice-based vector spaces. The second half is then devoted to applications of this toolbox to artificial intelligence with a focus on pattern recognition. Throughout the book, many examples and exercises are given. Solutions to the exercises are provided on an associated website.
      The authors give a self-contained account of algebraic concepts that allow researchers and students with a computer science background to learn the necessary mathematics."
      – MAA Reviews

      "In this mathematically rigorous book, the esoteric domain of Lattice Theory which has fascinated mathematicians for decades jumps to the frontline of Artificial Intelligence, touching the most exciting topics of this era with a fresh alternative view"
      – Professor Manuel Grana, Catedrático de Universidad

      "Introduction to Lattice Algebra by G. X. Ritter and G. Urcid is a self-contained first of its kind book. It can be used as an excellent supplementary resource for any course in artificial intelligence with a focus on pattern recognition and artificial neural networks."
      – Dr. Humberto Sossa, CIC-IPN

      "This one-of-a-kind textbook presents the authors' perspective on the vast and growing area of lattice computing.  This self-contained textbook, that includes a large number of exercises, will not only appeal to researchers and practitioners, but also to graduate and advanced undergraduate students in pure and applied mathematics, computer science, and engineering. Therefore, this book will serve as one of the principal reference for the graduate course on lattice computing that we are offering at our university as well as similar courses throughout the world. The readers may find some of the innovative applications of lattice computing methods such as the ones in hyperspectral and color image analysis to be especially interesting."
      – Peter Sussner, University of Campinas

      "This is an introduction textbook to lattice algebra with applications in AI written by knowledgeable researchers-teachers. It focuses on two subjects, first, lattice algebra and, second, the practical applications of lattice algebra with emphasis on pattern recognition, multispectral image analysis, and biomimetic artificial neural networks. More specifically, the first four chapters of this book present basic lattice theory, whereas the remaining chapters concentrate on applications of lattice algebra often in image processing and image analysis.

      Following its formal introduction in mathematics more than a century ago, with the proliferation of computers, the employment of lattice theory keeps extending in practical applications, e.g. in computer science for knowledge representation, in engineering for modeling, in logic /reasoning for sophisticated decision-making , planning, etc. With this textbook the authors convey their valuable expertise to students of lattice algebra in selected information processing applications. Furthermore, the authors consider the potential of cross-fertilization with alternative approaches in information processing based on lattice theory. For all the aforementioned reasons the "Introduction to Lattice Algebra with Applications in AI, Pattern Recognition, Image Analysis, and Biomimetic Neural Networks" by Gerhard X. Ritter and Gonzalo Urcid, is a cornerstone book for students as well as for researchers with interests in information processing applications based on lattice theory."
      – Professor Vassilis G. Kaburlasos, International Hellenic University

      "Exceptionally well organized and presented, Introduction to Lattice Algebra: With Applications in AI, Pattern Recognition, Image Analysis, and Biomimetic Neural Networks by the team of Gerhard X. Ritter and Gonzalo Urcid is an ideal textbook and should be considered as an essential, core addition to professional, college, and university library Abstract Algebra, Graph Theory, and Computer Vision/Pattern Recognition collections and supplemental curriculum studies reading lists."
      – Midwest Books Review