This book discusses how to build optimization tools able to generate better future studies. It aims at showing how these tools
can be used to develop an adaptive learning environment that can be used for decision making in the presence of uncertainties.
The book starts with existing fuzzy techniques and multicriteria decision making approaches and shows how to combine them
in more effective tools to model future events and take therefore better decisions. The first part of the book is dedicated
to the theories behind fuzzy optimization and fuzzy cognitive map, while the second part presents new approaches developed
by the authors with their practical application to trend impact analysis, scenario planning and strategic formulation. The
book is aimed at two groups of readers, interested in linking the future studies with artificial intelligence. The first group
includes social scientists seeking for improved methods for strategic prospective. The second group includes computer scientists
and engineers seeking for new applications and current developments of Soft Computing methods for forecasting in social science,
but not limited to this.