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In Memoriam: Elart von Collani

In Memoriam: Elart von Collani On February 25, 2017, we lost the founder and longtimeEditor-in-Chief of this journal, Prof. Dr. Elart von Collani. Taking care ofthe journal was only one among many of Elart’s responsibilities. He was alsoan engineering educator, an author of scientific articles and books, alecturer in Mathematics and Statistics at Würzburg University, avisiting professor at universities all over the world, a philosopher, abenevolent and noble man, and a true friend. On the following pages, I willexpress my personal account of Elart’s character and of his scientific work.Figure 1Elart von Collani (1944–2017)Favored Topic: Modeling Uncertainty.Elart von Collani’s entire research revolved around the concept ofuncertainty. In modeling uncertainty, he identified two sources ofuncertainty: human ignorance with respect to the past and universalrandomness with respect to the future. According to him, randomness is acharacteristic property of any real-world process, because each process’repetition yields a different outcome. Thus, modeling randomness meansmodeling this variability, taking into account the limited knowledge orignorance about the initial conditions. In commemoration of Jakob Bernoulli,von Collani named this mathematical model of uncertainty, describing thetransition from past to future, Bernoulli Space. Utilizing the Bernoulli Space, he developed reliable andaccurate stochastic prediction and measurement procedures for makingdecisions. In contrast to traditional scientific models, http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Economic Quality Control de Gruyter

In Memoriam: Elart von Collani

Economic Quality Control , Volume 32 (1): 6 – Jun 1, 2017

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de Gruyter
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© 2017 Walter de Gruyter GmbH, Berlin/Boston
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1869-6147
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2367-2404
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10.1515/eqc-2017-0017
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Abstract

On February 25, 2017, we lost the founder and longtimeEditor-in-Chief of this journal, Prof. Dr. Elart von Collani. Taking care ofthe journal was only one among many of Elart’s responsibilities. He was alsoan engineering educator, an author of scientific articles and books, alecturer in Mathematics and Statistics at Würzburg University, avisiting professor at universities all over the world, a philosopher, abenevolent and noble man, and a true friend. On the following pages, I willexpress my personal account of Elart’s character and of his scientific work.Figure 1Elart von Collani (1944–2017)Favored Topic: Modeling Uncertainty.Elart von Collani’s entire research revolved around the concept ofuncertainty. In modeling uncertainty, he identified two sources ofuncertainty: human ignorance with respect to the past and universalrandomness with respect to the future. According to him, randomness is acharacteristic property of any real-world process, because each process’repetition yields a different outcome. Thus, modeling randomness meansmodeling this variability, taking into account the limited knowledge orignorance about the initial conditions. In commemoration of Jakob Bernoulli,von Collani named this mathematical model of uncertainty, describing thetransition from past to future, Bernoulli Space. Utilizing the Bernoulli Space, he developed reliable andaccurate stochastic prediction and measurement procedures for makingdecisions. In contrast to traditional scientific models,

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Published: Jun 1, 2017

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