A class of fuzzy neural networks (FNNs) with time-varying delays and impulses is investigated. With removing some restrictions on the amplification functions, a new differential inequality is established, which improves previouse criteria. Applying this differential inequality, a series of new and useful criteria are obtained to ensure the existence of global robust attracting and invariant sets for FNNs with time-varying delays and impulses. Our main results allow much broader application for fuzzy and impulsive neural networks with or without delays. An example is given to illustrate the effectiveness of our results.

1. Introduction

The theoretical and applied studies of the current neural networks (CNNs) have been a new focus of studies worldwide because CNNs are widely applied in signal processing, image processing, pattern recognition, psychophysics, speech, perception, robotics, and so on. The scholars have introduced many classes of CNNs models such as Hopfield-type networks [1], bidirectional associative memory networks [2], cellular neural networks [3], recurrent back-propagation networks [46], optimization-type networks [79], brain-state-in-a-box-(BSB-) type networks [10, 11], and Cohen-Grossberg recurrent neural networks (CGCNNs) [12]. According to the choice of the variable for CNNs [13], two basic mathematical models of CNNs are commonly adopted: either local field neural network models or static neural network models. The basic model of local field neural network is described as where denotes the activation function of the th neuron; is the state of the th neuron; is the external input imposed on the th neuron; denotes the synaptic connectivity value between the th neuron and the th neuron; is the number of neurons in the network.

It is well known that local field neural network not only models Hopfield-type networks but also models bidirectional associative memory networks and cellular neural networks. In the past few years, there has been increasing interest in studying dynamical characteristics such as stability, persistence, periodicity, robust stability of equilibrium points, and domains of attraction of local field neural network. Many deep theoretical results have been obtained for local field neural network. We can refer to [1432] and the references cited therein.

However, in mathematical modeling of real world problems, we will encounter some other inconveniences, for example, the complexity and the uncertainty or vagueness. Fuzzy theory is considered as a more suitable setting for the sake of taking vagueness into consideration. Based on traditional cellular neural networks (CNNs),T. Yang and L.-B. Yangproposed the fuzzy CNNs (FCNNs) [33], which integrate fuzzy logic into the structure of traditional CNNs and maintain local connectedness among cells. Unlike previous CNNs structures, FCNNs have fuzzy logic between its template input and/or output besides the sum of product operation. FCNNs are very useful paradigm for image processing problems, which is a cornerstone in image processing and pattern recognition. In addition, many evolutionary processes in nature are characterized by the fact that their states are subject to sudden changes at certain moments and therefore can be described by impulsive system. Therefore, it is necessary to consider both the fuzzy logic and delay effect on dynamical behaviors of neural networks with impulses. Nevertheless, to the best of our knowledge, there are few published papers considering the global robust domain of attraction for the fuzzy neural network (FNNs). Therefore, in this paper, we will study the global robust attracting set and invariant set of the following fuzzy neural networks (FNNs) with time-varying delays and impulses: where are elements of fuzzy feed-forward template, and are elements of fuzzy feedback MIN template, and are elements of fuzzy feedback MAX template, and and are elements of fuzzy feed-forward MIN template and fuzzy feed-forward MAX template, respectively. is the weight of connection between the th neurons and the th neurons. , and stand for state, input, and bias of the th neurons, respectively. is the transmission delay and is the activation function. and denote the fuzzy AND and fuzzy OR operation, respectively. is the impulses at moments , and is a strictly increasing sequence such that . is the impulsive function. Function is the initial function. is a constant. is the parameter.

The main purpose of this paper is to investigate the global robust attracting and invariant sets of FNNs (2). Different from [34, 35], in this paper, we will introduce a new nonlinear differential inequality, which is more effective than the linear differential inequalities for studying the asymptotic behavior of some nonlinear differential equations. Applying this new nonlinear delay differential inequality, sufficient conditions are gained for global robust attracting and invariant sets.

The rest of this paper is organized as follows. In Section 2, we will give some basic definitions and basic results about the attracting domains of FNNs (2). In Section 3, we will obtain the proof of the usefully nonlinear delay differential inequality. In Section 4, our main results will be proved by this delay differential inequality. Finally, an example is given to illustrate the effectiveness of our results in Section 5.

2. Preliminaries

As usual, denotes the space of continuous mappings from the topological space to the topological space . In particular, let denote the set of all real-valued continuous mappings from to equipped with supremum norm defined by where . Denote by the solution of FCNNs (2) with initial condition .

Let denote the -dimensional unit matrix. For or means that each pair of the corresponding elements of and satisfies the inequality “”. For any , we define , , , , . For an -matrix [36], we denote and . For the sake of simplicity, we denote that , where is bounded in .

As usual, in the theory of impulsive differential equations, at the points of discontinuity , we assume that and .

Inspired by [37], we construct an equivalent theorem between (2) and (4). Then we establish some lemmas which are necessary in the proof of the main results.

Throughout this paper, we always assume the following. For all and is uniformly absolute convergence., , , , , , , , and are bounded in . The activation function with is second-order differentiable and Lipschitz continuous; that is, there exist positive constants such that for any . Functions are nonnegative, bounded, and continuous defined on and . Let , where , , , and .Consider the following non-impulsive system (4): We have the following lemma, which shows that system (2) and (4) is equivalent.

Lemma 1. Assume holds, thenwe have the following.(i)If is a solution of (4), then is a solution of (2). (ii)If is a solution of (2), then is a solution of (4).

Proof. Firstly, let us prove (i). For a given , it is easy to see that is absolutely continuous on the interval and for any , , satisfies system (2). In addition, for every , Thus, for every , The proof is complete.
Next, we prove (ii). Since is absolutely continuous on the interval and, in view of (7), it follows that, for any , which implies that is continuous on . It is easy to prove that is absolutely continuous on . Now, one can easily check that is the solution of (4). The proof is complete.

Definition 2. Let be subsets of which is independent of the parameter and let be a solution of FNNs (2) with .(i)For any given , if for any initial value implies that for all , then is said to be a robust positive invariant set of system of FNNs (2).(ii)For any given , if for any initial value , the solution converges to as , that is, as , then is said to be a global robust attracting set of system of FNNs (2), where , and for .
For a class of differential equations with the term of fuzzy AND and fuzzy OR operation, there is the following useful inequality.

Lemma 3 (see [33]). Let and be two states of (2), then we have

3. Nonlinear Delay Differential Inequality

In this section, we will establish a new nonlinear delay differential inequality which will play the important role to prove our main results.

Lemma 4. Assume that satisfies where and for , , . If and , then we have the following.(i) For any constant , the solution of (11) satisfies provided that .(ii)  Consider thatprovided that where and the positive constant is determined by the following inequality:

Proof. Since , we have . Let ( small enough), then . In order to prove (12), we will first prove that for any given initial function with .
If (16) does not hold, then there exist and such that It follows from (11) and (17) that which contradicts the inequality (18). So (16) holds for all . Letting in (16), we have The proof of part is complete.
Since , we have . Then From (15), we can get In the following, we at first will prove that for any positive constant , We let If inequality (23) is not true, then is nonempty set and there must exist some integer such that .
By and the inequality (23), we can get By applying (11) and (21)–(26), we obtain which contradicts the inequality in (25). Thus the inequality (23) holds. Therefore, letting , we have (13). The proof is complete.

By the process of proof of Lemma 4, we easily derive the following theorem

Theorem 5. Under the conditions of Lemma 4, then

4. Main Results

In this section, we will state and prove our main results. The following lemma is very useful to prove Theorem 7.

Lemma 6. Assume that and the series of number is absolute convergence, then the infinite products , and are convergent and .

Proof. In fact, by the assumption , we have which imply that On the other hand, since is absolute convergence, we derive that Equations (30) and (31) give that According to (32) and considering that is absolute convergence, we get that the series of positive number , , and is convergent. Thus the infinite products , , and are convergent. At the same time, combined with (29), we conclude that , . The proof of Lemma 6 is complete.

Theorem 7. Assume that ()–() hold, then is a robust positive invariant and global robust attracting set of FNNs (2),where

Proof. Calculating the upper right derivative along system (4) and by using Lemma 6, we have From , (35) can be rewritten as follows: Then from the conclusion (i) of Lemma 4, we can obtain provided that , where .
According to Lemma 1 and (37), one has provided that , where . In view of Definition 2, we get that denoted by (33) is a robust positive invariant set of FNNs (2).
On the other hand, since , there exists a positive vector such that By using continuity, we know that there must exist a positive scalar such that where is a constant such that .
Then by (36), (40), and , all the conditions of Theorem 5 are satisfied, and we have According to Lemma 1 and Definition 2, we yield that denoted by (33) is also a global robust attracting set of FNNs (2). The proof is complete.

Theorem 8. In addition to ()–(), further assume . Then FNNs (2) has a zero solution and the zero solution is global robust exponential stability and the exponential convergent rate equals which is determined by (40).

5. Illustrative Example

The following illustrative example will demonstrate the effectiveness of our results. Consider the following FNNs with time-varying delays and impulses: where , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , and , , . By the simple calculation, we obtain where . Then is a nonsingular -matrix, and taking , , we get Therefore, by Theorem 7, we obtain that is a robust positive invariant and global robust attracting set of FNNs (42).


The author would like to thank the anonymous referees for their useful and valuable suggestions. This work is supported by the National Natural Sciences Foundation of China under Grant no. 11161025, Yunnan Province Natural Scientific Research Fund Project (no. 2011FZ058), and Yunnan Province Education Department Scientific Research Fund Project (no. 2011Z001).