Witold Pedrycz (IEEE Life Fellow, 2021) is Professor and Canada Research Chair (CRC) in Computational Intelligence in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada. He is also with the Systems Research Institute of the Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw, Poland. In 2009 Dr. Pedrycz was elected a foreign member of the Polish Academy of Sciences. In 2012 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. In 2007 he received a prestigious Norbert Wiener award from the IEEE Systems, Man, and Cybernetics Society. He is a recipient of the IEEE Canada Computer Engineering Medal, a Cajastur Prize for Soft Computing from the European Centre for Soft Computing, a Killam Prize, a Fuzzy Pioneer Award from the IEEE Computational Intelligence Society, and 2019 Meritorious Service Award from the IEEE Systems Man and Cybernetics Society. His main research directions involve Computational Intelligence, fuzzy modeling and Granular Computing, knowledge discovery and data science, pattern recognition, data science, knowledge-based neural networks among others. Dr. Pedrycz is vigorously involved in editorial activities. He is an Editor-in-Chief of Information Sciences, Editor-in-Chief of WIREs Data Mining and Knowledge Discovery (Wiley), and Co-editor-in-Chief of Int. J. of Granular Computing (Springer) and J. of Data Information and Management (Springer). He serves on an Advisory Board of IEEE Transactions on Fuzzy Systems and is a member of a number of editorial boards of international journals.
Tijuana Institute of Technology, Mexico
Vice Chair, IEEE Computational Intelligence Society Mexico Chapter
Prof.Patricia Melinis a Professor of Computer Science in theGraduate Division, Tijuana Institute of Technology, Tijuana, Mexico, since1998. In addition, she is serving as Director of Graduate Studies in ComputerScience and is head of the research group on Hybrid Neural Intelligent Systems(2000-present). She holds the Doctor in Science degree (Doctor HabilitatusD.Sc.) in Computer Science from the Polish Academy of Sciences. Prof. Melin haspublished nearly 800 publications in indexed journals, book chapters, andconference proceedings, as well as nearly 50 books, and as consequence of this shehas achieved more than 17000 citations with an H index of 72 in Google Scholar.In addition, she has been awarded the Highly Cited Researcher recognition in thearea of Computer Science in 2017 and 2018 by Clarivate Analytics-Web of Sciencebecause she is in the top 1% cited author in this area. She has alsobeen advisor of more than 85 graduate students incomputer science at the Ph.D. and masters levels.She is past Presidentof NAFIPS (North American Fuzzy Information Processing Society) 2019-2020.Prof. Melin is the founding Chair of the Mexican Chapter of the IEEEComputational Intelligence Society. She is member of the IEEE Neural NetworkTechnical Committee (2007 to present), the IEEE Fuzzy System TechnicalCommittee (2014 to present) and is Chair of the Task Force on HybridIntelligent Systems (2007 to present) and she is currently Associate Editor of theInformation Sciences Journal, IEEE Transactions on Fuzzy Systems and Journal ofComplex and Intelligent Systems. She is member of NAFIPS, IFSA, and IEEE. Shebelongs to the Mexican Research System with level III (highest level). Herresearch interests are in Modular Neural Networks, Type-2 Fuzzy Logic, PatternRecognition, Fuzzy Control, Neuro-Fuzzy and Genetic-Fuzzy hybrid approaches.She has served as Guest Editor of several Special Issues in the past, injournals like: Applied Soft Computing, Intelligent Systems, InformationSciences, Non-Linear Studies, Engineering Applications of ArtificialIntelligence, Fuzzy Sets and Systems.
Sam Tak Wu Kwong
City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
IEEE Fellow & President Elect (2021-21) - IEEE Systems, Man and Cybernetics Society
Sam Kwong received his B.Sc. degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo, M.A.Sc. in electrical engineering from the University of Waterloo in Canada, and Ph.D. from Fernuniversität Hagen, Germany. Before joining the City University of Hong Kong (CityU), he was a Diagnostic Engineer with Control Data Canada, where he was responsible for designing diagnostic software to detect the manufacturing faults of the VLSI chips in the Cyber 430 machine. He later joined Bell Northern Research as a Member of Scientific Staff working on the Integrated Services Digital Network (ISDN) project. Kwong is currently Chair Professor at the CityU Department of Computer Science, where he previously served as Department Head and Professor from 2012 to 2018. Prof Kwong joined CityU as a lecturer in the Department of Electronic Engineering in 1989. Prof. Kwong is currently the associate editor of leading IEEE transaction journals, including IEEE Transactions on Evolutionary Computation, IEEE Transactions on Industrial Informatics, and IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics. Kwong is actively engaged in knowledge exchange between academia and industry. In 1996, he was responsible for designing the first handheld GSM mobile phone consultancy project at the City University of Hong Kong, one of the largest at the time. He has filed 13 US patents, of which 8 have been granted. Kwong has a prolific research record. He has coauthored three research books, eight book chapters, and over 300 technical papers. His works have been cited over 19,000 times according to Google Scholar with an h-index of 59. He has been the distinguished lecturer of IEEE SMCS since 2018 and delivers two DL lectures yearly to promote IEEE SMC Society and cutting-edge cybernetics technology. He also frequently delivers keynote speeches in IEEE supported conferences. In 2014, he was elevated to IEEE Fellow for his contributions to optimization techniques in cybernetics and video coding. Kwong’s involvement in the multiple facets of IEEE throughout the years has been extensive and committed. With respect to IEEE Systems, Man and Cybernetics Society (SMCS), he serves as Hong Kong SMCS Chapter Chairman, Board Member, Conference Coordinator, Membership Coordinator and Member of the Long Range Planning and Finance Committee, Vice President of Conferences and Meetings, Vice President of Cybernetics. He led the IEEE SMC Hong Kong Chapter to win the Best Chapter Award in 2011 and was awarded Outstanding Contribution Awards for his contributions to SMC 2015. In 2021, he is currently President-Elect of the IEEE SMC Society.