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CIS Awards

The IEEE Computational Intelligence Society's awards recognize top achievements and outstanding volunteers in the field.

Neural Networks Pioneer Award
Fuzzy Systems Pioneer Award
Evolutionary Computation Pioneer Award
Meritorious Service Award
IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks and Learning Systems Outstanding Paper Award
IEEE Transactions on Fuzzy Systems Outstanding Paper Award
IEEE Transactions on Evolutionary Computation Outstanding Paper Award
IEEE IEEE Transactions on Cognitive and Developmental Systems Outstanding Paper Award
IEEE Transactions on Computational Intelligence and AI in Games Outstanding Paper Award
IEEE Computational Intelligence Magazine Outstanding Paper Award
Outstanding Chapter Award
Outstanding PhD Dissertation Award
Outstanding Organization Award
Outstanding Early Career Award

Neural Networks Pioneer Award (established in 1991, amended 2004, 2010)

Description: The IEEE Computational Intelligence Society Neural Networks Pioneer award recognizes significant contributions to early concepts and sustained developments in the field of neural networks. This award recognizes two types of pioneering contributions: (1) fundamental understanding and (2) engineering application. This award is considered annually, and may be given to an individual or a group not exceeding three persons who contributed to the advancement of theory, technologies, and/or applications of neural networks by inventing new technologies, creating innovative technical developments, implementing new products, or managing innovative product design or production processes. Up to three separate awards can be made in a single year.

Prize: Plaque plus US$2,500 honorarium, plus travel support for each recipient and one companion to attend award presentation in the year of the award.

Eligibility: Open to all.

Basis for Judging: Significance of contribution made at least 15 years prior to award date.

Presentation: The award should be received by the recipient(s) or his/her designate(s) at a major IEEE CIS conference (specifically IJCNN, FUZZ-IEEE, IEEE-CEC, or IEEE SSCI and IEEE WCCI in even years) in the same year the awards are conferred. If any award recipient or his/her designate cannot be present to receive the award, the award will be announced and the plaque, medal, and honorarium will be mailed immediately afterward.

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Fuzzy Systems Pioneer Award (established in 2000, amended 2003, 2010)

Description: The IEEE Computational Intelligence Society Fuzzy Systems Pioneer award recognizes significant contributions to early concepts and sustained developments in the field of fuzzy systems. This award recognizes two types of pioneering contributions: (1) fundamental understanding and (2) engineering application. This award is considered annually, and may be given to an individual or a group not exceeding three persons who contributed to the advancement of theory, technologies, and/or applications of fuzzy systems by inventing new technologies, creating innovative technical developments, implementing new products, or managing innovative product design or production processes. Up to three separate awards can be made in a single year.

Prize: Plaque plus US$2,500 honorarium, plus travel support for each recipient and one companion to attend award presentation in the year of the award.

Eligibility: Open to all.

Basis for Judging: Significance of contribution made at least 15 years prior to award date.

Presentation: The award should be received by the recipient(s) or his/her designate(s) at a major IEEE CIS conference (specifically IJCNN, FUZZ-IEEE, IEEE-CEC, or IEEE SSCI and IEEE WCCI in even years) in the same year the awards are conferred. If any award recipient or his/her designate cannot be present to receive the award, the award will be announced and the plaque, medal, and honorarium will be mailed immediately afterward.

Instruction for submitting a nomination


Evolutionary Computation Pioneer Award (established in 1998, amended 2004, 2010)

Description: The IEEE Computational Intelligence Society Evolutionary Computation Pioneer award recognizes significant contributions to early concepts and sustained developments in the field of evolutionary computation. This award recognizes two types of pioneering contributions: (1) fundamental understanding and (2) engineering application. This award is considered annually, and may be given to an individual or a group not exceeding three persons who contributed to the advancement of theory, technologies, and/or applications of evolutionary computation by inventing new technologies, creating innovative technical developments, implementing new products, or managing innovative product design or production processes. Up to three separate awards can be made in a single year.

Prize: Plaque plus US$2,500 honorarium, plus travel support for each recipient and one companion to attend award presentation in the year of the award.

Eligibility: Open to all.

Basis for Judging: Significance of contribution made at least 15 years prior to award date.

Presentation: The award should be received by the recipient(s) or his/her designate(s) at a major IEEE CIS conference (specifically IJCNN, FUZZ-IEEE, IEEE-CEC, or IEEE SSCI and IEEE WCCI in even years) in the same year the awards are conferred. If any award recipient or his/her designate cannot be present to receive the award, the award will be announced and the plaque, medal, and honorarium will be mailed immediately afterward.

Instruction for submitting a nomination


Meritorious Service Award (established in 2000, amended 2004)

Description: To recognize meritorious service to the IEEE Computational Intelligence Society. Up to two (2) awards can be made annually.

Prize: $1,500 and Certificate.

Eligibility: Must be or have been a member or associate member of IEEE CIS.

Basis for Judging: Exceptional administrative, managerial and leadership achievement; proposal and/or implementation of innovative new CIS programs; dedication to the growth and advancement of CIS and its geographic and technical entities.

Presentation: At a major IEEE CIS Conference.

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IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks and Learning Systems Outstanding Paper Award (established in 1997, amended in 2006, 2013)

Description: To recognize annually outstanding papers published in the IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks and Learning Systems. Up to three (3) awards can be made annually.

Prize: $1,000, to be split equally among co-authors and Certificate to author or co-authors of the selected paper.

Eligibility: Authors of all papers published in the IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks and Learning Systems on the calendar year that is 2 years prior to the selection of the award are eligible. For the current round of competition, papers published in 2014 will be eligible for consideration.

Basis for Judging: Overall quality.

Presentation: Awards winners will be announced publicly in the IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks and Learning Systems. Additional recognition will be given at the annual IEEE-INNS International Joint Conference on Neural Networks or another major CIS conference.

New Award name (as amended in 2006, 2013): "IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks and Learning Systems Outstanding NNNN Paper Award (bestowed in NNNN+2)," where NNNN is the calendar year that is 2 years prior to the year of selection of the award.

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IEEE Transactions on Fuzzy Systems Outstanding Paper Award (established in 1997, amended in 2006)

Description: To recognize annually outstanding papers published in the IEEE Transactions on Fuzzy Systems. Up to three (3) awards can be made annually.

Prize: $1,000, to be split equally among co-authors and Certificate to author or co-authors of the selected paper.

Eligibility: Authors of all papers published in the IEEE Transactions on Fuzzy Systems on the calendar year that is 2 years prior to the selection of the award are eligible. For the current round of competition, papers published in 2014 will be eligible for consideration.

Basis for Judging: Overall quality.

Presentation: Awards winners will be announced publicly in the IEEE Transactions on Fuzzy Systems. Additional recognition will be given at awards ceremonies at the annual IEEE International Conference on Fuzzy Systems or another major CIS conference.

New Award Name (as amended in 2006): "IEEE Transactions on Fuzzy Systems Outstanding NNNN Paper Award (bestowed in NNNN+2)," where NNNN is the calendar year that is 2 years prior to the year of selection of the award.

Instruction for submitting a nomination


IEEE Transactions on Evolutionary Computation Outstanding Paper Award (established in 1997, amended in 2006)

Description: To recognize annually outstanding papers published in the IEEE Transactions on Evolutionary Computation. Up to three (3) awards can be made annually.

Prize: $1,000, to be split equally among co-authors and Certificate to author or co-authors of the selected paper.

Eligibility: Authors of all papers published in the IEEE Transactions on Evolutionary Computation on the calendar year that is 2 years prior to the selection of the award are eligible. For the current, papers published in 2014 will be eligible for consideration.

Basis for Judging: Overall quality.

Presentation: Awards winners will be announced publicly in the IEEE Transactions on Evolutionary Computation. Additional recognition will be given at awards ceremonies at the annual IEEE Congress on Evolutionary Computation or another major CIS conference.

New Award Name (as amended in 2006): "IEEE Transactions on Evolutionary Computation Outstanding NNNN Paper Award (bestowed in NNNN+2)," where NNNN is the calendar year that is 2 years prior to the year of selection of the award.

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IEEE Transactions on Cognitive and Developmental Systems Outstanding Paper Award (established in 2013)

Description: To recognize annually outstanding papers published in the IEEE Transactions on Cognitive and Developmental Systems. Up to three (3) awards can be made annually.

Prize: $1,000, to be split equally among co-authors and Certificate to author or co-authors of the selected paper.

Eligibility: Authors of all papers published in the IEEE Transactions on Cognitive and Developmental Systemson the calendar year that is 2 years prior to the selection of the award are eligible. For the current round of competition, papers published in 2014 will be eligible for consideration.

Basis for Judging: Overall quality.

Presentation: Awards winners will be announced publicly in the IEEE Transactions on Cognitive and Developmental Systems. Presentation will be given at awards ceremonies at IEEE World Congress on Computational Intelligence or another major CIS Conference after the award is announced.

New Award name: "IEEE Transactions on Cognitive and Developmental Systems Outstanding NNNN Paper Award (bestowed in NNNN+3)," where NNNN is the calendar year that is 2 years prior to the year of selection of the award.

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IEEE Transactions on Computational Intelligence and AI in Games Outstanding Paper Award (established in 2013)

Description: To recognize annually outstanding papers published in the IEEE Transactions on Computational Intelligence and AI in Games. Up to three (3) awards can be made annually.

Prize: $1,000, to be split equally among co-authors and Certificate to author or co-authors of the selected paper.

Eligibility: Authors of all papers published in the IEEE Transactions on Computational Intelligence and AI in Games on the calendar year that is 2 years prior to the selection of the award are eligible. For the current round of competition, papers published in 2014 will be eligible for consideration.

Basis for Judging: Overall quality.

Presentation: Awards winners will be announced publicly in the IEEE Transactions on Computational Intelligence and AI in Games. Presentation will be given at awards ceremonies at IEEE World Congress on Computational Intelligence or another major CIS Conference after the award is announced.

New Award name: "IEEE Transactions on Computational Intelligence and AI in Games Outstanding NNNN Paper Award (bestowed in NNNN+2)," where NNNN is the calendar year that is 2 years prior to the year of selection of the award.

Instruction for submitting a nomination

IEEE Computational Intelligence Magazine Outstanding Paper Award (established in 2013)

Description: To recognize annually outstanding papers published in the IEEE Computational Intelligence Magazine. Up to three (3) awards can be made annually.

Prize: $1,000, to be split equally among co-authors and Certificate to author or co-authors of the selected paper.

Eligibility: Authors of all papers published in the IEEE Computational Intelligence Magazine on the calendar year that is 2 years prior to the selection of the award are eligible. For the current round of competition, papers published in 2014 will be eligible for consideration.

Basis for Judging: Overall quality.

Presentation: Awards winners will be announced publicly in the IEEE Computational Intelligence Magazine. Presentation will be given at awards ceremonies at IEEE World Congress on Computational Intelligence or another major CIS Conference after the award is announced.

New Award name: "IEEE Computational Intelligence Magazine Outstanding NNNN Paper Award (bestowed in NNNN+2)," where NNNN is the calendar year that is 2 years prior to the year of selection of the award.

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Outstanding Chapter Award (established in 2004)

Description: To recognize the chapter that provided the greatest overall contribution and service to its members; the local scientific, professional, governmental, and educational communities; and the IEEE CIS.

Prize: $2,000 prize given to the Chapter and Certificate issued in the name of the winning Chapter and each of the Officers.

Eligibility: All CIS Chapters are eligible. The same Chapter will not receive the award more than two consecutive years.

Basis for Judging: Overall achievements as shown by:

  1. the list of activities that have been actually realized,
  2. the innovative ideas to promote CIS and serve the local scientific, professional, governmental, and educational communities,
  3. the dissemination activities about the chapter and society events,
  4. the ability of chapter to recruit and retain members.

Each aspect composing the global evaluation of the Chapter performance should be briefly described by providing appropriate information, as follows:

  1. the list of realized activities should be described by specifying at least type, title, dates, location, scope, and number of participants for each event,
  2. the innovative idea for a realized activity should be described by specifying at least type, title, dates, location, scope, number of participants, benefits, role of the Chapter, outcomes, and novelty with respect to conventional Chapter activities,
  3. the dissemination activities consists of the Chapter web site,
  4. the recruitment/retention ability should be described by the Chapter membership development plan and the result of these actions.

All material submitted for the evaluation must be in English. The achievement time period is the prior calendar year.

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Outstanding PhD Dissertation Award (established in 2004)

Description: This award recognizes outstanding Ph.D. dissertations that have contributed to the advancement of the theory and/or applications of computational intelligence.

Prize: $1,000 prize and Certificate.

Eligibility: All PhD dissertations in theory and/or applications of computational intelligence for which the PhD degree has been granted up to the fourth year (included) prior to the calendar year when the recipient of the award is selected are eligible. For the current round of competition, all PhD dissertations completed in 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015 wiill be eligible for consideration.

Basis for Judging: Overall quality as shown by:

  1. PhD dissertation,
  2. list of publications in journals and conference proceedings generated by the research reported in the PhD dissertation,
  3. up to five reference letters by scientists or professionals who have not been involved in the research performed by the applicant/nominee, and
  4. if applicable, other outcomes that constitute tangible items usable by the scientific and professional communities.

The dissertation and other supporting material should be submitted in English. Nominations may be resubmitted for up to three years.

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Outstanding Organization Award (established in 2010)

Description: To recognize an outstanding organization that contributed to the advancement of theory, technologies, and/or applications of computational intelligence through inventions, new technology, innovative technical developments, new product implementation, or the management of innovative product design or production processes.

Prize: Plaque.

Eligibility: Any organizations (e.g., corporations, governmental bodies, industrial laboratories) that have been established prior to the calendar year when the recipient of the award is selected are eligible.

Basis for Judging: The evaluation of achievements of the organization will be based on the following criteria:

  1. Description of the organization¡¦s history, activities, and achievements. The amount and the quality of the activities performed, the impact on industry, the economy, government, and society, and the impact of the achievements from the point of view of theory, technologies, and/or applications (48 points).
  2. Outcomes. Quantity and quality of the outcomes (120 points)
  3. Reference letters. Relevance of the reference letters (24 points).

Presentation: Preferred award presentation at a major IEEE CIS Conference.

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Outstanding Early Career Award (established in 2010)

Description: To recognize an outstanding young scientist or engineer who contributed to the advancement of theory, technologies, and/or applications of computational intelligence through inventions, new technologies, innovative technical developments, new product implementations, or the management of innovative product design or production processes.

Prize: Certificate plus US$1,000 prize.

Eligibility: Any scientist or engineer who is not over 40 years old in the calendar year when the recipient of the award is selected is eligible.

Basis for Judging: The evaluation of each achievement of the overall young engineer will be based on the following criteria:

  1. Basis for nomination. The amount and the quality of the performed activities, the impact on the industry, economy, government and society, and the impact of the achievements from the point of view of theory, technologies, and/or applications will be considered. (12 points).
  2. Outcomes. Quantity and quality of the outcomes will be considered. (120 points).
  3. Reference letters. Relevance of the reference letters will be considered. (24 points).

Presentation: Preferred award presentation at a major IEEE CIS Conference.

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