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Distinguished Lecturers Program

The CIS Distinguished Lecturer Program (DLP) aims at serving communities interested in computational intelligence and, specifically, supporting local CIS Chapters and CIS members who like to stay up-to-date on the latest research and practical applications by organizing lectures given by distinguished experts. Particular attention is given to the specific needs of academia, and professionals in industry and government. Lecturers will tailor their presentations to the envisioned audience. The program supports local CIS Chapters by helping them to invite leading researchers in their respective fields. The DLP talk is a major event in the life of the inviting Chapter. The visibility of the inviting Chapter is expected to increase significantly as a result of the DLP talk. The visit should be actively pursued as an opportunity for membership recruitment. This program is not intended to provide speakers for conferences, workshops or symposia. 

Requests for lectures given by one of the CIS Distinguished Lecturers must be submitted by CIS Chapter Chairs to the Chair of the Distinguished Lecturer Program Sub-Committee, according to the procedure described below. Lecturers will tailor their presentations to the specific envisioned audience. This program is not intended to provide speakers for conferences, workshops or symposia.

Charter of IEEE CIS Distinguished Lecturer Program. Click here.


Distinguished Lecturers Program Sub-Committee

Lectures Calendar

Requiring Distinguished Lectures

Distinguished Lecturers

Nominating and Appointing Distinguished Lecturers

DLP Time Table


DLP Nominations for 2016-2018 are due by August 30, 2015. For details please use nomination forms below.

DLP Nomination Form (doc)
DLP Nomination Form (pdf)

DLP Applications for inviting Distinguished Lecturers for giving speeches during 2015 are due by July 30, 2015. For details please use nomination forms below.

DLP Application Form (doc)
DLP Application Form (pdf)



DLP Lectures in 2015

Speaker: DLP 15-01 Yaochu Jin
Date: May 22, 2015
Location: Singapore
Chapter: IEEE CIS Singapore Chapter
Status: Completed (Report)


Speaker: DLP 15-02 James M. Keller
Date: May 28, 2015
Location: France
Chapter: IEEE France Section CIS Chapter
Status: Completed (Report)


Speaker: DLP 15-03 Jun Wang
Date: Aug. 20, 2015
Location: Tunisia
Chapter: IEEE CIS Tunisia Chapter
Status: Scheduled


Speaker: DLP 15-04 Witold Pedrycz
Date: Jul. 30, 2015
Location: Argentina
Chapter: IEEE CIS Argentina
Status: Completed (Report)


Speaker: DLP 15-05 Marimuthu Palaniswami
Date: Nov. 30, 2015
Location: Chile
Chapter: IEEE CIS Chilean Chapter
Status: Scheduled


Speaker: DLP 15-06 Kay Chen Tan
Date: Jun. 05, 2015
Location: New Zealand
Chapter: CIS New Zealand (Central Section) Chapter
Status: Completed (Report)


Speaker: DLP 15-07 Cesare Alippi
Date: Jun. 12, 2015
Location: Mexico
Chapter: Computational Intelligence Chapter Queretaro
Status: Completed (Report)


Speaker: DLP 15-08 Sushmita Mitra
Date: Jun. 30, 2015
Location: Italy
Chapter: IEEE CIS Italy Chapter
Status: Completed (Report)


Speaker: DLP 15-09 Jacek M. Zurada
Date: Aug. 31, 2015
Location: Hungary
Chapter: IEEE CIS Hungary Chapter
Status: Completed (Report)


Speaker: DLP 15-10 Hisao Ishibuchi
Date: Nov. 19, 2015
Location: India
Chapter: IEEE CIS Kolkata Section
Status: Scheduled


Speaker: DLP 15-11 James C. Bezdek
Date: Apr. 13, 2015
Location: Australia
Chapter: IEEE CIS Queensland Chapter
Status: Completed (Report)


Speaker: DLP 15-12 Kalyanmoy Deb
Date: Nov. 23, 2015
Location: Hong Kong
Chapter: IEEE CIS Hong Kong Chapter and Hefei Chapter
Status: Scheduled


Speaker: DLP 15-13 Risto Miikkulainen
Date: Jul. 22, 2015
Location: USA
Chapter: IEEE Fort Worth Section CIS Chapter
Status: Completed (Report)


Speaker: DLP 15-14 Cesare Alippi
Date: Oct. 7, 2015
Location: Canada
Chapter: IEEE CIS/SMC Ottawa Joint Chapter
Status: Scheduled


Speaker: DLP 15-15 Jun Wang
Date: Dec. 7, 2015
Location: India
Chapter: IEEE Madras Chapter
Status: Scheduled


Speaker: DLP 15-16 Sushmita Mitra
Date: Dec. 23, 2015
Location: China
Chapter: IEEE CIS Chengdu Chapter
Status: Scheduled


Speaker: DLP 15-17 Risto Miikkulainen
Date: Nov. 5, 2015
Location: Colombia
Chapter: IEEE CIS Colombia Chapter
Status: Completed (Report)


Speaker: DLP 15-18 Kay Chen Tan
Date: Nov. 10, 2015
Location: UK
Chapter: IEEE CIS UKRI Chapter
Status: Scheduled


Speaker: DLP 15-19 James C. Bezdek
Date: Dec. 7, 2015
Location: Canada
Chapter: IEEE Signals and Computational Intelligence Joint Chapter
Status: Scheduled



DLP Lectures in 2014

Speaker: DLP 14-01 Yaochu Jin
Date: Feb. 6, 2014
Location: Melbourne
Chapter: IEEE Victorian Section, Computational Intelligence Chapter
Status: Completed (Report)


Speaker: DLP14-02 Cesare Alippi
Date: Apr. 14, 2014
Location: ITER, Bhubaneswar, India.
Chapter: CIS Chater under IEEE Kolkata Section
Status: Completed (Report)


Speaker: DLP 14-03 Bernadette Bouchon-Meunier
Date: Nov. 22, 2014
Location: New Delhi, India
Chapter: IEEE CIS Delhi Chapter
Completed (Report)


Speaker: DLP 14-04 Jun Wang
Date: Jun. 19, 2014
Location: Salermo, Italy
Chapter: IEEE CIS Italy Chapter
Status: Completed (Report)


Speaker: DLP 14-05 Gary Yen
Date: Sep. 15, 2014
Location: South Korea
Chapter: IEEE CIS Daejeon Chapter
Status: Completed (Report)


Speaker: DLP 14-06 Derong Liu
Date: Sep. 1, 2014
Location: South Africa
Chapter: IEEE CIS South Africa Chapter
Status: Completed (Report)


Speaker: DLP 14-07 Sushmita Mitra
Date: Oct. 3, 2014
Location: Poland
Chapter: IEEE CIS Poland Chapter
Status: Completed (Report)


Speaker: DLP 14-08 Okyay Kaynak
Date: Aug. 14, 2014
Location: Tunisia
Chapter: IEEE CIS Tunisia Chapter
Completed (Report)


Speaker: DLP 14-09 Kalyanmoy Deb
Date: Dec. 15, 2014
Location: Kanpur, India
Chapter: IEEE UP Section CIS Chapter
Completed (Report)


Speaker: DLP 14-10 Cesare Alippi
Date: Dec. 14, 2014
Location: Santiago, Chile
Chapter: IEEE CIS Chilean Chapter
Completed (Report)


Speaker: DLP 14-11 Yaochu Jin
Date: Dec. 17, 2014
Location: SRM University, India
Chapter: IEEE CIS Madras Chapter
Status: Completed (Report)


Speaker: DLP 14-12 Derong Liu
Date: Dec. 5, 2014
Location: Bogota, Colombia
Chapter: IEEE CIS Colombia Chapter
Completed (Report)


Speaker: DLP 14-13 Gary Y. Yen
Date: Nov. 10, 2014
Location: Ottawa, Canada
Chapter: IEEE CIS & SMC Ottawa Joint Chapter
Status: Completed (Report)


Speaker: DLP 14-14 Marimuthu Palaniswami
Date: Nov. 13, 2014
Location: Singapore
Chapter: IEEE CIS Singapore Chapter
Status: Completed (Report)


Speaker: DLP 14-15 Jun Wang
Date: Dec. 9, 2014
Location: Spain
Chapter: IEEE CIS Spanish Chapter
Status: Completed (Report)


Speaker: DLP 14-16 Donald Wunsch
Date: Nov. 25, 2014
Location: Beijing, China
Chapter: IEEE CIS Beijing Chapter
Status: Completed (Report)

DLP Lectures in 2013

Speaker:  DLP 13-01 Gary Yen
Date:  Mar 19, 2013
Location:  Chengdu
Chapter:  IEEE CIS Chengdu Chapter
Status: Completed (Report)


Speaker:  DLP 13-02 Jose C. Principe
Date:  Mar. 14-15, 2013
Location:  Hefei
Chapter:  CIS Hefei Chapter
Status:  Completed (Report)


Speaker: DLP 13-07 Nikola Kasabov
Date: April. 25, 2013
Location: Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro
Status: Completed (Report)


Speaker: DLP 13-06 Gary Fogel
Date: May. 2, 2013
Location: Missouri University of Science and Technology, Rolla, Missouri
Chapter: St. Louis Chapter
Status: Completed (Report)


Speaker: DLP 13-05 Kay Chen Tan
Date: Jun. 6, 2013
Location: London
Chapter: IEEE CIS UKRI Chapter
Status: Completed (Report)


Speaker:  DLP 13-03 Jim Bezdek
Date:  July 10, 2013
Location:  Central University of Hyderabad
Chapter:  IEEE CIS Hyderabad Chapter


Speaker: DLP 13-09 Jennie Si
Date: July 19, 2013
Location: Beijing
Chapter: IEEE CIS Beijing Chapter
Status: Completed (Report)


Speaker: DLP 13-10 Yaochu Jin
Date: August 19, 2013
Location: Donghua University, Shanghai
Chapter: IEEEE CIS Shanghai Chapter
Status: Completed (Report)


Speaker: DLP 13-08 Derong Liu
Date: Sept. 12, 2013
Location: Universidad Nacional de Cordoba, Argentina
Chapter: IEEE CIS Argentina Chapter
Status: Completed (Report)


Speaker: DLP 13-04 Xin Yao
Date: Nov. 21, 2013
Location: Universidad de Chile, Santiago, Chile
Chapter: IEEE-CIS Chilean Chapter
Status: Completed (Report)


Speaker: DLP 13-11 Okyay Kaynak
Date: Nov. 25, 2013
Location: Carnegie Mellon University Silicon Valley, CA, USA
Chapter: CIS Santa Clara Valley
Status: Completed (Report)


DLP Lecturers in 2012

Speaker: DLP12-01 James Bezdek 
Date: February 23, 2012 
Location: Puebal, Mexico 
Chapter: Puebal Chapter 
Status: Completed(Report) 

Speaker: DLP12-02 Witold Pedrycz 
Date: April 1, 2012 
Location: Italy 
Chapter: Italy Chapter 
Status: Scheduled


Speaker: DLP12-03 Nikhil Pal 
Date: April 17, 2012 
Location: Singapore 
Chapter: Singapore Chapter 
Status: Completed (Report)


Speaker: DLP12-05 Jun Wang
Date: May 14 2012
Location: Italian
Chapter: Italian Chapter
Status: Completed (Report)


Speaker: DLP11-04 Enrique Ruspini 
Date: June 15, 2012 
Location: Argentina 
Chapter: Argentina Chapter 
Status: Scheduled


Speaker: DLP12-08 Jun Wang
Date: June 22, 2012
Location: Vilnius, Lithuania
Chapter: SP/CIS/COM Joint Chapter
Status: Scheduled


Speaker:  DLP 12-12 Jose C. Principe
Date:  Aug. 13, 2012
Location:  Singapore
Chapter:  CIS Singapore Chapter
Status:  Completed (Report)


Speaker: DLP12-07 Kay Chen Tan
Date: Aug. 21, 2012
Location: Romania
Chapter: IEEE CIS Romania Chapter
Status: Scheduled


Speaker: DLP12-11 Derong Liu
Date: Sept. 13 &14, 2012
Location: Taiwan
Chapter: IEEE CIS Taipei and Tainan Chapter
Status: Completed (Report)


Speaker:  DLP 12-15 Tan Kay Chen
Date:  Oct. 24, 2012
Location:  Heifei China
Status:  Completed (Report)


Speaker:  DLP 12-13 Jim Bezdek
Date:  Oct. 31 2012
Location:  University of Cyprus, Cyprus
Status:  Completed (Report) 


Speaker: DLP 12-06 Enrique Ruspini
Date: Oct. ,2012
Location: England
Chapter: KRI Chapter
Status: Scheduled

Speaker: DLP 12-09 Gary Yen
Date: Nov. 8, 2012 and Nov. 9, 2012
Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Chapter: IEEE Rio Chapter
Status: Completed (Report)


Speaker: DLP12-14 Xin Yao

Date: Nov. 7, 2012
Location: New York
Chapter: Computational Intelligence Chapter, New York
Status: Completed (Report)


Speaker:  DLP12-16 Jim Bezdek
Date:  Dec. 11-12, 2012
Location:  Peru
Chapter:  IEEE PERO Section Computational Intelligence Society Chapter
Status:  Completed (Report)


Speaker: DLP12-10 Okyay Kaynak
Date: Dec. 12, 2012
Location: Santiago
Chapter: Chilean Chapter IEEE CIS
Status: Completed (Report)



Requiring Distinguished Lectures

To organize a distinguished lecture, the CIS Chapter Chair should perform the following steps:  

1. Based on the interests of the members, the Chapter Chair chooses a Distinguished Lecturer (DL) and a topic from the list of current DLP lecturers. The chair should contact the DL directly, copying the DLP Chair, and work out preliminary details of the visit (chapter event, date, location, financial arrangements, etc.). 

2. This preliminary information should be included in the DLP Application Form, to be sent to the DLP Chair for approval. In general, DLP covers the DL‟s intercity travel expenses to the DLP talk (return air fare, within limits as described below). Local expenses (such as hotel, food, transportation) should be provided by the local Chapter. 

3. The Chapter Chair should make timely arrangements well in advance of the planned visit. July 30 is the deadline for submitting requests to DLP Chair for the given year. Requests are evaluated continuously, and Chapter Chairs are encouraged to make their requests early, to secure the approval of the DLP visit. 

4. The DL will be reimbursed up to a maximum of $1500, in order to (partially) cover the return air fare to the Chapter location to give the DLP talk. The DLs are expected to have approximately one visit per year. A DL may have more than one DLP trip during a calendar year, depending on the availability of funds, but this has lower priority. 

5. After the visit is approved by the DLP Chair, the Chapter Chair should contact the DL to finalize arrangements. The lecture should be open to all members of IEEE. The Chapter Chair is expected to publicize the event in the Chapter newsletter and/or by special mailings to all members of the Chapter. The event must be announced as "Sponsored by the Computational Intelligence Society under its Distinguished Lecturer Program", and the lecturer should be mentioned as a “CIS Distinguished Lecturer.” If other IEEE societies or organizations have offered to support this Chapter activity, then proper acknowledgment should also be made. 

6. Immediately following the event, the Chapter Chair should send a summary report to the DLP chair including information on the lecture date/title, a copy of the announcement, photos etc. 

7. The DL should retain receipts of the approved travel expenses. Following the event, the DL should complete the IEEE travel reimbursement form and send it to the VP of Finances with copy to the DLP chair. Hardcopy of the spreadsheet and original receipts should be mailed to the IEEE CIS Executive Administrator. 



Distinguished Lecturers


photo_alippiCesare Alippi (2014-2016)
Elettronica, Informazione e Bioingegneria
Politecinco Di Milano
Piazza L. da Vinci, 32
Milano, 20133, Italy
phone: 39-022-399-3512  fax: 39-022-399-3411
email: cesare.alippi .a_t.

Research Field: Neural Networks, computational intelligence, dynamic optimization, intelligent control

Lecture Topic 1: Learning in Non-Stationary Environments

Lecture Topic 2: Cognitive Fault Detection in Sensor Networks

Lecture Topic 3: Intelligence for Cyber-physical and Embedded Systems


photo_bezdekJames C. Bezdek (2015-2017)
3265 Chelsea Court
Milton, FL, 32583, USA
phone: 1-850-995-1807
email: jcbezdek .at.

Research Field: Clustering: analysis, visualization, validation

Lecture Topic 1: Every picture tells a story: Visual Clustering in Square and Rectangular Relational Data (abstract)

Lecture Topic 2: Scalar Indices of Cluster Validity; Do you believe the outputs (abstract)

Lecture Topic 3: Anomaly Detection in Wireless Sensor Networks: Visual Assessment and Clustering for Environmental Monitoring (abstract)

Lecture Topic 4: How big is too big? (Mostly) c-Means Clustering in Big Data (abstract)


photo_bonissonePiero P. Bonissone (2013-2015)
Chief Scientist, Coolidge Fellow 
General Electric Global Research, Software Sciences and Analytics
One Research Circle K1-4A10A
Niskayuna, NY 12309, USA
General Electric Company
phone: (+1 518) 387 5155  fax: (+1 518) 387 5817
email: bonissone .a_t.

Research Field: Industrial and Commercial Applications of Computational Intelligence

Lecture Topic 1: CI Applications in Prognostics and Health Management (PHM) for a Fleet of Assets

Lecture Topic 2: Lazy Meta-Learning: Customized Dynamic Ensemble of Models

Lecture Topic 3: Multi-Criteria Decision Making: The Intersection of Search, Preference Tradeoff, and Interaction Visualization Processes


photo_meunierBernadette Bouchon-Meunier (2014-2016)
LIP6, University of Pierre & Marie Curie
BP 169, 4 place Jussieu
Paris, 75252, France
phone: 33-1-4427-7003  fax: 33-1-4427-7000
email: Bernadette.Bouchon-Meunier .a_t.

Research Field: TBD

Lecture Topic 1: Expressiveness and fuzzy modeling

Lecture Topic 2: Similarity and learning based methodologies for fuzzy data mining

Lecture Topic 3: Subjective information and fuzziness


photo_deb2Kalyanmoy Deb (2014-2016)
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Michigan State University
East Lansing, 48864, Michigan, USA
phone: +1-517-930-0846   fax: +1-517-353-1980
email: kdeb .a_t.

Research Field: Non-linear Optimization, Many and Multi-objective Optimization, Metamodeling, Constraint Handling, Engineering Design, Evolutionary Algorithms and Metaheuristics, Innovization, Neural Networks, Data-mining and Machine learning

Lecture Topic 1: Introduction and Advancements in Evolutionary Multi-Criterion Optimization (EMO)

Lecture Topic 2: Evolution's Niche in Solving Applied Optimization Problems

Lecture Topic 3: Bilevel Optimization using Evolutionary Algorithms


photo_fogel_garyGary B Fogel (2013-2015)
Natural Selection, Inc.
5910 Pacific Center Blvd., Suite 315
San Diego, CA 92121 USA
phone: (+1 858) 455 6449  fax: (+1 858) 455 1560
email: gfogel .a_t.

Research Field: Real-world applications of computational intelligence with emphasis on biochemistry and medicine

Lecture Topic 1: Computational Intelligence in Bioinformatics

Lecture Topic 2: A Survey of Applications and Future Directions of Computational Intelligence


photo_hagrasHani Hagras (2016-2018)
University of Essex
Wivenhoe Park
Colchester, UK CO43SQ
phone: +44 1206873601
email: hani .a_t.

Research Field: Type-2 Fuzzy Logic Systems, Adaptive Fuzzy Systems, Intelligent Control, Ambient Intelligence, Scheduling, Optimization, Intelligent Buildings

Lecture Topic 1: Type-2 Fuzzy Logic Systems and Their Applications

Lecture Topic 2: Intelligent Embedded Agents


photo_ishibuchi2Hisao Ishibuchi (2015-2017)
Department of Computer Science and Intelligent Systems
Osaka Prefecture University
1-1 Gakuen-cho, Nakaku, Sakai
Osaka 599-8531, Japan
phone: +81-72-254-9350   fax: +81-72-254-9909
email: hisaoi .a_t.

Research Field: Fuzzy rule-based classification, evolutionary multi-objective optimization, fuzzy genetics-based machine learning, evolutionary games

Lecture Topic 1: Fuzzy rule-based classification: From simple rule generation to multi-objective classifier design

Lecture Topic 2: Evolutionary computation for single-objective, multi-objective and many-objective optimization

Lecture Topic 3: Evolutionary many-objective optimization


photo_jinYaochu Jin (2013-2015)
Department of Computing
University of Surrey
Guildford, Surrey GU2 7XH, UK
phone: +44(0)1483 686037   fax: +44(0)1483 686051
email: yaochu.jin .a_t.

Research Field: Evolutionary Computation, Computational Biology, Bio-inspired Robotics

Lecture Topic 1: Surrogate-Assisted Evolutionary Optimization of Expensive Problems

Lecture Topic 2: Analysis, evolution and applications of gene regulatory network models

Lecture Topic 3: Morphogenetic robotics and evolutionary developmental systems


photo_kellerJames M. Keller (2013-2015)
Electrical and Computer Engineering Department
University of Missouri-Columbia
217 Engineering Building West
Columbia, MO 65211-2060, USA
phone: (+1 573) 882 7339  fax: (+1 573) 882 0397
email: KellerJ .a_t.

Research Field: CI in pattern recognition, image processing and information fusion

Lecture Topic 1: Recognition Technology in Eldercare

Lecture Topic 2: Does it all add up? Fuzzy Protoform Linguistic Summarization of Time Series

Lecture Topic 3: Where am I? Linguistic spatial description and reasoning

Lecture Topic 4: Soft Computing for Sensor and Algorithm Fusion


photo_linChin-Teng (CT) Lin (2015-2017)
Department of Electrical Engineering
National Chiao Tung University
1001 Ta Hsueh Rd, Hsinchu 300, Taiwan
phone: +886-3-5131275  fax: +886-3-5726272
email: ctlin .at.

Research Field: Fuzzy Neural Network, Brain-Computer Interface, Neuro-Engineering, Computer Vision, Multimedia Signal Processing

Lecture Topic 1: BCI--Brain Computer Interface vs. Bio-Computational Intelligence

Lecture Topic 2: Type-1 Fuzzy-Neural-Networks to Type-2 Fuzzy-Neural-Networks (T2FNN)

Lecture Topic 3: ABC Intelligence on Fuzziness


photo_derong_liu2Derong Liu (2016-2018)
University of Science and Technology Beijing
30 Xueyuan Rd
Beijing 100083, China
phone: +86 13810670526
email: derong .a_t.

Research Field: Neural Networks and Learning Systems

Lecture Topic 1: Adaptive Dynamic Programming

Lecture Topic 2: Intelligent Control for Complex Systems


photo_miikkulainenRisto Mikkulainen (2015-2017)
Department of Computer Science
The University of Texas at Austin
Austin, TX 78712 USA
phone: +1-512-293-11688  fax: +1-512-471-8885
email: risto .at.

Research Field: Evolutionary Computation, Neural Networks, Cognitive Science

Lecture Topic 1: Evolving Neural Networks (abstract)

Lecture Topic 2: Constructing Intelligent Agents Through Neuroevolution (abstract)

Lecture Topic 3: Computational Intelligence in Games (abstract)


photo_mitraSushmita Mitra (2014-2016)
Machine Intelligence Unit
Indian Statistical Institute
203 B. T. Road, Kolkata
West Bengal, India
phone: +913325753102   fax: +912225783357
email: sushmita .a_t.

Research Field: Computational intelligence, data mining, pattern recognition, medical image processing, and Bioinformatics.

Lecture Topic 1: Hybridization with Rough Sets: Application to Bioinformatics and Biomedical Imagery

Lecture Topic 2: Mining Gene Expressions using Domain Knowledge: Application to Gene Regulation and Evaluation

Lecture Topic 3: Soft Computing: Excursion through Fuzzy Sets, Neural Networks, Genetic Algorithms, and Rough Sets


photo_palNikhil Pal (2016-2018)
Indian Statistical Institute
ECSU, 203 B T Road
Calcutta 700108, India
phone: +91-9433905237; +91-33 2575 2906
email: nrpal59 .a_t., nikhil .a_t.

Research Field: Pattern Recognition, Machine Learning, Bioinformatics, Computational Intelligence

Lecture Topic 1: Making your fuzzy system a little more comprehensible

Lecture Topic 2: Neural approaches to dimensionality reduction with emphasis on redundancy control

Lecture Topic 2: Computational intelligence for bioinformatics with emphasis on protein folding and synergistic networks


photo_pedrycz2Witold Pedrycz (2014-2016)
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
University of Alberta
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
phone: 1-780-439-8731   fax: 1-780-439-1811
email: wpedrycz .a_t.

Research Field: Computational Intelligence, fuzzy modeling and Granular Computing, knowledge discovery and data mining, fuzzy control, pattern recognition, knowledge-based neural networks, relational computing, and Software Engineering.

Lecture Topic 1: Granular Computing in Knowledge-Based System Modeling: Developing New Avenues of Human-Centric Architectures

Lecture Topic 2: Content-Rich Information Granules as Fundamental Design Constructs of Granular Computing

Lecture Topic 3: User-Centric Granular Models of Temporal and Spatiotemporal Data


photo_palaniswamiMarimuthu Palaniswami (2013-2015)
The University of Melbourne
Department of Electrical Engineering
The University of Mebourne
Parkville,Victoria 3010, Australia
phone:(+61-3) 83446710  fax: (+61-3) 83447412

Research Field: SVMs, machine learning, neural networks, pattern recognition, signal and image processing, Internet of Things, Sensor Networks and Control

Lecture Topic 1: Incremental Learning in Support Vector Machines

Lecture Topic 2: Anomaly Detection for Environmental Monitoring of the Great Barrier Reef

Lecture Topic 3: Low Cost Pulse Oximetry and ECG for large scale screening of Sleep Apnea

Lecture Topic 4: Creating a sustainable smart city through internet of Things and CI tools


photo_piuri2Vincenzo Piuri (2014-2016)
Department of Information Technologies
The University of Milan
Via Bramante 65, Crema, Italy
phone:39-02-503-30066  fax: 39-02-503-30010
email: vincenzo.piuri .a_t.

Research Field: Signal/image processing, intelligent measurement systems, biometrics, digital architectures, fault tolerance

Lecture Topic 1: Reconstruction of 3D surfaces

Lecture Topic 2: Computational Intelligence for Biometrics

Lecture Topic 3: Implementations of Computational Intelligence Techniques


photo_tan_kc2Kay Chen Tan (2015-2017)
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
National University of Singapore
4 Engineering Drive 3
Singapore 117583
phone: +65-6516-2127   fax: +65-6779-1103
email: eletankc .a_t.

Research Field: Evolutionary computation, intelligent systems

Lecture Topic 1: Evolutionary Multi-objective Optimization

Lecture Topic 2: Evolutionary Design and Optimization


photo_wang_jun2Jun Wang (2014-2016)
Dept of Mechanical & Automation Engineering
The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Hong Kong, China
phone: 852-26098472  fax: 852-26036002
email: jwang .a_t.

Research Field: Neurodynamic optimization, Intelligent control, Intelligent robotics, Intelligent data processing

Lecture Topic 1: The State of the Art of Neurodynamic Optimization - Past, Present, and Prospect

Lecture Topic 2: Neurodynamic Optimization Approaches to Robust Pole Assignment

Lecture Topic 3: Neural Network Approaches to Nonlinear and Robust Model Predictive Control


photo_yaoXin Yao (2015-2017)
Natural Computation Group
School of Computer Science
The Univeristy of Birmingham
Edgbaston, Birmingham B15 2TT, UK
phone: (+44) 121 414 3747
email: x.yao .a_t.

Research Field: Evolutionary Computation, Neural Networks, Machine Learning

Lecture Topic 1: Ensemble Approaches in Learning

Lecture Topic 2: Computational Intelligence for Software Engineering

Lecture Topic 3: Population-based Algorithm Portfolios for Numerical Optimization


photo_yenGary G. Yen (2016-2018)
Oklahoma State University
School of Electrical and Computer Engineering
202 Engineering South
Stillwater OK 74078, USA
phone: +1-405-744-7743
email: gyen .a_t.

Research Field: Evolutionary Multiobjective Optimizationg

Lecture Topic 1: State-of-the-Art Evolutionary Algorithms for Many Objective Optimization

Lecture Topic 2: Visualization and Performance Metrics in Many-Objective Optimization


photo_zuradaJacek M. Zurada (2013-2015)
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
University of Louisville
405 Lutz Hall
Louisville, KY 40292, USA
phone: (+1 502) 852 6314  fax: (+1 502) 852 3940
email: jacek.zurada .a_t.

Research Field: Computational Learning of Understandable Models

Lecture Topic 1: AI and CI for deriving understandable rules of Protein Secondary Prediction problem

Lecture Topic 2: Learning in neural networks with complex-valued neurons

Lecture Topic 3: Computational intelligence methods for factory automation


The committee shall evaluate the relevant values and merits of each nominee using both qualitative and quantitative evidence. The quantitative measures indicated in section III.1 are part of the input to be considered by the committee. Other criteria include, but are not limited to, qualitative assessments of the nominees work, geographical lecturer distribution requirements, or the need to include lecture topics that would not be, otherwise, well represented. The committee may consider exceptions to these criteria on a case by case basis.


Nominating and Appointing Distinguished Lecturers


1. Distinguished Lecturer Nomination

  • Nominations will be for 3-year term that begins on 1 January of the subsequent year. Re-nomination is allowed after 1 year waiting period following 3-year service as DL.
  • CIS Distinguished Lecturers are nominated by the following CIS members: Chapter Chairs, TC chairs, EICs, AdCom/ExCom members, and past DLs.
  • The nomination package should include the following:
    (i) Completed nomination form which addresses the DLP selection criteria in Sec. III/1;
    (ii) Statement of the candidate expressing his/her willingness to serve as DL and complete the respective duties.  
    (iii) Complete CV containing publications, invited talks, keynotes, and plenary talks. The nomination package may include pointers to the candidate's web site and online video materials, which may be useful in reaching out to the CIS membership after the DL appointment.
  • Nominations should be received by the DLP Chair by August 30 of the year preceding the appointment.
  • The nominations will be initially ranked by the DLP Committee, and submitted for final decision to CIS AdCom.


2. Distinguished Lecturer Appointments

Nominations should be approved by the AdCom. Each year a maximum of 7 speakers are appointed by the AdCom for a 3-year period. Upon appointment, CIS Distinguished Lecturers are publicly announced online, where contact information and fields of potential lectures are displayed.


3. Selection criteria

Nominations should be approved by the AdCom. Each year a maximum of 7 speakers are appointed by the AdCom for a 3-year period. Upon appointment, CIS Distinguished Lecturers are publicly announced online, where contact information and fields of potential lectures are displayed.

 A. Leadership & public speech accomplishments in CIS related fields

This criterion is evidenced by keynote/plenary talks, which took place at CIS (co-) sponsored events, during the years preceding the nomination.

*Quantitative measure: number of keynote/plenary talks in the past 2-3 years, the size of audience.

 B. Recently published breakthrough advances

Supporting documentation may include list of the candidate‟s recent (past few years) of journal papers, books, monographs, patents, editorship of journal special issues.

*Quantitative measure: Google Scholar citation numbers, ISI Web of Science h-index for works published in past few years, Harzing P&P, and other suitable metrics.

 C. Serving as ambassador of the society

The DL should be committed to complete the duty of representing the society at various public events, and participating in membership recruitment and development as part of the DLP talk and other events.

*Quantitative measure: active in CIS, sign and submit DLP speaker duties form.

 D. Balanced representation

The DLP has balanced representation of academic (2/3) & industry/government (1/3) distinguished lecturers, covering various geographic regions and CIS related fields.

*Quantitative measure: at least 2 non-academic appointments; at least 1 appointment from each of the main geographic regions; at least 2 appointments from each of the main 3 CIS areas.


DLP Time Table

July 1                  Nomination period begins

August 30           Submission deadline of DLP nominations

November 30      Recommendations for appointments by DLP sub-committee

December 15      Decision on DLP appointments by AdCom