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History Committee

Overview: The IEEE CIS maintains a standing history committee that reports to the VP for Education. The composition of the committee for calendar year 2016 is shown in Table 1.

Mission: The charge of the history committee is to create, maintain and update a running history of the important events associated with the Society. The history center is the focus of our repository for historical records, and can be accessed here.



Evolution of the IEEE Computational Intelligence Society (CIS):

The society was formed as the IEEE Neural Networks Council (NNC) on November 17, 1989 with representatives from 12 different IEEE societies. On November 21, 2001, the IEEE Neural Networks Council became the IEEE Neural Networks Society (NNS). In November 2003, it changed its name to its current one, the IEEE Computational Intelligence Society.

A welcome address celebrating the transition from Council to Society was published in our society IEEE Transactions. This evolution was described at a History Panel during the 2016 IEEE World Congress on Computational Intelligence (WCCI’16) in Vancouver, Canada.


Society’s Presidents:

Since its transformation form NNC to NNS and CIS, the society has been led by the following presidents:

  • Pablo Estévez (2016-2017)
  • Xin Yao (2014-2015)
  • Marios Polycarpou (2012-2013)
  • Gary Yen (2010-2011)
  • David B. Fogel (2008-2009)
  • Vincenzo Piuri (2006-2007)
  • Jacek M. Zurada (2004-2005)
  • Evangelia Micheli-Tzanakou (2003)
  • Piero P Bonissone (2002)


Oral History Project: The IEEE Computational Intelligence Society's awards recognize excellent achievements and outstanding volunteers in the field. Among these awards, the Pioneer Award is perhaps the most coveted society-level award. To preserve some of the historical memories of these pioneers, we have created the Oral History Project, consisting of a set of interviews with some of these pioneers. By clicking on this link (IeeeTV_CIS_Videos), you will be able find 30 interviews, which are part of this ongoing project.


Additional Resources:


Operation: Records at the history center are open files. Any contributor can make contributions to our historical records at any time. Volunteered contributions, updates, corrections and suggestions are welcome. Contributors are encouraged to submit their suggestions to the chair of the history committee, who will present them to the committee at its next meeting. Contributions will be added to our records upon recommendation by the history committee, and approval by the administrative committee of the society.


Contents: Two types of information are currently available through links from our website:

  1. Annual data Sheets are downloadable pdf files that encapsulate the most important events of the society in written form. Here you will find information about the administrative structure and officers of the society; members of the standing and technical committees; a listing of the conferences and conference records sponsored by the society; references for archival publications, newsletters and books; a listing of the awards and prizes made by the society; short descriptions of the most important actions taken by the administrative (AdCom) and executive (ExCom) committees; and anecdotes about actions and events of general historical interest to the membership of the IEEE CIS. Each file has a glossary, and possibly, some citations for publications mentioned in the text for that year.
  2. Oral histories are either oral or video recordings of interviews with various people who have been important to the development of the Society, its aims and goals. These oral history videos can be seen at IeeeTV_CIS_Videos.