Welcome from the President
It is a great honor and privilege for me to serve as the President of the IEEE Computational Intelligence Society (CIS), beginning January 2018. I am deeply grateful to the Administrative Committee for providing me this great opportunity to serve our membership. The outgoing president, as well as, his predecessors have lead the society to a great shape. We have an outstanding set of publications and a big array of premier conferences covering all aspects of computational intelligence (CI). But time brings new challenges to be addressed and always there are scopes for further improvement. Before I say a few words about some of the areas where there are abundant opportunities to work, I want to pay my tribute to Prof. Lotfi A. Zadeh, whom we lost on September 6, 2017.
Prof. Zadeh was not only a great scientist, but also a philosopher, thinker, and above all a great human being. It is a great loss to the scientific community. Prof. Zadeh introduced the revolutionary concept of fuzzy sets, which provides a vehicle for modelling and processing of imprecise information to develop comprehensible decision making systems. Fuzzy logic is one of the three main pillars of computational intelligence; the other two pillars are neural networks and evolutionary computing. Fuzzy logic has found its application in diverse areas including control, health care, consumer products, and computer vision. A Google scholar search using “ fuzzy logic” (December 21, 2017) retrieves 883,000 items- this is clearly an indicator of how strongly it has impacted us. Prof. Zadeh was very closely related to us, to our society, and he will continue to remain so in our heart.
Nikhil R. Pal
President of the IEEE Computational Intelligence Society (2018-19)