2022 Award Recipients




IEEE CIS would like to congratulate the newly-announced awardees listed below and also thank all of those involved with nominations and the evaluations during this awards cycle.

Neural Networks Pioneer Award

Derong Liu

For contributions to recurrent neural networks and applications.


Fuzzy Systems Pioneer Award

Gang (Gary) Feng

For contributions to theory and applications of model-based fuzzy control systems.


Evolutionary Computation Pioneer Award

Darrell Whitley

For early contributions to the practical implementation and theoretical understanding of evolutionary algorithms.


Outstanding Chapter Award

IEEE CIS Student Branch Chapter, G H Raisoni College of Engineering, Nagpur, India

For the innovative and wide range of diverse and inclusive activities which connect research, education and industry in the field of computational intelligence.


Outstanding PhD Dissertation Award

Ye Tian

Solving Complex Multi-Objective Optimization Problems by Evolutionary Algorithms

Institution: Anhui University

Year: 2018

For contributions to large-scale, multi- and many-objective evolutionary optimization.


TNNLS Outstanding Paper Award

Chenguang Yang, Chuize Chen, Wei He, Rongxin Cui, and Zhijun Li. "Robot Learning System based on Adaptive Neural Control and Dynamic Movement Primitives." IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks and Learning Systems, vol. 30, no. 3, pp.777-787, 2019.


TFS Outstanding Paper Award

C. Li, Y. Dong and F. Herrera, "A Consensus Model for Large-Scale Linguistic Group Decision Making With a Feedback Recommendation Based on Clustered Personalized Individual Semantics and Opposing Consensus Groups," in IEEE Transactions on Fuzzy Systems, vol. 27, no. 2, pp. 221-233, Feb. 2019, doi: 10.1109/TFUZZ.2018.2857720.

TEVC Outstanding Paper Award


Jiawei Su, Danilo Vasconcellos Vargas; Kouichi Sakurai, “One Pixel Attack for Fooling Deep Neural Networks”, IEEE Transactions on Evolutionary Computation, Vol. 23, No. 5, pp. 828-841, October 2019.


TETCI Outstanding Paper Award

K. Shao, Y. Zhu and D. Zhao, "StarCraft Micromanagement With Reinforcement Learning and Curriculum Transfer Learning," in IEEE Transactions on Emerging Topics in Computational Intelligence, vol. 3, no. 1, pp. 73-84, Feb. 2019, doi: 10.1109/TETCI.2018.2823329.


ToG Outstanding Paper Award

M. Wydmuch, M. Kempka and W. Jaśkowski, "ViZDoom Competitions: Playing Doom From Pixels," in IEEE Transactions on Games, vol. 11, no. 3, pp. 248-259, Sept. 2019, doi: 10.1109/TG.2018.2877047.


TCDS Outstanding Paper Award

Shitao Chen, Songyi Zhang, Jinghao Shang, Badong Chen and Nanning Zheng. Brain-inspired cognitive model with attention for self-driving cars. IEEE Transactions on Cognitive and Developmental Systems, 11(1):13 – 25, 2019



CIM Outstanding Paper Award

A. Fernandez, F. Herrera, O. Cordon, M. Jose del Jesus and F. Marcelloni, "Evolutionary Fuzzy Systems for Explainable Artificial Intelligence: Why, When, What for, and Where to?" in IEEE Computational Intelligence Magazine, vol. 14, no. 1, pp. 69-81, Feb. 2019, doi: 10.1109/MCI.2018.2881645.

Past Recipients: 2021


2021 IEEE Neural Networks Pioneer Award to: Sepp Hochreiter

2021 IEEE CIS Fuzzy Systems Pioneer Award to: Lawrence O. Hall and Kazuo Tanaka

2021 IEEE CIS Evolutionary Computation Pioneer Award to: Carlos Coello Coello

2021 IEEE CIS Meritorious Service Award to: Nikhil R. Pal

2021 CIS Chapter Award to: IEEE CIS Student Branch at Universidade de Brasília, Brazil

2021 CIS Outstanding Early Career Award to: Zhi-Hui Zhan

2021 CIS Outstanding Ph.D. Dissertation award to: Shouyong Jiang

2021 CIS Outstanding Organization award to: Catherine Huang, McAfee


2021 IEEE TNNLS Outstanding Paper Award to:

C.L.Philip Chen and Zhulin Liu, for the paper entitled "Broad Learning System: An Effective and Efficient Incremental Learning System Without the Need for Deep Architecture", IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks and Learning Systems, vol. 29, no. 1, pp. 10-24, January 2018.

2021 IEEE TFS Outstanding Paper Award to:

Armando Segatori, Francesco Marcelloni, Youyong Kong and Witold Pedrycz for the paper entitled "On Distributed Fuzzy Decision Trees for Big Data", IEEE Transactions on Fuzzy Systems, vol. 26, no. 1, pp. 174-192, February 2018.

2021 IEEE TEVC Outstanding Paper Award to:

Xingyi Zhang, Ye Tian, Ran Cheng and Yaochu Jin for the paper entitled "A Decision Variable Clustering-Based Evolutionary Algorithm for Large-scale Many-objective Optimization", IEEE Transactions on Evolutionary Computation, Vol. 22, No. 1, pp. 97-112, February 2018

2021 IEEE TCDS Outstanding Paper Award to:

Tiffany Hwu, Alexander Y. Wang, Nicolas Oros and Jeffrey L. Krichmar, for the paper entitled "Adaptive Robot Path Planning Using a Spiking Neuron Algorithm with Axonal Delays", IEEE Transactions on Cognitive and Developmental Systems, Vol.10, No. 2, pp. 126 –137, June 2018

2021 IEEE ToG Outstanding Paper Award to:

Nicolas A. Barriga, Marius Stanescu and Michael Buro, for the paper entitled “Game Tree Search Based on Nondeterministic Action Scripts in Real-Time Strategy Games”, IEEE Transactions on Games, Vol. 10, No. 1, pp. 69 – 77, March 2018.

2021 IEEE CIM Outstanding Paper Award to:

Tom Young, Devamanyu Hazarika, Soujanya Poria and Erik Cambria, for the paper entitled "Recent Trends in Deep Learning Based Natural Language Processing", IEEE Computational Intelligence Magazine, Vol. 13, No. 3, pp. 55-75, August 2018

2021 IEEE TETCI Outstanding Paper Award to:

Mirco Ravanelli, Philemon Brakel, Maurizio Omologo and Yoshua Bengio, for the paper entitled "Light Gated Recurrent Units for Speech Recognition", IEEE Transactions on Emerging Topics in Computational Intelligence, Vol. 2, No. 2, pp. 92-102, April 2018