IEEE Frank Rosenblatt Award

The IEEE Frank Rosenblatt Award is a Technical Field Award sponsored by the IEEE Computational Intelligence Society.

The award, established in 2004, is named in honor of Frank Rosenblatt, who is regarded as one of the founders of neural networks. Basing his research on study of fly vision, he developed the single-layer input layer and an output layer of neural cells. Frequent presentation of a pattern or patterns resulted in changes in the input to output connections, facilitating future recognition of these patterns, or memory. His work influenced and anticipated many modern neural network approaches.

This award will be presented for outstanding contributions to the advancement of the design, practice, techniques or theory in biologically and linguistically motivated computational paradigms including but not limited to neural networks, connectionist systems, evolutionary computation, fuzzy systems, and hybrid intelligent systems in which these paradigms are contained.

This award may be presented to an individual, multiple recipients, or a team of not more than three members. This award is administered by the Technical Field Awards Council of the IEEE Awards Board. Prize items include a bronze medal, certificate and honorarium.

 

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Congratulate the 2020 IEEE Frank Rosenblatt Award recipient, Prof. Xin Yao.

Impacting both the foundational and practical aspects of computational intelligence, Xin Yao’s accomplishments in advancing evolutionary computation and machine learning are making it easier to solve complex optimization problems. His approaches to fast evolutionary programming, in which he proposed a widely known mutation operator and an entirely new methodology for theoretical analysis of evolutionary operators/algorithms, have been applied to neural network structure learning, optimal routing, digital filter design, and design of new materials. His work on stochastic ranking, where he introduced a novel approach to deal with constraints in evolutionary optimization by balancing objectives and penalty functions based on a new ranking method, has had a major impact on solving constraint optimization problems in the areas of electrical, chemical, mechanical, and aeronautical engineering; biology; and economics.

An IEEE Fellow, Yao is a Chair Professor of Computer Science at the Southern University of Science and Technology, Shenzhen, China, and a part-time Chair of Computer Science at the University of Birmingham, UK. 

The IEEE Computational Intelligence Society Student Travel Grant Program offers a limited number of travel grants to assist IEEE Student Members presenting papers at IEEE CIS-sponsored conferences.

Applications for each conference must be received through the Grant Application System no later than the posted deadline. IEEE CIS reserves the right not to process late or incomplete applications.

The following information is required:

  • a letter from the university registrar on university letterhead certifying that the student carries at least 50% of a normal full-time academic program as a registered undergraduate or graduate student in a regular course of study.
  • a letter from the student's supervising professor on university letterhead that the student is the major contributor to the paper and approximately what was the student's contribution in percent to the paper. In the event that the student is the sole author of the paper, no letter is needed.
  • a hand signed and scanned tax form for US government purposes. If you are a US resident then please fill out a W9 form otherwise you should fill out a W8 form.
    For students living in the US, information regarding taxes the travel grant can be found in the IRS's Publication 520.
    For students living outside of the US, fill in the general information (Section 1) and check off all the boxes that apply to you. Most of you will need to check off all three because you are not US citizens. Please refer to the instructions for more information.

 

Students who receive travel grants will be expected to volunteer to assist the conference management team. Duties may include assisting with registration, ticket acceptance, audio-visual requirements, and other conference matters. It is not expected that this volunteering will interfere with any student's opportunity to attend most of the technical sessions, nor with presenting their own paper at the meeting. Details will be available at the conference.

Only one student author per paper will be awarded a travel grant and a student can receive only one grant per year.



IEEE CIS Conference Travel Grant Program for Researchers from Developing Countries - Instructions

The IEEE Computational Intelligence Society Conference Travel Grant Program for Researchers from Developing Countries offers a very limited number of travel grants to assist higher-grade IEEE members presenting papers at IEEE CIS-sponsored conferences.

Applications for each conference must be received through the Grant Application System no later than the posted deadline. IEEE CIS reserves the right not to process late or incomplete applications.

To receive a grant the applicant must:

  1. Be a higher-grade member of IEEE and IEEE Computational Intelligence Society prior to submitting the travel grant application. Student Members and Graduate Student Members are not eligible for this program and should instead consider the IEEE Computational Intelligence Society Outstanding Student Paper Travel Grant Program.
  2. Be the author or co-author of an accepted paper in the conference, actually attend the conference and present the paper.
  3. Have contributed to at least 50% of the research presented. To be confirmed in a letter detailing the contribution of all authors (to be submitted under the "Contribution Letter" field).
  4. Be a higher-grade member at the time of the application and attest by an honor-bound signature that the conference registration fee would pose an economic hardship on the applicant, such that they would be unable to attend the conference without the support of the travel grant (to be submitted under the "Funding Justification Letter" field).
  5. Submit a hand signed and scanned tax form for US government purposes. If you are a US resident then please fill out a W9 form otherwise you should fill out a W8 form.
    For members living in the US, information regarding taxes the travel grant can be found in the IRS's Publication 520.
    For members living outside of the US, fill in the general information (Section 1) and check off all the boxes that apply to you. Most of you will need to check off all three because you are not US citizens. Please refer to the instructions for more information.

Only one author per paper will be awarded a travel grant from this program and a member can receive only one grant per year.



General Instructions

All of these paper documents must be submitted through the Grant Application System. No information needs to be mailed. The original letter from the university registrar needs to be presented to the travel grants administrator at the conference.

Complete applications will only be accepted after paper decisions have been made. Only student presenters are eligible for the student paper travel grant. The applications must reach the IEEE CIS Education Committee Chair by the application deadline otherwise they will not be considered. Please, apply as soon as you find out that your paper has been accepted. Please, note that there is no need to send proof of IEEE and IEEE CIS membership as membership will be verified in the IEEE member database.

Travel grant amounts are determined for each conference. See previous travel grant results for an indication of possible travel grant amounts. If you have any questions please, email the IEEE CIS Educational Activities Committee Chair at alippi@elet.polimi.it.

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 Fuzzy Systems Pioneer 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. The prize includes a 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. For those who are interested in submitting a nomination for the IEEE CIS Fuzzy Systems Pioneer Award, the materials needed are the following:

 

•Nomination Letter with the following information:

•Nominator: name, affiliation and email address of nominator

•Nominee: name, affiliation, postal address, email address and webpage address of nominee

•Basis for Nomination: detailed documentation that includes:

•Category of nomination: Identification of the category of pioneering contribution as either (1) fundamental understanding or (2) engineering application.

• Scope of the evaluation window: Significance of contribution made at least 15 years prior to the award date. The Pioneer Award is not a lifetime achievement award. The nomination should specifically describe technical contribution(s) that occurred at least 15 years prior to the year of the Award. • Nomination Focus: The nomination should focus on at least one, and at most three major technical contributions, which had realized impact and verifiable evidence. The impact and evidence of those contributions, as well as possible spinoffs (e.g. patents or follow-up papers), might be more recent, but they must be clearly associated by the nominator with the original contribution. Please discuss the pioneering nature of cited contribution in light of the category of nomination, the impact on the industry, economy, government, and society, and the impact on neural networks research and development from the point of view of theory, technologies, and/or applications.

•Proposed Citation: provide suggestion for the complete, correct, and succinct citation. The Awards Committee reserves the right to make any necessary change on the citation.

•Up to five reference letters supporting the nomination.

Failing in providing the above due material will negatively affect the nomination evaluation.
The complete nomination packet must be saved in a single pdf file containing the above information in the given order. The name of the file must be surname_of_nominee-NNPioneer.pdf. The complete nomination packet must be submitted by email to the Awards Soliciting Nominations Subcommittee Chair, Sanaz Mostaghim (Sanaz.mostaghim@ovgu.de) and a copy to cis-info@ieee.org. Only when the Awards Committee Chair acknowledges receipt of the nomination packet, the submission procedure can be considered complete. The deadline is April 30 (strict deadline). Self-nominations are not allowed.

The list of past awardees is provided below for reference:

  • 2018: Bernadette Bouchon-Meunier
  • 2018: Rudolf Kruse
  • 2017: Ching-Teng Lin
  • 2016: Frederick E. Petry
  • 2015: Nik Pal and Dimitar Filev
  • 2014: Masaharu Mizumoto
  • 2013: Witold Pedrycz
  • 2012: Piero P. Bonissone and Abraham Kandel
  • 2011: Hans J. Zimmermann
  • 2010: Hideo Tanaka
  • 2009: Enrique H. Ruspini and Tomohiro Takagi
  • 2008: Jerry M. Mendel and Takeshi Yamakawa
  • 2007: James M. Keller and George Klir
  • 2006: Janusz Kacprzyk
  • 2005: Enric Trillas
  • 2004: Ronald Yager
  • 2003: Ebrahim J. Mamdani
  • 2002: Didier Dubois and Henri Prade
  • 2001: Jim Bezdek
  • 2000: Michio Sugeno and Lotfi Zadeh

If you have any questions regarding the IEEE CIS Fuzzy Systems Pioneer Award nomination, please feel free to contact the Awards Committee Chair: Cesare Alippi at alippi@elet.polimi.it.

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 Neural Networks Pioneer 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. The prize includes a 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. For those who are interested in submitting a nomination for the IEEE CIS Neural Networks Pioneer Award, the materials needed are the following:

•Nomination Letter with the following information:

•Nominator: name, affiliation and email address of nominator

•Nominee: name, affiliation, postal address, email address and webpage address of nominee

•Basis for Nomination: detailed documentation that includes:

•Category of nomination: Identification of the category of pioneering contribution as either (1) fundamental understanding or (2) engineering application.

• Scope of the evaluation window: Significance of contribution made at least 15 years prior to the award date. The Pioneer Award is not a lifetime achievement award. The nomination should specifically describe technical contribution(s) that occurred at least 15 years prior to the year of the Award. • Nomination Focus: The nomination should focus on at least one, and at most three major technical contributions, which had realized impact and verifiable evidence. The impact and evidence of those contributions, as well as possible spinoffs (e.g. patents or follow-up papers), might be more recent, but they must be clearly associated by the nominator with the original contribution. Please discuss the pioneering nature of cited contribution in light of the category of nomination, the impact on the industry, economy, government, and society, and the impact on neural networks research and development from the point of view of theory, technologies, and/or applications.

•Proposed Citation: provide suggestion for the complete, correct, and succinct citation. The Awards Committee reserves the right to make any necessary change on the citation.

•Up to five reference letters supporting the nomination.

Failing in providing the above due material will negatively affect the nomination evaluation.
The complete nomination packet must be saved in a single pdf file containing the above information in the given order. The name of the file must be surname_of_nominee-NNPioneer.pdf. The complete nomination packet must be submitted by email to the Awards Soliciting Nominations Subcommittee Chair, Sanaz Mostaghim ( Sanaz.mostaghim@ovgu.de ) and a copy to cis-info@ieee.org. Only when the Awards Committee Chair acknowledges receipt of the nomination packet, the submission procedure can be considered complete. The deadline is April 30 (strict deadline). Self-nominations are not allowed.

The list of past awardees is provided below for reference:

  • 2018: Lee Giles
  • 2016: Marios M. Polycarpou and Jürgen Schmidhuber
  • 2014: Yann LeCun and Jun Wang
  • 2013: Frank Lewis
  • 2011: Jose C. Principe
  • 2010: Vladimir Vapnik
  • 2009: John G. Taylor
  • 2008: Gail Carpenter and Kumpati S. Narendra
  • 2007: Michael Jordan
  • 2006: Donald Specht and Erkki Oja
  • 2005: Carver Mead
  • 2004: Andrew Barto
  • 2003: Kunihiko Fukushima
  • 2002: Terrence Sejnowski
  • 2001: David E. Rumelhart and James L. McCelland
  • 2000: Leon Chua
  • 1999: Robert Hecht-Nielsen
  • 1998: Geoffrey E. Hinton
  • 1997: John J. Hopfield
  • 1995: Michael A. Arbib, Nils J. Nilsson, and Paul J. Werbos
  • 1994: Christoph von der Malsburg
  • 1993: Thomas M. Cover
  • 1992: Shun-Ichi Amari, Walter Freeman, and David Willshaw
  • 1991: Bernard Widrow, Stephen Grossberg, and Teuvo Kohonen

If you have any questions regarding the IEEE CIS Neural Networks Pioneer Award nomination, please feel free to contact the Awards Committee Chair: Cesare Alippi at alippi@elet.polimi.it.

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 Evolutionary Computation Pioneer 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. The prize includes a 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. For those who are interested in submitting a nomination for the IEEE CIS Evolutionary Computation Pioneer Award, the materials needed are the following:

• Nomination Letter with the following information:

• Nominator: name, affiliation and email address of nominator

• Nominee: name, affiliation, postal address, email address and webpage address of nominee

• Basis for Nomination: detailed documentation that includes:

• Category of nomination: Identification of the category of pioneering contribution as either (1) fundamental understanding or (2) engineering application.

• Significance of contribution made at least 15 years prior to award date. Please discuss the pioneering nature of cited contribution in light of the category of nomination, the impact on the industry, economy, government, and society, and the impact on evolutionary computation research and development from the point of view of theory, technologies, and/or applications.

• Outcomes: Discuss the quantity and quality of the outcomes.

• Proposed Citation: provide suggestion for the complete, correct, and succinct citation. The Awards Committee reserves the right to make any necessary change on the citation.

• Up to five reference letters supporting the nomination.

The complete nomination packet must be saved in a single pdf file containing the above information in the given order. The name of the file must be surname_of_nomineeECPioneer.pdf.

The complete nomination packet must be submitted by email to the Awards Committee Chair, Prof. Jose Principe (principe@cnel.ufl.edu) and a copy to cis-info@ieee.org. Only when the Awards Committee Chair acknowledges receipt of the nomination packet, the submission procedure can be considered complete.

The deadline is April 30 (strict deadline). Self-nominations are not allowed.

The list of past awardees is provided below for reference:

  • 2018: Kalyanmoy Deb
  • 2017: Kenneth Price and Rainer Storn
  • 2016: Marco Dorigo
  • 2015: Thomas Bäck
  • 2014: George Burgin
  • 2013: Xin Yao
  • 2012: Russell C. Eberhart, James Kennedy, and J. David Schaffer
  • 2011: Larry J. Eshelman
  • 2010: David E. Goldberg and John Grefenstette
  • 2008: David B. Fogel
  • 2005: Kenneth De Jong
  • 2004: Richard Friedberg
  • 2003: John H. Holland
  • 2002: Ingo Rechenberg and Hans-Paul Schwefel
  • 2001: Michael Conrad
  • 2000: George Box
  • 1999: Alex S. Fraser
  • 1998: Lawrence J. Fogel

If you have any questions regarding the IEEE CIS Evolutionary Computation Pioneer Award nomination, please feel free to contact the Awards Committee Chair: Cesare Alippi at alippi@elet.polimi.it.