The IEEE Computational Intelligence Society (CIS) invites CIS Chapters to submit projects that focus on any of the following topics:

  • Interactions with local industry (e.g., promoting membership within people working at a local company).
  • Promoting diversity and inclusion (e.g., increasing the participation of women and indigenous groups).
  • Mentorship and outreach programs.
  • Organization of regional forums focused on topics related to Computational Intelligence.
  • Ethical and social implications of computational intelligence.

Each project proposal must include the following:

  • A short description (a maximum of 2 pages) of the activities to be developed (mentioning the topic(s) on which it will focus (from the above list)).
  • A justification of how the proposed activities will contribute to the topic(s) selected from the above list.
  • The total cost of the project (not to exceed $4,000 US) indicating the way in which this money will be used.
  • It is worth noting that these funds CANNOT be used to organize Summer Schools or to support conferences. However, it is possible to use these funds to finance events and activities fully organized by a CIS chapter which run in parallel with a conference or a Summer School or act as a satellite event for them.

Who is eligible?

  • Any CIS Chapter which is currently active and had organized a minimum of 2 events in 2019. Such events must have been properly reported to the IEEE (using Vtools) AND to the CIS Chapters Chair (Marde Helbig <>) by April 30, 2020.  Deadline Extended to August 1, 2020.
  • CIS Chapters which were inactive during 2019 or are in the process of being dissolved (or have been dissolved) by the IEEE are not eligible to participate.

How to participate:

  • Proposals must be submitted to Marde Helbig <>
  • Please make sure to include in your proposal the email of the corresponding CIS Chapter Chair.
  • The deadline for submitting proposals is April 30, 2020. Deadline Extended to August 1, 2020.


  • Projects to be financed during 2020 will be selected based on the quality of the proposal, the number of events reported during 2019 and their expected impact. The winning chapter chairs will be notified by email by May 15, 2020.
  • The funds must be spent by December 31st, 2020.
  • All the Chapters with projects approved will be required to submit a report within two months after the end of the event and no later than January 15th, 2021. The report must include photos of the activities that took place as part of the project as well as a summary of how the money was spent.


The IEEE CIS MGM program is your opportunity to share the value of IEEE CIS membership with your friends and colleagues. Not only can you take pride in supporting IEEE CIS, but you can also earn awards on qualifying referrals who join.



How the IEEE CIS MGM program works:

  • Simply submit your referral online to invite your friends and colleagues to join.
  • If you use the online form, your referral will automatically receive an email inviting them to join IEEE.
  • Make sure to have your referral include your name and 8-digit member number in their application. This is the only way we can track your referrals.
  • MGM awards for the 2020 membership year (recruiting activity from 16 August 2019 to 15 August 2020) will be sent by 1 October 2020 to the email address on your member record. Please ensure your email address is up to date in your profile to ensure you receive this and other important membership information. ​Your MGM award may only be used by you and cannot be transferred.

With this program, you could earn up to US$15 in awards that can be used for IEEE dues, Society fees, and/or the purchase of books and publications (excludes merchandise and products).

IEEE CIS MGM Restrictions:

  • This program is openonly to Professional members (Student members, Graduate members, society affiliates are not eligible).
  • You can earn US$5 for each Professional member recruited.
  • The maximum amount you can earn during the membership year is US$15.
  • Completed referral applications must:

a) Be received with full dues payment by IEEE before 15 August 2019

b) Include the recruiter's email address affiliated with their IEEE member account in the form found at this link.

  • Applications received without a recruiter's valid email will be disqualified; there will be no retroactive qualifying of recruiters.
  • Individual awards:

a) All award amounts are quoted in US dollars.

b) Referral awards earned are not redeemable for cash.

c) Awards will be valid toward Society fees.

d) Referral awards must be used at the time of renewal and will expire on 31 December 2020.

e) The IEEE CIS Member-Get-a-Member award cannot be combined with any other membership discounts or promotions.

f) Your IEEE CIS MGM award may only be used by you and cannot be transferred.

  • Individual awards are subject to federal laws, and certain countries are not eligible.





2020 IEEE CIS Fuzzy Systems Pioneer Award to: Laszlo Koczy

2020 IEEE CIS Evolutionary Computation Pioneer Award to: Risto Miikkulainen

2020 IEEE CIS Meritorious Service Award to: Pau-Choo Julia Chung

2020 CIS Outstanding Early Career Award to: Julian Togelius

2020 CIS Outstanding Ph.D. Dissertation award to: Zhen Ni




2020  IEEE TNNLS Outstanding Paper Award to:

Klaus Greff, Rupesh K Srivatava, Jan Koutnik, Bas R. Steunebrink and Juergen Schmidhuber, for the paper entitled "LSTM: A Search Space Odyssey”, IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks and Learning Systems, vol. 28, no. 10, pp. 2222 - 2232, October 2017.


2020 IEEE TFS Outstanding Paper Award to:

Yue Deng, Zhiquan Ren, Youyong Kong, Feng Boa and Qionghai Dai for the paper entitled “A Hierarchical Fused Fuzzy Deep Neural Network for Data Classification”, IEEE Transactions on Fuzzy Systems, vol. 25, no. 4, pp. 1006-1012, August 2017.


2020 IEEE TEVC Outstanding Paper Award to:

Hisao Ishibuchi, Yu Setoguchi, Hiroyuki Masuda and Yusuke Nojima for the paper entitled “Performance of Decomposition-Based Many-Objective Algorithms Strongly Depends on Pareto Front Shapes”, IEEE Transactions on Evolutionary Computation, vol. 21, no. 2, pp. 169 - 190, April 2017.


2020 IEEE TCDS Outstanding Paper Award to:

Dongbin Zhao, Yaran Chen and Le Lv, for the paper entitled “Deep Reinforcement Learning With Visual Attention for Vehicle Classification“, IEEE Transactions on Cognitive and Developmental Systems, vol. 9, no. 4, pp. 356 – 367, December 2017.


2020 IEEE CIM Outstanding Paper Award to:

Ye Tian, Ran Cheng, Xingyi Zhang and Yaochu Jin, for the paper entitled "PlatEMO: A MATLAB Platform for Evolutionary Multi-Objective Optimization", IEEE Computational Intelligence Magazine, vol. 12, no. 4, pp. 73-87, November 2017


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