History Committee

Overview: The IEEE CIS maintains a standing history committee that reports to the president of CIS. The composition of the committee for calendar year 2018 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.


Historical Record since 1987

Executives of the Neural Network Committee

  • 1987 H. Troy Nagle (Chair)
  • 1988 Robert J. Marks (Chair pro tem)
  • 1989 Robert J. Marks (Chair)

Presidents of the Neural Networks Council (NNC)

  • 1990 Robert J. Marks
  • 1991 Robert J. Marks
  • 1992 Russell Eberhart
  • 1993 Russell Eberhart
  • 1994 Patrick Simpson
  • 1995 Walter Karplus (deceased)
  • 1996 Walter Karplus (deceased)
  • 1997 Jim Bezdek
  • 1998 Jim Bezdek
  • 1999 Cliff Lau
  • 2000 Cliff Lau
  • 2001 Enrique H. Ruspini

Presidents of the Neural Networks Society (NNS)

  • 2002 Piero P Bonissone
  • 2003 Evangelia Micheli-Tzanakou (deceased)

Presidents of the Computational Intelligence Society (CIS)

  • 2004 Jacek M. Zurada
  • 2005 Jacek M. Zurada
  • 2006 Vincenzo Piuri
  • 2007 Vincenzo Piuri
  • 2008 David B. Fogel
  • 2009 David B. Fogel
  • 2010 Gary Yen
  • 2011 Gary Yen
  • 2012 Marios Polycarpou
  • 2013 Marios Polycarpou
  • 2014 Xin Yao
  • 2015 Xin Yao
  • 2016 Pablo Estévez
  • 2017 Pablo Estévez
  • 2018 Nikhil R. Pal
  • 2019 Nikhil R. Pal


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. Clicking on any link below automatically downloads a pdf file for that year.
  2. 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.
    Index to Oral History Videos by Topic:
    • Neural Networks
      • Amari, Shun'ichi
      • Carpenter, Gail
      • Caudell, Thomas
      • Freeman, Walter
      • Fukushima, Kunihiko
      • Grossberg, Steven
      • Kohonen, Teuvo
      • Lendaris, George
      • Marks, Robert
      • Oja, Erkki
      • Principe, Jose
      • Simpson, Patrick
      • Wang, Jun
      • Widrow, Bernard
      • Wunsch, Donald
      • Zimmermann, Hans G.
    • Fuzzy Sets
      • Bezdek, Jim
      • Bonissone, Piero
      • Bouchon-Meunier, Bernadette
      • Kacprzyk, Janusz
      • Keller, James
      • Koczy, Laszlo
      • Kosko, Bart
      • Mendel, Jerry
      • Montero, Javier
      • Pal, Nikhil
      • Perfilieva, Irina
      • Ruspini, Enrique
      • Yager, Ronald
      • Zadeh, Lotfi
      • Zimmerman, Hans J.
    • Evolutionary Computation
      • Altenberg, Lee
      • Deb, Kalyanmoy
      • Eberhart, Russell
      • Fogel, David
      • Ikegami, Takashi
      • Lucas, Simon