Neural Networks Technical Committee


This organization is known as the Neural Networks Technical Committee (NNTC) of the Computational Intelligence Society (CIS) of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, Inc. (IEEE).

Purpose and Scope

The purpose of the NNTC is to promote the research, development, education, and understanding of neural networks, including both artificial and biologically plausible neural networks.


The NNTC members are appointed by the CIS President with the agreement of the NNTC Chair for a one-year term. The term of service expires at the end of the calendar year for which they have been appointed. Current directory of officers and members: Neural Networks Technical Committee Members


The NNTC Chair is appointed by the CIS President with the agreement of the CIS EXCOM for a one-year term. The term of service expires at the end of the calendar year for which the NNTC Chair has been appointed. No more than two consecutive full terms are permitted.


There is no membership fee for joining the NNTC. Funding for the committee shall be provided by the CIS in the annual budget request. Once approved by the CIS ExCom and AdCom, funds will be available to support the NNTC activities. The Chair shall be responsible for the appropriate use of the approved funds with supporting documentation.


The NNTC shall engage in various activities in order to promote neural networks as a viable technology, including but not limited to the following: Identify and promote new areas of research, propose special sessions to the CIS-sponsored conference organizers, participate in paper review and selection for CIS-sponsored conferences and publications, coordinate with the International Neural Network Society for the International Joint Conference on Neural Networks, recommend candidates to the Awards Committee for the CIS Neural Networks Pioneer Award and the Technical Field Award, nominate papers for Best Paper Awards to the Awards Committee from papers published in the Transactions on Neural Networks, promote IEEE Senior Members and Fellows program, collaborate on production of tutorials and book series with the Multimedia Committee, maintain the Committee’s website, facilitate local chapters activities an organize specialized workshops or meetings. The NNTC will assist in soliciting conference proposals and actively work with the organizers of CIS-sponsored conferences to insure their technical excellence.


Meetings will be called by the Chair once or twice a year, usually in conjunction with the CIS AdCom meetings and the annual International Joint Conference on Neural Networks, or as requested by the NNTC members. Sufficient advance notice of the meetings will be given to the members, as well as to other interested parties. The Chair shall prepare an agenda before the meeting, and shall prepare minutes for distribution after the meeting.


This Charter becomes official after at least 2/3 core members present at The Committee Meeting approves it. Subsequent changes and amendments also require 2/3 majority vote.

Task Forces

Currect Task Forces:
Applications, Chair: Zeng-Guang Hou, Vice Chair: Noriyasu Homma
Autonomous Learning Systems, Chair: Plamen Angelov, Vice Chair: Dimitar Filev
Awareness Computing, Chair: Qiangfu Zhao, Vice Chair: Goutam Chakraborty
Complex-valued Neural Networks (CVNN), Chair: Akira Hirose, Vice Chairs: Igor Aizenberg, Danilo P. Mandic
Deep Learning, Chair: Alessandro Sperduti, Vice Chairs: Jose C. Principe
Education, Chair: Ivo Bukovsky, Vice Chair: Robi Polikar
Evolvable Neural Networks, Chair: Mike Watts, Vice Chairs: Richard Duro, Plamen Angelov
Future Directions of Neural Networks, Chair: Irwin King
Hybrid Intelligent Systems, Chair: Patricia Melin
Industrial Outreach, Chair: Anya Getman, Vice Chairs: Kalyan Veeramachaneni
Mind and Brain, Chair: Leonid Perlovsky, Vice Chairs: Angelo Cangelosi, Jose Fernando Fontanari
Recurrent Neural Networks and Recurrent Neurons, Chair: Emilio Del Moral Hernandez

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