Candidates for 2014 IEEE Division X Delegate-Elect/Director-Elect.
Division X Societies:
- IEEE Computational Intelligence Society
- IEEE Control Systems Society
- IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
- IEEE Photonics Society
- IEEE Robotics and Automation Society
- IEEE Systems, Man, and Cybernetics Society
(Nominated by IEEE Division X)
Department of Bioengineering and Robotics
Kazuhiro Kosuge is a Professor in the Department of Bioengineering and Robotics at Tohoku University, Sendai, Japan. He received the B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in control engineering from Tokyo Institute of Technology in 1978, 1980, and 1988, respectively. From 1980 through 1982, he was with DENSO Co., Ltd. After having served as a Research Associate at Tokyo Institute of Technology and Associate Professor at Nagoya University, he has been serving as a Professor at Tohoku University since 1995. For more than 30 years, he has been conducting research on robotics and automation. He received the JSME Awards for the best papers from the Japan Society of Mechanical Engineers in 2002 and 2005, the RSJ Award for the best papers from the Robotics Society of Japan in 2005, the Best Paper Award of IROS’97, etc. He is an IEEE Fellow, a JSME Fellow, a SICE Fellow and an RSJ Fellow.
IEEE Accomplishments and Activities
I served as the President of the Robotics and Automation Society (RAS) and a member of IEEE TAB from 2010 to 2011. I also served as RAS Long Range Planning Committee Chair (2008-2009), RAS Meetings Chair (2006-2008), RAS AdCom member (2002-2007, 1996-1997), RAS VP for Member Activities (1998-2001), and IES TC Chair for Advanced Robotics (1992-1997). I also served as General Chair/Co-chair, Program Chair/Co-chair of the major conferences in our field such as ICRA and IROS. Through these activities and experience, I learned much about our members’ expectations for our activities.
During my RAS presidency, we concentrated our efforts on how to meet the needs of our Society’s members and how to attract our Society’s potential members. We have implemented several new systems/programs in RAS. The following are the list of systems/programs, which were implemented during my presidency:
- RAS new budget allocation system, which allows each technical committee to use surplus from their activities for a fiscal year, for their activities for the following fiscal year.
- RAS Distinguished Ambassadors Program to outreach to areas where we do not have local geographical entities.
- Reduction of RAS membership fees, together with IEEE e-Membership, to encourage researchers/practitioners in emerging countries to join RAS.
- New RAS Distinguished Lecturers Program, which allows each of the RAS technical committees to highlight their technical activities in close cooperation with the RAS Member Activities Board.
- New RAS School System for students. Three schools, sponsored/co-sponsored by RAS, are held every year for outreaching future researchers/practitioners in different geographic regions.
The new systems have contributed considerably to the current dramatic growth of RAS membership. I will bring our experience to Division X and the IEEE Board of Directors so that Division X continues to grow and the IEEE further creates technical communities in new research fields.
Technical fields covered by IEEE Division X, along with our initiatives, have brought us a considerable number of new researchers/practitioners especially from emerging fields and emerging countries. If elected as IEEE Division X Director, I will bring our successful experience with this growth to the IEEE Board of Directors.
My service in IEEE began in 1992 at the Society level and reached to the Robotics and Automation Society President position in 2010. During my RAS Presidency, we have implemented several new systems in RAS as described in part above. These eventually have contributed considerably to enrich RAS members’ activities, and as a result it dramatically increased RAS membership. I learned through our many activities the diversity of IEEE Societies, Regions, and members/potential members and their needs. IEEE needs to meet real needs stemming from the diversity. IEEE is more than a publisher, more than a conference organizer, and more than the world’s largest technical professional organization. We are the key players ready to meet the diversified needs, and to enrich our members’ activities, all for IEEE.
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VLADIMIR J. LUMELSKY
(Nominated by IEEE Division X)
University of Wisconsin-Madison; and
University of Maryland
Washington, DC, USA
Dr. Lumelsky is Professor Emeritus, University of Wisconsin-Madison, WI, USA; Adjunct Professor, University of Maryland, MD, USA; and an independent consultant. He received his Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics, Institute of Control Sciences, National Academy of Sciences, Moscow, Russia, and BS/MS in Electrical & Computer Engineering, University of Precision Technology, St. Petersburg, Russia. He held research, visiting, and faculty positions in industry, academia, and federal government with Ford Motor Co. Research, General Electric Research, Yale University, University of Wisconsin-Madison, University of Maryland, NASA-Goddard Space Center, Tokyo Institute of Science, Weizmann Institute (Israel), US National Science Foundation and USA-Antarctica South Pole Station. He served as consultant to NSF, DARPA, European Commission, and as litigation technical expert. At IEEE he held multiple high-level positions (Council President, Editor-in-Chief, Society/Council VP positions) and as chair/co-chair of major international conferences and special journal issues guest editor. He authored 200+ publications (books, journal papers, conferences, reports) and is an IEEE Life Fellow.
IEEE Accomplishments and Activities
- I have been among the leaders in a number of “firsts” in the IEEE Robotics Society, such as starting its flagship conferences (as AdCom member), its Transactions (as Senior Editor), and its Technical Committees (Founder and Chair of Robot Motion Planning Committee).
- I was one of the initiators and General Co-Chair of the first International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS), 1989, Tsukuba, Japan. Today IROS is one of the two robotics flagship conferences in the world.
- I had the honor of being the Founding Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Sensors Journal. Today the Journal represents a wide range of work in sensing studies and technology in about 25 IEEE Societies as well as outside of IEEE. In its 12 years, the Journal has grown from 400 pages a year to well over 3,000 pages a year and enjoys a top reputation in its field.
- I am proud of belonging to a small group of people who have started and brought to success and stability the IEEE Sensors Council, which unites 25 IEEE societies. I did this work in my capacity as the Sensors Council’s VP-Publications, VP-Technical Activities, and most recently as its President.
While today IEEE flourishes intellectually, professionally, and financially, our environment is changing rapidly, and a secured future is by no means guaranteed. If elected Division X Director, my top goal will be to continuously reassess the position of the Division Societies in this changing environment relative to the IEEE Strategic Plan and adjusting our activities accordingly. We want to realize the full potential of the role that IEEE plays in technology and society. Deep institutional changes that IEEE goes through today require continuous collaboration between IEEE units and activities. Of particular concern is the on-going shift in IEEE to Open Access publications, a shift of revenue centers from Societies’ journals toward conferences, and arguably a shift of influence from Society members to IEEE leadership. These are difficult issues. I would like to use my extensive experience in establishing and running IEEE publications and Societies/Councils, and search together with IEEE TAB and IEEE Board of Directors for best solutions. I will make every effort to properly align our Division with IEEE’s goal of advancing technology for humanity.
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