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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


John Vig

John Vig (Nominated by Division X)

(Nominated by IEEE Division X)

Consultant, System Planning Corp.; and
Member of the Technical Advisory Board, SiTime Corp.
Colts Neck, NJ, USA

John Vig was born in Hungary. His family emigrated to the USA when he was a teenager. He received his B.S. from the City College of New York and the Ph.D. in Physics from Rutgers - The State University, both in the USA. He joined the Electronic Components Laboratory at Fort Monmouth, NJ, USA and spent his professional career there working as an electronics engineer and program manager. He performed and led research aimed at developing precision clocks, sensors and low-noise oscillators.

He is an IEEE Life Fellow "for contributions to the technology of quartz crystals for precision frequency control and timing." He is now working as a consultant.

He has been awarded 54 patents, and has published more than 100 papers and nine book chapters. He serves on his county’s Environmental Council as a volunteer. He and his wife are avid ballroom dancers.


IEEE Accomplishments and Activities


IEEE Leadership Roles:

  • IEEE President & CEO, 2009
  • Vice President, Technical Activities, 2005
  • Founding President, Sensors Council, 2000-2001
  • General Co-chair, IEEE SENSORS 2012 conference, Taiwan
  • Vice President, Publications, Sensors Council, 2014-2015
  • Chair, Executive Director Search Committee, 2009
  • Chair, IEEE 125th Anniversary AdHoc Committee, 2008-2009
  • Chair, IEEE New Initiatives Committee, 2008
  • Chair, IEEE Nominations and Appointments Committee, 2011
  • Chair, TAB Management Committee, 2005
  • Chair, TAB Strategic Planning Committee, 2004
  • Chair, Standards Coordinating Committee 27 on Time & Frequency
  • Chair, TAB Strategic Planning Committee, 2004
  • President, Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics, and Frequency Control Society (UFFC-S), 1998-1999

Other IEEE Services:

  • AdCom Member Emeritus (for life); elected by UFFC-S AdCom in 2012
  • Associate Editor, Transactions on UFFC
  • Topical Editor At-Large, IEEE Sensors Journal
  • MGA Geographic Unit Operations Support Committee, 2014-2015
  • MGA Nominations & Appointments Committee, 2014-2015
  • Investment Committee, 2002-2003
  • Marketing and Sales Committee, 2005-2007
  • TAB Hall of Honor Selection Committee, 2015
  • IEEE History Committee, 2015

IEEE Accomplishments:

  • Founded the IEEE Sensors Council and, thereby, made IEEE a leader in an area where, previously, a commercial publisher was the primary publisher.  Today, the Council has a successful journal, the IEEE Sensors Journal, and a successful conference, IEEE SENSORS (430,000 Sensors Journal papers were downloaded in 2014). 
  • Proposed and championed one of the most successful membership benefits in IEEE history, the eBook Classics. Started in 2010, members had downloaded more than five million eBook chapters, for free, by 2014.  As a result of this program, per, “IEEE members now have access to more than 299 eBooks from the IEEE Press collection through IEEE Xplore.” 
  • Proposed and led the creation of the IEEE Presidents’ Change the World Competition.  This annual competition motivates and rewards students who identify a real-world humanitarian problem and apply engineering, science, computing, and leadership skills to solve it.  The top prize is US$10,000.




IEEE is a superb organization thanks to the efforts of its excellent volunteers and staff. As a director, I will strive to make IEEE an even better organization by focusing on:

  • Investing: IEEE’s reserves are now >US$300M.  We can afford to increase investments in products and services such as affordable means for providing multimedia of conference presentations, online, to a worldwide audience; and in improving the image of engineers, scientists, and the IEEE. 
  • Publications: We must create more publications for the ~70% of members who work outside academia. 
  • Membership: More than 100,000 volunteers contribute to IEEE’s successes; many are not members.  Recruiting these volunteers and retaining our student members after graduation will be among my priorities. Members should have equal access to benefits, no matter where they reside.

I have >30 years of leadership experience in a wide range of IEEE positions. Having chaired the Board of Directors and having previously served as VP, Technical Activities, I know how to get things done. I have a proven record of producing positive changes.

Please vote.


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Toshio Fukuda

Toshio Fukuda (Nominated by Division X)

(Nominated by IEEE Division X)

Professor Emeritus/Visiting Professor,
Nagoya University, Nagoya, Japan;
Professor, Department of Mechatronics Engineering,
Meijo University, Nagoya, Japan; and
Professor, Beijing Institute of Technology, China

Dr. Fukuda studied at Yale University 1973-75 and received the Ph.D. from the University of Tokyo in 1977. Presently Professor of Meijo University and Beijing Institute of Technology as well as Professor Emeritus/Visiting Professor of Nagoya University. He is mainly engaged in research in the field of intelligent robotic systems and micro-nano robotics, and has published 2,000+ publications in scientific journals, conference proceedings and reports. Served as Vice President of the International Fuzzy System Association in 1998-2003, President of Society of Fuzzy Systems and Intelligent Informatics in 2003-2005. He was awarded Humboldt Research Prize (2003), Award from Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, Japan (2005, 2013), Best paper award from SICE (2007), Medal for Distinguished Engineer from the Japan Society of Mechanical Engineers (2015) and is a member of Japan Council of Science (2008-2014) and Japan Academy of Engineering (2013).


IEEE Accomplishments and Activities



  • Division X Director, 2001-02
  • RAB/TAB Transnational Committee, 1998
  • TAB Periodicals Committee, 1998
  • Meetings & Services Committee, 1999
  • Nominations and Appointments Committee, 1999
  • IEEE Fellows Committee, 1997-99
  • Committee on Nano-Technology, Chair, 1999-2000
  • Proceedings Editorial Board, 2000
  • Journal of Micro Electro Mechanical Systems, Steering Committee, 1993-2000
  • Transactions on Robotics and Automation Editorial Board, 1989-91
  • IEEE Nomination and Appointments Committee, 2003-04
  • IEEE-SA Standards Board, 2002-03
  • TAB Management Committee, 2006-09
  • TAB Nomination and Appointments Committee, 2006
  • Admission and Advancement Committee, 2006-07
  • Environment & Safety Medal Award Committee, Chair, 2007-10


  • Region 10: Director 2013-14, Director-Elect, 2011-12.


  • Robotics and Automation Society (RAS): President, 1998-99; AdCom, 2004-15, 1990-95
  • Industrial Electronics Society (IES): Vice-President, 1990-99; AdCom, 1988-2000
  • Systems, Man and Cybernetics (SMCS): AdCom, 1994-96
  • Computational Intelligent Society (CIS), AdCom, 2006-08
  • Neural Networks Council: Secretary, 1992-93; AdCom, 1999-2000, 1994-96, 1990-91
  • Intelligent Transportation Council, AdCom, 2000-01
  • Nanotechnology Council, President, 2004-05, 2002-03


  • Intelligent Robots and Systems: General Chair, 1988; Advisory Committee Chair, 1989-2000
  • International Conference on Robotics and Automation General Chair, 2004, 1995
  • International Conference on Evolutionary Computation General Chair, 1996
  • International Joint Conference on Neural Networks Program Chair, 1991; Steering Committee Chair, 1993
  • Workshop on Robot and Human Communication General Chair, 1994
  • Conference on Fuzzy Systems Program Co-Chair, 1995
  • Intelligent Transportation Systems Conference General Chair, 2000
  • Industrial Electronics Conference General Chair, 2000
  • Advanced Robotics and Social Impacts General Chair, 2005
  • System Integration International 2008, International Symposium on Micro-Nano Mechatronics General Chair, 1990-2012


  • IROS Harashima Award for Innovative Technologies, 2011
  • ICRA Best Manipulation Paper Award, 2011
  • IEEE Technical Field Award on Robotics and Automation, 2010
  • IEEE RAS George Saridis Leadership Award in Robotics and Automation, 2009
  • IEEE Transactions on Automation Science and Engineering Googol Best Paper Award, 2007
  • Robotics & Automation Society Pioneer Award, 2004
  • IEEE Third Millennium Medal, 2000
  • Dr.-Ing. Eugene Mittelmann Achievement Award, 1997




I have been an active volunteer for nearly 30 years in both TAB and MGA, so I know many people and achievements in IEEE. If elected, I will do my best to serve on the IEEE Board of Directors, and support the strategic objectives and future direction of IEEE as follows: 

  • Understand the IEEE TAB activities based on my experiences to better assist the global strategy and direction.
  • Listen to ideas and opinions from TAB Societies and Councils from the various viewpoints concerning IEEE activities, conferences and publications to better serve our members. The information will help identify best way to support the strategy and direction of IEEE in 2030 and the management policy and method.
  • Recommend any better way to fuse TAB and MGA structure, in part and/or whole, for the future IEEE in 2030, if TAB agrees.
  • Encourage TAB Societies and Councils to promote more cooperation and foster collaboration to build for future relationships and partnerships among them.
  • Promote IEEE membership to the global technical professionals in industry including the research engineers and practicing engineers.

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