Below are the candidates for IEEE Technical Activities Vice President-Elect, 2013.
(Nominated by IEEE Technical Activities) Università degli Studi di Milano
Vincenzo Piuri is Full Professor in Computer Engineering (since 2000) and was Director of the Department of Information Technology (2007-2012) at the Università degli Studi di Milano, Italy. He received his M.S. and Ph.D. in Computer Engineering from Politecnico di Milano, Italy. He was Associate Professor at Politecnico di Milano, Italy (1992-2000) and Visiting Professor at the University of Texas at Austin (summers 1996-1999).
His main research interests are: theory and industrial applications of neural techniques, biometrics, signal and image processing for industrial applications, neural network architectures, application-specific digital processing architectures, and fault tolerance. Innovative results were published in more than 350 papers in international journals, international conferences proceedings, and book chapters.
Vincenzo Piuri is an IEEE Fellow and a recipient of numerous awards also for his contributions to IEEE.
IEEE Accomplishments and Activities
Vincenzo Piuri has over 25 years of continuous service since he was an IEEE student, later as Society President and presently as IEEE Board of Director. He has been actively involved in many aspects and at many levels of the IEEE activities and operations, from conferences to publications, from member activities to education, and from finances to management. He:
- chaired, co-founded, or promoted foundation of several technical committees (e.g., in CIS, CS, IMS, SYSC, BIOMC), and supported restructuring technical activities in various Societies/Councils for higher efficiency and effectiveness;
- greatly contributed to organizing successful large conferences (e.g., IEEE SSCI 2009; IEEE IMTC 2010, 2009, 2004, 1999; IEEE-INNS-ENNS IJCNN 2010, 2009, 2000), created the annual IEEE CIMSA International Conference (now at the tenth year), and supported creation of new conferences and technical cooperation to quality technical meetings worldwide;
- nurtured new IEEE publications (e.g., CI-M, T-AMD, T-CIAIG), promoted development of existing journals (T-IM, T-NN, T-FS, T-EC, ISJ) addressing also industry needs, and served as Associated Editor in IEEE publications (T-NN, T-IM, CI-M);
- created and stimulated educational activities (e.g., summer schools; tutorials at conferences, online, and in IEEE Expert Now);
- promoted outreach to various communities (e.g., students, researchers, engineers, government employees) by facilitating creation of over 30 Chapters worldwide, chairing chapters and a student branch in Italy, nominating Senior Members and Fellows, proposing new awards, and supporting the opening to emerging areas;
- served in various IEEE and TAB board/committees (e.g., IEEE Board of Directors, Technical Activities Board, Strategic Planning Committees of TAB and PSPB), served as President, Vice President (Publications, Members Activities, Education), and Administrative Committee Member of Societies/Councils, promoted and cooperated to organizing or re-structuring Societies/Councils.
In these activities, he has always been looking for deep understanding of problems and strategic perspectives for solutions, by building consensus worldwide and focusing on outcomes and results.
Our technical activities embrace a variety of scientific, technological and application areas, constituting a very productive environment to foster the advancement of science and technology, and the economical development for the benefit of the humanity.
We should continue to:
- expand and enhance our activities for themes, quality, services, and opportunities, to better address the needs of scientists, professionals, students, and government employees;
- nurture our conferences and publications as premiere venues for innovative, advanced, trustable, high-quality, timely knowledge, and expand them for better serving professionals and new communities interested in our topics;
- develop educational activities worldwide, especially focusing on pre-university and continuing education;
- enhance technical opportunities for current and prospective members, addressing their needs from university education to professional career, providing superb networking;
- intensify cooperation among IEEE units and with other associations to exploit synergies to better serve the global communities;
- explore opportunities to attract new communities and the general public, and to be recognized worldwide as the leading global organization dedicated to advancing technological innovation and excellence in our fields of interest.
I will be glad, honored, and proud to be part of this effort, share my experiences, and serve as catalyst for technical activities and collaborations worldwide.
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JACEK M. ZURADA
(Nominated by IEEE Technical Activities)
University Scholar and Professor Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering Louisville, Kentucky, USA University Scholar and Professor Dr. Jacek M. Zurada is Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Louisville, Louisville, Kentucky, USA. He served as Department Chair and now is a University Scholar. He has authored several textbooks and over 360 publications in computational intelligence, image/signal processing, bioinformatics and microelectronic systems that have resulted in about 6000 citations.
Dr. Zurada’s academic teaching emphasizes in-depth, project-based learning that enables electrical/computer engineers to stay current as technology evolves during their careers. He has also served industry as a consultant and short course lecturer. He is active in the IEEE Computational Intelligence Society and was its President (2004-05) and Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks (1998-2003). Dr. Zurada has held several IEEE leadership positions in the Publication Services and Products and Technical Activities Boards, including Chair of the Periodicals Committee (2010-11). He is an IEEE Fellow and has received other distinctions including honorary doctorates.
IEEE Accomplishments and Activities(M’82-SM’83-F’96)
I have served in a wide range of IEEE volunteer roles and held positions of increasing responsibility in Technical Activities, including as a voting TAB Member for four years. I bring a variety of perspectives and unique experience acquired as Department Chair, Editor-in-Chief, Society President, and member/chair of several TAB committees and of the Publications, Services and Products Board. With extensive knowledge of IEEE publications, products business and conferences, I am well prepared for this Vice Presidency. If elected, I will push to expand IEEE’s reach and improve member benefits.
- TAB Periodicals Review and Advisory Committee Chair, 2012
- PSPB Vice-Chair, 2011
- TAB Periodicals Committee Chair, IEEE Panel of Editors Chair, 2010-11
- PSPB/TAB Member, TAB FinCom Member, PSPB-Strategic Planning Committee Member, 2010-11
- TAB Transactions Committee Chair, 2007-09
- TAB Periodicals Committee Member, 2005-09
- TAB Periodicals Review and Advisory Committee Member, 2005-11
- TAB Newsletter Committee Chair, 2005-06
- TAB Member, 2004-05, 2010-11
- Member of Editorial Board, IEEE Proceedings, 2001-03
My focus has been on securing the global leadership of IEEE technical activities and on addressing the needs of engineers/practitioners. My accomplishments include:
- As Chair, TAB Periodicals Committee, I have championed the approval of twelve new IEEE Magazines and three new Virtual Journals on interdisciplinary topics.
- I initiated strategic planning as a standing focus of the TAB Periodicals Committee, including streamlining the periodicals approval process.
- As a TAB-PSPB volunteer in 2010-11, I contributed to the competitive positioning of over 150 IEEE periodicals by sponsoring improvements for readers, authors, and reviewers.
- I introduced changes to TAB periodicals and their review operations that have resulted in improved timeliness and better guidance to editors.
- As Society President, I championed the implementation of web-based operations of the IEEE Computational Intelligence Society (web repositories, web meetings, and electronic discussion boards).
Technical Activities encompass journals, conferences, standards and continuing education and are implemented by the Societies, Councils, and Chapters. They also involve the coordination and delivery of products and services to our members and customers worldwide and are of paramount importance for the advancement of technology within IEEE’s field of interest. My experience convinced me that to improve our operations, the following key goals must be addressed for the benefit of our members and the profession:
- Deliver products and services of the highest quality at affordable and sustainable member prices.
- Deliver practice-oriented content in IEEE journals, magazines and conferences.
- Assist members with staying up-to-date in their professions by nurturing new and emerging technologies, agile conferences with rapid content delivery, and improved professional networking.
- Expand educational offerings for industrial practitioners to satisfy their lifelong career needs and to increase their opportunities for professional advancement. These should cover not only technical skills but also leadership and management skills.
- Address the issue of open-access publishing within IEEE through new, fast dissemination to all members with no cost of delivery.
- Reach out to new and developing communities of potential members by reducing economic and cultural entry barriers.
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