Witold Kinsner

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Witold Kinsner is Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada, and has been its Associate Head from 1998 to 2012. He obtained his Ph.D. degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from McMaster University in 1974, and became Assistant Professor at McMaster University and then at McGill University. He is a co-founder of the first Microelectronics Centre in Canada, and was its Director of Research from 1979 to 1987. He is a Fellow of the Engineering Institute of Canada (FEIC), a Fellow of Engineers Canada (FEC), a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering (FCAE), IEEE Life Senior Member, and an ACM member, and IEEE HKN member.

He has been involved in research on cognitive systems, computational intelligence, robust real-time computing engines, and computer memories. He has authored and co-authored over 750 publications, and supervised 72 graduate students, 210 capstone-project students, as well as mentored 35 summer research students, and many high-school students.

For the last 45 years, he has been providing educational services to students (university, pre-university and pre-college), as well as to industry and practitioners.

He has served IEEE at many levels, including R7 Director/Delegate: 2016-17; IEEE Board of Directors, 2016-17; MGA Board Member, 2016-17; Western Canada Council, Education Chair: 1998-2005; Winnipeg Section Chair: 1990-91, Teachers-In-Service Program, TISP Chair: 2011-Present; Conference & Education Committee Chair: 1979-Present, Winnipeg Section Student Branch Counsellor: 1999-Present.

For his work, he has received many provincial, national and international awards.

Region Activities

My IEEE direct activities with volunteers and members, as well as to the community at large produced considerable experience. Much of the effort was directed towards bridging academia with industry through industry forums, workshops, tutorials, courses, and symposia.


VP-EAB, 2018


• IEEE Canada President / R7 Director/Delegate: 2016-17

• IEEE Canada President Elect / R7 Director Elect: 2014-15

• IEEE Board of Directors, 2016-17

• IEEE MGA Board Member, 2016-17

• IEEE Data Port Advisory Committee;

• IEEE Canada Conference Advisory Committee Chair: 2004-07

• Canadian Journal of Electrical and Computer Engineering Co-Editor: 2003-09

• Canadian 2002 Conference on Electrical & Computer Engineering, Conference Chair, Proceedings Editor, Webmaster: 2002

• Continuing Education Activities, CEA, Board Member: 1997-99.


• Western Canada Council, Education Chair: 1998-2005.


• Winnipeg Section: Vice Chair 1989-90; Chair 1990-91; Past Chair 1991-92

• Winnipeg Section, Executive Committee: 1979–Present

• Computer and Computational Intelligence Chapter Chair: 2004-14

• Communications Chapter Chair: 1995-2004

• Computer Chapter Chair: 1992-95

• Teachers-In-Service Program, TISP Chair: 2011-Present

• Conference & Education Committee Chair: 1979-Present.


• Winnipeg Section Student Branch Counsellor: 1999-Present

• McNaughton Student Resource Centre, UofM Faculty Advisor: 1991-Present

• UofM Space Applications and Technology Society, Faculty Advisor: 2009-Present

• UofM Amateur Radio Society, Faculty Advisor: 1978-Present.


• Space Camp (for high school students): 2009-Present

• Research Discovery Week (for Indigenous senior high-school students)

• Manitoba Schools Science Symposium.

Society Activities

I have been an active member of 10 IEEE societies, doing research, publishing, attending and organizing conferences, and holding leadership positions.


• IEEE Annual International Conference on Cognitive Informatics & Cognitive Computing, (Founding member, Conference General Co-Chair, Program Committee Co-Chair, Proceedings Co-Editor): 2003-Present

• Canadian Engineering Education Association Conference (Technical Conference Chair; Proceedings Editor): 2012

• Canadian 2002 Conference on Electrical & Computer Engineering, CCECE (Conference Chair; Proceedings Editor; Webmaster; Session Chair): 2002, 2004

• Canadian Biannual Conference on Computer & Software Engineering Education (Co-Chair, Proceedings Co-Editor), C3SEE: 2002, 04

• Graduate Student Conference, GRADCON (started it in 1998)

• First International Conf. Refereed Electronic Journals Co-convener: 1993 JOURNALS

• IEEE Can. Journal of Electrical and Computer Engineering, CJECE, Co-Editor with Xavier Maldague: 2003-09

• IEEE Intern J. Cognitive Informatics and Cognitive Computing, Board: 2002-Present

• Journal of Advanced Mathematics and Applications, Associate Editor: 2012-Present,

• Intern. Journal of Software Science and Computational Intelligence, Board: 2008-Present

• Intern. Journal of Semantic Computing, Associate Editor: 2007-Present

• IEEE Trans. Systems, Man, and Cybernetics, Associate Editor: 2006-2009

• IEEE Communications Magazine, Associate Editor: 1997-99


• Associate Head of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (1998-2012);

• Engineering Institute of Canada, Council Member: 2016-Present

• Canadian Council of Professional Engineers (Engineers Canada), Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board, CEAB, Accreditation Team: 2010, 2009, 2004 twice, 1999

• APEGM (Assoc. Professional Engineers & Geoscientists of the Province of Manitoba); Board of Examiners (1993 – 1998) and Academic Review Committee (1999 to 2011)

Karen Panetta

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Karen Panetta is the Dean for Graduate Engineering Education and Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Tufts University and Director of the Visualization, Sensing and Simulation Research Laboratory. Dr. Panetta received the B.S. in Computer Engineering from Boston University, and the M.S. and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Northeastern University. She is an IEEE Fellow.

Before joining the Tufts faculty, Dr. Panetta was employed as a Principal Computer Engineer at Digital Equipment Corporation. Her research in Simulation and Modeling has won her research team five awards from NASA for “Outstanding Contributions to NASA Research” and “Excellence in Research”. She is a NASA Langley Research Scientist “JOVE” Fellow, is a recipient of the NSF Career Award and has won numerous teaching and national mentoring awards, including the 2009 Norman Augustine Award and the Anita Borg institute Women of Vision Award, the EAB Major Education Innovation Award and The Presidential Award for Engineering Education and Mentoring from U.S. President Obama.

Karen has served as the:

IEEE-HKN President- Elect 2018

IEEE USA Vice-President Communications and Public Relations, 2014-2013

Public Visibility Committee, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2017.

Awards Board: Presentations and Publicity Committee, Chair 2014, member 2013,2012.

EAB Awards and Recognitions Chair, 2014, 2015.

Women in Engineering Committee Chair, 2007-2009

Awards Review committee, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012.

Women in Engineering Magazine, Editor-In-Chief, 2008-present.

Women in Engineering Newsletter, 2008-2010.

Computer Society Fellows sub-committee 2009-2013, 2017.

Karen is a member-at-large on the Systems, Man and Cybernetics and IEEE-HKN Boards.

Region Activities

IEEE Reflector Editor-In-Chief, Boston Section 2008-present. IEEE Boston Section, Chair 2011. The Boston section won the MGA Large Section award for 2011.

IEEE Boston Section, Vice-Chair, 2010.

IEEE Boston Section, Student Branch Activities Chair, Boston Section, 2007-2008.

Region 1 Educational Activities Chair.

IEEE 125th Anniversary Celebration, Region1 Boston Event Chair.


Conferences Karen has helped organize and served on:

IEEE Homeland Security Technology Committee, program committee, 2007 – Present.

IEEE Systems, Man, and Cybernetics Society, founding member of the IEEE Technical Committee on Information Assurance, Multimedia & Mobile Intelligent Systems, 2007 – Present.

IEEE Critical Infrastructure and Security Initiative Committee, 2006 – Present.

IEEE North Atlantic Test Workshop, Steering Committee Member, 1999 – Present.

IEEE TeRPA International Conference on Technologies for Practical Robot Applications, Steering Committee, 2008-2017.

IEEE North Atlantic Test Workshop, Session Chair, 1997 – 2012.

Program Committee member IEEE International Test Conference, 2000- 2005.

General Chair, IEEE North Atlantic Test Workshop, Gloucester, Ma, May 25, 26, 2000.

Program Chair IEEE/Society for Computer Simulation, Simulation Symposium, San Diego, California, 1999.

Vice General Chair: IEEE North Atlantic Test Workshop, University of Rhode Island, May 1999.

Program Committee, IEEE/Society for Computer Simulation 31st Simulation Symposium, 1998.

Program Chairman: IEEE North Atlantic Test Workshop, University of Rhode Island, 1997 - 1998.

Reviewer for IEEE Computer Magazine.

Reviewer for the IEEE Transactions on VLSI.

Reviewer for the IEEE Transactions on Computers.

Reviewer for the IEEE Transactions on Image Processing.

Reviewer for the IEEE Transactions on Signals and Systems.

Society Activities

Karen is a member-at-large on the System, Man and Cybernetics Society and is responsible for the educational activities for the society. She is the IEEE Boston Section Chair of the Education Society and the Signal Processing Society and as a member of the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society, she has contributed to the organizing teams for many conferences, including TePRA, IEEE Homeland Security and educational and professional activities for the society. She has hosted many joint meetings with industry, IEEE societies and found sponsorship to support numerous events, including the most recent, "Game Changing Technologies in Healthcare and Judicial Engineering." She has served as the student branch

adviser to her institution for 24 years. Karen is the editor-in-chief of the IEEE Women in Engineering Magazine which has won over 8 awards for publication excellence. Karen Panetta and Ramalatha Marimuthu co-chaired the first IEEE WIE conference, entirely funded by industry sponsorship. This conference has now evolved into an annual event.

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