Candidates for 2018 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 R. Vig

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(Nominated by IEEE Division X)

ECS Federal
Colts Neck, New Jersey, 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 holds 55 patents, has published more than 100 papers and nine book chapters, and his publications have been cited >4000 times.  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
  • Cofounded the IEEE Internet of Things Journal, 2011-2014
  • President, Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics, and Frequency Control Society (UFFC-S), 1998-1999

Other IEEE Services

  • Associate Editor, IEEE Transactions on UFFC, 2002 to 2017
  • Senior Editor, IEEE Sensors Journal, 2006 to 2017
  • Conference Publications Committee, 2015-2017
  • Periodicals Review and Advisory Committee, 2017
  • MGA Geographic Unit Operations Support Committee, 2014-2015
  • MGA Nominations & Appointments Committee, 2014-2015
  • TAB Hall of Honor Selection Committee, 2015-2017
  • IEEE History Committee, 2015-2017
  • IEEE Strategic Planning Committee, 2008

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 (600,000 Sensors Journal papers were downloaded in 2016).
  • Proposed and championed one of the most successful membership benefits in IEEE history, the eBook Classics. Started in 2010, members have downloaded millions of eBook chapters.  Because of this program, per, “IEEE members now have (free) access to 329 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 motivated and rewarded students who identify a real-world humanitarian problem and apply engineering, science, computing, and leadership skills to solve it.  The top prize was US$10,000.  


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

  • Investing - IEEE’s reserves are now >US$300M.  We can afford to increase investments in improving the image of engineers, scientists, and the IEEE, and in products and services such as affordable means for providing multimedia of conference presentations, online, to a worldwide audience.
  • Publications for Practitioners - We must create more publications for the ~70% of members who work outside academia.
  • Reducing Secrecy – Secrecy has increased greatly during the past few years. More and more meetings are held in secret (“executive session”), and more and more documents are marked “IEEE Proprietary” or “IEEE Confidential.”  I shall work to reverse this trend.

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 changes. 

Please vote!

Ljiljana Trajkovic

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(Nominated by IEEE Division X)

Simon Fraser University
British Columbia, Canada

Ljiljana Trajkovic received the Dipl. Ing. degree from University of Pristina, Yugoslavia, M.Sc. degrees in both Electrical Engineering and Computer Engineering from Syracuse University, NY, and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of California at Los Angeles. She was a Member of the Technical Staff at AT&T Bell Laboratories, Murray Hill, NJ, from 1988 to 1990 and a Research Scientist at Bell Communications Research, Morristown, NJ, from 1990 to 1997. From 1995 to 1997, she was a National Science Foundation (NSF) Visiting Professor in the Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences Department, University of California, Berkeley.

Her research interests include communication networks, computer-aided circuit analysis and design, and theory of nonlinear circuits and dynamical systems. Her personal interests focus on the need for global inclusion and diversity created by the rapid growth of new innovative technologies.

IEEE Accomplishments and Activities



  • TAB Hall of Honor Selection Committee (2016-2017)
  • TAB Nominations and Appointments Committee (2017, 2013-2014)
  • IEEE Fellow Committee (2017, 2011-2014)
  • TAB (2014-2015, 2007)
  • TAB Periodicals Review and Advisory Committee (2013)


  • Chair, Vancouver CAS Society Chapter (2001-2017)
  • Vice-Chair (2010-2017), Chair (2010), Vancouver SMC Society Chapter
  • Mentor, SFU Student Branch (2008-2017)


  • Systems, Man, and Cybernetics (SMC) Society:
    • President (2014-2015)
    • Vice President Publications (2012-2013, 2010-2011)
    • Vice President Long-Range Planning and Finance (2008-2009)
  • Circuits and Systems (CAS) Society:
    • President (2007)
    • Chair, Long-Term Strategy Committee (2005)
    • Distinguished Lecturer (2010-2011, 2002-2003)


  • Special Sessions Co-Chair, SMC2017
  • Technical Program Co-Chair, SMC2017 and SMC2016 BMI Workshops, NEWCAS 2016, CCECE2016, ISCAS2005, ISCAS2004
  • General Co-Chair, SMC2016, ETHICS2016, WIECon-ECE2015, HPSR2014, ISCAS2004


  • IEEE/CAA Journal of Automatica Sinica Steering Committee (2014-2017)
  • Associate Editor, IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems (Part I) (2004-2005, 1993-1995), (Part II) (2002-2003, 1999-2001)
  • Associate Editor, IEEE Circuits and Systems Magazine (2001-2003)


  • IEEE Vancouver Section Recognitions: CAS Society Chapter (2017, 2014, 2013); 2012 Centennial Volunteer Award; 2010 Outstanding Service Award
  • 2015 IEEE-Eta Kappa Nu, Induction
  • 2015 IEEE Canada E. F. Glass Western Canada Merit Award
  • 2014 IEEE CAS Society Regions 1-7 Chapter of the Year Award
  • 2013 IEEE SMC Society Outstanding Contribution Award
  • 2012 IEEE CAS Society Meritorious Service Award


  • Improved technical quality of SMC Society and CAS Society annual conferences.
  • Changed titles of SMC Society Transactions, launched Transactions on Computational Social Systems and SMC Magazine.
  • SMC Society Periodicals Review (2011), CAS Society Review (2008), CAS Society Periodicals Review (2007).
  • Included Young Professionals (formerly known as GoLD “Graduates of the Last Decade”) representatives on the CAS Society Board of Governors.
  • Improved CAS Society DLP program, introduced student travel awards, chapter subsidy, major projects grants.
  • 2005 IEEE Fellow


In a global environment increasingly affected by technological change, IEEE is in a unique leadership position. I have spent the past 25 years interacting with the global IEEE community. I have interacted with IEEE members and leaders who share a vision of what we can achieve when we work together by:

  • Promoting technical, geographical, gender, and age diversity of IEEE membership, including Division X.
  • Encouraging technical excellence by supporting joined publications, conferences, and workshops through collaborations among Division X Societies and Councils.
  • Supporting interactions with broader technical communities, industrial partners, and educational institutions with common research interests of special attraction to Division X.
  • Providing additional support for Division X Societies and Councils to participate in IEEE Initiatives such as Big Data, Brain, Smart Cities, Smart Village.
  • Inspiring a new generation of innovators and contributors to address new demands in emerging technical fields of interest to Division X.

If elected, I will serve with diligence and integrity and will devote expertise, energy, and time to contribute to the advancement of IEEE, Division X, and their members.

Okyay Kaynak

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(Nominated by Petition)

Professor Emeritus (UNESCO Chair On Mechatronics)
Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering
Bogazici University
Istanbul, Turkey

Kaynak is an IEEE Life Fellow, active in various ways in most IEEE Societies of Division X. He received the B.Sc. (First Class) 1969, Ph.D. 1972, both from University of Birmingham, UK. From 1972-1979, he had various positions in industry, both in and outside of Turkey. Since 1979, he has been with Bogazici University, his responsibilities include Chairperson of EEE and CmpE Departments, Director of Biomedical Engineering Institute and Director of Mechatronics R&A Center. He has held long-term visiting positions in United Kingdom, Saudi Arabia, Japan, Germany, USA, Singapore and lastly China as a 1000 Talent Professor of HIT, China.

In 2016 he received the China Friendship Award and the Humboldt Research Prize. Current research interests are in intelligent mechatronics and CPS. He has published more than 400 conference papers and journal articles (Hirsch-index: WoS 33, Google Scholar: 48), and serves on several scholarly journal Editorial or Advisory Boards.

IEEE Accomplishments and Activities

IEEE Activities:


  • MGA Vice-Chair for Strategic Management and Analysis (2012)
  • Vice-Chair of MGA
    • Strategic Directions & Environmental Analysis Committee (2011)
  • Member of
    • TAB PSPB Committee (2017)
    • Conferences Committee (2010-2011)
    • TAB Periodicals Committee (2009-2010)
    • TAB Nominations & Awards Committee (2007-2008)
    • Fellow Committee (2004-2005)
    • MGA Membership Development Committee (2006)


  • Chair, Turkey Section (2011)
  • Founding Chairperson of SMCS, ES and IES/RAS Joint Chapters in Turkey Section


  • Member of Board of Governors of IEEE SMCS (2016-present)
  • Vice-President (Conferences) of IEEE CIS (2004-2005)
  • President of IEEE Industrial Electronics Society (2002-2003)
  • AdCom Member of IEEE Neural Networks Society (2002-2003)


  • Editor-in-Chief of
    • IEEE/ASME Transactions on Mechatronics (2014-2016)
    • IEEE Transactions on Industrial Informatics (2005-2006)
  • Co-Editor in Chief of IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics
  • Associate Editor of
    • IEEE Transactions on Sensors (2006-present)
    • IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks (2002-2005)
  • Member of Editorial Board of
    • IEEE Spectrum (1996-1998)
    • IEEE Press (1995)


  • IEEE/IES Dr.-Ing. Eugene Mittelmann Achievement Award, 2011
  • IEEE/IES Anthony J. Hornfeck Service Award, 2005
  • IEEE Fellow Grade, 2003
  • IEEE Third Millennium Medal, 2000

IEEE Accomplishments:

  • Unified and led a group of IEEE and ASME volunteers in the start of IEEE/ASME Transactions on Mechatronics.
  • Was the leading person in the group who conceived, designed and implemented IEEE Transactions in Industrial Informatics.
  • Has helped to increase the global outreach of CIS in the form of conferences.
  • During his term as Vice-Chair of IEEE MGA Board, led a group of IEEE volunteers who worked towards the development and the implementation of new products and services to better serve its members and the public, especially in the Far East.


We are witnessing tremendous advances in science and technology. The boundaries between different disciplines are eroding, the connections between them is becoming seamless. The most notable changes are taking place at the edge of the different disciplines; convergence is leading to the emergence of new disciplines. A further change is that the world is becoming flatter.

If elected, I will strive to:

  • Contribute to the design, the implementation and the deployment of new initiatives that will turn what may be considered as threats of today into opportunities
  • Help IEEE develop and implement new products and services to better serve its members and the public, especially in the Far East
  • Develop an IEEE-wide a strategy for increasing the involvement of industrial practitioners and researchers in IEEE in the form a “Triple Helix of IEEE, Industry and Academia Towards Knowledge Generation”
  • Last but not least, listen to ideas and opinions from TAB Societies and Councils (especially from those of Div. X), and evaluate and carry them to the General Assembly.