Candidates for 2022 IEEE Division X Delegate-Elect/Director-Elect.

The sequence of candidates was determined by lottery and indicates no preference.

 

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

 

Stephanie M. White

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STEPHANIE M. WHITE, PHD
(Nominated by IEEE Division X)

Senior Professor, Computer Science and Management Engineering
Department of Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Long Island University (LIU)
Brookville, New York, USA
stephwhite.org

Dr. Stephanie White is a lifelong IEEE volunteer. As President of Systems Council and Vice President of Computer Society Technical Activities, Dr. White received Outstanding Service and Golden Core Awards.  She founded and Chaired an early IEEE Technical Committee on cyber-physical systems, promoting the new field. IEEE-USA recognized her work on diversity with an Award for Leadership in Diversity Initiatives. Dr. White’s Ph.D. degree is in Computer Science from Polytechnic University, now part of NYU. Her B.S. and M.S. degrees are in Mathematics, from Hunter and NYU. She is a recognized expert in functional modeling/analysis of cyber-physical systems. At LIU, Dr. White teaches systems theory and systems engineering to doctoral students. Previously she was Manager and Principal Engineer of Requirements and Architecture for Aircraft and Space Programs at Northrop Grumman. An entrepreneur in the late 90(s), she was President of Systems World which conducted federally-funded research in model-based systems engineering.

 

IEEE Accomplishments and Activities
(AF’94-M’99-SM’01-LS’19)

I am a lifelong IEEE volunteer. You can view my positions at https://stephwhite.org/.

As Division X Director-Elect and Director, I will strive to accomplish my goals. Here I demonstrate that in past IEEE positions, I set goals and achieved them.

Position: IEEE Systems Council President, President-Elect, and Past-President, 2017-2020

Goals:

  • Increase Systems Council (SC) Products and Services.
  • Increase SC collaboration with Member Societies.

Accomplishments:

  • Under my leadership, Systems Council created the Systems Security Symposium and initiated plans for a Conference in Asia.
  • Fostered new Journal “Miniaturization for Air and Space Systems”.
  • Offered two annual $5000 student scholarships.
  • Increased size of the IEEE Systems Journal and its impact factor.
  • Increased Systems Council reserve funds.
  • Published Member Society activities and established Working Groups in areas of joint interest.

Position: IEEE Computer Society, Technical Activities Vice President, 2005-2007

Goals:

  • Support and advise CS Technical Committees.
  • Increase Computer Society (CS) technical activities.

Accomplishments:

  • Increased the number of CS TCs and formed the first Joint Technical Committee with another Society.
  • Merged CS Technical Activities and Conference Boards, giving TCs more control over conferences.
  • Co-authored operations manual for merged Board.
  • Expanded leadership and resolved domain issues.

Position: Founder and Chair, IEEE Computer Society Technical Committee on ECBS (Research domain now known as Cyber-Physical Systems), 1993-1999

Goals:

  • Promote research in Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS).
  • Provide a venue for publishing and networking.

Accomplishments:

  • Organized annual international conferences with proceedings, attracting prominent CPS researchers.
  • Fostered significant interest in CPS, as Guest Editors of IEEE Computer “Systems” Issue.
  • Received significant government, industry, and university interest when Working Group results were published.

A few additional positions:

  • 2021 VP, Member Services, IEEE Systems Council
  • 2013-2018 Chair, IEEE Thesaurus Editorial Board
  • 2013-2018 Representative, IEEE Publication Services and Products Board (PSPB)
  • 2006-2008 Board of Governors, IEEE Computer Society

 

Statement

I want to use the Division X Director position to improve the return on your investment, broaden IEEE’s membership base, and advance technology for humanity. I am committed to collaborating with Division X Societies and Councils on initiatives benefiting IEEE including the following, which are my priority goals.

  • Improve IEEE’s search capability, so that IEEE customers (members and others) can more quickly find the information they require. This capability is needed when using both XPLORE and the IEEE website. This initiative requires collaboration between staff and volunteer experts. As former Chair of the Thesaurus Editorial Board, I have background to support this.
  • Provide Industry professionals with trusted technical information (technology, methods, and processes that are proven to work), to foster their career advancement. IEEE Societies and Councils will benefit from the expanded industry membership base. A more informed industry will improve global economic growth.
  • Continue to expand Open Access while supporting our traditional publishing models. Open Access is beneficial to scientific advancement and is necessary for moving science forward, especially in countries with developing economies.

Jacek M. Zurada

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JACEK M. ZURADA
(Nominated by IEEE Division X)

Professor
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
University of Louisville
Louisville, Kentucky, USA
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jacek_M._Zurada

 

Dr. Jacek Zurada is a Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Louisville, Louisville, Kentucky, USA. He was a post-doc at Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich, a Visiting Professor at Princeton University, and a Distinguished Visiting Professor at NUS and NTU (Singapore).

He has authored several textbooks including the pioneering neural networks text and over 450 refereed publications in deep learning, neural networks and image/signal processing that have resulted in over 15,500 citations. He has advised 23 PhD students, now leaders in academia, Google, Facebook and Amazon. He has also served industry and start-ups as a consultant.

Dr. Zurada has delivered over 160 invited plenary conference presentations and seminars, including Distinguished Lectures for three IEEE Societies. He received numerous IEEE, university and scholarly society awards including the 2020 TAB Hall of Honor. He was elected to the Polish Academy of Sciences and awarded six honorary degrees.

 

IEEE Accomplishments and Activities
(M’82-SM’83-F’96-LF’14)

Dr. Zurada served in a wide range of recent leadership roles that include membership four major Boards: IEEE Board of Directors (1 year), Technical Activities Board (7 years, including 1 year as Chair), Members and Geographical Activities Board (2 years as TAB Representative), and Publications Services and Products Board (2 years, includes 1 year as V-Chair). He has:

  • Led a successful pioneering effort to deliver educational products and services created by Societies/Councils to IEEE/S/C members and also to the general public. The newly introduced Resource Centers currently support members’ careers and life-long learning (2013-18).
  • Launched the Globalization Initiative that fostered a new generation of IEEE/TA volunteers in publishing, conferences and governance. This endeavor brought a series of successful ‘Train-the-Trainers’ workshops to disadvantaged geo-regions (2013-16).
  • Successfully championed the TAB-wide Financial Transparency Initiative. This multi-year effort has resulted in closer collaborations across the entire IEEE and has benefitted operations of Societies/Councils and other Boards (2014-).
  • Supported and championed 12 new practitioner-oriented IEEE Magazines and three new Compendia/Virtual Journals (as a member and/or Chair of the TAB Periodicals Committee 2006-13 and Chair of IEEE Transactions Committee).

 

Select IEEE lead positions:

  • Candidate for 2019 and 2020 IEEE President (nominated by IEEE BOD);
  • IEEE Vice-President for Technical Activities (2014 TAB Chair and IEEE Director, Elect- 2013, Past- 2015);
  • Chair, TAB Strategic Planning Committee, 2015;
  • TAB Representative to MGA Board, 2016-17;
  • Chair, TAB Nominations Committee, 2013;
  • Chair, TAB Periodicals Review and Advisory Committee, 2012-13;
  • Chair, TAB Periodicals Committee, 2010-11;
  • Vice-Chair, PSPB, 2011;
  • Chair, TAB Transactions Committee, 2000-09;
  • President, IEEE Computational Intelligence Society, 2004-05;
  • Chair/Member, IEEE/TAB/PSPB Strategic Planning Committees (2010-16);
  • Editor-in-Chief, IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks, 1998-2003;
  • Chair/Member of 140 various conference committees, 1995-present;
  • Member of about 15 editorial boards in IEEE journals and with other publishers, 1995-present.

 

Statement

As Division X Director I’ll work with the Board of Directors and six Division X Societies and their Presidents to:

  • Enhance the membership value to meet the needs of our members from different regions, age groups, career objectives, and especially from the industry.
  • Build a technical synergy between the Division’s Societies, act as the collective voice for their members, assist them in governance and best practices by keeping active communication channels.
  • Utilize my experience in management, in technical, educational and member activities and strategy planning to benefit all members of CIS, CSS, PHOS, EMBS, RAS and SMCS.
  • Energize geo-units (Chapters/Sections) and assist them in local technical activities driven by Societies/Councils.
  • Leverage technology to deliver personalized services and products that have impact and relevancy for our members.
  • Help in transforming IEEE from being a ‘paper repository’ to an AI-driven ‘knowledge provider’. This could deliver highly filtered on-demand knowledge/products such as designs, algorithms, technical solutions, products or standards. As a neural networks pioneer, I know this could bring new revenues and opportunities.
  • Effectively respond to Open-Access challenges.