Below are the candidates for the 2019 IEEE President-Elect. The 2019 President-Elect will become President in 2020.

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

Toshio Fukuda

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(Nominated by Petition)

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 1973-1975 and received Ph.D. from the University of Tokyo in 1977. Presently Professor of Meijo University and Beijing Institute of Technology as well as Professor Emeritus, Nagoya University. He is mainly engaged in intelligent robotic systems and micro-nano robotics, and has published 2,300+ publications in scientific journals, conference proceedings and reports. Served as VP of IFSA (1998-2003) and President of SOFT (2003-2005). He was awarded Humboldt Research Prize (2003), Award from Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, Japan (2005, 2013), Friendship Award from PR Chinese Government (2014), Medal of Honor with Purple Ribbon, Government of Japan (2015), and is a member of Japan Council of Science (2008-2014), Japan Academy of Engineering (2013) and Foreign Member of Chinese Academy of Sciences (2017).


IEEE Accomplishments and Activities



  • Division X Director, 2001-2002, 2017-2018
  • RAB/TAB Transnational Committee, 1998
  • TAB Periodicals Committee, 1998
  • Meetings & Services Committee, 1999
  • Nominations and Appointments: IEEE N&A, 2003-2004; TAB N&A, 2006; N&A, 1999
  • IEEE Fellows Committee, 1997-1999
  • Proceedings Editorial Board, 2000
  • Journal of MEMS, Steering Committee, 1993-2000
  • Transactions on Robotics and Automation, Editorial Board, 1989-1991
  • IEEE-SA Standards Board, 2002-2003
  • TAB Management Committee, 2006-2009
  • Admission and Advancement Committee, 2006-2007
  • Environment & Safety Medal Award Committee, Chair, 2007-2010
  • MGA Strategy, Direction and Environmental Assessment Committee, Chair, 2015



  • Region 10: Director 2013-2014; Director-Elect, 2011-2012
  • Region 10: Technical Activities Coordinator, 2009-2010



  • Robotics and Automation (RAS): President, 1998-1999; AdCom, 2004-2015, 1990-1995
  • Industrial Electronics (IES): Vice-President, 1990-1999; AdCom, 1988-2000
  • Systems, Man and Cybernetics (SMCS), AdCom, 1994-1996
  • Computational Intelligence (CIS), AdCom, 2006-2008
  • Neural Networks Council: Secretary, 1992-1993; AdCom, 1999-2000, 1994-1996, 1990-1991
  • Intelligent Transportation Council, AdCom, 2000-2001
  • Nanotechnology Council, Founding President, 2002-2005



  • Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS): Founding General Chair, 1988
  • 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, General Chair, 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 would like make efforts to increase IEEE membership in the world and make the IEEE more comfortable “Home” for everybody to stay in IEEE. Thus I would like to focus on the following:

1.    Improve financial transparency,

2.    Revise membership fee,

3.    Join at least one technical society,

4.    Introduce corporate membership for industry, and

5.    Create IEEE-University making use of the MOOC (Massive Open Online Courses).

We need the sound financial balance of IEEE to enjoy more activities in IEEE. All members can find a technical society as their technical home, as well as geographical location as their geo-home. Everybody will share their interests and “Value” of IEEE technically and geographically, and so will collaborate with growing and changing today’s technology in a worldwide manner, globally and locally.

Needs and expectations for IEEE have been changing for technology professionals, in particular, for industry practitioners, Young Professionals, Women in Engineering, entrepreneurs and also students seeking to be “Connected” with and looking for higher quality interaction opportunities with IEEE and its communities. We need to attract more industry members through corporate membership. The Concept of the IEEE-University making use of MOOCs from IEEE and its alliance can be the “Home” for them and everybody to update emerging technology and careers, since we create the IEEE “Value” of the high quality.  IEEE should adapt itself swiftly to the agile and emerging technological demands.


Thus IEEE can grow and advance technology for humanity.

Vincenzo Piuri

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(Nominated by IEEE Board of Directors)

University of Milan
Milano, Italy


Vincenzo Piuri (IEEE Fellow, 2001) is Professor of Computer Engineering at University of Milan, Italy (since 2000; Department Chair in 2007-2012). He has been Associate Professor at Politecnico di Milano, Italy (1992-2000), visiting professor at University of Texas at Austin, USA (summers 1996-1999), and visiting researcher at George Mason University, USA (summers 2012-2018). He founded a start-up company for industrial intelligent systems (CEO in 2007-2010).  

His research and industrial interests are in intelligent systems, artificial intelligence, neural networks, pattern recognition, machine learning, signal/image processing, measurement systems, and fault-tolerant architectures. He has published 400+ research papers in international journals, conference proceedings, and books.

He has received several awards and recognitions for scientific contributions and IEEE service. He is an IEEE Fellow, ACM Distinguished Scientist, IEEE-HKN Member, INNS Senior Member, and active Member of IEEE Societies/Technical Councils/Affinity Groups (CIS, ComSoc, CS, CSS, EMBS, IMS, PES, PHOS, RAS, SMCS, SPS, BIOMC, SYSC, WIE).

IEEE Accomplishments and Activities

In his 34 years of continuous and active service, Vincenzo Piuri has been involved in many activities and at many levels, strongly promoting a holistic, cooperative, and inclusive view for One IEEE, with a strategic vision and consensus building for effective results.

  • Management: IEEE Vice President Technical Activities; IEEE Board of Directors (four years), Technical Activities Board, Publication Services and Products Board, and their Committees; Committees of Member and Geographic Activities Board and Educational Activities Board; Societies and Technical Councils (President, Vice President Membership, Publications, Education, Administrative Committees); Chapters; Student Branch.
  • Strategic planning: served/led in IEEE, TAB, MGA, and PSPB planning; encouraged cooperation and outreach among organizational units; promoted financial transparency.
  • Technical activities: chaired, co-founded, or promoted several technical committees (in CIS, CS, IMS, SYSC, BIOMC); promoted emerging technologies; founded the IEEE Environmental Engineering Initiative.
  • Conferences: organized 80+ events, including Environmental Engineering (2018), Smart World Congress (2018, 2017, 2016, 2015), WF-IOT (2016, 2015), SSCI (2013, 2011, 2009), I2MTC (2010, 2009, 2004), IJCNN (2010, 2009, 2000).
  • Publications: Editor-in-Chief (ISJ); Associate Editor (T-C, T-CC, T-NN, T-IM, CI-M); nurtured new publications (CI-M, T-AMD, T-CIAIG); promoted development of existing journals (T-IM, T-NN, T-FS, T-EC, ISJ) to address industry needs.
  • Educational activities: established a certification program and summer schools; delivered tutorials at conferences, on-line, and in the IEEE e-Learning Library.
  • Members and community services: 2017 IEEE Sections Congress (Program Chair); promoted new networking events; started volunteer training programs in technical activities; founded or promoted foundation of a Section and 35+ Chapters worldwide.
  • Inclusivity and diversity: strongly promoted inclusivity for underserved groups (especially young professionals and women) and geographical areas; contributed to industry outreach; developed activities for entrepreneurs.
  • Awards services: IEEE Awards Board; Technical Field Awards Committees (Chair, member); proposed several new awards.


IEEE is uniquely positioned as a global leader in science, technology, and innovation. We should continue to be the premier reference in our field and further grow as a driver of innovation, timely identifying emerging needs and opportunities.

With the extraordinary expertise and dedication that our IEEE community offers, together we can face this challenge and enhance our profession by:

  • Engaging and effectively serving the IEEE members and all people in the scientific and professional community, by ensuring membership fees affordable everywhere in the world, offering personalized bundles of services, addressing the specific local needs, providing sustainable access to knowledge, and enhancing membership value;
  • Empowering members and promoting transparency, by pervasively ensuring transparency of finance and decision processes, enabling active participation and relevance of members in IEEE management, and supporting underserved groups and areas;
  • Continuing to be the trusted source for high-quality knowledge, by facilitating the access to information with recommendation systems, providing practical knowledge for professionals, offering data, algorithms and experiments repositories for research and industry innovation, and creating innovative services and delivery methods for the professionals of the future.

I am fully committed to serve our community, with strategic vision and guidance, encouraging participation, galvanizing enthusiasm, and catalyzing the rich and diverse competences and aspirations of members and volunteers. I envision a holistic view for One IEEE while nurturing the local communities. An IEEE in which everybody finds value and feels proud to be. An IEEE by people for people.

Jacek M. Zurada

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(Nominated by IEEE Board of Directors)

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
University of Louisville
Louisville, Kentucky, USA

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 420 refereed publications in deep learning, neural networks and image/signal processing that have resulted in over 11,900 citations. He has advised 22 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 for research, teaching and service. He was elected to the Polish Academy of Sciences and received six honorary doctorates and professorships.

IEEE Accomplishments and Activities

IEEE Accomplishments: Dr. Zurada served in a wide range of recent leadership roles, including four major Boards: the IEEE Board of Directors, Technical Activities (TAB), Members and Geographical Activities (MGAB), and Publications Services and Products (PSPB). He has:

  • Led a successful pioneering effort to deliver educational products and services created by Societies/Councils free to members and for a fee to the general public. The novel Resource Centers now support members’ careers and life-long learning (2013-17).
  • 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, reproducible ‘Train-the-Trainers’ workshops to disadvantaged geo-regions (2013-16).
  • Successfully championed the TAB-wide Financial Transparency Initiative. This multi-year effort has required close collaborations across the IEEE and has benefitted operations of Societies/Councils (2014-17).
  • 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).

IEEE Activities (only select lead positions): 2014 IEEE Vice-President for Technical Activities (TAB Chair and IEEE Director, Elect-2013, Past-2015); Chair, TAB Strategic Planning Committee, 2015; TAB Representative to MGAB, 2016-17; Chair, TAB Periodicals Review and Advisory Committee, 2012-13; Chair, TAB Periodicals Committee, 2010-11; Vice-Chair, PSPB, 2011; Chair, TAB Transactions Committee, 2007-09; President, IEEE Computational Intelligence Society, 2004-05; Chair/Member, IEEE/TAB/PSPB Strategic Planning Committees (2010-2016); Editor-in-Chief, IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks, 1998-2003; Chair/Member of 140 conference committees.

As an accomplished, passionate engineer/scientist and volunteer since 1993, I will provide IEEE with effective and visionary leadership. I have experience in management, in technical, educational and member activities and strategy planning. My cross-cultural exposure blends my European background with a professional career of 35 years in the USA and three years in Asia. This gives me the confidence and skills to be an effective leader of the increasingly global IEEE.


Although no other technology association can match IEEE’s brand, membership and knowledge base, our organization has struggled to put itself on a winning growth trajectory. Healthy revenues have been drained into operational deficits brought through questionable corporate initiatives and closed meetings. A lack of financial transparency has left our units with little control over their revenue-to-expenses ratio, stifling their productivity. Our industrial membership dropped from 67% to 47% since 2000. With declining retention of graduating students now at 38%, our membership is aging. Finally, though we’ve increased the number of products, returns look lacking as our members report low satisfaction.                                                                                                     

To re-gain the upward momentum, with focus on members, transparency and technology, as President I’ll launch forward-thinking initiatives while embracing the reform commenced by recent leadership to:

  • Redefine membership value to meet the needs of our members from different regions, age groups, career objectives, and industry segments.
  • Develop a useful, understandable, financial model that eliminates wasteful and duplicative spending while sparking creativity.
  • Leverage technology and design-thinking to deliver personalized services and products that have impact and relevancy for our members and paying customers.
  • Initiate a landmark project to transform IEEE from today’s traditional ‘technical paper provider’ to a ‘knowledge provider’. The new AI-driven IEEE Xplore will deliver highly-processed, filtered, on-demand knowledge be it designs, algorithms, technical solutions, products, standards, even answers to questions. As a neural networks pioneer, I know this will establish the new ‘AI-aligned-IEEE’ and bring new revenue streams and opportunities. More at