Below are the candidates for the 2018 IEEE President-Elect. The 2018 President-Elect will become President in 2019.

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

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 2012-2016). He founded a start-up company for industrial intelligent systems (CEO in 2007-2010).

His research and industrial interests are in intelligent systems, 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 (including CIS, ComSoc, CS, CSS, EMBS, IMS, PHOS, RAS, SMCS, SPS, BIOMC, SYSC, WIE).

IEEE Accomplishments and Activities

In his 33 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 Smart World Congress (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-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.


As technology plays an important and growing role in our lives, IEEE should continue to be the global leader in science, technology, and innovation for the benefit of humanity. IEEE is uniquely positioned with the extraordinary expertise and dedication that our IEEE community offers. Together we can face this challenge and enhance our profession with a holistic vision for One IEEE by:

  • Continuing to be the trusted source for high-quality innovative and timely knowledge for scientists and professionals, by adopting a human-centric approach with modern delivery, addressing emerging topics and standardization needs, facilitating knowledge search with recommendation systems and data analytics, supporting research and education with data/algorithms repositories and educational material, and providing practical knowledge to professionals; 
  • Empowering and engaging the IEEE members and the whole scientific and professional community, by facilitating access to knowledge and services, providing tangible value and affordable membership fees, enhancing specialized networking, expanding continuing education and certifications, supporting career development, addressing needs of industry and entrepreneurs, and ensuring trust, transparency, sustainability, and participation of members in IEEE management; 
  • Promoting inclusivity and diversity of technological expertise, profession, gender, age, and geographical origin, by acting holistically, nurturing our global and local communities, embracing the underserved groups and areas, engaging young generations and women, cooperating with national and international scientific/professional associations, and supporting public service, public policy, and humanitarian activities.

With this spirit, I am fully committed to serve with a collegial approach, valuing diversity and all needs, and promoting an inclusive perspective.

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 in Zurich, a Visiting Professor at Princeton University, and a Distinguished Visiting Professor at NUS and NTU (Singapore).

He has authored several textbooks and over 400 refereed publications in computational intelligence, machine learning, image/signal processing, bioinformatics and microelectronics that have resulted in over 10,800 citations. He has advised 21 PhD students who now hold leadership positions within industry, academia, and governments. 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 learned society awards for research, teaching and service. He was elected to the Polish Academy of Sciences and conferred five honorary doctorates and professorships.

IEEE Accomplishments and Activities

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

In 2014 he was IEEE Vice-President for Technical Activities (Elect-2013, Past-2015), and chaired the TAB Strategic Planning Committee in 2015. Since 2016 he has served as a TAB representative to the MGAB. Dr. Zurada also served as the Chair of the Periodicals Committee (2010-11) and Chair of the Periodicals Review and Advisory Committee (2012-13). In 2011, he was Vice-Chair of PSPB and chaired the Transactions Committee (2007-09).

In 2004-05 Dr. Zurada served as IEEE Computational Intelligence Society President. He was Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks (1998-2003). He also served as a chair or member of 140 conference committees.

Notable recent accomplishments:

  • Led successful effort that pioneered the delivery of Educational Products and Services created by Societies/Councils as a benefit for IEEE members, Society members, and the general public. This has brought novel lines of educational offerings that support continuing education and life-long learning (2013-16).
  • Launched the Globalization Initiative aimed at building a new generation of IEEE/TA volunteers in publishing, conferences and governance. This effort resulted in a series of successful and reproducible ‘Train-the-Trainers’ Workshops offered in Asia, South America and Eastern Europe (2013-15).
  • Successfully championed the TAB-wide Financial Transparency Initiative. This multi-year collaborative effort required close cooperation of IEEE volunteers, staff and of the TA Ad-Hoc and has greatly benefitted the operations of all IEEE Societies/Councils (2013-16).
  • Supported and championed 12 new Practitioner-oriented IEEE Magazines and three new Virtual Journals or Compendia (as a member and/or Chair of the TAB Periodicals Committee 2006-13).
  • Provided leadership in IEEE Periodicals that addressed the issue of Impact Factor Integrity in editorial practices (2011-12).


If elected IEEE President I will work with utmost dedication. As a passionate engineer/scientist with extensive experience and accomplishments in IEEE, TAB, MGAB, and PSPB, I’ll provide IEEE with effective, enthusiastic and visionary leadership. My focus will be to:

Better meet the needs of industry practitioners and make our products, services, and educational offerings more relevant to their jobs and career aspirations. I’ll concentrate on providing them with information through topically organized industry resource centers that will help practitioners locate and leverage quality technical information quickly. The centers will also offer career resources and will allow members to continue their education.

Improve the utility of IEEE Intellectual Property with over 4 million papers by combining them with intelligent analytics tools. This will provide users with knowledge rather than information. Our members would benefit from tools that help answer questions, find design or algorithms.

Provide more opportunities for current and future members from underprivileged or underrepresented groups, including women, students, young professionals and entrepreneurs, and those in less advanced economies seeking professional growth.

Expand interactions between IEEE, governments, NGOs, standards organizations and industry. This will enhance IEEE’s public voice, members’ welfare and the value and image of the profession.

Foster leadership in technology and nurture emerging communities.

In summary: My cross-cultural exposure blends my European background with the professional career of 30 years in the United States and three years in Asia. This experience has given me the confidence and skills to be an effective leader of the increasingly global IEEE.

José M. F. Moura

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(Nominated by Petition)

Philip and Marsha Dowd University Professor
Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, and
BioMedical Engineering Department
Carnegie Mellon University
Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, USA

José Moura is Chaired University Professor at CMU, member US National Academy of Engineering, corresponding member of Portugal Academy of Sciences, Fellow of US National Academy of Inventors, IEEE Fellow and AAAS Fellow. He is a member of the US National Academies Navy Study Board. He holds a doctorate from MIT and an EE from IST, Portugal. He was a Professor at IST, visiting Professor at MIT and NYU. Accomplishments: founded a large research program between CMU and Portugal,; holds 14 patents, two used in 3 billion disk drive chips in 60% of all computers sold in last 12 years ($750Million settlement between CMU and chip manufacturer); cofounded Spiralgen; technology licensed by Intel (10 million lines of code in Intel’s IPP) and Siemens (MRI scanners). He received the IEEE Signal Processing Society Technical Achievement Award and the Society Award for outstanding technical contributions and leadership in Signal Processing.

IEEE Accomplishments and Activities

IEEE Accomplishments. As Technical Activities Vice-President (VP), I formed committees to address challenges facing IEEE: one, joint with the Member and Region Activities VP, to determine what is the value of an IEEE membership, for example, to young professionals, professionals from different countries and different industries, and what membership models can best serve them; another, joint with the Education Activities VP, to create new education products that best leverage technology; a committee to address the diversity of our membership; another to increase transparency in IEEE finances, develop new businesses, and better ways to manage IEEE operations–which IEEE operational units should run as service centers, competing with outside businesses. I challenged the organization to develop a new large type event bringing participants and technology industry leaders together, exposing participants to new technologies, providing networking and mentoring opportunities. In the late 90’s, as Editor-in-Chief and then VP Publications, I proposed and then led the digitization of >50 years of content of the Signal Processing Society, since its 1948 origins. Partnering with 6 or 7 other Societies, we formed Opera, the first digital library that evolved into the IEEE Digital Library Xplore®, the most successful IEEE product ever.

IEEE Selected Activities. COMMITTEES/BOARDS: IEEE Board of Directors: Past Chair Technical Activities Board, 2017; Vice-President Technical Activities, Officer, and Director, 2016; Member and Division IX Director, 2013-14; IEEE Awards Board, 2012-14; Technical Activities Board (TAB), 2008-09, 2012-13; Educational Activities Board, 2010; Publication Services and Products Board (PSPB) 2008, 2011-12; PSPB Strategic Planning Committee, 2008-09, 2011-12.  IEEE Proceedings, 1999-2007. Signal Processing Society (SPS): Chair Awards Board, 2013-14; President, 2008-09; Long Range Planning Committee Chair, 2006-07; Vice-President Publications, 2000-02; Signal Processing Magazine, 2003-05; Signal Processing Letters, Interim Editor-in-Chief, 2002; Transactions on Signal Processing, Editor-in-Chief, 1995-99. Sensors Council: VP Publications, 2000-02.  IEEE Portugal Section: Founding Member, 1980-84.


 Over the last few years, IEEE top leadership lost its focus on membership, emphasizing corporate mandates instead of member value, while allowing multimillion dollar operating deficits. The IEEE Board holds long closed sessions, Board Directors are instructed to keep these in utmost secrecy, the leadership led the Board to take, from my perspective, initiatives of questionable impact on IEEE’s core: its members and technical communities. As President, I will strive for an open organization addressing two persistent IEEE challenges: dramatically increase IEEE membership through enhanced member value, and address the IEEE’s multimillion dollar operating activities deficit. IEEE has 400 thousand members, less than 10% of the over four million distinct users of IEEE’s Xplore® Digital Library.  Why are the other 90% of Xplore® users not IEEE members? Our membership is aging and many young professionals do not find value in membership, yet, they seek networking opportunities more than ever. As President, with volunteers and staff from Regions, Societies, and Councils, I will leverage technology to attract new members, develop new membership models, new products and services that provide value to our members in different regions, different age groups, and different industry segments. With volunteers and staff, I will develop a transparent financial system that explains where each dollar is spent, roots out waste, promotes efficiency, and reduces costs without affecting the quality of products and services to you, our members. With your vote, we will bring the best of the IEEE to the next level! Visit for details.