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IEEE CIS Newsletter, Issue 127, August 2023
Congratulations to the 2023 Evolutionary Computation Pioneer Award Recipient

Congratulations to Stephanie Forrest, who received the 2023 Evolutionary Computation Pioneer Award for "contributions to artificial immune systems and fitness landscapes." CIS President Jim Keller presented the Award to Stephane at the recent IEEE 2023 Congress on Evolutionary Computation in Chicago.
IEEE CIS Initiative: Breaking Boundaries

On the 27th and 28th of June, the inaugural Breaking Boundaries: Industry-Academia Workshop took place in Maastricht, the Netherlands organized by Anna Wilbik (Maastricht University), Marcin Pietrasik (Maastricht University), Paul Grefen (Eindhoven University of Technology and Eviden), Christian Wagner (University of Nottingham), Jon Garibaldi (University of Nottingham) and Luis Magdalena (Technical University of Madrid). The workshop's topic was the collaboration between industry and academia with the goal of identifying the resulting challenges, their potential solutions, and the next steps to undertake to implement these solutions. The workshop was part of a broader initiative, called Breaking Boundaries, sponsored by IEEE CIS which seeks to revitalize the community building activities which were lost in recent years, largely due to the Covid pandemic. It was attended by a diverse group of participants, representing both industry and academia with perspectives from eight different countries.

The workshop opened with a brainstorming session designed to identify the root causes of what makes collaboration between industry and academia difficult. The result of this was the identification of five obstacle areas which must be addressed to ensure mutually beneficial collaboration. It then proceeded with talks from three speakers: Paul Grefen, Pieter Rambags (Nippur), and Frank Thuijsman (Maastricht University), representing the academia, industry, and education perspectives, respectively. Paul Grefen recognized the need for building bridges between industry and academia and communication as the basis for strong collaboration. Pieter Rambags described his experience as a consultant through the digitalization projects he has been a part of and presented a list of positive and negative experiences when collaborating with academia.

Finally, Frank Thuijsman spoke about KE@Work, successful honor-track program at Maastricht University which matches high achieving Bachelor's students in Data Science & AI with work placements in industry. Presentations were followed by another brainstorming session, this one focusing on finding solutions in each of the obstacle areas identified earlier. The workshop concluded with a plenary discussion of the brainstormed solutions and resulted in a list of concrete actions to be taken.
IEEE Computational Intelligence Society Adcom Election Announcement


CIS will launch the Annual Election on 4 October to elect the following positions:

Five ADCOM Members-at-Large (2024-2026)
One ADCOM Member-at-Large (2024-2025) - to fill vacancy

The CIS Nominations Committee has followed the process outlined in our governing documents and has selected the candidates for your consideration. Their biography and position statements are available for you to review in preparation for the election by visitng the IEEE CIS Election page.
Member Activities

IEEE CIS Member Spotlight


Meet: Hisao Ishibuchi, IEEE WCCI 2024 General Chair

What is your title, and place of work? (or Technical Field of Research)?

I am a Chair Professor, currently working in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Southern University of Science and Technology (SUSTech) in Shenzhen, China.

How long have you been a member of CIS and what was the reason you chose to join IEEE CIS?

I have been involved in the CIS as a member for more than 30 years (including IEEE Neural Networks Council and IEEE Neural Networks Society). In early 1990s, I registered and attended a number of conferences such as IJCNN 1991-1993, FUZZ-IEEE 1992-1993 and WCCI 1994. One of the important motivations for me to join the Society at that time was the benefit of reduced registration fees.

What Computational Intelligence Society committee do you serve?

Currently, I am an AdCom member (2014-2019, 2021-2023), WCCI 2024 General Chair, and CIS Distinguished Lecturer (2015-2017, 2021-2023). I was Vice-President for Technical Activities (2010-2013), CIM Editor-in-Chief (2014-2019), CEC 2010 Program Chair, CIFEr 2019 General Chair, and SSCI 2022 Program Chair.

What have you learned from your experience and how has it helped you professionally?

I learned from my experiences in various CIS activities that each CIS member has a totally different idea even when we have exactly the same goal such as the improvement of the society’s reputation. When I was CIM Editor-in-Chief, I received a number of suggestions. They always said “CIM can be improved”. Some of them suggested that I should focus on a special type of papers in order to clearly differentiate CIM from the other CIS journals. However, each suggestion emphasized the importance of a different type of papers such as short papers, interdisciplinary papers, real-world application papers, and educational papers. Some others suggested that I should publish more non-technical articles such as interviews, technical activity reports, and advertisements. Even if each individual’s suggestion is reasonable, it is impossible to implement all suggestions. My conclusion is that there is no clear best answer. This is similar to the decision making under multiple objectives. In general, it is impossible to optimize all objectives simultaneously. We need to find a compromise solution. This conclusion is often helpful for me. Usually, I simply do my best in CIS activities without trying to do the best for all members.

What has been the most fun/rewarding thing about being a volunteer for the IEEE Computational Intelligence Society? What have you enjoyed the most?

I think that my first major volunteering experience was Area Chair of IJCNN 1997. Jim Keller (as General Chair) invited me. I had never thought about this position before I received the invitation from him. As a young Japanese researcher, I felt that this role was very difficult for me. Next year, he invited me to be Area Chair of FUZZ-IEEE 1998. After these two experiences, I have received a number of similar invitations. When I received an invitation, I often felt that the suggested role was too difficult for me. However, at the same time, it was not easy to decline the invitation. In this manner, I have been heavily involved in CIS activities. During these experiences, I found that many CIS members helped me a lot. Personally, I think that the most rewarding thing about being a volunteer is to learn that many CIS members are always helpful when I have a difficult role. I am very sure that many CIS members will help me a lot with WCCI 2024. Based on these experiences, I always try to suggest young researchers’ names for volunteer positions of the Society.

Tell us something about you that we don't know.

This year, I am trying to attend conferences as many as possible (EMO, CAI, IJCNN, CEC, GECCO, ...). I am also trying to accept lecture invitations as many as possible. All of them are for publicity activities for WCCI 2024. As a result, I have a lot of travels. For example, in July, I went/will go to Chicago, Xi’an, Lisbon, Zhengzhou, and Osaka. Until the paper submission deadline of WCCI 2024, I will continue to accept almost all lecture invitations. I am always happy to visit your lab on Monday and give a talk for a small audience. My class at SUSTech is on Thursday. So, Monday lectures usually have no conflict with my class teaching. After the paper submission deadline of WCCI 2024, I will start to decline almost all invitations for the preparation of the conference. See you in Japan at WCCI 2024.

Call for IEEE CIS Organizing Distinguished Lectures

The IEEE CIS Distinguished Lecturer Program (DLP) aims at serving the Computational Intelligence community by providing stimulating lectures given by distinguished IEEE CIS professionals and scholars. It also aims at helping young researchers (masters and doctoral students) providing suggestions/guidance on their research problems as well as promoting computational intelligence tools and techniques among undergraduate students to make them interested in CIS fields of interest. Distinguished Lecturers present novel basic and/or applied research results in their CIS sub-field. Their lectures offer insights into the trends and challenges of their CIS sub-field and their vision for the given sub-field. In any given year, selected IEEE CIS Distinguished Lecturers (DLs) have a balanced representation of CIS sub-fields and include representatives from academia, industry and government while spanning different IEEE Regions. The program supports local CIS Chapters by enabling a major Chapter event which can considerably improve a chapter’s visibility to their existing IEEE CIS members, other IEEE Society members and the wider CIS community in their area. It is expected that DLP events actively seek to recruit new CIS professionals to both the CIS field and to IEEE CIS.

It should be noted that this program is NOT intended as a means to finance speakers for conferences/workshops or symposia.

Please visit Organizing Distinguished Lectures for more information. 

Call For IEEE CIS Distinguished Lecturers Nominations

The committee shall evaluate the relevant values and merits of each nominee using both qualitative and quantitative evidence. The quantitative measures indicated in section III.1 are part of the input to be considered by the committee. Other criteria include, but are not limited to, qualitative assessments of the nominees work, geographical lecturer distribution requirements, or the need to include lecture topics that would not be, otherwise, well represented. The committee may consider exceptions to these criteria on a case by case basis.

Deadline: 30 August 2023

For more information please visit Nominatiing and Appointing DLs.

Journal Special Issues
By Marley Vellasco, Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro
Liyan Song, Southern University of Science and Technology, China

* Denotes a CIS-Sponsored Conference
∆ Denotes a CIS Technical Co-Sponsored Conference

* 2023 IEEE International Conference on Fuzzy Systems (FUZZ-IEEE 2023)
13-17 August 2023
Place: Incheon, Korea
General Co-Chairs: Frank Chung-Hoon Rhee and Byung-Jae Choi

* 2023 IEEE Conference on Games (IEEE CoG 2023)
21-24 August 2023
Place: Boston, USA
General chairs: Casper Harteveld and Jialin Liu

* 2023 IEEE Smart World Congress (IEEE SWC 2023)
25-28 August 2023
Place: Portsmouth, UK
General chairs: Hui Yu and Amir Hussian

* IEEE Conference on Computational Intelligence in Bioinformatics and Computational Biology (IEEE CIBCB 2023)
29-31 August 2023
Place: Eindhoven, Netherlands
General Chair: Marco S. Nobile

∆ 18th International Workshop on Semantic and Social Media Adaptation and Personalization (SMAP 2023)
25-26 September 2023
Place: Limassol, Cyprus
General Chair: Nicolas Tsapatsoulis and Jahna Otterbacher

* 2023 IEEE International Conference on Data Science and Advanced Analytics (IEEE DSAA 2023)
9-13 October 2023
Place: Thessaloniki, Greece
General Chair: Yannis Manolopoulos and Zhihua Zhou

∆ The 5th International Conference on Process Mining (ICPM 2023)
23-27 October 2023
Place: Rome, Italy
General Chair: Claudio Di Ciccio and Andrea Marelli

* IEEE Latin American Conference on Computational Intelligence (IEEE LA-CCI 2023)
29 October - 1 November 2023
Place: Porto de Galinhas, Brazil --> approved change to Recife, PE, Brazil
General Chairs: Diego Pinheiro and Rodrigo Monteiro

∆ International Conference on Behavioural and Social Computing (BESC 2023)
30 October – 1 November 2023
Place: Larnaca, Cyprus (University of Cyprus)
General Chairs: George A. Papadopoulos

∆ The 7th Asian Conference on Artificial Intelligence Technology (ACAIT 2023)
3-5 November 2023
Place: Jiaxing, China
General Chairs: Qionghai Dai, Cesare Alippi, and Jong-Hwan Kim

∆ The 5th International Conference on New Trends in Computational Intelligence (NTCI 2023)
3-5 November 2023
Place: Qingdao, China
General Chairs: Marios M. Polycarpou, and Jian Wang
Submission: 20 August 2023

* 2023 IEEE International Conference on Development and Learning (ICDL 2023)
9-11 November 2023
Place: Macau, China
General Chair: Zhijun Li

* 2023 IEEE Symposium Series on Computational Intelligence (IEEE SSCI 2023)
6-8 December 2023
Place: Mexico City, Mexico
General Chair: Wen Yu


IEEE CIS sponsors and co-sponsors a number of conferences across the globe.

Editor Bing Xue
Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand
Email: [email protected]

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