Meet the Candidates for 2018 IEEE President-Elect

Vincenzo Piuri and Jacek Zurada campaign to lead the organization

1 March 2017

The IEEE Board of Directors has nominated Fellow Vincenzo Piuri and Life Fellow Jacek Zurada as candidates for 2018 IEEE president-elect. The candidate chosen in this year’s annual election will serve as IEEE president in 2019.

Piuri is a professor and former chair of the information technology department at the University of Milan and an honorary professor at three other universities. His research interests include intelligent systems, machine learning, neural networks, pattern recognition, and digital architectures. Piuri has coauthored four books on biometrics.

He was elevated to Fellow in 2001 “for contributions to neural network techniques and embedded digital architectures for industrial applications.” He is also a member of IEEE–Eta Kappa Nu, the organization’s honor society.

Piuri was 2015 vice president, IEEE Technical Activities. He was IEEE Division X director/delegate from 2010 to 2012 and president of the IEEE Computational Intelligence Society in 2006 and 2007.

He has been editor in chief of the IEEE Systems Journal since 2013. He has also served on the IEEE Publication Services and Products and IEEE Technical Activities boards as well as several IEEE committees.

Zurada is a professor and former chair of the computer engineering department at the University of Louisville, Kentucky. He is also director of its Computational Intelligence Laboratory. His research focuses on computational intelligence, machine learning, and image and signal processing. He has authored or coauthored three books including the textbook Introduction to Artificial Neural Systems. His research has been cited more than 10,000 times.

He was elevated to Fellow in 1996 “for contributions to engineering education in the area of neural networks.” He was elected a foreign member of the Polish Academy of Sciences and has been awarded four honorary doctorates.

Zurada was 2014 vice president, IEEE Technical Activities, and was president of the IEEE Computational Intelligence Society in 2004 and 2005. He was editor in chief of the IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks from 1998 to 2003 and chaired the IEEE Technical Activities board’s periodicals committee in 2010 and 2011.

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