Three Candidates Vie for 2019 President-Elect

Toshio Fukuda, Vincenzo Piuri, and Jacek Zurada are in the running

12 March 2018

IEEE Life Fellow Toshio Fukuda was successful in getting nominated by petition as a candidate for 2019 president-elect. His name appears on this year’s ballot along with the two Board-nominated candidates, Fellow Vincenzo Piuri and Life Fellow Jacek M. Zurada.

The candidate chosen in this year’s annual election will serve as IEEE president in 2020.

Piuri and Zurada ran in last year’s election and finished behind José M.F. Moura.

Fukuda is a professor of mechatronics engineering at Meijo University, in Nagoya, Japan. He is also a professor at the Beijing Institute of Technology and professor emeritus at Nagoya University. His research focuses on intelligent robotic systems and micro-nano robotics. He has published more than 2,000 articles in scientific journals, conference proceedings, and reports.

He was elevated to Fellow in 1995 “for the development of distributed intelligent robotics and system control with neuron-fuzzy-genetic-algorithms-based computational intelligence.”

Fukuda was director of IEEE Region 10 in 2013 and 2014 and IEEE Division X director/delegate in 2001 and 2002, and 2017 and 2018. He was president of the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society in 1988 and 1989 and general chair of the IEEE International Symposium on Micro-Nano Mechatronics from 1990 to 2012. He has served on several IEEE boards and committees.


Piuri is a professor of intelligent systems and former chair of the information technology department at the University of Milan, as well as an honorary professor at four other universities. His interests include intelligent systems, machine learning, neural networks, pattern recognition, signal and image processing, and digital architectures.

He coauthored four books and founded a startup focused on intelligent systems for industrial applications. Elevated to Fellow in 2001 for “contributions to neural network techniques and embedded digital architectures for industrial applications,” he is a member of IEEE Eta Kappa Nu, the organization’s honor society.

He was 2015 vice president of IEEE Technical Activities, 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, and he has served on the IEEE Publication Services and Products and IEEE Technical Activities boards as well as on several IEEE committees.


Zurada is director of the Computational Intelligence Laboratory at the University of Louisville, in Kentucky, where he is a professor of electrical and computer engineering and former chair of the department. His work focuses on computational intelligence, machine learning, and image and signal processing. He has served as a consultant to industry and to startups.

He has authored or coauthored three books including the textbook Introduction to Artificial Neural Systems. His research has been cited more than 11,000 times.

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 five honorary professorships.

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

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