Invited Speakers

Dr. Piero Bonissone
Piero Bonissone received a Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering and computer science from the University of California at Berkeley in 1979. A Chief Scientist at GE Global Research, Dr. Bonissone has been a pioneer in the field of fuzzy logic, AI, soft computing, and approximate reasoning systems applications since 1979. During the eighties, he conceived and developed the Diesel Electric Locomotive Troubleshooting Aid (DELTA), one of the first fielded expert systems that helped maintenance technicians in troubleshooting diesel-electric locomotives. He has been the Principal Investigator in many DARPA programs, from Strategic Computing Initiative, to Pilot's Associate, Submarine Operational Automation System, and Planning Initiative. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI), of the International Fuzzy Systems Association (IFSA), and a Coolidge Fellow at GE Global Research. He served as Editor in Chief of the International Journal of Approximate Reasoning for thirteen years. He is on the editorial board of five technical journals and is Editor-at-Large of the IEEE Computational Intelligence Magazine. He has co-edited six books and has over 150 publications in refereed journals, book chapters, and conference proceedings, with an H-Index of 21. He received thirty-nine patents issued from the US Patent Office (plus forty-one pending patents). Since 1982, he has been an Adjunct Professor at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, in Troy N, where he has supervised five Ph.D. theses and thirty-two Master theses. In 2002 he was also President of the IEEE Neural Networks Society. He has co-chaired nine scientific conferences focused on Multi-Criteria Decision-Making, Fuzzy sets, Diagnostics, Prognostics, and Uncertainty Management.

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Dr. Carlos Artemio Coello Coello

Carlos Artemio Coello Coello received a PhD in Computer Science in 1996. He is currently full professor at CINVESTAV-IPN in Mexico City, Mexico. He has published over 200 papers in international peer-reviewed journals and conferences. He has also co-authored the book "Evolutionary Algorithms for Solving Multi-Objective Problems" (Second Edition, Springer, 2007) and has co-edited the book "Applications of Multi-Objective Evolutionary Algorithms (World Scientific, 2004). He has delivered invited talks, keynote speeches and tutorials at international conferences held in Spain, USA, Canada, Switzerland, UK, Chile, Colombia, Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay, India, China, and Mexico. Dr. Coello currently serves as associate editor of the "IEEE Transactions on Evolutionary Computation", "Evolutionary Computation", "Journal of Heuristics", "Pattern Analysis and Applications", and "Computational Optimization and Applications", and as a member of the editorial boards of the journals "Soft Computing", the "International Journal of Computational Intelligence Research", "Engineering Optimization" and "International Journal of Intelligent Computing and Cybernetics". He is member of the Mexican Academy of Science, Senior Member of the IEEE, and member of Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society. He received the 2007 National Research Award granted by the Mexican Academy of Science, in the area of exact sciences. His current research interests are: multiobjective optimization using meta-heuristics, constraint-handling techniques for evolutionary algorithms and evolvable hardware.

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Prof. Hani Hagras

Prof. Hani Hagras is a Professor in the School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering, Director of the Computational Intelligence Centre and the Head of the Fuzzy Systems Research Group in the University of Essex, UK. His major research interests are in computational intelligence, notably type-2 fuzzy systems, fuzzy logic, neural networks, genetic algorithms, and evolutionary computation. His research interests also include ambient intelligence, pervasive computing and intelligent buildings. He is also interested in embedded agents, robotics and intelligent control. He has authored more than 150 papers in international journals, conferences and books. His work has received funding that totalled to about £2.5 Million in the last five years from the European Union, the UK Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), the UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), the UK Economic and Social Sciences Research Council (ESRC), the Korea- UK S&T fund as well as several industrial companies. He has also two industrial patents in the field of Computational intelligence and intelligent control. He is a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET (IEE)) and a Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). He is the Chair of IEEE Computational Intelligence Society (CIS) Senior Members Sub-Committee. He is also the chair of the IEEE CIS Task Force on Intelligent Agents and Chair of the IEEE CIS Task Force on Extensions to Type-1 Fuzzy Sets. His research has won numerous prestigious international awards where most recently he was awarded by the IEEE Computational Intelligence Society (CIS), the Outstanding Paper Award in the IEEE Transactions on Fuzzy Systems. In addition, he was awarded the IET Knowledge Networks Award. He is an Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Fuzzy Systems. He is also an Associate Editor of the International Journal of Robotics and Automation, the Journal of Cognitive Computation, the Journal of Applied Computational Intelligence and Soft Computing and the Journal of Ambient Computing and Intelligence. He served also as a guest editor in the Journal of Information Sciences and the Journal of Ubiquitous Computing and Intelligence. He is a member of the IEEE Computational Intelligence Society (CIS) Fuzzy Systems Technical Committee. He is also a member of the IEEE Industrial Electronics Society (IES) Technical Committee of the Building Automation, Control and Management. In addition he is member of the Executive Committee of the IET Robotics and Mechatronics Technical and Professional Network. Prof. Hagras chaired several international conferences where most recently he served as the General Co-Chair of the 2007 IEEE International Conference on Fuzzy systems London, July 2007 and he also served as Programme Chair for the 2008 IET International Conference on Intelligent Environments, Seattle, USA and he is currently serving as the Programme Chair of 2009 IEEE Symposium on Intelligent Agents, Nashville, USA, April 2009 and he is also a Programme Area Chair (control) for the 2009 IEEE International Conference on Fuzzy Systems, Jeju Island, Korea, August 2009. He served as a member of the international programme committees of numerous international conferences.

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Prof. Hisao Ishibuchi

Professor Hisao Ishibuchi received the BS and MS degrees in precision mechanics from Kyoto University, Japan, in 1985 and 1987, respectively. He received the Ph. D. degree from Osaka Prefecture University, Japan, in 1992. Since 1987, he has been with Osaka Prefecture University, Japan, where he was a research associate (1987-1993), an assistant professor (1993), and an associate professor (1994-1999). He is currently a professor since 1999. Since 2006, he is also the Head of Computational Intelligence Research Center, Osaka Prefecture University. His current research interests include evolutionary multiobjective optimization, fuzzy rule-based classification systems, and multiobjective genetic fuzzy systems. He have proposed a number of hybrid computational intelligence techniques such as neural network-based fuzzy regression analysis, learning of neural networks form fuzzy if-then rules, neural networks with fuzzy connection weights, genetic algorithm-based fuzzy rule selection, multiobjective genetic local search, and multiobjective fuzzy genetics-based machine learning. He received GECCO 2004 Best Paper Award, ISIS 2005 Outstanding Paper Award, EFS 2006 Best Runner-Up Paper Award, HIS-NCEI 2006 Best Paper Award, GECCO 2007 Competition First Prize, 2007 JSPS PRIZE from the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, and GEFS 2008 Best Paper Finalist Award. He is the IEEE CIS Fuzzy Systems TC Chair (2008-) and a Vice-President of SOFT in Japan (2007-2009). He is an associate editor of Mathware & Soft Computing (2001-), IEEE Trans. on SMC: Part B (2002-), IEEE Trans. on Fuzzy Systems (2004-), IEEE CI Magazine (2005-), International Journal of Computational Intelligence Research (2005-), Advances in Fuzzy Systems (2007-), International Journal of Metaheuristics (2007-), and IEEE Trans. on Evolutionary Computation (2007-). He is also an area editor of Soft Computing (2007-). He was an Area Chair of IJCNN 1997 and FUZZ-IEEE 1998, a Technical Co-Chair of FUZZ-IEEE 2006, a Program Co-Chair of EMO 2007, an Area Chair of IFSA 2009 and FUZZ-IEEE 2009, and will work as the Program Chair for CEC 2010.

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Prof. Witold Pedrycz

Witold Pedrycz (M’88-SM’90-F’99) received the M.Sc., and Ph.D., D.Sci. all from the Silesian University of Technology, Gliwice, Poland. He is a Professor and Canada Research Chair (CRC) in Computational Intelligence in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada. He is also with the Polish Academy of Sciences, Systems Research Institute, Warsaw, Poland. His research interests encompass Computational Intelligence, fuzzy modeling, knowledge discovery and data mining, fuzzy control including fuzzy controllers, pattern recognition, knowledge-based neural networks, granular and relational computing, and Software Engineering. He has published numerous papers in these areas. He is also an author of 12 research monographs. Witold Pedrycz has been a member of numerous program committees of IEEE conferences in the area of fuzzy sets and neurocomputing. He serves as Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Transactions on Systems Man and Cybernetics-part A and Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Fuzzy Systems. He is also an Editor-in-Chief of Information Sciences. Dr. Pedrycz is a recipient of the prestigious Norbert Wiener award from the IEEE Society of Systems, Man, and Cybernetics and an IEEE Canada Silver Medal in Computer Engineering.

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