James M. Tien
Yamada Corporation Professor
Chair and Professor, Department of Decision Sciences and Engineering Systems
Professor, Department of Electrical, Computer, and Systems Engineering
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Troy, New York 12180-3590, USA
|James M. Tien, Candidate,
IEEE 2006 President-Elect
JMT Statement for SMC Newsletter
As an SMC member, let me begin by thanking those of
you who collected signatures for my petition candidacy; I am now a 2006
IEEE President-Elect candidate because of your hard work!
My vision is for the IEEE to be the “Global Resource of Choice”
for scientific, educational and professional products and services.
Consequently, IEEE must offer more global and portable member benefits
(to support a typical career that includes multiple employers); IEEE
must meet the continuing education needs of our members (who must update
their knowledge base while being on the job); and IEEE must think and
act globally for the profession and think and act locally for the members
(who have different cultural and professional needs).
One concern that will affect SMC and all our technical
societies is the issue of “open access”; that is, publications
– especially those derived from government-funded research –
should be readily available and accessible. Although as a researcher
I can applaud this stance, I am afraid that IEEE’s financial viability
will be irrevocably undermined unless we take immediate steps to change
IEEE’s current financial structure, one that is based on deriving
more than 50 percent of our revenues on the sale of our publications.
Even if open access does not necessarily imply “free access”,
it is obvious that we must curtail our dependency on publication revenues.
We must develop new intellectual products and services that can be a
source for new revenues. Indeed, in 2003 and as the newly elected EAB/VP,
I worked with EAB staff and volunteers to launch IEEE/Thomson’s
forthcoming Expert Now (formerly known as XELL) web-based learning library;
it will contain the best of our conference tutorials and short courses.
In addition to meeting our continuing education needs, Expert Now will
serve as a new revenue source and possibly grow to replace the lucrative
I have the qualifications to continue to help IEEE
become the global resource of choice, especially given my experience
as VP of Publications and as VP of Education. Moreover, as detailed
I have extensive leadership experience and demonstrated excellence,
including being elected to the U. S. National Academy of Engineering.
Finally, I humbly ask not only for your vote, but also
for your involvement: Together, We Can Advance IEEE’s
materials for the 2005 IEEE Annual Election are available on-line
Three SMC members are on the ballot. They are :
This year, there are three candidates competing for the 2006 IEEE
Please see the position statement of each candidate by clicking their
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IEEE SMC Distinguished Lecturer Program provides opportunities for
SMCS members to meet and interact with the following lecturers for
the year 2005:
Speaker: Donald E. Brown
Title: Learning from Simulations
Speaker: William A. Gruver
Title: Distributed Intelligent Systems: Technologies
Speaker: Lawrence O. Hall
Title: Learning from Large Amounts of Data
Speaker: Tsu-Tian Lee
Title: Intelligent Transportation Systems
Speaker: Daniel S. Yeung
Title: Feature and Sample Reduction for Classification
Speaker: Mengchu Zhou
Title 1: Deadlock Control in Automated Manufacturing
Title 2: Clustered Water and Bio-signal Networks
- an Emerging Area for Systems, Man and Cybernetics Research
For more information about the DL program
for Applications and Recommendations for Distinguished Lecturers
The IEEE SMC Society is accepting
applications and recommendations for Distinguished Lecturers, Distinguished
Lecturers Program (Please visit DLP
websiteand the links therein). The successful candidates will
be appointed for a two year term to begin January 1, 2006, with
a possible two year extension. Potential applicants are encouraged
to send a biosketch, abstracts of two lectures, and availability
for lectures in 2006 to the Vice President of Memberships, Tsu-Tian
The successful candidate must be a member of the SMC Society in
standing. All applications must be received prior to November 1,
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to the following members of the SMC Society who were elevated to the
IEEE Senior Member grade at the last meeting of the IEEE Admission
and Advancement Review Panel.
2005 Senior Member
August 2005 Senior Member
Charles J. Kim
Joseph O. Palmiter