September 2005
Issue #12

Submission deadline for the next issue: November 20, 2005
Submission Guidelines

  As you read this message you should have received voting ballots including the statements and biographies of the candidates running in the IEEE Annual Election.

  This issue of the IEEE SMCS eNewsletter features three research reports, four TC reports, and a wonderful conference progress report about SMC’05 by Mo Jamshidi in the Features corner.

  SMC Transactions Tables of Contents

Recent Publications of SMC Society Members

  Welcome to 2005 IEEE SMC International Conference – HAWAII 05

Introduction to Embedded Intelligent System Lab. at NCCU, Taiwan

On the Dynamic Pattern Analysis, Discovery and Recognition

Development of Face Recognition Techniques at
NEC Laboratories

Introduction of TC on Industrial Applications (Systems)

IEEE SMC Systems Safety & Security TC

Technical Committee on Conflict Resolution

SMCS Technical Committee
on Knowledge Acquisition in Intelligent Systems

Recent Ph.D. Theses
  Recent Ph.D. Theses

  Three Faculty Openings for the rank of Assistant, Associate and/or Full Professor, Department of Electrical and Control Engineering, National Chiao-Tung University, Taiwan

  Conferences sponsored by the SMC Society

Back Issues
  Back Issues


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 publication business.

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 in, 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 Global Value.

Voting materials for the 2005 IEEE Annual Election are available on-line at: Three SMC members are on the ballot. They are :

James M. Tien
Candidate for IEEE President
Bill Gruver

Candidate for Division X Director
Ferial El Hawary

Candidate for Region 7 Director

This year, there are three candidates competing for the 2006 IEEE President-Elect.
Please see the position statement of each candidate by clicking their names.

Leah H. Jamieson
Gerald H. Peterson
James M. Tien

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The 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 and Applications
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 Problems
Speaker: Mengchu Zhou
Title 1: Deadlock Control in Automated Manufacturing Systems
Title 2: Clustered Water and Bio-signal Networks - an Emerging Area for Systems, Man and Cybernetics Research

For more information about the DL program please visit DLP website

Call 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 Lee

The successful candidate must be a member of the SMC Society in good
standing. All applications must be received prior to November 1, 2005.

2005 WSC registration is now open!

The 2005 Winter Simulation Conference registration is now open. Take advantage of the early registration savings and come join us in Orlando, Florida (USA), December 4-7, 2005. Read More

Congratulations 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.

June 2005 Senior Member
Qilian Liang
Jean-Christophe Olivo-Marin
Stanko Strmcnik
Tao Zhang

August 2005 Senior Member
Charles J. Kim
Joseph O. Palmiter

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