September 2005
Issue #12

Submission deadline for the next issue: November 20, 2005
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  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

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Stuart Rubin
Tel: (619) 553-3554

SMCS Technical Committee on
Knowledge Acquisition in Intelligent Systems
Co-Chairs: Stuart H. Rubin and Shu-Ching Chen
by Stuart Rubin

The goal of the technical committee on knowledge acquisition in intelligent systems is to advance the foundations upon which machine intelligence may be based. The technical committee (henceforth the committee) recognizes that any non-trivial intelligent system
necessarily embodies a collage of soft computing methodologies, which calls forth the need to integrate the domain-specific technologies in a maximally reusable object system. Towards this end, the committee seeks to foster professional interaction through the medium of IEEE sponsored conferences, innovative research through the medium of the IEEE SMC transactions, and the seeding of an optimistic outlook through support of a medley of eminent keynote speakers.

The IEEE Technical committee on Knowledge Acquisition in Intelligent Systems was founded as a result of the high cost of getting knowledge into neural, fuzzy, and expert systems. Part of the difficulty stems from the problem of representing knowledge in a useable format, transforming that representation to make the knowledge accessible to
different ontological mechanisms, and extending that body of knowledge, thereby reducing the cost of acquisition. In particular, we extend knowledge where it is needed and in a timely manner. This technical committee not only supports the publication of novel research in this area, but seeks to develop applications that result from the use of its principles.

For example, we look for answers to such basic questions as

  1. how can we formally define and apply analogical reasoning in a domain-general manner;
  2. what is the best way to learn Type II fuzzy functions;
  3. How can domain symmetry be exploited to greatly increase the number of fundamental memories in an ensemble neural network;
  4. Can a metaphorical explanation subsystem be developed for a learning expert system; and,
  5. How can one develop tractable version rule spaces for symbolic knowledge?

The application domains for these developments cross the sub-disciplines of medical and biological informatics, multimedia search, image recognition, data fusion, language translation, speech recognition, and the like.

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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