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The Future Role of IEEE SMC Society


The National Science Foundation’s report on converging technology emphasized  the necessity of interdisciplinary research to make a breakthrough to solve  many problems in science and engineering. It is well known that a cross-disciplinary research paradigm has offered fine solutions to many challenging issues. The brain informatics, which focuses on studying the mechanisms underlying the information processing system in a human brain, can be a good example. In that sense, there are a lot of issues that the IEEE System, Man, and Cybernetics Society (SMCS), whose one of the main goals is to promote the interdisciplinary aspects of systems science and engineering, human-machine systems, and cybernetics, should consider as the leading scientific and academic organization.

IEEE SMCS has been an exemplary organization in terms of its solid membership, improving impact factors of the transactions, and holding its annual conferences and many other SMCS-sponsored conferences/workshops. In this respect, IEEE SMCS will play a core role to provide scientists and engineers with a place for discussion on many interdisciplinary research topics. For instance, we can allocate a special session in conferences/workshops for the attendees to get together and to discuss problems and open issues with which they are facing. It is believed that those kinds of specialized meetings can shed a new light on a groundbreaking approach, which, or not, would not possibly be developed in a single disciplinary.


Department of Brain and Cognitive Engineering, Korea University
Anam-dong, Seongbuk-ku, Seoul, 136-713, Korea
Tel: +82-2-3290-3572, Fax: +82-2-926-2168
Homepage: http://image.korea.ac.kr/swlee/
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Seong-Whan Lee is the Hyundai Motor Chair Professor at Korea University, Seoul, where he is the Head of the Department of Brain and Cognitive Engineering and the Director of the Institute for Brain and Cognitive Engineering. He is also the Principal Investigator of the World Class University (WCU) project on “Brain and Cognitive Engineering” research, which is funded by the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology of Korea.

He received the B.S. degree in computer science and statistics from Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea, in 1984, and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in computer science from Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), Seoul, Korea, in 1986 and 1989, respectively. He was a visiting researcher in the Pattern Recognition Group at Delft University of Technology in 1987 and a post-doctoral fellow at the Center for Pattern Recognition and Machine Intelligence (CENPARMI), Concordia University, Canada, from 1989 to 1990. From 1989 to 1995, he was an assistant professor in the Department of Computer Science, Chungbuk National University, Cheongju, Korea. In 1995, he joined the faculty of the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Korea University, Seoul, as a full professor. From 2001 to 2002, he was a visiting professor in the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences at MIT.

Dr. Lee was the winner of the Annual Best Student Paper Award of the Korea Information Science Society in 1986. He received the First Outstanding Young Researcher Award at the Second International Conference on Document Analysis and Recognition in 1993, and the First Distinguished Research Award from Chungbuk National University in 1994. He received the Outstanding Research Award from the Korea Information Science Society in 1996. He received the Lotfi Zadeh Best Paper Award at the IEEE International Conference on Machine Learning and Cybernetics in 2011. He also received the Scientist of the Month Award from the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology of Korea in 2012.

A Fellow of the IEEE, IAPR, and Korean Academy of Science and Technology, he has served several professional societies as a chairman or governing board member. He is currently the Vice President of the IEEE Systems, Man, and Cybernetics Society. He was the founding Co-Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Document Analysis and Recognition. He has been an Associate Editor of several international journals including Pattern Recognition, ACM Transactions on Applied Perception, IEEE Transactions on Affective Computing, Image and Vision Computing, International Journal of Pattern Recognition and Artificial Intelligence, and International Journal of Image and Graphics. He was a General or Program Chair of many international conferences and workshops and was also on the program committees of numerous conferences and workshops.
His current research interests include pattern recognition, computer vision, and brain informatics. He has more than 250 publications in international journals and conference proceedings, and authored 10 books.
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