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Viterbi School Veteran's Achievements in Fuzzy Logic Come Into IEEE Focus

Computational Intelligence Association honors Hsieh Department professor now in 34th year at USC
Eric Mankin
September 17, 2007 —

Jerry Mendel, who came to the University of Southern California in 1974, has received the  2008  Fuzzy Systems Pioneer Award from IEEE Computational Intelligence Society, the third Viterbi School faculty member to be so honored.

The citation on the award is  "For Fundamental Theoretical Contributions and Seminal Results in Fuzzy Systems." 

Jerry Mendel  a dstinguished record on fuzzy logic comes into forus for a major award.
The award recognizes "significant contributions to early concepts and to early concepts and developments in the field of fuzzy systems."

It will be presented at the IEEE World Congress on  Computational Intelligence to be held in Hong Kong, June 1-5, 2008, and includes an honorarium, medallion and travel grant for the honoree and companion to the awards ceremony.

Mendel is a professor in the Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical Engineering. "Jerry has a distinguished research record in the fields of fuzzy systems, estimation and signal processing," said Sandy Sawchuk, Systems chair of the department. "Our department joins me in congratulating him on this very significant recognition of his research accomplishments and his stature in the fuzzy system community."

Mendel has previously received two major IEEE awards, a Centennial Medal in 1984, and a Third Centennial Medal in 2000. In addition to status as life-fellow of the IEEE and Distinguished Member of the IEEE Control Systems Society, he is also a member of Sigma Xi, Tau Beta and Pi Tau Sigma. More details, including a lively introduction to his work on fuzzy logic can be found on his website at http://sipi.usc.edu/~mendel/

Two other Viterbi faculty members are IEEE Computational Intelligence Society Pioneers.  Michael Arbib and Christoph von der Malsburg received the honor in the field of neural networks in 1995 and 1994 respectively.

More details about the IEE-CIS awards can be found at its website, http://ieee-cis.org/awards/.