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IEEE CIS Newsletter, Issue 98, March 2021

2021 Call for CIS Award Nominations

The IEEE Computational Intelligence Society annually recognizes significant contributions and meritorious service in the field of computational intelligence. Recognizing volunteers and eminent colleagues is a key element to keep our Society alive and to promote research excellence in computational intelligence.

Please consider nominating well-deserving colleagues for one of the following awards:

  • Neural Networks Pioneer Award
  • Fuzzy Systems Pioneer Award
  • Evolutionary Computation Pioneer Award
  • Meritorious Service Award
  • IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks and Learning Systems Outstanding Paper Award
  • Outstanding Chapter Award
  • Outstanding PhD Dissertation Award
  • Outstanding Organization Award
  • Outstanding Early Career Award

The completed nomination must be submitted by email to the Awards Soliciting Nominations Subcommittee Chair, Prof. Oscar Cordon at, and a copy to by 30 April 2021 in a single, standalone PDF file. Self-nominations are not allowed. The nomination can be considered submitted only after acknowledgment of the Awards Soliciting Nominations Subcommittee Chair. 

The nomination deadline is strict.

In the case of the IEEE Transactions on Fuzzy Systems Outstanding Paper Award, IEEE Transactions on Evolutionary Computation Outstanding Paper Award, IEEE Transactions on Cognitive and Development Systems Outstanding Paper Award, IEEE Transactions on Games Outstanding Paper Award, IEEE Transactions on Emerging Topics In Computational Intelligence, and IEEE Computational Intelligence Magazine this year no nominations will be considered since all the papers published in 2019 will be evaluated by and considered for the award. 

For more information, details, and procedural aspects, please visit the awards webpage or contact the CIS Awards Committee Chair, Prof. Alice Smith at


IEEE SSCI 2021 - Call for Tutorials and Special Sessions


We would like to invite you to join the IEEE Symposium Series on Computational Intelligence (IEEE SSCI 2021). This is a call for special sessions (Deadline 28 May 2021) and call for tutorials (Deadline 28 May 2021).

IEEE SSCI is an established flagship annual international series of symposia on computational intelligence sponsored by the IEEE Computational Intelligence Society. IEEE SSCI 2021 promotes and stimulates discussion on the latest theory, algorithms, applications and emerging topics on computational intelligence across several unique symposia, providing an opportunity for cross-fertilization of research and future collaborations. IEEE SSCI 2021 will feature exciting keynotes, panel discussions, special sessions, tutorials and oral presentations. 

Important dates
  • Special Session Proposals: 28 May 2021 
  • Tutorial Proposals: 28 May 2021
  • Paper Submissions: 6 August 2021 
  • Paper Acceptance: 17 September 2021 
  • Camera-ready Paper: 15 October 2021 
  • Early Registration: 15 October 2021
  • Conference dates: 4 - 7 December 2021

Research Frontier

A Survey of the Usages of Deep Learning for Natural Language Processing

green background with electronic network to silhouettesOver the last several years, the field of natural language processing has been propelled forward by an explosion in the use of deep learning models. This article provides a brief introduction to the field and a quick overview of deep learning architectures and methods. Read More

IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks and Learning Systems, Feb. 2021


A Unified Framework of Graph-Based Evolutionary Multitasking Hyper-Heuristic

neurla networks In recent research, hyper-heuristics have attracted increasing attention in various fields. The most appealing feature of hyper-heuristics is that they aim to provide more generalized solutions to optimization problems by searching in a high-level space of heuristics instead of direct problem domains. Despite the promising findings in hyper-heuristics, the design of more general search methodologies still presents a key research. Evolutionary multitasking is a relatively new evolutionary paradigm which attempts to solve multiple optimization problems simultaneously. Read More

IEEE Transactions on Evolutionary Computation, Feb. 2021


Comparison of Use of a 2000 Qubit D-wave quantum annealer and MCMC for sampling, image reconstruction, and classification

man at a workstation with neon lights in the backgroundThe next generation D-Wave quantum computer (QC) having more than 2000 qubits was demonstrated to be adequate for embedding graphs of restricted Boltzmann machines (RBMs) having the connectivity between RBM units (though still limited) already sufficient for successful training by classical algorithms. As a verification of the validity and quality of the employed embedding approach, the RBM was trained by classical contrastive divergence (CD), while the D-Wave was initially used only in the recognition step for reconstruction of incomplete test images (8 × 8 bars-and-stripes), and for their classification. Read More

IEEE Transactions on Emerging Topics in Computational Intelligence, Feb. 2021


Towards Systematic Design of General Type-2 Fuzzy Logic Controllers: Analysis, Interpretation, and Tuning

star shaped network of lights with blue background This article aims to provide a new perspective on how the deployment of general type-2 (GT2) fuzzy sets affects the mapping of a class of fuzzy logic controllers (FLCs). It is shown that an α -plane represented a GT2-FLC is easily designed via baseline type-1 and interval type-2 FLCs and two design parameters (DPs). The DPs are the total number of α planes and the tuning parameter of the secondary membership function that are interpreted as sensitivity and shape DPs, respectively. We provide a clear understanding and interpretation of the sensitivity and shape DPs on controller performance through various comparative analyses. Read More

IEEE Transactions on Fuzzy Systems, Jan. 2021

Member Activities

Live Webinar

How to Publish in IEEE Transactions on Fuzzy System

Date: Thursday, 4 March 2021
Time: 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM EST


Would you like to know the secret of publishing in the IEEE Transactions on Fuzzy System?

We will have the Editor-in-chief and some of our associate editors telling you all about that secret.

During this webinar, we will explore these topics:

  • Do and Don't in journal publication (Prof. Derek Anderson)
  • How to select a suitable journal? (Professor Marley Vellasco)
  • What is the duty of AE? What do reviewers look for in the paper? (Professor Dongrui Wu)
  • What authors should do from the EIC point of view? (Professor Jonathan Garibaldi)

Featured Speakers


Professor Derek Anderson
Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department at the University of Missouri, USA

Professor Jonathan Garibaldi
School of Computer Science, Faculty of Science at the University of Nottingham, UK

Professor Marley Vellasco
Applied Computational Intelligence and Robotics Lab at the Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Professor Dongrui Wu
School of Artificial Intelligence and Automation at the Huazhong University of Science and Technology, China

The IEEE CIS Women in Computational Intelligence sub-committee would like to introduce you to one of our new members this year: Dr Harith Al-Sharif


What is your title, full name, and place of work?

Dr Harith Al-Sahaf - Lecturer in Cybersecurity School of Engineering and Computer Science, Victoria University of Wellington.

What grade of member in CIS are you?


How long have you been a member of CIS?

9 years.

One reason why you are a member of CIS:

Networking. It provides the opportunity to be in contact with the pioneer researchers in the field.

What is your ideal weekend?

The one that I can spend with the family travelling or doing some other activities.

Give one interesting fact about yourself:

  • I do not mind eating the same food every day for a long period. For example, Nutella + peanut butter + toast + coffee has been my every-day breakfast for more than 8 years so far.
  • Determined. After being a heavy smoker for over 14 years (20-40 cigarettes a day), on 27 November 2013, I decided to quit and, to date, not a single puff from a cigarette.

What are you reading, watching or listening to at the moment:

Reading: 2001 A Space Odyssey (Arthur C. Clarke), I’ve got this book as a birthday gift. Watching: Malware analysis and reverse engineering tutorials (some materials to develop a new course) Listening to The Holy Quran recitation by Abdul-Basit Abdul-Samad.

Favorite place:

Anywhere, but the office.

What items would you take on a desert island and why:

This question is a bit vague and not that easy to answer. I will try to provide two answers based on the interpretation of ‘desert island’ and other aspects related to this question, e.g., how long for, how many items, and who with?

  • Resort: no need to take anything beyond some drinks, a beach towel and sunscreen
  • Untamed: My wife, enough food and a boat.
  • Based on Oxford dictionary definition, desert-island: “a tropical island where no people live”. Well, no one would like or want, to be in any place alone, even paradise. However, I can think of a couple of items to help in such a situation: A good magnifier (better than matches and lighters): to start a fire. A sharp knife and axe: to cut stuff Fishing rod/net.
Educational Activities

2021 Graduate Student Research Grants: Call for Applications

The IEEE Computational Intelligence Society (CIS) funds scholarships for deserving undergraduate, graduate and PhD students who need financial support to carry out their research during an academic break period. The primary intent of these scholarships is to cover the expenses related to a visit to another university, institute or research agency for collaboration with an identified researcher in the field of interest of the applicant. Funds can be used to cover travel expenses as well as certain living expenses (such as housing). The field of interest of applicants is open but should be connected with an identifiable component of the CIS (neural networks, fuzzy systems, or evolutionary computation). The call for the next round of applications will be announced soon and will have a deadline for submission of 15 Mar 2021.

More information on the scheme can be found on the CIS Graduate Student Research Grants webpage.


Call for 2021 Summer Schools Proposals

You are encouraged to submit a proposal to hold a CIS summer school in Computational Intelligence from April to December 2021. If the proposal is approved, and upon request, CIS will provide a financial contribution to support the initiative. The amount of financial support from CIS depends on the available budget, the number of financed proposals and the soundness of the school budget. We recall that organizers can take advantage of other initiatives, e.g., the CIS Distinguished Lecturer Program to further support the school (related regulations apply). We encourage proposals to collocate summer schools with our CIS conferences.

A template for the proposals and more details can be found at the Summer School Subcommittee website. Please use the following link to submit your proposal via the online form and also send your materials to the Summer Schools Subcommittee Chair, Assoc Prof. Yuanheng Zhu, at, by 1 April 2021 (late submissions may also be considered, but subject to the availability of the budget balance). 

Journal Special Issues
CIS Conferences
Due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, dates and details of CIS sponsored conferences should be monitored closely.

The situation is changing very quickly. Please consult the conference web pages frequently to obtain the latest information.

You can find the most recent announcements and updates from all of our Society’s conferences and events at as our organizers make decisions.


* Denotes a CIS-Sponsored Conference

∆ Denotes a CIS Technical Co-Sponsored Conference

* 2021 IEEE International Conference on Computational Intelligence and Virtual Environments for Measurement Systems and Applications (IEEE CIVEMSA 2021)

18-20 June 2021

Place: Virtual

General Co-Chairs: Yong Hu, Guanglin Li, Angelo Genovese 



* 2021 IEEE Congress on Evolutionary Computation (IEEE CEC 2021)

28 June - 1 July 2021

Place: Kraków, Poland

General Co-Chairs: Jacek Mańdziuk and Hussein Abbass


Will be a virtual conference


* 2021 IEEE International Conference on Fuzzy Systems (FUZZ-IEEE 2021)

11-14 July 2021

Place: Luxembourg, Luxembourg

General Co-Chairs: Christian Wagner and Holger Voos


Will be a virtual conference

Full paper submission deadline: 17 March 2021

* 2021 IEEE International Conference on Development and Learning (ICDL)

23-26 August 2021

Place: Beijing, China

General Co-Chairs: Dingsheng Luo and Angelo Cangelosi


Full paper submission deadline: 15 March 2021

* 2021 IEEE Conference on Games (IEEE CoG 2021)

17-20 August 2021

Place: Copenhagen, Denmark

General Co-Chairs: Miguel Sicart & Paolo Burelli


Full paper submission deadline: 9 April 2021


∆ 2021 International Conference on Emerging Techniques in Computational Intelligence (ICETCI 2021)

25-27 August 2021

Place: Hyderabad, India

General Chair: Atul Negi, Naresh Mallenahalli, Akira Hirose


∆ 6th South-East Europe Design Automation, Computer Engineering, Computer Networks and Social Media Conference (SEEDA CECNSM 2021)

24-26 September 2021

Place: Preveza, Greece

General Co-Chairs: Markos G. Tsipouras, Alexandros T. Tzallas, Michael F. Dossis 

* 2021 IEEE International Conference on Data Science and Advanced Analytics (IEEE DSAA 2021)

6-9 October 2021

Place: Porto, Portugal

General Co-Chairs: João Gama & Francisco Herrera


Full paper submission deadline: 23 May 2021

* 2021 IEEE Conference on Computational Intelligence in Bioinformatics and Computational Biology (CIBCB)

13-15 October 2021

Place: Melbourne, Australia

General Chairs: Madhu Chetty


* 2021 IEEE Smart World Conference (IEEE SWC 2021)

18-21 October 2021

Place: Atlanta, USA

General Co-Chairs: Yi Pan, Rajshekhar Sunderraman, Yanqing Zhang


Full paper submission deadline: 30 April 2021


∆ 2021 International Conference on Process Mining (ICPM 2021)

31 October - 4 November 2021

Place: Campus of Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherland

General Co-Chairs: Boudewijn van Dongen 


* 2021 IEEE Latin American Conference on Computational Intelligence (LA-CCI)

2-5 November 2021

Place: Temuco, Chile

General Co-Chairs: Millaray Curilem and Doris Saez


Full paper submission deadline: 30 April 2021


* 2021 IEEE Symposium Series on Computational Intelligence (IEEE SSCI 2021)

5-8 December 2021

Place: Orlando, FL, USA

General Co-Chairs: Sanaz Mostaghim and Keeley Crockett


CIS sponsors and co-sponsors a number of conferences across the globe. 
Editor Bing Xue
Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand

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