IEEE Systems, Man, and Cybernetics Magazine - January 2018 - 4

President's Message

by Edward Tunstel

Systems, Man,
and Cybernetics
Society Synergies

T

his in an invigorating time for
the engineering of complex
and human-machine systems,
with increasing relevance of emerg-
ing cybernetics principles. As we
begin the new year, I enthusiastically
bid you greetings as the new presi-
dent of the IEEE Systems, Man, and
Cybernetics Society (SMCS). For me,
it is the beginning of a great oppor-
tunity to lead the SMCS to further en-
hance its benefits to members and
the value of what the Society offers.
Research and academic communi-
ties, along with industry, are studying
and addressing problems for which
synergies among our three pillars of
technical focus-systems science
and engineering, human-machine, and
cybernetics-will offer robust solu-
tions. This is true for individual com-
plex systems and enterprises alike.
The engineering problems before us
present the SMCS with an opportu-
nity to realize the various ways that
(the union of) its three technical pil-
lars can be most effective. Whether it
is self-driving vehicles with associat-
ed intelligent transportation systems,
brain-machine interface sys tems,
big-data analytics and machine learn-
ing, intelligent power, infrastruc-
ture, decision support systems, or
model-based and other methodologies
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Edward Tunstel

(for engineering such systems), the
SMCS is where it all comes together.
Our vision includes being recog-
nized as the world's leading society for
the advancement of theory and appli-
cation in our three major technical ar-
eas. In that spirit, the SMCS will define
the transdisciplinary manner in which
current and future technology can be
integrated to engineer new and im-
proved systems. As we work to realize
our vision, we must be mindful of our
mission. In all that we do within and
for the SMCS, we pursue our mission
to serve the interests of our members
and the community at large by promot-
ing the theory, practice, and interdis-
ciplinary aspects of systems science
and engineering, human-machine
systems, and cybernetics. We remain
busy accomplishing this through our
conferences, publications, and other

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activities that contribute to members'
professional needs.
During the next two years, as I
work with our Society's Board of Gov-
ernors, I will be focusing on current
works in progress while pursuing
some of my own objectives including
◆ clarifying our Society's identity
so that it is commonly recognized
and understood by all members
and increasingly more widely
known by nonmembers
◆ focusing on the word "and" in the
Society's name to bring attention
to the increasing relevance of
integrated complex systems now
and in the future
◆ successfully executing the SMCS
long-term plan and identifying ac-
tivities and outcomes of the plan
where the transdisciplinary feature
of SMC can be further magnified
◆ encouraging technical activities and
respective committees to empha-
size transdisciplinary aspects that
generate reference and education-
al products, e.g., position papers,
archived presentations, tutorials,
and necessary standards
◆ increasing the visibility of IEEE
Young Professionals and Student
Member research.
Pursuing these objectives collec-
tively will help us execute the Society's
mission. As there are multiple ways to
execute our mission, we are interested
in your ideas, so I invite you to collabo-
rate with us for the benefit of the Soci-
ety and its members.
In future messages in this column,
I will keep you abreast of our progress
and plans, and I will share my reac-
tions to interesting events occurring
throughout the broader SMC-related
community. I thank all members and
friends in advance for your contribu-
tions and support.



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