IEEE Systems, Man and Cybernetics Magazine - January 2020 - 4

President's Message

by Imre J. Rudas

Our Future Is
Grounded in the Past

T

o all of the IEEE Systems,
Man, and Cybernetics Society (SMCS) members, my colleagues, and my friends, I wish you
a very happy, healthy, and prosperous new year! I am truly humbled,
honored, and privileged to be elected
as the president of SMCS for 2020-
2021. I consider the SMCS my second
family, one that supports a variety
of scientific and educational areas.
This interdisciplinary character constitutes a very productive synergetic
environment and provides a foundation for worldwide leadership in our
field of interest. I am pleased and
ready to serve the SMCS in my capacity as president for these two years.
The future of our Society is grounded in the past. To have a successful
new year, we need to acknowledge the
successes and accomplishments of
the previous year. I am deeply grateful
to our past president, Eddie Tunstel,
for his leadership, service, and outstanding contributions to the Society.
I look forward to continuing his important and successful work toward
fulfilling the mission and goals of the
SMCS. Many thanks to the members
of the Executive Committee and the
Board of Governors (BoG) and congratulations to the newly elected officers and BoG members. The Society's
operation strongly relies on the work
of our dedicated volunteers. I am inDigital Object Identifier 10.1109/MSMC.2019.2952184
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Our transactions have achieved
outstanding levels; in journal ranking,
IEEE Transactions on Cybernetics was
ranked first, while IEEE Transactions
on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics:
Systems was ranked in fifth place. Our
financial status is very healthy, and the
long-term sustainable operation of the
Society is ensured. Our technical areas
are progressing in line with current IT
and emerging fields, such as artificial
intelligence, energy-awareness, and
brain computing. We have a great number of technical committees, most of
which are very active in their areas.
For this year, the BoG approved
the operational plan. My main goal is
to promote and support the accomplishment of this strategic and operational plan.
In general, during my term, I want to
emphasize the interdisciplinary views
of the Society, enhance the global character of the SMCS, and also endeavor
Imre J. Rudas
to benefit more from international cospired by their commitment to the
operation. I will make a concerted efSMCS and sincerely grateful to them
fort to link our scientific and technical
for serving our members, from stuaccomplishments with our educational
dents to professors.
duties. I would like to contribute to the
Without being exhaustive, let me
advancement of the fields of the SMCS,
mention some achievements from
including fostering new opportunities
th e last year. Our
a nd the en ha nce membership develment of new activiopment is steady,
ties for the benefit
Our membership
but we need more efof our members and
development is
fort, especially in reour profession.
steady, but we
gions with relatively
My concrete goals
need more efsmall membership.
are to support new
Our past president
initiatives, provide
fort, especially
started a new procontinuous updates
in regions with
gram that outlines an
of our activities rerelatively small
outreach activity folating to new chalmembership.
cused on stimulating
lenges, and increase
interaction among
the number of parcurrent SMCS memticipants of our flagbers and prospective members in
ship conference, the IEEE International
Conference on Systems, Man, and CyBrazil as part of the Society's cambernetics, while maintaining its quality.
paign to increase our activity and presI would also like to enhance leadership
ence in IEEE Region 9.

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