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key stakeholders, understand stakeholders' interests, and design solutions
that align with the sweet spot amid
all the people, intentions, and preferences. Rouse's work provides a series
of case studies of how this philosophy,
and associated methods and tools, can
assure valid, acceptable, and viable
systems, products, and services.
Rouse's contributions also reflect
a very eclectic interest in a wide
range of topics and issues. This is
epitomized by his choice of English
literature as his Ph.D. minor at MIT,
where he majored in systems engineering. More recently, he has studied the nature of teamwork in the
performing arts. He has also been
exploring the nature of invention
and innovation in technology and the
arts. This has involved contrasting
innovations in transportation and
computing with innovations in modern painting and jazz.
When asked by an audience why an
engineer would choose these topics
to research, he indicated that he has
always liked to have three research

areas. The first area is usually mainstream and he is an ongoing contributor-his work on investment valuation currently fits here. The second
area is an emerging area that many
people agree is emerging but has not
yet arrived-his current research in
organizational simulations fits this
category. The third area is the type
of research where people frequently
ask, "Why on earth are you doing
that?" His work in the arts currently
fills this slot. It's fascinating and
you never know where it will head,
he notes, but some of his best work
has emerged in this way. Pure fascination, mixed with a strong orientation for placing himself in the path of
serendipity, has led to many highly
regarded accomplishments.
Rouse was a panelist in the Norbert Wiener Panel Session at the 2014
IEEE International Conference on
Systems, Man, and Cybernetics in
San Diego. In his talk, he expanded on
Norbert Wiener's classic book, Cybernetics: Or Control and Communication in the Animal and the Machine

Associate Editor
Ferat Sahin

F

erat Sahin earned his M.S. and
Ph.D. degrees from Virginia
Polytechnic Institute and State
University in 1997 and 2000, respectively. In September 2000, he joined
Rochester Institute of Technology
(RIT), where he is currently a professor. He is also the director of the
Multi-Agent Bio-Robotics Laboratory
at RIT. His current research interests are system of systems simulation
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and modeling, swarm intelligence,
robotics, microelectromecha nical materials modeling, nanoindentation,
microactuators, decision theory, embedded fault analysis and
estimation, multiagent
systems, and structural Bayesian network
learning. In addition to
conference and journa l publications in
these areas, he is also Ferat Sahin.
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(1948), to sketch a broader perspective of "Control and Communication
in Animals, Machines, Organizations,
and Societies." This broader perspective, he emphasized, leveraged many
ideas that were articulated long ago
by Wiener and others. The difference
is that we now have enormous computational capabilities, large-scale
interactive visualizations, and massive data sets including numeric data,
text, and images.
The accomplishments outlined
above have led to significant recognition. Rouse was elected a Fellow
of the IEEE in 1985, the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society in 1994,
the Institute for Operations Research
and Management Science in 2002, and
the International Council for Systems
Engineering in 2006. He was elected a
member of the National Academy of
Engineering in 1991. He has received
numerous other awards and recognition, including Centennial and Millennium Medals from the IEEE, as well
as the Wohl and Wiener Awards from
the SMCS.

the coauthor of two books: Experimental and Practical Robotics (CRC
Press, 2007) and Intelligent Control Systems with an Introduction
to System of Systems Engineering
(CRC Press, 2009). Sahin has been
a reviewer for leading journals and
conferences in both the IEEE and
other organizations.
He was the deputy editor-in-chief
of the journal Computers and Electrical Engineering from 2011 to 2015.
He is an associate
editor of IEEE Systems, Man, & Cybern e t i c s Ma g a z i n e,
Computers and Electrical Engineering, and
AutoSoft Journal. He
has edited several
special issues of Computers and Electrical
Engineering, and he
is currently preparing

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