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Associate Editor
Haibin Zhu

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aibin Zhu is an associate editor (AE) of IEEE Systems,
Man, & Cybernetics Magazine.

IEEE Systems, Man, & Cybernetics
Magazine (SMCM): What is your current position, and what are your research areas and interests?
Haibin Zhu: I am currently a full professor of computer science at Nipissing
University in North Bay, Ontario, Canada.
My major research is focused on collaboration theory, technologies, and
systems. Relative to these domains, I
investigate topics such
as distributed intelligent systems, software
engineering, multiagent
systems, human-machine systems, computer-supported cooperative work (CSCW), and
computer-supported
education. Additionally, I am the founding
investigator and a pas- Haibin zhu.
sionate advocate of rolebased collaboration (RBC) and adaptive
collaboration (AC). These activities are
closely related to my engineering background and keen interest in these fields
of research.
SMCM: What motivates you to do
research, teaching, and volunteering?
Zhu: Since childhood, I have had a
powerful desire to make significant
and beneficial contributions to the
world. I believed that such a desire
was the mark of a good human. This
ideal is the major motivation for me to
conduct research. Second, teaching is
a great way to communicate knowledge, obtained through research, to
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students and to expand the impact of
my research efforts. Students are active thinkers and have always asked
challenging questions. This feedback energizes my research efforts,
which is why I am motivated to teach
and supervise students. Last, volunteering provides the opportunity to
interact with the top researchers
around the world. These interactions
encourage me to think more deeply
and broadly about my research.
SMCM: Who are your role models,
and why?
Z h u: B eg i n n i n g
with childhood and
continuing to my university studies, I took
the most respectable
persons I knew as my
role models, for example, a high school teacher who would lecture
for 50 minutes with
nothing but a piece of
chalk in his hand, and
a professor who could
immediately know what number 215
is. Since I chose academic research
as my career, my role models have
been Alan Turing, Carl Adam Petri,
and Lotfi Zadeh. They have been
important sources of inspiration,
Alan Turing because of his Turing
machine, Carl Adam Petri with the
Petri net, and Lotfi Zadeh with his
pioneering work on fuzzy logic. They
helped demonstrate the rewards of
hard work and instill passion for research in their students. I hope that
my efforts in RBC methodology and
the environment-class, agent, role,
group, and object (E-CARGO) model
can be adopted widely in the research community, because I believe
that RBC and E-CARGO are highly

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abstract and applicable frameworks
similar to the Petri net.
SMCM: How did you get started as a
volunteer in the IEEE and elsewhere?
Zhu: My early volunteer work occurred during 1990 in China, when I assisted in organizing a national conference on logic programming. I believed
that such an activity would be required
for a life in research. I would like to offer
assistance in any related volunteer
work if I have the time and am suitably
qualified.
SMCM: Describe your early work
for the IEEE Systems, Man, and Cybernetics Society (SMCS).
Zhu: I started as a volunteer with
the SMCS in 2003, when I organized
a special session on RBC. This session provided an active forum for
researchers to present and discuss
innovations in the research and practice on RBC. In 2004, I successfully
organized two more sessions for the
SMCS  conference. These were exciting and rewarding volunteer experiences. Since then, I have organized
12 more special sessions on RBC for
SMCS conferences (2003-2014). Since
2005, I have been serving as cochair of
the Technical Committee on Distributed Intelligent Systems for the SMCS.
I was a guest editor for the special
issue on collaboration support systems for IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics-Part
A: Systems and Humans in 2006.
SMCM: How and why did you volunteer to serve as an AE?
Zhu: Since beginning work in Canada, I have volunteered as an AE of the
International Journal of Intelligent
Control and Systems and the International Journal of Agent Technologies
and Systems. I began work as an AE
of IEEE Systems, Man, & Cybernetics Magazine in January 2015. Taking
an AE position is consistent with my
major goal of contributing to the world.
In serving as an AE, I am involved with
cutting-edge research that benefits my
research career. It is an activity worthy
of my time and effort. Being an AE also
provides me a good learning opportunity from within a global community of
highly active researchers.



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