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Witold Pedrycz Wins Two Prestigious Canadian Awards for his Research
Just recently, our SMC community increased its visibility and established an even more profound position in the research arena of Canadian science, engineering, and technology.

In 2012, Witold Pedrycz was elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in  recognition of his pioneering, highly original, and influential contributions to Computational Intelligence and its applications in systems analysis. Witold developed fundamental concepts and algorithmic foundations in the disciplines of neurocomputing, fuzzy sets, and evolutionary optimization forming the essence of Computational Intelligence. The original architectures of fuzzy neural networks developed by him seamlessly combine their superb learning abilities and evident transparency (interpretability) that brings an enormous wealth of practical applications in systems analysis, modeling, and classification. He has made fundamental and notably high-ranking contributions to the concepts and practice of Granular Computing, profoundly facilitating human oriented processing in intelligent systems applied to analysis and design problems in complex systems.

The Royal Society of Canada is the most prestigious learned society in Canada with a long tradition dating back to 1882, as explained on its website at http://rsc-src.ca/. Being elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada is considered to be one of the highest forms of recognition that a Canadian academic can receive. 

In April 2013, Witold was awarded a greatly coveted Killam Prize for his research in Computational Intelligence and Granular Computing.

The Killam Prizes are intended to honour distinguished Canadian scholars actively engaged in research in Canada in universities, hospitals, research or scientific institutes, or other similar institutions. The prizes are funded through lifetime and testamentary gifts to the Canada Council for the Arts from Mrs. Killam, who was the wife of a famous Canadian banker. They are awarded annually, on a competitive basis, to distinguished Canadian scholars doing research in any of the following fields: humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, health sciences, and engineering. Normally, one prize is awarded each year in each of the five fields.

Witold Pedrycz serves as Editor in Chief of our IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics: Systems.
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