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Professor Receives Award for Outstanding Contributions in the Field of Computational Intelligence

New Rochelle, NY (July 13, 2015) Iona College professor, Dr. Ronald R. Yager has been awarded the 2016 Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Frank Rosenblatt Award for outstanding contributions to the advancement of the design, practice, techniques, or theory in biologically and linguistically motivated computational paradigms, including but not limited to neural networks, connectionist systems, evolutionary computation, fuzzy systems, and hybrid intelligent systems in which these paradigms are contained, with the following citation: “For contributions to the theory of fuzzy sets and systems.”

Fuzzy sets is a technology that helps in the development of the kinds of intelligent/smart digital applications and products that are becoming so pervasive in our society by allowing the inclusion of human-like reasoning in computer software.  “Fuzzy sets enables the construction of smarter decision-making applications in which we can take advantage of large data by combining the computer's processing speed with human understanding and comprehension,” said Dr. Yager.

For nearly a century, the IEEE Awards Program has paid tribute to technical professionals whose exceptional achievements and outstanding contributions have made a lasting impact on technology, society, and the engineering profession. Each year the IEEE Awards Board recommends a select group of recipients to receive IEEE's most prestigious honors.
In a congratulatory announcement letter, Howard E. Michel, IEEE President remarked, “Thank you for your commitment to IEEE and its mission of advancing technology for humanity.”

 “I am pleased and honored to receive this highly prestigious award and I am particularly appreciative of Iona's long term continued supportive environment for my research, without which I would not have been able to achieve this honor,” said Dr. Yager.

About Dr. Ronald R. Yager:
Dr. Ronald R. Yager is Professor of Information Systems and Director of the Machine Intelligence Institute at Iona College. He is among the world’s most highly cited researchers with over 42,000 citations to his work in Google Scholar. He is editor and chief of the International Journal of Intelligent Systems and serves on the editorial board of numerous journals. He has published over 500 papers and edited over 30 books in areas related to fuzzy sets, human behavioral modeling, decision-making under uncertainty and the fusion of information. He was the recipient of the IEEE Computational Intelligence Society Pioneer award in Fuzzy Systems. He received the special honorary medal of the 50th Anniversary of the Polish Academy of Sciences. He received the Lifetime Outstanding Achievement Award from International the Fuzzy Systems Association. He received honorary doctorate degrees, honoris causa, from the Azerbaijan Technical University and the State University of Information Technologies, Sofia Bulgaria. Dr. Yager is a fellow of the IEEE, the New York Academy of Sciences and the Fuzzy Systems Association. He has served at the National Science Foundation as program director in the Information Sciences program. He was a NASA/Stanford visiting fellow and a research associate at the University of California, Berkeley. He has been a lecturer at NATO Advanced Study Institutes. He received his undergraduate degree from the City College of New York and his Ph. D. from the Polytechnic Institute New York University.
About Iona College:
Founded in 1940, Iona College is a four-year private coeducational institution of learning in the tradition of the Edmund Rice Christian Brothers and American Catholic higher education. It is a diverse community of learners and scholars dedicated to academic excellence and the values of justice, peace and service. Iona offers undergraduate degrees in liberal arts, science, and business administration, as well as Master of Arts, Master of Science and Master of Business Administration degrees and numerous advanced certificate programs. Iona College is the second largest private sector employer in New Rochelle, N.Y.

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