Ronald R. Yager, Ph.D., is an internationally recognized researcher in computational intelligence, decision-making under uncertainty and fuzzy logic. He is currently director of the Machine Intelligence Institute and professor of Information Systems and Business Analytics in the LaPenta School of Business at Iona. Originally from New York City, Dr. Yager earned a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from the City College of New York. He holds a Ph.D. in systems science, which he received from the Polytechnic Institute of New York University.
With close to 600 journal publications and over 69,000 citations of his work in Google Scholar, Dr. Yager is one of the most highly cited researchers in his field. A recipient of the IEEE Computational Intelligence Society 2016 Frank Rosenblatt Award, he has also served at the National Science Foundation as a program director in Information Science, and was funded for years by the Office of Naval Research.
His most recent accomplishment was being awarded the 2018 Lotfi A. Zadeh Pioneer Award from the IEEE Systems, Man, and Cybernetics Society (SMC), for his contributions to the theory of fuzzy sets, human behavioral modeling, multicriteria aggregation and decision-making under uncertainty. The award was established through a generous donation from Norm Zadeh, the son of the late professor, Lofti Zadeh, a computer scientist and electrical engineer whose theories of fuzzy logic influenced everything from economics to medicine. Zadeh’s research tried to close the gap between mathematics, the way humans think, and how we deal with ambiguity and uncertainty.
Dr. Yager is honored and proud to have received such a prestigious award and plans on continuing his work on measure theoretic approaches to non-probabilistic models of uncertainty. His advice to students is to “work hard and do what you enjoy.”