IFSA Fellow Committee
The IFSA Fellow Committee (briefly referred to as Committee) is a committee that is approved by the IFSA Council and works for selecting the recipients of the Fellow of IFSA, in a term of 4 years.
In a recently launched process for the formation of the new Committee, five nominated candidates, all of whom are themselves the recipients of the Fellow of IFSA, were finally approved to constitute the new Committee as a result of the IFSA Council meeting of July 25, 2016 in Vancouver. Namely, they are (in alphabetic order) Janusz Kacprzyk (Chair), Laszlo Koczy, Chin-Teng Lin, Ron Yager, and Takeshi Yamakawa.
The new Committee led by the Chair can work now for selecting the recipients of the Fellow of IFSA in line with the IFSA Operating Guidelines, and shall keep smooth communications with the IFSA Council (especially between the Chair and the IFSA President/Vice President for Awards) in due course for its selection activities, outcomes and related briefings.
IFSA Fellow Procedure
The IFSA Fellow Award is a special distinction conferred to people who have made outstanding contributions to the field of fuzzy sets and related disciplines. The IFSA Fellowship is awarded for outstanding research achievements, applications, and organizational contributions to the fuzzy community.
The purpose of this document is to describe the procedure for the initiation, nominations, selection, and induction of the IFSA Fellows.
I. Nomination Procedure
- The selection procedure of the new IFSA Fellows is carried out each second year, and the results are announced, and the new IFSA Fellows inducted, at the biannual IFSA World Congress unless determined otherwise by the IFSA Council.
- The selection process of the IFSA Fellows starts with an official announcement by the IFSA Council in the last months of the year before the next IFSA World Congress to give ample time for the nomination and selection procedure.
- An announcement of the initiation of the IFSA Fellows selection process is posted on the Web page of IFSA, and sent to all IFSA associations with a request to post them at their respective Web pages.(posted only through official IFSA channels, cf. IEEE, EURO, etc.)
- The announcement is sent to all IFSA Council members and all IFSA Fellows.
- The announcement contains information on (and a link to) the rules adopted by the IFSA Council for the nomination procedure, i.e. the deadline for the submission of nominations, how to submit the nominations, etc.
- The nomination of a candidate for the IFSA Fellows should be submitted by a person called a nominator. The nominator can also be an institution, a company, a learned or professional society, an IFSA institutional member, if accepted by the IFSA Council as competent to make a nomination. In such a case the nomination should be signed by an authorized representative of the organization. Each nominator is authorized to nominate at most 2 candidates. Potential candidates cannot nominate themselves.
- The nomination is to be submitted by email to the Chair of the IFSA Fellows Committee, with a copy to the Secretary of the IFSA Council (or other person indicated by the IFSA Council). The emails, deadline and instructions on the nomination submissions will be included in the announcement of the IFSA Council initiating the selection process.
The nomination package should consist of the following 5 items (all should be complete and included):
- An official nomination letter of the candidate;
- A written and signed consent of the candidate to be nominated;
- A short description of the reasons justifying the nomination of the candidate for IFSA Fellow;
- A short CV and a list of publications and/or professional achievements of the candidate;
- At least three (short) support letters by inducted IFSA Fellows.
Moreover, at the discretion of the nominator, up to three additional support letters can be added.
The above documents should be included in the package as the pdf files, and the whole nomination package should be sent as a zipped file labeled: “name-ifsafellow-year.zip”. Please, send to the chair of the IFSA Fellows Committtee: Janusz Kacprzyk (email: Janusz.Kacprzyk@ibspan.waw.pl), and the Secretary of IFSA: Isao Hayashi (email: firstname.lastname@example.org).
II. Selection Procedure
- The selection of the new IFSA Fellows is initiated by the IFSA Council and performed by the IFSA Fellows Committee, which is appointed by the IFSA Council.
- The IFSA Fellows Committee is managed by its Chair, appointed by the IFSA Council, and responsible for choosing the proper way to reach the selection decision, and for adhering to the deadline set by the IFSA Council.
- The IFSA Fellows Committee can convene through a physical meeting of its members or remotely, by email or other communication channels.
- The IFSA Council decides the number of IFSA Fellows to be selected (usually no more than 6). The IFSA Fellows Committee is authorized to select, in a special case, at most 2 more IFSA Fellows with consent of the IFSA Council (this is doubtful, may invite group actions).
III. Award Ceremony
- The Chair of the IFSA Fellows Committee informs the IFSA Council on the selection decision, which is approved by the IFSA Council.
- The decision by the IFSA Fellows Committee is final and cannot be challenged.
- The announcement of the newly elected IFSA Fellows is made on the official Web site of IFSA, (still only official IFSA channels).
- The IFSA Fellows award ceremony is held at the next biannual IFSA World Congress (only; exceptions and special cases can always be decided by the IFSA Council as it is the main decision body of IFSA).
- The IFSA Fellows diplomas are signed by the IFSA President and the Chair of the IFSA Fellows Committee. The diplomas are presented to the awardees at a special award ceremony during the IFSA World Congress by the IFSA President and the Chair of the IFSA Fellows Committee or persons authorized by them. In the case of absence of an, the ceremony can be held at some other event as decided by the IFSA Council.