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You have cited industry professionals as one of your topmost priorities if elected 2018 IEEE President-Elect. How do you propose to elevate that from the existing scenario?

With our extraordinary people, I will focus on creating a personalized offer for every industry professional so that IEEE be a unique comprehensive experience for her/him. Specifically, listening to people in each geographical area, analyzing the local needs, and identifying effective solutions all together, I will work with all Boards and organizational units catalyzing our efforts in five main areas:

STRATEGIC ACTIONS FOR OUR IEEE: A HOME FOR EVERYBODY … my vision as Candidate for 2018 IEEE President-Elect (2019 IEEE President)

IEEE is the leading association in science, technology, and innovation in our field, thanks to the extraordinary competences, efforts, and dedication of the many outstanding volunteers and staff. To continue to be the premiere reference in the world, we should timely identify and address all needs of our scientific and professional community, supporting scientific, technological, industrial, economic, and social development for the benefit of humanity.

You have championed the cause of one IEEE. How do you envision uniting such a diverse, multi-faceted society?

Mutual understanding and cooperation have been shown an essential way to ensure effective and efficient action as One IEEE. This approach strengthen bonds, improve effectiveness, enhance knowledge dissemination, expand people networking, support interdisciplinary areas, increase service/product users, reduce duplications, and reduce expenses.

Artificial Intelligence. Road to revolution or a road to human annihilation?

Artificial Intelligence, Computational Intelligence, Machine Learning, and Intelligent Systems have been studied for several decades. I have been personally working in this area for three decades, with innovative research results for which I have been awarded the IEEE Fellow grade.

What do you believe are the major issues facing the IEEE?

IEEE must strengthen attractiveness, value, and relevance for members, volunteers, the scientific and professional community, and the entire humanity. IEEE groups must reinforce cooperation towards One IEEE.

Critical aspects are products, services, membership value, diversity, globalization, visibility, innovation investments, and financial sustainability. We should focus more on:

What do you think is the number one goal for the IEEE leadership?

IEEE leadership should continuously grow IEEE as the premiere organization for our scientific and professional community and as the reference for academy, industry, government, and the general public, for the benefit of humanity.

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