On May 12, 2006, Professor Jerry M. Mendel received a Pioneer Award from the IEEE Granular Computing Conference, sponsored by the IEEE Computational Intelligence Society and held in Atlanta, GA. The award cites his "Outstanding Contributions in Type-2 Fuzzy Systems." Fuzzy systems are a broad class of mathematical modeling and analysis techniques useful in signal processing and pattern recognition. Prof. Mendel and his students have been working on Type-2 Fuzzy Systems for ten years. These systems provide new capabilities for directly modeling and minimizing sources of uncertainty, e.g. linguistic uncertainties in speech processing and analysis. For more information about such systems, see http://sipi.usc.edu/~mendel.
Alexander Sawchuk, Chair of the Department of Electrical Engineering-Systems, said: "I am very pleased to congratulate Prof. Jerry Mendel of our department on his receiving the IEEE Granular Computing Conference Pioneer Award. This award is an outstanding recognition of his many achievements in the field of fuzzy systems."