Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical Engineering alumnus Dongrui Wu has been named winner of the 2012 Outstanding Ph.D. Dissertation Award by the IEEE Computational Intelligence Society. This award recognizes outstanding Ph.D. dissertations that have contributed to the advancement of the theory and/or applications of computational intelligence, and includes a $1,000 prize and a certificate. The award will be conferred during the IEEE 2012 World Congress on Computational Intelligence (WCCI 2012), to be held in June, 2012 in Brisbane, Australia.
His thesis title is "Intelligent Systems for Decision Support," where he implemented a perceptual computer for computing with words. In this work, he described novel weighted averages for information fusion and multi-attribute decision-making, and developed linguistic summarization technology for knowledge discovery and data visualization.
Dongrui Wu received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from USC in 2009, and performed his research under the direction of Professor Jerry M. Mendel. Prior to that, he received a M.Eng in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the National University of Singapore, Singapore, in 2005, and the B.E in Automatic Control from the University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei, Anhui, China, in 2003. He was a Research Associate with Dr. Thomas D. Parsons in the USC Institute for Creative Technologies (ICT) NeuroSim Lab and Professor Shrikanth Narayanan in the USC Signal Analysis and Interpretation Laboratory (SAIL). He is now a Research Engineer in the Machine Learning Laboratory, GE Global Research, Niskayuna, NY. His research interests include affective computing, computational intelligence, decision-support systems, intelligent control, machine learning, optimization, speech and physiological signal processing, and smart oilfield technologies. He has more than 50 publications, including a book Perceptual Computing: Aiding People in Making Subjective Judgments (with J.M. Mendel, Wiley-IEEE, 2010). He received a Best Student Paper Award from the 2005 IEEE International Conference on Fuzzy Systems, and a GE Award from GE Global Research in 2010 for outstanding performance. He is an Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Fuzzy Systems since 2011.
Alexander (Sandy) Sawchuk, Chair of the Ming Hsieh EE-Systems Department, commented: "our department joins me in congratulating Dongrui Wu for his receipt of the 2012 IEEE Computational Intelligence Society Outstanding Ph.D. Dissertation Award. It is a significant recognition of his accomplishments in decision-making and knowledge discovery. It also highlights our research in these and related fields, and the contribution of faculty such as Jerry Mendel."