Computational Intelligence / Systems, Man & Cybernetics Society

Chapter Executive

Chair: Laurence Tianruo Yang
Vice-Chair: Xiaokang Wang

Description of the IEEE Parent Societies

The IEEE Computational Intelligence Society

Vision Statement: The Vision of the IEEE Computational Intelligence Society is to be the organization of choice for Computational Intelligence and related professionals throughout the world.

Mission Statement: The Computation Intelligence Society specialises in the theory, design, application, and development of biologically and linguistically motivated computational paradigms emphasizing neural networks, connectionist systems, genetic algorithms, evolutionary programming, fuzzy systems, and hybrid intelligent systems in which these paradigms are contained. It fosters presentation and exchange of information among its members and the technical community throughout the world.

The IEEE Systems, Man & Cybernetics Society

Vision Statement: The vision of the Systems, Man, and Cybernetics Society is to be recognized as the world leading society for the advancement of theory and application in systems science and engineering, human-machine systems, and cybernetics.

Mission Statement: The mission of the Systems, Man, and Cybernetics Society is to serve the interests of its members and the community at large by promoting the theory, practice, and interdisciplinary aspects of systems science and engineering, human-machine systems, and cybernetics. It is accomplished through conferences, publications, and other activities that contribute to the professional needs of its members.

Goals / Focus of the Local Chapter

The mission of the IEEE Canadian Atlantic Section Computational Intelligence Society / Systems, Man & Cybernetics Society Joint Chapter is:

  1. Support computational intelligence, systems science and engineering, human-machine systems, and cybernetics related research, development and industry
  2. Support researchers and corporations whose background is primarily in computational intelligence, systems science and engineering, human-machine systems, and cybernetics, to increase their contributions
  3. Bring together experts from both academia and industry to share their technical knowledge and expertise

History of the Local Chapter

The local chapter was initially founded as a chapter of the Computational Intelligence Society in 2009 by Tony Li Xu who initially chaired the new chapter. In 20XX a joint chapter with the Systems, Man & Cybernetics Society was formed. ……

Traditional Events / Schedules / Formats

Events have traditionally been in the form of a one to one and a half hour lecture style presentation or a tour of a communications-based company or facility. Speakers have been drawn primarily from local companies and organizations with the occasion Distinguished Lecturer organised through the Eastern Area or a visiting professor or industry person whom was present on business related with Dalhousie University or a local company.

Events are usually held during the standard academic terms (September to November and January to March) to take advantage of the large student membership present during those times and to avoid the summer season when many members chose to take vacation time. Events usually begin at 5:30pm so as to not overlap with classes running at the local universities and to catch most industry members immediately following working hours.

Historical Leanings / What Works Well

Events which had very broad topics of discussion tended to draw larger crowds then those which had a very narrow or specific focus. Topics that could be of interest to multiple disciplines (engineering and computer science) were also quite popular. Timing is also important and events starting between 5pm and 6pm worked best as they would allow industry professions to attend the events after the work day before heading out of the city.

Support Materials

Funding sources:

ComSoc Chapter Funding Program:
ComSoc Distinguished Lecture Program:
Eastern Area Council (DL Program):


ComSoc Chapter Achievement Awards Program: 
ComSoc Awards:

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