Witold Pedrycz

Canada Research Chair in Computational Intelligence

Tier 1 - 2017-11-01
Renewed: 2016-02-01
University of Alberta
Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council


Research involves

Examining the underlying concepts, fundamentals and algorithms (mathematical foundations) of Computational Intelligence (CI); developing new methodologies and techniques of pattern recognition, system modelling and data mining; creating and testing novel applications for industrial use.

Research relevance

Findings will provide a better understanding of the capabilities of Computational Intelligence and lead to improved industrial processes and cutting-edge products that enhance life for Canadians.

Computational Intelligence: Problem-solvers for the 21st Century

Can you imagine instructing a robot to cook and clean for you? Or telling your vehicle to drive you to work while you finish preparing for that early morning meeting? This might have seemed impossible fifty years ago, but as technology continues to evolve, such concepts now seem quite plausible. In fact, artificially intelligent machines already exist, although their abilities are limited. For example, some computers follow speech or handwritten instructions to perform tasks. Others, called neural networks, learn to solve difficult problems based on previous experiences, just as the human brain does.

Such innovation led to a new research field, called Computational Intelligence (CI), in the early 1990s. CI researchers incorporate science and engineering to design intelligent machines, especially computer programs. The key to CI's success is in determining how to best integrate various problem-solving technologies to create highly effective machines of Computational Intelligence that "think" like people - breaking down problems, dealing with conflicting criteria, and quantifying uncertainty.

Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Dr. Witold Pedrycz, is an international leader in CI development and software engineering. His innovations are highly valued by prestigious scientific organizations in Canada and abroad. In fact, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) has elected Dr. Pedrycz to IEEE fellow, one of their highest honors. Throughout his career, Dr. Pedrycz has collaborated with top researchers worldwide, and he continues to share his expertise with graduate students to develop highly skilled workers for Canadian industry.

As holder of a Canada Research Chair, Dr. Pedrycz is creating a network of national and international collaborations to build a world-class multidisciplinary centre for CI research at the University of Alberta. The centre will foster innovation and provide a consultation hub where Canadian industries can exploit CI technologies to improve processes and develop novel products for Canada.