Board of Advisors


Prof. Lotfi A. Zadeh, Ph.D. (Chief Technical Advisor & Inventor)

"Father of Fuzzy Logic"

Dr. Lotfi A. Zadeh joined the Department of Electrical Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley, in 1959, and served as its chairman from 1963 to 1968. Earlier, he was a member of the electrical engineering faculty at Columbia University. In 1956, he was a visiting member of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey. In addition, he held a number of other visiting appointments, among them a visiting professorship in Electrical Engineering at MIT in 1962 and 1968; a visiting scientist appointment at IBM Research Laboratory, San Jose, CA, in 1968, 1973, and 1977; and visiting scholar appointments at the AI Center, SRI International, in 1981; and at the Center for the Study of Language and Information, Stanford University, in 1987-1988. Currently, he is a Professor in the Graduate School, and is serving as the Director of BISC (Berkeley Initiative in Soft Computing).

Until 1965, Dr. Zadeh's work had been centered on system theory and decision analysis. His 1965 paper on fuzzy sets has received over 58,000 Google Scholar citations and is by far the highest cited paper in Information and Control. Since 1965, his research interests have shifted to the theory of fuzzy sets and its applications to artificial intelligence, linguistics, logic, decision analysis, control theory, expert systems, and neural networks. Currently, his research is focused on fuzzy logic, soft computing, computing with words, and the newly developed computational theory of perceptions and precisiated natural language.

An alumnus of the University of Tehran, MIT, and Columbia University, Dr. Zadeh is a Fellow of the IEEE, AAAS, ACM, AAAI and IFSA, and a member of the National Academy of Engineering. He held NSF Senior Postdoctoral Fellowships in 1956-57 and 1962-63, and was a Guggenheim Foundation Fellow in 1968. Dr. Zadeh was the recipient of the IEEE Education Medal in 1973 and a recipient of the IEEE Centennial Medal in 1984. In 1989, Dr. Zadeh was awarded the Honda Prize by the Honda Foundation, and in 1991, he received the Berkeley Citation, University of California.

In 1992, Dr. Zadeh was awarded the IEEE Richard W. Hamming Medal "For seminal contributions to information science and systems, including the conceptualization of fuzzy sets." He became a Foreign Member of the Russian Academy of Natural Sciences (Computer Sciences and Cybernetics Section) in 1992, and received the Certificate of Commendation for AI Special Contributions Award from the International Foundation for Artificial Intelligence. Also, in 1992, he was awarded the Kampe de Feriet Prize and became an Honorary Member of the Austrian Society of Cybernetic Studies. 

In 1993, Dr. Zadeh received the Rufus Oldenburger Medal from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers "For seminal contributions in system theory, decision analysis, and theory of fuzzy sets and its applications to AI, linguistics, logic, expert systems and neural networks." He was also awarded the GrigoreMoisil Prize for Fundamental Researches, and the Premier Best Paper Award by the Second International Conference on Fuzzy Theory and Technology. 

In 1995, Dr. Zadeh was awarded the IEEE Medal of Honor "For pioneering development of fuzzy logic and its many diverse applications." 

In 1996, Dr. Zadeh was awarded the Okawa Prize "For outstanding contribution to information science through the development of fuzzy logic and its applications.“ 

In 1997, Dr. Zadeh was awarded the B. Bolzano Medal by the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic "For outstanding achievements in fuzzy mathematics." He also received the J.P. Wohl Career Achievement Award of the IEEE Systems, Science and Cybernetics Society. He served as a Lee Kuan Yew Distinguished Visitor, lecturing at the National University of Singapore and the Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, and as the Gulbenkian Foundation Visiting Professor at the New University of Lisbon in Portugal. 

In 1998, Dr. Zadeh was awarded the Edward Feigenbaum Medal by the International Society for Intelligent Systems, and the Richard E. Bellman Control Heritage Award by the American Council on Automatic Control. In addition, he received the Information Science Award from the Association for Intelligent Machinery and the SOFT Scientific Contribution Memorial Award from the Society for Fuzzy Theory in Japan. 

In 1999, he was elected to membership in Berkeley Fellows and received the Certificate of Merit from IFSA (International Fuzzy Systems Association).

In 2000, he received the IEEE Millennium Medal; the IEEE Pioneer Award in Fuzzy Systems; the ASPIH 2000 Lifetime Distinguished Achievement Award; and the ACIDCA 2000 Award for the paper, "From Computing with Numbers to Computing with Words—From Manipulation of Measurements to Manipulation of Perceptions." In addition, he received the Chaos Award from the Center of Hyperincursion and Anticipation in Ordered Systems for his outstanding scientific work on foundations of fuzzy logic, soft computing, computing with words and the computational theory of perceptions.

In 2001, Dr. Zadeh received the ACM 2000 Allen Newell Award for seminal contributions to AI through his development of fuzzy logic. In addition, he received a Special Award from the Committee for Automation and Robotics of the Polish Academy of Sciences for his significant contributions to systems and information science, development of fuzzy sets theory, fuzzy logic control, possibility theory, soft computing, computing with words and computational theory of perceptions.

In 2003, Dr. Zadeh was elected as a foreign member of the Finnish Academy of Sciences, and received the Norbert Wiener Award of the IEEE Society of Systems, Man and Cybernetics "For pioneering contributions to the development of system theory, fuzzy logic and soft computing."

In 2004, Dr. Zadeh was awarded CivitateHonorisCausa by Budapest Tech (BT) Polytechnical Institution, Budapest, Hungary. Also, in 2004, he was awarded the V. Kaufmann Prize by the International Association for Fuzzy-Set Management and Economy (SIGEF).

In 2005, Dr. Zadeh was elected as a foreign member of the Polish Academy of Sciences, Korea Academy of Science & Technology, and Bulgarian Academy of Sciences. He was also awarded the Nicolaus Copernicus Medal of the Polish Academy of Sciences and the J. Keith Brimacombe IPMM Award. 

In 2006, he was elected as a foreign member of the National Academy of Sciences of Azerbaijan and was awarded the Pioneer Award for Outstanding Contributions to Soft Computing, Georgia State University, Atlanta, Georgia, and the Silicon Valley Engineering Hall of Fame. 

In 2007, he was awarded the Egleston Medal, Columbia University, New York and became a member of the International Academy of Systems Studies (IASS), Moscow, Russia. 

In Dr. Zadeh is a recipient of twenty-five honorary doctorates from: Paul-Sabatier University, Toulouse, France; State University of New York, Binghamton, NY; University of Dortmund, Dortmund, Germany; University of Oviedo, Oviedo, Spain; University of Granada, Granada, Spain; Lakehead University, Canada; University of Louisville, KY; State Oil Academy of Azerbaijan; Baku State University, Azerbaijan; the Silesian Technical University, Gliwice, Poland; the University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada; the University of Ostrava, the Czech Republic; the University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL; the University of Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany; the University of Paris(6), Paris, France; JahannesKepler University, Linz, Austria; University of Waterloo, Canada; the University of AurelVlaicu, Arad, Romania; Lappeenranta University of Technology, Lappeenranta, Finland; Muroran Institute of Technology, Muroran, Japan; Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong, China; Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata, India; University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Canada; the Polytechnic University of Madrid, Madrid, Spain; and Ryerson University, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. 

Dr. Zadeh has single-authored over two hundred papers and serves on the editorial boards of over seventy journals. He is a member of the Advisory Committee, Center for Education and Research in Fuzzy Systems and Artificial Intelligence, Iasi, Romania; Senior Advisory Board, International Institute for General Systems Studies; the Board of Governors, International Neural Networks Society; and is the Honorary President of the Biomedical Fuzzy Systems Association of Japan and the Spanish Association for Fuzzy Logic and Technologies. In addition, he is a member of the Advisory Board of the National Institute of Informatics, Tokyo; a member of the Governing Board, Knowledge Systems Institute, Skokie, IL; and an honorary member of the Academic Council of NAISO-IAAC. 

He is a Professor in the Graduate School and the Director of Berkeley Initiative in Soft Computing (BISC), at Computer Science Division, Department of EECS, University of California, Berkeley, CA.


Prof. David M. Lee 

Cornell University & Texas A&M

Nobel Laureate (1996, Physics)

Prof. David M. Lee is a professor of physics in the College of Arts and Sciences at Cornell University. He joined the Department of Physics as an instructor in 1959, after earning a Ph.D. in physics (1959 Yale University), an M.S. (University of Connecticut, 1955), and a B.A. (Harvard University, 1952).

In 1976, Lee shared with Richardson and Osheroff their earliest recognition for studies of superfluidity, the Simon Memorial Prize of the British Physical Society. The Buckley Prize of the American Physical Society followed for the trio in 1981. Lee has twice been awarded Guggenheim Fellowships, in 1966 and 1974.

Prof. Lee was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1990 and a Member of the National Academy of Sciences in 1991. He was elected a Fellow of the American Physical Society and of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, both in 1982.

From 1966-67, Lee was a visiting scientist at Brookhaven National Laboratory, as well as a visiting professor at University of Florida (1974-75) and at University of California at San Diego (1988).


Prof. Robert A. Buhrman 

Senior Vice Provost for Research, Cornell University

Prof. Robert Buhrman is the John Edson Sweet Professor of Engineering in the School of Applied and Engineering Physics, and since September 1, 2007, the Senior Vice Provost for Research at Cornell University. Immediately prior to assuming that position, Buhrman was the founding Director of the Center for Nanoscale Systems in Information Technologies, which is a National Science Foundation and New York State supported multidisciplinary research center that was established at Cornell in 2001.

Prof. Buhrman has been a member of the Cornell Faculty since 1973. He served as the Director of Applied and Engineering Physics from 1988 to 1998. His research is in the area of applied condensed matter physics and nanoscale science and engineering, with a current focus on nanomagnetic materials and devices. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a Fellow of the American Physical Society. In 2000, he was the recipient of the College of Engineering Dorothy and Fred Chau Distinguished Teaching Award.

Prof. Buhrman’s recent professional service activities include service on the NSF/DARPA WTEC Panel on Spin Electronics (2001-2003) and Chair, Scientific Advisory Committee, Argonne Center for Nanoscale Materials (2003 - ).  Prof. Buhrman has supervised the thesis research of 37 PhD graduates and the post-graduate research of 12 post-doctoral scholars. Prof. Buhrman has authored or co-authored over 190 publications to date, which, in total, have received more than 10,000 citations in the scientific and engineering literature.


Prof. Mory Gharib 

Vice Provost for Research, California Institute of Technology (Caltech)

Prof. Mory Gharib is the Hans W. Liepmann Professor of Aeronautics and Professor of Bioinspired Engineering specializing in Hydro and aerodynamics, biological flows, bio-inspired medical devices, and advanced flow visualization techniques.  He received his B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Tehran University (1975) and then pursued his graduate studies at Syracuse University (M.S., 1978, Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering) and Caltech (Ph.D., 1983, Aeronautics). After two years as a senior scientist at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (NASA/CIT), he joined the faculty of the Applied Mechanics and Engineering Sciences Department at UCSD in 1985. He became a full professor of fluid mechanics in 1992, and in January 1993, he joined Caltech as a professor of aeronautics.

Prof. Gharib co-founded Bioengineering option at Caltech in 2000 and served as its Steering Committee Chairman until June of 2006.  Prof. Gharib holds more than 25 U.S. Patents in areas of Biomedical Devices and Imaging Technology. He is a fellow of the American association for the advancement of science (AAAS) and five other professional societies. He has received 5 new technology recognition awards from NASA in the fields of advanced laser imaging and nanotechnology. He was a recipient of R&D 100 award for the design of a 3D imaging system in 2008. He has been involved in multiple hi-tech startup companies. His research includes diverse topics and technologies, for example, Bio-inspired Design and Engineering, Imaging, Cardiovascular Research, Wind & Sea, Energy, Carbon Nanotubes, and Micro/Nano-Scale Mechanics, among others.


Prof. Mo Jamshidi 

University of Texas, San Antonio

Lutcher Brown Endowed Chair and Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Prof. Mo Jamshidi is a Fellow of IEEE, ASME, AAAS, NYAS, TWAS (Developing Nations Science Academy) and Associate Fellow of AIAA and member of Russian Academy of Nonlinear Sciences and Hungarian Academy of Engineering. He received the BS degree from Oregon State University in June 1967 and MS and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in June 1969 and February 1971, respectively.

Prof. Jamshidi holds 3 honorary doctorate degrees from OdlarYourdu University, Baku, Azerbaijan, 1999, University of Waterloo, Canada, and Technical University of Crete, Greece, 2004. Currently, he is the Lutcher Brown Endowed chaired professor at the University of Texas System and is serving at San Antonio Campus, San Antonio, TX, USA. He also has been founding Director of NASA Center for Autonomous Control Engineering (ACE) at the University of New Mexico (UNM), and moved the Center to University of Texas, San Antonio in early 2006. He is the Director of the ICSoS - International Consortium on System of Systems Engineering (, since 2006.

Prof. Jamshidi is currently organizing the US System of Systems Engineering Network (US-SoSEN) consisting many academic institutions and industries in the US. He is also Regents Professor Emeritus of ECE at UNM. In 1999, he was a NATO Distinguished Professor of intelligent systems and control in Portugal. He has been an advisor, an IPA or special government employee with NASA (10 years), US Air Force Research Laboratory (9 years) and US Department of Energy (9 years), since 1984. He has advised and graduated 40 PhD and 70 MS students from all continents of the world, since 1984. He has over 640 technical publications, including 63 books (11 textbooks) and edited volumes. Six of his books have been translated into at least one foreign language. He is the Founding Editor or co-founding editor or Editor-in-Chief of 5 journals. He is editor-in-chief of the new IEEE Systems Journal (inaugurated in 2007) and founding editor-in-chief of the IEEE Control Systems Magazine. He is a recipient of the IEEE Centennial Medal and IEEE CSS Distinguished Member Award. He is currently on the Board of Governors of the IEEE Systems Council. In 2005, he was awarded the IEEE SMC Societies, Norbert Weiner Distinguished Research Award and IEEE SMC Distinguished Contribution Award in 2006. In 2006, he was awarded a Distinguished Alumni in Engineering at Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR, USA. In summer 2009, he was a Distinguished Fellow of the UK Royal Academy of Engineering at Cardiff University, Wales, UK, and from 2009-2012, he is an honorary professor of Deakin University in Australia. In October 2009, he served as an advisor to European Commission on system of systems engineering. Since 2010, he is serving on the review board of US-Vietnam Education Foundation of US National Research Council. In 2009-2010, he was a UK Royal Academy of Engineering Fellow at Cardiff University, Cardiff, Wales, UK. In April 2010, his research paper on robotic swarms was chosen as the best paper in the IEEE Systems Conference in San Diego, CA and in September 2010, his research papers on swarm robotics and UAV control systems received 1st and 2nd best paper awards at the WAC ( meeting in Kobe, Japan. He is a member of INCOSE – International Council on Systems Engineering.


Prof. Ronald R. Yager 

Director of the Machine Intelligence Institute & Professor of Information Systems at Iona College, New York

Prof. Ronald R. Yager is the Director of the Machine Intelligence Institute and a Professor of Information Systems at Iona College.  He is the chief editor of the International Journal of Intelligent Systems. He has published over 500 papers and edited over 30 books in areas related to fuzzy sets, human behavioral modeling, decision-making under uncertainty and the fusion of information.  He is among the world’s top 1% most highly cited researchers with over 31000 citations in Google Scholar.  He was the recipient of the IEEE Computational Intelligence Society Pioneer award in Fuzzy Systems. He received the special honorary medal of the 50th Anniversary of the Polish Academy of Sciences.  He received the Lifetime Outstanding Achievement Award from the International Fuzzy Systems Association.  He recently received honorary doctorate degrees, honoriscausa, from the State University of Information Technologies, Sofia, Bulgaria, and the Azerbaijan Technical University.

 Dr. Yager is a fellow of the IEEE, the New York Academy of Sciences, and the Fuzzy Systems. He has served at the National Science Foundation as a program director in the Information Sciences program.  He was a NASA/Stanford visiting fellow and a research associate at the University of California, Berkeley.  He has been a lecturer at NATO Advanced Study Institutes.  He is a visiting distinguished scientist at King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.  He is a distinguished honorary professor at the Aalborg University, Denmark.  He received his undergraduate degree from the City College of New York and his Ph.D. from the Polytechnic Institute New York University.


Dr. Marv Langston 

The First & Former CIO of the Department of the Navy;

Former US DOD Deputy CIO at Pentagon;

Former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Navy for C4I; and

Former Senior VP of SAIC

Combining 34 years of public service and twelve years of private sector service, Marv brings a broad background to his customers, where he provides consulting services for leadership, enterprise architecture & engineering, project management, and organizational strategy.

Following his public service career, Marv served as the COO of a small high-tech start-up, CTO of a large business practice, led large corporation Information Technology transformation, initiated Account Management practices to unify customer trust relationships, and helped rebuild troubled system development programs.  In government, Marv served as the Department of Defense Deputy Chief Information Officer (CIO), where he helped initiate the Global Information Grid, Public Key Infrastructure - Common Access Cards, and led the Defense Department Year 2000 transformation. 

Prior to that, he held positions as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Navy for C4I, the first CIO of the Department of the Navy, and Director of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Information Systems Office. 

Marv began his Navy career as an enlisted nuclear submarine electronic technician and retired as a Combat Systems Engineering Duty Officer.  Before rejoining government, he worked at Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, supporting U.S. Navy and Missile Defense Agency projects.  Marv’s education includes: BSEE (Electronic Engineering) Purdue, 1973; MSEE (Electronic Engineering) Naval Post Graduate School, 1978; Program Management Course - Defense Systems Management College, 1981; MPA (Public Administration) University of Southern California (USC), 1993; and DPA (Public Administration) USC, 1994. Government Computer Week magazine honored him with an Executive of the Year award in 1999.