R1 Life Fellow Ronald R. Yager receives the 2016 IEEE Frank Rosenblatt Award

IS_RYagerIEEE FRANK ROSENBLATT AWARD—recognizes outstanding contribution(s) to the advancement of the design, practice, techniques, or theory in biologically and linguistically motivated computational paradigms, including but not limited to neural networks, connectionist systems, evolutionary computation, fuzzy systems, and hybrid intelligent systems in which these paradigms are contained—sponsored by the IEEE Computational Intelligence Society—to RONALD R. YAGER (LFIEE)—Professor, Machine Intelligence Institute, Iona College, New York, New York, USA

Citation “For contributions to the theory of fuzzy sets and systems”

The IEEE Frank Rosenblatt Award was established in 2004.

The award is named in honor of Frank Rosenblatt who is widely regarded as one of the founders of neural networks. Basing his research on the study of fly vision, he developed the single-layer input layer and an output layer of neural cells. Frequent presentation of a pattern or patterns resulted in changes in the input to output connections, facilitating future recognition of these patterns, or memory.  His work influenced and even anticipated many modern neural network approaches.