Presidential Welcome 2019

As one of the leading organizations in the field, INNS gathers together researchers, professors, practitioners and learners, all of whom strive for the advancement of neural networks and computational science. It is my great honor and pleasure to be given the opportunity to serve an elite group of people as the president of the Society for 2019-2020. I am grateful to those who have placed their trust in me and am looking forward to working with all of you with my best efforts. 

In 2019, we find INNS in an exciting time in the field of neural networks with relevant and useful applications in computational and artificial intelligence.  It is my great hope that our professional society will serve you well in developing your career and reputation in the technical community.

In view of the above, I would like to share a few items on our agenda for 2019 and beyond.

1. To Create VP of Industry Relations
INNS lacks organized channels for networking with stakeholders of related industries, causing difficulties in establishing closer ties with enterprises of the field. Therefore, I propose the establishment of VP of Industry Relations, who will be responsible for establishing an industry advisory council to inform the Society about the latest trends and needs from various industrial sectors.  The VP of Industry Relations will also be responsible for sponsorship, competitions, and other related matters.

2. To Introduce the Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct (CEPC) White Paper
As researchers and practitioners, our professional conduct is important and essential in building our reputation and credibility.  In view of this, I plan to work with our executive team to develop code of ethics and professional conduct guidelines for the society and technical events in order to hold us to a higher standard.

3. To Add More Values to Our Members
We are also looking at ways to add more value to our members.  To this end, we plan to have more student funding to support technical activities such as travel grants, doctoral dissertation award, mentorship programs, etc.  Moreover, we will also be looking to make our membership status, such as senior members and college of fellows, more attractive and competitive.

This vision cannot be realized with my efforts alone; it will take a concerted endeavor from everyone in our Society. I invite each member, including members of the executive committee, members of the governing board, fellows, general members and student members, to join forces and contribute to the goals at the core of our society. Your insights and suggestions are indispensable for INNS to achieve these goals and to extend the legacy of pioneers before us. I believe if we all join hands to serve the society with passion and vigor, INNS will no doubt reach
new heights in 2019 and beyond!
 Irwin King
INNS President