Haibo He Elevated to IEEE Fellow

Haibo He
Photo courtesy of Haibo He.

By Neil Nachbar

Each year, less than .1% of the 400,000-plus members of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) are selected to become fellows, which is the organization’s highest grade of membership.

This year, Haibo He, professor and chair of URI’s department of Electrical, Computer and Biomedical Engineering, was elevated to fellow status for his “contributions to adaptive learning.” More specifically, He was recognized for his research on adaptive intelligent systems and their broader applications to a wide range of complex cyber-physical systems, such as smart grid, smart city, human-robot interaction, and cyber security.

“I was thrilled to be recognized by IEEE for my contributions in the adaptive learning field, which I have been passionate about and dedicated to since I was a Ph.D. student,” stated He. “This is an important recognition for my research contributions, but more importantly, this motivates me to continue to explore innovative ideas, methods and applications in many of the grand challenge areas, such as artificial intelligence, big data, and smart grid, to name a few.”

According to the IEEE website, “IEEE Fellow is a distinction reserved for select IEEE members whose extraordinary accomplishments in any of the IEEE fields of interest are deemed fitting of this prestigious grade elevation.”

IEEE fellow pinThe professor will receive an IEEE Fellow pin and certificate as visible recognition of his achievement. He may also be recognized at an IEEE conference, society, region or section event.

“IEEE Fellows are an elite group. Their work has built and shaped our modern world and laid the foundations for a bright future,” said IEEE President and CEO Karen Bartleson. “The IEEE looks to Fellows for guidance and leadership as the world of electrical and electronic technology, information sciences, and related technologies, continues to evolve.”

The IEEE is considered a leading authority on a wide variety of areas, ranging from aerospace systems, computers and telecommunications to biomedical engineering, electric power and consumer electronics. With members in 160 countries, the IEEE publishes 30 percent of the world’s literature in the electrical and electronics engineering and computer science fields. The association also sponsors or co-sponsors nearly 1,700 international technical conferences each year.