APNNA's President Message 2008

Since its establishment in 1993, the Asia Pacific Neural Network Assembly (APNNA) has grown to become one of the major organisations in Asia, the Pacific and also World-wide in intelligent systems and more specifically - in neuro-information processing, neuro-computation, neuro-engineering and brain study.

APNNA has a variety of activities that attract every year hundreds of researchers, practitioners and graduate students. They include:

  • An annual conference on neuro-information processing ICONIP, with its coming edition ICONIP 2008 in Auckland New Zealand, 24-28 November 2008;
  • A Journal “Neuro-Information Processing – Letters and Reviews”;
  • APNNA annual awards: “Excellent Service”; “Outstanding Achievement”; “APNNA Young Researcher Award”; “Best Student Paper Award”
  • Scholarships for students to attend the ICONIP conferences;
  • Active communication with other organisations in the area, such as the International Neural Network Society (INNS), the Japanese Neural Network Society (JNNS), the European Neural Network Society (ENNS), relevant IEEE Societies and especially with the IEEE Computational Intelligence Society;
  • Updated news distribution through the APNNA web site;

Through its activities APNNA fosters advancement of knowledge and education and invites researchers, practitioners and graduate students to join the ICONIP 2008 conference and the other APPNA activities.

APNNA has an open membership policy. Every participant of an ICONIP conference becomes automatically an APNNA member for an year and is entitled for a reduced fee at the next ICONIP conference, for an electronic copy of the journal and for all other benefits of being an APNNA member.

I wish all APNNA members a Happy and a Prosperous Year 2008!

Professor Nikola Kasabov, President of APNNA

Professor Nikola Kasabov, is the Founding Director and the Chief Scientist of the Knowledge Engineering and Discovery Research Institute KEDRI and the Chair of Knowledge Engineering at the School of Computing and Mathematical Sciences at Auckland University of Technology. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand and the New Zealand Computer Society. He the President of the Asia Pacific Neural Network Assembly (APNNA) and is a Vice President of the International Neural Network Society (INNS). Kasabov holds MSc and PhD from the Technical University of Sofia. His main research interests are in the areas of: evolving connectionist systems, neuro-computing, soft computing, bioinformatics, brain study, speech and image processing, novel methods for data mining and knowledge discovery. He has published more than 400 publications, that include 12 books and 28 patents. He has worked at the University of Otago, New Zealand; University of Essex, UK; University of Trento, Italy; Technical University of Sofia, Bulgaria; TU Kaiserslautern Germany. Kasabov is Associate Editor of IEEE TNN and IEEE TFS, J. of Computational and Theoretical Nanoscience, and other journals. He has chaired a series of Artificial Neural Networks, Expert Systems and Evolving Intelligence conferences in New Zealand since 1993. For contacts: nkasabov@aut.ac.nz; http://www.kedri.info.

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