Today, I had the honor and pleasure of spending some time with Professor Nikola Kasabov.
Professor Nikola Kasabov is the Founding Director and the Chief Scientist of the Knowledge Engineering and Discovery Research Institute (KEDRI), Auckland (www.kedri.info/). He holds a 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, Fellow of the New Zealand Computer Society and a Senior Member of IEEE. He is the President of the International Neural Network Society (INNS) and a Past President of the Asia Pacific Neural Network Assembly (APNNA). He is a member of several technical committees of the IEEE Computational Intelligence Society and of the IFIP AI TC12. Kasabov is Associate Editor of several international journals, that include Neural Networks, IEEE TrNN, IEEE TrFS, Information Science, J. Theoretical and Computational Nanosciences. He chairs a series of int. conferences ANNES/NCEI in New Zealand. Kasabov holds MSc and PhD from the Technical University of Sofia. His main research interests are in the areas of intelligent information systems, soft computing, neuro-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 15 books, 120 journal papers, 60 book chapters, 32 patents and numerous conference papers. He has extensive academic experience at various academic and research organisations: University of Otago, New Zealand; University of Essex, UK; University of Trento, Italy; Technical University of Sofia, Bulgaria; University of California at Berkeley; RIKEN and KIT, Japan; TUniversity Kaiserslautern, Germany, and others. More information of Prof. Kasabov can be found on the KEDRI web site: http://www.kedri.info/