Witold Kinsner



WAAS Designation:


Primary Position & Institution:

Professor, Dept. of Electrical & Computer Engineering, University of Manitoba; IEEE Life Senior Member

Short Bio:

Prof. Witold Kinsner’s interests within WAAS (World Academy of Art and Science) center around education for the next generation of new scientists, mathematicians, engineers, technologists, architects, artists, social scientists, health professionals, and others whose awareness and understanding of the current needs must be sufficient to make our planet sustainable and life meaningful. The transformation in education ought to consider preparation for multiple jobs and the ability not only to comprehend the tsunami of data, information, knowledge but also the ability to cooperate in a transdisciplinary environment. WAAS and other organizations are critical to foster the development of those approaches. He is a Professor at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada, and received his Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from MacMaster University in 1974. He was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, McGill Univesity, Montreal, and Director of Research in the Industrial Applications of Microelectronics Centre at the University of Manitoba. His research focuses on robust real-time algorithms and software/hardware computing engines for signal and data compression in cognitive machines and systems. Of particular interest are multiscale and poly scale complexity metrics in dynamical systems and new computing engines for cognitive systems, with applications to areas such as computer, electrical, biomedical, aerospace, and security. He has authored and co-authored over 810 publications in the above areas, as well as supervised 80 Master’s and Doctorate graduate students, over 210 undergraduate final-year thesis/capstone project students, and mentored over 40 summer research students. He taught over 150 undergraduate and graduate courses and has been involved in STEM outreach to young and indigenous students for many years. Since 1971, he has been very active all the IEEE levels: Region 7 (IEEE Canada), Council, Section, Chapter, and Student Branch. He was elected IEEE Canada President-Elect 2014-2015, IEEE Director-Elect (Region 7) 2014-2015, IEEE Canada President/Director 2016-2017, Past President 2018-19, and IEEE Educational Activities Vice President, 2018-19. He has been an Editor and Member of Editorial Boards of several journals. He is a Fellow of the Engineering Institute of Canada (FEIC), a Fellow of Engineers Canada (FEC), a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering (CAE), a Fellow of the World Academy of Art and Science (WAAS), a Life Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical & Electronics Engineers (IEEE), a member of the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM), the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba (APEGM), and a member of other societies.