Witold Kinsner is Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Manitoba (UofM), Winnipeg, Canada, and Director of the Cognitive Systems Group. He was a co-founder of the first Microelectronics Centre in Canada, and was its Director of Research from 1979 to 1987. He is a Co-founding Member of the International Institute of Cognitive Informatics and Cognitive Computing (ICIC), Calgary, and the Canadian Engineering Education Association (CEEA). Since 1971, he has been very active at all the IEEE levels, including IEEE International, Region 7 (IEEE Canada), Society, Council, Section, Chapter, and Student Branch. He has organized many conferences, and has been on numerous editorial boards of journals and magazines. He is a member of 10 IEEE Societies and many committees. In 2013, Dr Kinsner was elected IEEE Canada President Elect 2014-15 and IEEE R7 Director/Delegate Elect 2014-15. He was IEEE Canada President 2016-17 and IEEE R7 Director/Delegate 2016-17, and he is now its Past President 2018-2019. In 2017, he was elected IEEE Vice President of Educational Activities Board for 2018.
His current research focuses on entropy-based mono-scale, multi-scale, and poly-scale complexity metrics for cognitive systems. He has been involved in research on robust algorithms and software/hardware computing engines for real-time multimedia, using wavelets, fractals, chaos, emergent computation, genetic algorithms, rough sets, fuzzy logic, higher-order statistics, and neural networks. He has authored and co-authored over 780 publications in the above research areas, as well as supervised over 76 Master's and Doctorate graduate students, over 200 undergraduate final-year thesis/capstone project students, and mentored over 35 summer research students. He has received a number of awards. Since 2010, he has been the University Advisor for the Canadian Satellite Design Challenge (CSDC) University of Manitoba team consisting of over 100 students from 16 departments and 50 advisors from the academic, aerospace, industrial, business, and military sectors. In 2018, the fourth implementation of the University of Manitoba Space Applications and Technology Society (UMSATS)’s satellite, TSat4, has won the CSDC competition.