James Peters

MIR Labs Board of Governors

MIR Labs (Global)

James F. Peters is Co-Founder and Research Group Leader in the Computational Intelligence Laboratory and Full Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) at the University of Manitoba. He received a Ph.D. in Constructive Specification of Communicating Processes (1991, Kansas State University) and was a Postdoctoral Fellow, Syracuse University, and Rome Laboratories (1991), Assistant Professor, University of Arkansas and Researcher in the Mission Sequencing and Telecommunications Divisions at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory/Caltech, Pasadena, California (1992-1994).

In 2002, Prof. Peters collaborated with Zdizislaw Pawlak on a descriptive view of the nearness of physical objects. In 2006, he introduced near sets, a generalisation of rough sets. This has led to a feature-based solution to the image correspondence problem. In April 2008, Prof. Peters received the International Journal of Intelligent Computing and Cybernetics best journal article award. In 2007, He received a Best Paper Award from Springer, Berlin and Joint Rough Set Symposium 2007 (JRS 2007) Program Committee, for a paper on robotic target tracking with approximation space-based feedback and approximate adaptive learning capability. In 2007, he was a plenary speaker on image pattern recognition and biologically-inspired adaptive learning at two international conferences (JRS 2007, Toronto and RSEISP 2007, Warsaw). He is the recipient of the IEEE Gold Medallion Award Medal (2000) and an IFAC Best Paper Award (1998) for a paper on rough control.

He also is Co-Editor-in-Chief of the Transactions on Rough Sets Journal published by Springer-Verlag. He is the Honorary Chair and Keynote Speaker for, International Conference on Man-Machine Interactions (ICMMI 2009). More recently, he was a Plenary Speaker for Rough Sets and Emerging Intelligent Systems Paradigms (RSEISP 2007). He was also a Plenary Speaker at the Symposium on Methods of Artificial Intelligence (AIMETH 2005), Keynote speaker at the International Workshop on Monitoring, Security and Rescue Techniques in Multiagent Systems (MSRAS 2004), P{\l}ock, Poland, June 2004, Plenary speaker at the 9th Int. Conf. on Rough Sets, Fuzzy Sets, Data Mining and Granular Computing (RSFDGrC 2003), October 2003, Chongqing, China, Program Co-Chair, Rough Sets and Knowledge Technology (RSKT 2006) and RSFDGrC 2005, Program Chair for North America for the 3rd Int. Conf. on Rough Sets and Current Trends in Computing (RSCTC'02), Workshop Co-Chair of COMPSAC'02 Workshop on the Foundation of Data Mining via Granular and Rough Computing, Program Committee Member of RSCTC 2000 and numerous other conferences. He served as Guest Editor for the International Journal on Intelligent Systems, 1999, 2001 and 2002. He has published widely in refereed journals, edited volumes, conferences and workshops. He has had numerous research grants and currently has research grants from Manitoba Hydro, the Canadian Arthritis Network and the National Research Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC).

His current research interests are in tolerance spaces, perception-based image analysis, finite lattices, fuzzy sets, near sets, especially tolerance near sets, rough sets, and perceptual morphology.