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Baylor Professor Recognized as Pioneer in Neural Networks
Oct. 4, 2007
by Katie Brooks, student writer.
Robert J. Marks II, Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer
Engineering at Baylor University, was recently honored as a "pioneer in
the field of neural networks" at the International Joint Conference on
Neural Networks, one of the premier conferences in the field of neural
networks. Marks was among eight others recognized for their
contributions at this year's conference, held in Orlando, Fla.
"Being honored by your peers is always a gratifying experience," Marks said.
Working in the area of computational intelligence and neural
networks for more than 20 years, Marks said the two largest impacts of
neural networks on society are fraud detection and power load
"Working with Mohamed El-Sharkawi at the University of
Washington, we were the first to suggest neural networks could be used
by power companies to estimate how much power they would have to
deliver the next day," Marks said. "Currently, nearly every power
company in the world uses neural networks to make these forecasts."
Marks also is considered a leading expert in computational
intelligence, which is the "next step" of artificial intelligence.
Marks and Dr. Randall Jean, an associate professor of electrical and
computer engineering at Baylor, have used neural networks - computers
that work similarly to the brain - to help the paper manufacturing
industry. Marks has worked with NASA to apply swarm intelligence to
wireless sonar arrays and has worked with Dr. Russ Duren, an associate
professor electrical and computer engineering at Baylor, to implement
neural networks and swarm intelligence on electronic chips. He also has
worked with Dr. Ian Gravagne, an assistant professor or electrical and
computer engineering at Baylor, to develop models for the behavior of
Marks received his doctorate in electrical engineering from Texas Tech
University. He came to Baylor from the University of Washington, where
he was professor of electrical engineering and was graduate program
director from 1996 until 2000. He is a fellow of the Optical Society of
America IEEE. He has been recognized as an IEEE Distinguished Lecturer
and has received the IEEE Centennial Medal and Certificate.
He has served as an editorial board member for numerous publications
such as the Journal of Intelligent Control, Neurocomputing and Fuzzy
Logic, Journal of Advanced Computational Intelligence and International
Journal of Neurocomputing.