Abraham Kandel received a B.Sc., Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, a M.S., University of California, both in Electrical Engineering, and a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, University of New Mexico. Dr. Kandel, a Distinguished University Research Emeritus Professor and Endowed Eminent Scholar in Computer Science and Engineering at the University of South Florida (Chairman 1991-2003), is the Executive Director of the National Institute for Applied Computational Intelligence, Founding Chairman of the Computer Science Department at Florida State University (1978-1991), Director of the Institute of Expert Systems and Robotics, and Director of the State University System Center for Artificial Intelligence at FSU. He is Editor of the Fuzzy Track-IEEE MICRO; Area Editor on Fuzzy Hardware for “Fuzzy Sets and Systems”, Associate editor of “IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics”, “Control Engineering Practice”, and “International Journal of Pattern Recognition and Artificial Intelligence” (IJPRAI). Dr. Kandel has published over 500 research papers and is author, co-author, editor or co-editor of 46 text books and research monographs in the field. Dr. Kandel is a Fellow of: ACM, IEEE, New York Academy of Sciences, AAAS, IFSA, and a member of NAFIPS, IAPR, ASEE, and Sigma-Xi.
Dr. Kandel was awarded the College of Engineering Outstanding Research Award, USF (1993-94); Sigma-Xi Outstanding Faculty Researcher Award (1995); Theodore and Venette-Askounes Ashford Distinguished Scholar Award, USF (1995); MOISIL International Foundation Gold Medal for Lifetime Achievements (1996); Distinguished Researcher Award, USF (1997); Professional Excellence Program Award, USF (1997); Medalist of the Year, Florida Academy of Sciences (1999); Honorary Scientific Advisor, Romanian Academy of Sciences (2000); President’s Award for Faculty Excellence, USF, (2002); Fulbright Senior Research Fellow Award at Tel-Aviv University, (2003-2004); and Fulbright Senior Specialist, 2005.