For release: December 10, 2013
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Dr. Robert Kozma
Dr. Robert Kozma, First Tennessee Professor of Mathematics at the University of Memphis,
has been named a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).
He is being recognized for his contributions to pattern-based computation based on
large-scale networks and random graphs.
The grade of Fellow is conferred by the IEEE board of directors upon individuals with
an outstanding record of accomplishments in any of the IEEE fields of interest. The
total number selected in any one year cannot exceed one-tenth of 1 percent of the
total voting membership. IEEE Fellow is the highest grade of membership and is recognized
by the technical community as a prestigious honor and an important career achievement.
Kozma’s breakthrough research developed a class of mathematical and computational
models of intentional neurodynamics called neuropercolation. He shows that intelligent
behavior in animals and humans arises as a delicate balance between complementary
aspects of local fragmentation and overall dominance of a global field in the form
of mesoscopic or intermediate effects. Biological intelligence, according to Kozma’s
approach, is the manifestation of an open thermodynamic system converting chaos and
noise into high-level intelligent behavior.
Kozma holds a PhD in physics from Delft University of Technology (The Netherlands),
MSc degrees in mathematics from Eotvos University (Budapest, Hungary) and in engineering
physics from Moscow Energy Institute (Russia). Previous faculty appointments include
Tohoku University (Sendai, Japan), Otago University (Dunedin, New Zealand), and University
of California at Berkeley. He had visiting positions at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory,
Sarnoff Corp. and the U.S .Air Force Research Laboratory. Kozma is the recipient of
numerous awards, including the Gabor Award and Fellow of the International Neural
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