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Sankar K. Pal is a Professor and Distinguished Scientist at the Indian Statistical Institute, Calcutta. He is also the Founding Head of Machine Intelligence Unit. He received the M.Tech. and Ph.D. degrees in Radio Physics and Electronics in 1974 and 1979, respectively, from the University of Calcutta. In 1982 he received another Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering along with DIC from Imperial College, the University of London. He worked at the University of California, Berkeley and the University of Maryland, College Park during 1986-87 as a Fulbright Post-doctoral Visiting Fellow; and at the NASA Johnson Space Center, Houston, Texas during 1990-92 and 1994 as an NRC Guest Investigator. He served as a Distinguished Visitor of IEEE Computer Society (USA) for the Asia-Pacific Region during 1997-99 and held several visiting positions in Hong Kong and Australian universities during 1999-2002. He is a Fellow of the IEEE, USA, Third World Academy of Sciences, Italy, International Association for Pattern Recognition, USA, and all the four National Academies for Science/Engineering in India. His research interests include Pattern Recognition and Machine Learning, Image Processing, Data Mining, Soft Computing, Neural Nets, Genetic Algorithms, Fuzzy Sets, and Rough Sets. He is a co-author of nine books and about three hundred research publications. He has received the 1990 S. S. Bhatnagar Prize (which is the most coveted award for a scientist in India), and many prestigious awards in India and aboard including the 1993 Jawaharlal Nehru Fellowship, 1993 Vikram Sarabhai Research Award, 1993 NASA Tech Brief Award, 1994 IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks Outstanding Paper Award (USA), 1995 NASA Patent Application Award (USA), 1997 IETE - Ram Lal Wadhwa Gold Medal, 1998 Om Bhasin Foundation Award for Science & Technology, 1999 G. D. Birla Award for Scientific Research, 2000 Khwarizimi International Award (1st winner) from the Islamic Republic of Iran, the 2001 INSA-Syed Husain Zaheer Medal, and the FICCI Award 2000-2001 in Engineering and Technology. He served/serving as an Associate Editor and Guest Editor of IEEE Trans. Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence, IEEE Trans. Neural Networks, IEEE Computer, Pattern Recognition Letters, Neurocomputing, Applied Intelligence, Information Sciences, Fuzzy Sets and Systems, Fundamenta Informaticae and Int. J. Computational Intelligence and Applications; a Member, Executive Advisory Editorial Board, IEEE Trans. Fuzzy Systems, Int. Journal on Image and Graphics, and Int. Journal of Approximate Reasoning.