Leszek Rutkowski received the MSc and PhD degrees from the Technical University of Wroclaw, Poland, in 1977 and 1980, respectively. Since 1980, he has been with the Technical University of Czestochowa, where he is currently a professor and director of the Institute of Computational Intelligence. From 1987 to 1990, he held a visiting position at the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Oklahoma State University. His research interests include data stream mining, big data analysis, neural networks, fuzzy systems, computational intelligence, pattern classification, and expert systems. He has published more than 200 technical papers, including 22 in various series of IEEE Transactions. He is the author of the following books: Computational Intelligence (Springer, 2008), New Soft Computing Techniques for System Modeling, Pattern Classification and Image Processing (Springer, 2004), Flexible Neuro-Fuzzy Systems (Kluwer Academic, 2004), Methods and Techniques of Artificial Intelligence (2005, in Polish), Adaptive Filters and Adaptive Signal Processing (1994, in Polish), and coauthor of two others (1997 and 2000, in Polish) Neural Networks, Genetic Algorithms and Fuzzy Systems and Neural Networks for Image Compression. He is the president and founder of the Polish Neural Networks Society. He organized and served as a General Chair of the International Conferences on Artificial Intelligence and Soft Computing held in 1996, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016, He was an associate editor of the IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks (1998-2005) and IEEE Systems Journal (2007-2010). He is an editor-in-chief of the Journal of Artificial Intelligence and Soft Computing Research, and he is on the editorial board of the IEEE Transactions on Cybernetics, International Journal of Neural Systems, International Journal of Applied Mathematics and Computer Science and International Journal of Biometric. He is a recipient of the IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks 2005 Outstanding Paper Award. He served in the IEEE Computational Intelligence Society as the chair of the Distinguished Lecturer Program (2008-2009) and the chair of the Standards Committee (2006-2007). He is the founding chair of the Polish chapter of the IEEE Computational Intelligence Society, which won the 2008 Outstanding Chapter Award. In 2004, he was elected as a member of the Polish Academy of Sciences. In 2004, he was awarded by the IEEE Fellow membership grade for contributions to neurocomputing and flexible fuzzy systems. He received a degree honoris causa from prestigious AGH University of Science and Technology in Cracow “in recognition of outstanding scientific achievements in the field of artificial intelligence in particular neuro-fuzzy systems”.