IEEE CIS Student and Early Career Mentoring Program


The IEEE CIS mentoring program is back in 2022! Previously held in-person, and virtually, including at WCCI 2020, the program was rated exceptionally highly, with around 90% of participants rating the programs Very Useful or Useful and about 9 out of 10 confirming they would recommend participation to a friend.

Click here  to download the mentor/mentee matching list for Fuzz-IEEE2022
Click here  to download the mentor/mentee matching list for IJCNN2022
Click here  to download the mentor/mentee matching list for IEEECEC2022

WCCI2022 will offer an expanded IEEE CIS mentoring program compared to 2020, keeping the best parts of the 2020 edition, while adding new activities, such as the Paper Development Workshop (PDW) to support authors aspiring to submit their best work to flagship journals. Piloted and run for the first time as part of Fuzz-IEEE 2021, this year’s PDW is supported and will be run with the support of three IEEE CIS flagship journals: IEEE Transactions on Evolutionary Computation, IEEE Transactions on Fuzzy Systems, and IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks and Learning Systems, putting participants in touch directly with their editorial teams.

The mentoring program will take place in-person if the conference goes ahead in-person as planned. In case the conference is forced to take place virtually, the mentoring program too will go ahead virtually as it did in 2020. For further details on the mentoring program and key activities, read on.

What is it?

In 2022, the mentoring program is based on three activities (click on each activity to see more details):

Who is it for?

The program is provisionally* open to all students and early career researchers who are presenting a paper at WCCI2022, with priority given to IEEE CIS student members. Students who are first authors of an accepted paper which they will present, will automatically be assigned a mentor. If you are a student but would prefer not to take part in the mentoring program (e.g. because you will not present your paper), please email the mentoring program leads for your conference (see below). Early career researchers are not automatically assigned a mentor, but are invited to opt-in by emailing the respective conference lead (contact details below). In all cases, please include your full name and affiliation, IEEE CIS membership number (if applicable), as well as the title and number of your accepted WCCI2022 paper(s).


  • there is no formal restriction on who qualifies as an ‘early career researcher’;
  • participation in the program is free of charge to registered presenters;
  • *depending on demand, the number of mentees accepted to the program will have to be limited. In this situation, IEEE CIS student members will be given priority and successful applicants to the program will be selected based on their paper review scores.

All presenters accepted to the mentoring program will be explicitly notified via email. Applications to participate in the program submitted after the Early Registration Deadline may not be considered.

How does it work?

All program participants (see above) will be contacted via email prior to the conference.
Before the conference, mentor and mentee contact details will be shared between them to support Activity I; mentees are expected to drive engagement with their mentors, e.g. sending their accepted conference paper to the mentor in advance of their presentation so as to allow the mentors to read the paper and provide some feedback.
Mentee participants who would like to attend the PDW (see Activity II above) must submit their draft papers following the guidelines and respecting the deadline above.  Again to clarify: the PDW is open for application to mentees, but in order to participate, you must apply as outlined above and be selected.

The WCCI2022 Mentoring Program Team

For any questions, please contact the conference leads which match your conference publication. For example, email both CEC leads below if your paper is or will be submitted to CEC2022.

For any other queries, including on the program in general, please contact the IEEE CIS Mentoring Subcommittee directly.

WCCI 2022 Mentoring Program Conference Leads

CEC 2022 Mentoring Program Co-Leads:

Pietro Oliveto (University of Sheffield, UK):

Nelishia Pillay (University of Pretoria, South Africa:

Fuzz-IEEE 2022 Mentoring Program Co-Leads:

Jose Maria Alonso (CiTIUS-USC, Spain): (

Amit K. Shukla (University of Jyväskylä, Finland):

IJCNN 2022 Mentoring Program, co-sponsored by  the Neural Network Society, Co-Leads:

Benjamin Paassen (DFKI, Germany):

Jia Wu (Macquarie University, Australia):

Zenglin Xu (Harbin Institute of Technology, China):

IEEE CIS Mentoring Subcommittee: