Thierry Denœux is a Full Professor (Exceptional Class) with the Computer Science Department at Compiègne University of Technology, Compiègne, France and a senior member of the Academic Institute of France (Institut Universitaire de France). He is the director of the Laboratory of Excellence on “Technological Systems of Systems”. His research interests concern reasoning and decision-making under uncertainty and, more generally, the management of uncertainty in intelligent systems. His main contributions are in the theory of belief functions with applications to statistical inference, pattern recognition, machine learning, and information fusion. He is the author of more than 100 papers in refereed international journals, around 200 papers in conference proceedings and 20 book chapters. He has edited 10 books and supervised more than 30 PhD theses, mostly on belief functions. He is the Editor-in-Chief of two Elsevier journals: International Journal of Approximate Reasoning and Array, and an Associate Editor of several journals including Fuzzy Sets and Systems and International Journal of Uncertainty, Fuzziness and Knowledge-Based Systems. He co-organized the 2nd and 5th BELIEF conferences in Compiègne, France, in 2012 and 2018. He is currently serving as president of the Belief Functions and Applications Society (BFAS).
My vision of BFAS: I have devoted most of my professional life in the past 25 years to the development and the promotion of the theory of belief functions, and I will continue to do so with the same enthusiasm in the coming years. I am convinced that BFAS plays a key role in giving visibility to the community of researchers working in this area, in particular through the now well-established series of Belief conferences. The BFAS School is also instrumental in training young researchers and disseminating the theory to a growing audience. If re-elected in the board, I will continue to strive to maintain the high scientific standards of BFAS. With other board members, I will also explore new ways in which the society can benefit to the community of researchers through, e.g., awards and support to visiting researchers. I will also aim at extending the society activities in all parts of the world, including Asia. The organization of the next BELIEF conference in Shanghai, China, in 2020 will be an important step in this direction.