Prof. Dr. Rafik A. Aliev received the Ph.D. and Doctorate degrees from the Institute of Control Problems, Moscow, Russia, in 1967 and 1975, respectively. His major fields of study are decision theory with imperfect information, fuzzy logic, soft computing and control theory. He is a Professor and the Head of the Department of the joint MBA Program between the Georgia State University (Atlanta, GA, USA) and the Azerbaijan State Oil Academy. His current research is focused on a generalized theory of stability, recurrent fuzzy neural networks, fuzzy type-2 systems, evolutionary computation, decision theory with imperfect information, calculus with Znumbers, and fuzzy economics. He has over 350 scientific publications including 55 books, 15 editor volumes and 280 research papers. Dr. Aliev is a regular Chairman of the International Conferences on Applications of Fuzzy Systems and Soft Computing and International Conferences on Soft Computing and Computing with Words. He is an Editor of the Journal of Advanced Computational Intelligence and Intelligent Informatics (Japan), associate editor of the Information Sciences journal, a member of Editorial Boards of International Journal of Information Technology and Decision Making, International Journal of Web-based Communities (The Netherlands), Iranian Journal of Fuzzy Systems (Iran), International Journal of Advances in Fuzzy Mathematics (Italy), and International Journal “Intelligent Automation and Soft Computing.” He is the series editor of “Advances in Uncertain Computation”, “World Scientific”. He was awarded the USSR State Prize in the field of Science (1983), USA Fulbright Award (1997), and Lifetime Achievement Award in Science (2014). He was the supervisor of more than 150 Ph.D. Students and over 30 Doctorate Dissertations.