Nikhil R. Pal is an INAE Chair Professor (2015-2016) in the Electronics and Communication Sciences Unit of the Indian Statistical Institute. His research interest includes bioinformatics, brain science, fuzzy logic, neural networks, machine learning, and data mining. He was the Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Fuzzy Systems (2005- 2010). He has served/been serving on the editorial /advisory board/ steering committee of several journals including the International Journal of Approximate Reasoning, Applied Soft Computing, Fuzzy Sets and Systems, Fuzzy Information and Engineering: An International Journal, IEEE Transactions on Fuzzy Systems and the IEEE Transactions on Systems Man and Cybernetics B (currently IEEE Transactions on Cybernetics. He has given many plenary/keynote speeches in different premier international conferences in the area of computational intelligence.
He is a recipient of the 2015 Fuzzy Systems Pioneer Award. He is a Distinguished Lecturer of the IEEE Computational Intelligence Society (2010-2012, 2016-2018) and at present he is the Vice President for Publications of the IEEE Computational Intelligence Society (2013-2016). He was a member of the Administrative Committee of the IEEE Computational Intelligence Society .