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Issue No.01 - January (2007 vol.40)
pp: 84-93
Published by the IEEE Computer Society
ABSTRACT
Topics covered include 2007 Computer Society Programs, the search for editors in chief to serve in 2008-2009, and Computer Society bylaws changes to be implemented in 2007.




Computer Society Announces 2007 Programs
Since 1946, the IEEE Computer Society has been at the forefront of developments in computer engineering. In 2007, the Society again offers periodicals—14 magazines, 14 transactions, and one letters publication—and conferences—more than 150, covering research areas large and small—that address all aspects of computer science and engineering. With about 40 percent of its members living and working outside the US, the Computer Society facilitates international communication, cooperation, and information exchange.
Publications
Individual magazine and journal editorial boards work to provide members with the targeted, high-quality content that has been the hallmark of Computer Society publications for more than 60 years. Members can become more involved with the Society's publications program by serving as authors, reviewers, or editorial board members.
Several magazines are seeking new editors in chief for terms starting in 2008. To find out more about these positions, see "Society Publications Seek Editors in Chief for 2008-2009 Terms". Visit the Computer Society Web site ( www.computer.org/publications) to learn more about the periodicals of interest to you.

Computer Society Digital Library The IEEE Computer Society Digital Library provides online access to 24 Society magazines, transactions, and letters, more than 1,800 selected conference proceedings, and many tutorials and scholarly books. All members receive free online access to Computer magazine as a benefit of membership. An all-in-one CSDL account, available in 2007 for $119, offers members access to content from any Computer Society publication. Traditional single-magazine subscriptions are also available in print, online, or combined formats. Individual documents are available to members for $9 and to nonmembers for $19.

Some IEEE Computer Society periodicals are published in technical cosponsorship with other IEEE societies. Access to the full text of individual Computer Society periodicals is available to members who subscribe and have a valid IEEE Web account.

CSDL search results now provide links to materials from the ACM; article abstract pages include links to resources listed in the bibliographies; and CSDL subscribers can save searches and search terms, making it easier to find new material on a given topic as it appears.


IEEE Computer Society Online Bookshelf Computer Society members now enjoy access to a special online collection of unabridged books on a variety of technology topics. Access to the basic 300-book collection, the IEEE Computer Society Online Bookshelf, powered by Books24x7, is a free benefit of membership. Access to additional titles is available at reduced rates. For $89 annually, members can access an 800-book collection. For $350, members can enjoy access to Books24x7's full 4,000-book library.

Books24x7 provides Web-based technical and business reference content to more than 1 million subscribers. Books24x7's Referenceware platform lets users search, browse, read, and interact with the content of several targeted professional reference libraries.

Computer Society Online Bookshelf titles are available for viewing through a customizable online interface. Topics include IBM technologies, software engineering, operating systems, security, telecommunications, certification and compliance, and hundreds of others.

Complete title lists and registration information for the Computer Society's Books24x7 collections are available at www.computer.org/bookshelf.

Distance Learning Campus
As another benefit of membership, Computer Society members have free access to more than 800 Web-based courses through the Society's online Distance Learning Campus.
The courses are selected from a rotating catalog and cover a variety of computing topics that include operating systems, leadership, management, programming languages, Cisco networks, databases, and more. Twice each year, volunteers review and select new Distance Learning offerings based on survey data and usage numbers.
Offered in partnership with Thomson NETg, courses in the Distance Learning catalog offer presentations with voiceovers, 3D graphics, flash animations, onscreen text, and visual sentences that turn complex concepts into easy-to-understand images. Users can take preassessment tests, track ongoing progress, and study at a self-directed pace.
To learn more about IEEE Computer Society distance learning opportunities, visit the online campus at www.computer.org/distancelearning.
IEEE Readynotes
IEEE ReadyNotes are guidebooks and tutorials that serve as a quick-start reference for busy computing professionals. An online catalog lists the current collection, available as PDF downloads.
Recent additions to the catalog include A Survey of 3D Graphics Software Tools, Designing and Implementing Softcoded Values, and Digital Avionics: A Computing Perspective. IEEE ReadyNotes sell for $19 or less.
To learn more about IEEE ReadyNotes, visit www.computer.org/distancelearning.
Conferences
IEEE Computer Society technical councils, task forces, and technical committees serve as hosts to the majority of the Society's technical meetings. The following selection of noteworthy conferences provides a glimpse into the depth and breadth of events the Society presents each year.

    15–19 January: SAINT 2007





    The 2007 Symposium on Applications and the Internet will draw researchers from around the world to share new ideas and findings regarding the Internet and its applications. SAINT participants come from a wide spectrum of disciplines in government, industry, and academia.

    Conference organizers have solicited papers on topics that include Web services, e-business, content delivery, software architectures, and Internet security. SAINT 2007, taking place this year in Hiroshima, Japan, will also feature nine workshops, including Middleware Architecture in the Internet, Educational Challenges to Deploy the Internet, Network Mobility (WONEMO), and Ubiquitous Networking and Enablers to Context-Aware Services.

    Cosponsored by the Information Processing Society of Japan, SAINT is the flagship conference of the IEEE Computer Society Technical Committee on the Internet. Fees are $610 for members, $783 for nonmembers, and $305 for students. Visit http://infonet.cse.kyutech.ac.jp/ conf/saint07 for more conference information.

    10–14 March: IEEE VR 2007





    The 2007 IEEE Virtual Reality Conference brings together practitioners in virtual reality software, systems, and applications to share recent research findings in augmented reality, mixed reality, 3D interaction, and other VR-related fields. Georgia Institute of Technology computing professor and VR pioneer James D. Foley will provide the keynote address for the conference.

    VR 2007 will take place in conjunction with the 2007 IEEE Symposium on 3D User Interfaces. Also, the IEEE Visualization and Graphics Technical Committee has established two new annual awards in virtual reality. The Virtual Reality Career Award and the Virtual Reality Technical Achievement Award will be presented for the first time at VR 2007, located this year in Charlotte, North Carolina.

    VR 2007 leads the Computer Society Technical Committee on Visualization and Graphics' annual calendar of conferences and workshops. For further details, including registration information as it becomes available, visit http://conferences.computer.org/vr/2007.

    26–29 March: ECBS 2007





    The annual IEEE International Conference and Workshop on the Engineering of Computer-Based Systems attracts participants who are interested in formulating and advancing methods, techniques, and tools for the engineering of computer-based systems.

    Expert presenters at ECBS 2007 will address issues including the modeling and analysis of complex systems, open systems, systems on a chip, design evolution, and ECBS infrastructure.

    Scheduled workshop titles include Domain-Specific Approaches to Model-Based Development, Engineering of Autonomic Systems, and Embedded Systems Workshop: Theory and Practice.

    In its 14th year, ECBS is sponsored by the IEEE Computer Society Technical Committee on the Engineering of Computer-Based Systems. The 2007 conference will take place in Tucson, Arizona. Fees are $400 for members, $500 for nonmembers, and $100 for student members. Visit www.ece.arizona.edu/~ecbs07 for more information.

    26–30 March: IPDPS 2007





    The International Parallel and Distributed Processing Symposium is a forum where researchers, scientists, and engineers present and discuss new findings in parallel processing and distributed computing. The five-day conference features contributed papers, panels, invited speakers, and commercial presentations.

    For the fourth consecutive year, IPDPS participants will also have the opportunity to organize informal birds-of-a-feather sessions. Scheduled workshop topics at IPDPS 2007 include Java for parallel and distributed computing, heterogenous computing, reconfigurable architectures, and communication architecture for clusters.

    IPDPS 2007, located this year in Long Beach, California, is sponsored by the IEEE Computer Society Technical Committee on Parallel Processing in cooperation with the IEEE Computer Society Technical Committee on Computer Architecture, the IEEE Computer Society Technical Committee on Distributed Processing, and the ACM Special Interest Group on Computer Architecture. To learn more about IPDPS 2007, visit www.ipdps.org.

    16–20 April: ICDE 2007





    The 23rd International Conference on Data Engineering, taking place this year in Istanbul, is a premier forum for presenting research results on advanced data-intensive applications and discussing topics in data and knowledge engineering. Conference participants share research solutions in data engineering, identify new issues and directions for future research and development work, and promote the exchange of data engineering technologies.

    Conference organizers have called for submissions that show practitioners how research results and tools can help solve everyday problems in practice or that address the problems of practical applications of data engineering.

    ICDE 2007 is sponsored by the IEEE Computer Society Technical Committee on Data Engineering in conjunction with corporate sponsor Microsoft. Regular conference fees, including workshops, total $800 for members, $1,050 for nonmembers, and $450 for student members. Visit the ICDE 2007 Web site at www.icde2007.org/icde for further details.

    18–20 April: Cool Chips X





    Since its launch in 1998, the IEEE Symposium on Low-Power and High-Speed Chips has become a leading international symposium for presenting advancements in microprocessor design. The symposium covers emerging technologies in all areas of microprocessors and their applications.

    This year, the Cool Chips symposium will focus on low-power, high-performance processors for multimedia, mobile, graphics, and other applications. Cool Chips X organizers have also solicited original works on novel architectures and schemes for single- and multicore processors, embedded systems, and reconfigurable computing, among other topics.

    Cool Chips X, which takes place in Yokohama, Japan, is sponsored by the IEEE Computer Society Technical Committees on Microprocessors and Microcomputers, and Computer Architecture. Cosponsors include the Institute of Electronics, Information, and Communication Engineers Electronics Society; the ACM Special Interest Group on Computer Architecture; and the Information Processing Society of Japan. For more conference information, visit www.coolchips.org.

    14–17 May: CCGrid 2007





    The Seventh IEEE International Symposium on Cluster Computing and the Grid, the latest in a series of successful international conferences that began in 2000, provides researchers and practitioners with an opportunity to share their research and experiences in overcoming challenges in Web services and grid technology.

    Conference organizers have sought papers on topics that include Web services flow languages, peer-to-peer computing, information services, resource-exchange architectures, and middleware for clusters and grids. Several workshops run concurrently with CCGrid 2007, including the First International Context-Awareness and Mobility in Grid Computing Workshop, the Seventh International Workshop on Global and Peer-to-Peer Computing, and the Latin America Grid Workshop.

    CCGrid 2007, which takes place in Rio de Janeiro, is sponsored by the IEEE Computer Society Technical Committee on Scalable Computing. Visit http://ccgrid07.lncc.br for registration and detailed program information as it becomes available.

    20–23 May: Security and Privacy 2007





    Since 1980, the IEEE Symposium on Security and Privacy has been a premier forum for presenting developments in computer security and electronic privacy, and for bringing together researchers and practitioners in the field. For 2007, conference organizers have solicited papers on topics that include peer-to-peer security, electronic privacy, language-based security, and malicious code prevention, among others. A recent initiative opens the symposium to not only traditional full-length paper submissions, but also short papers describing less-mature works in progress.

    The Security and Privacy conference, taking place in Berkeley, California, is sponsored by the IEEE Computer Society Technical Committee on Security and Privacy, in cooperation with the International Association for Cryptologic Research. See www.ieee-security.org/ TC/SP2007/oakland07-home.html for more conference information.

    20–26 May: ICSE 2007





    The 29th International Conference on Software Engineering is a leading software engineering conference where researchers, practitioners, and educators meet to present and discuss recent trends in software engineering.

    Topics to be addressed at ICSE 2007 include software engineering principles, theories, techniques, and tools as well as other related areas such as programming languages, distributed systems, databases, and networks.

    Scheduled keynote speakers include Deborah Johnson of the University of Virginia, Bev Littlewood of City University London, and Steve Fisher of AppExchange.

    Several software engineering-related conferences and symposia are scheduled to run concurrently with ICSE, including the International Conference on Software Process, and the Symposium on Software Engineering: The Legacy of Barry W. Boehm.

    ICSE is sponsored by the IEEE Computer Society Technical Council on Software Engineering. Visit http://web4.cs.ucl.ac.uk/icse07 for complete conference details.

    25–29 June: ICDCS 2007





    Since 1979, the International Conference on Distributed Computing Systems, the oldest conference series in the field of distributed computing systems, has provided a forum for engineers and scientists in academia, industry, and government to discuss the latest research findings on topics including agents and mobile code, middleware, and ubiquitous computing. ICDCS 2007 will take place in Toronto.

    Conference organizers have solicited papers on topics that include autonomic computing, data management, network protocols, and fault tolerance and dependability.

    ICDCS is presented by the IEEE Computer Society Technical Committee on Distributed Processing. Visit www.eecg.utoronto.ca/icdcs07 for program highlights and more conference information.

Proceedings from many conferences are available through the Computer Society Digital Library. CSDL subscribers enjoy full access to an online collection that also includes all Computer Society magazines and most of its journals. Nonsubscribers can search the collection at www.computer.org/publications/dlib and purchase individual documents. Computer Society members also enjoy as much as a 25 percent discount on registration fees at Society-sponsored conferences.
Visit www.computer.org for complete details on all IEEE Computer Society publications, conferences, symposia, technical meetings, volunteer opportunities, and other activities.
Society Publications Seek Editors in Chief for 2008–2009 Terms
The IEEE Computer Society seeks applicants for the position of editor in chief for the following publications for two-year terms starting 1 January 2008: IEEE Annals of the History of Computing, IEEE Distributed Systems Online, and IEEE Transactions on Dependable and Secure Computing.
Qualifications and Requirements
Candidates for any Computer Society editor in chief position should possess a good understanding of industry, academic, and government aspects of the specific publication's field. In addition, candidates must demonstrate the managerial skills necessary to process manuscripts through the editorial cycle in a timely fashion. An editor in chief must be able to attract respected experts to the editorial board. Major responsibilities include

    • actively soliciting high-quality manuscripts from potential authors and, with support from publication staff, helping these authors get their manuscripts published;

    • identifying and appointing editorial board members, with the concurrence of the Publications Board;

    • selecting competent manuscript reviewers, with the help of editorial board members, and managing timely reviews of manuscripts;

    • directing editorial board members to seek special-issue proposals and manuscripts in specific areas;

    • providing a clear, broad focus through promotion of personal vision and guidance where appropriate; and

    • resolving conflicts or problems as necessary.

Applicants should possess recognized expertise in the computer science and engineering community, have editorial experience, and be able to lead an active editorial board and work effectively with technical and publishing professionals. Applicants must have clear employer support.
Search Procedure
Prospective candidates are asked to provide, by 15 March, a complete curriculum vitae, a brief plan for the publication's future, and a letter of support from their institution or employer. Materials should be sent as PDF files to the staff coordinators listed below.
The contact persons for each publication are as follows:

    IEEE Annals of the History of Computing: Robin Baldwin, rbaldwin@computer.org;

    IEEE Distributed Systems Online: Crystal Shif, cshif@computer.org; and

    IEEE Transactions on Dependable and Secure Computing: Janet Wilson, jwilson@computer.org.

Reappointments
Several other IEEE Computer Society publications have editors in chief who are currently standing for reappointment to a second two-year term. The IEEE Computer Society Publications Board invites comments upon the tenures of the individual editors and welcomes suggestions for the future of each periodical.
Editors in chief standing for reappointment to terms in 2007-2008 are Kwang-Ting (Tim) Cheng, IEEE Design & Test of Computers; Sethuraman Panchanathan, IEEE Multimedia; Roy Want, IEEE Pervasive Computing; Arnold (Jay) Bragg, IT Professional; Laxmi Bhuyan, IEEE Transactions on Parallel and Distributed Systems; and Jean-Luc Gaudiot, Computer Architecture Letters.
Send comments to:

    IEEE Design & Test of Computers: Robin Baldwin, rbaldwin@computer.org;

    IEEE Multimedia: Tammi Titsworth, ttitsworth@computer.org;

    IEEE Pervasive Computing: Crystal Shif, cshif@computer.org;

    IT Professional: Ed Zintel, ezintel@computer.org;

    IEEE Transactions on Parallel and Distributed Systems: Janet Wilson, jwilson@computer.org;

    Computer Architecture Letters: Janet Wilson, jwilson@computer.org.

New Editors in Chief
Several other IEEE Computer Society publications have editors in chief who are beginning an initial two-year term in 2007.
Carl K. Chang, Iowa State University, is Computer's incoming editor in chief. Maureen Stone, StoneSoup Consulting, now directs IEEE Computer Graphics and Applications. Fred Douglis, IBM, now heads IEEE Internet Computing. David H. Albonesi, Cornell University, takes the helm of IEEE Micro. Carl Landwehr, University of Maryland, now leads IEEE Security & Privacy. Hakan Erdogmus, National Research Council Canada, steps up to direct IEEE Software. Fabrizio Lombardi, Northeastern University, assumes the top post at IEEE Transactions on Computers. Thomas Ertl, University of Stuttgart, serves in 2007 as editor in chief of IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics.
Bylaws Changes
At its recent meeting in San Diego, California, the IEEE Computer Society Board of Governors voted to amend the Society's bylaws to clarify or change numerous passages that deal with nomination procedures, committee memberships, and presidential duties, among other topics.
Society members are invited to comment before the next Board of Governors meeting, set for 5–9 February in Vancouver, B.C. Deletions are marked in strikeout text, and insertions are underlined.
Article I - Membership
Section 1: Membership Grades




Section 2: Rights and Privileges




Article II - Nominations and Elections
Section 2: Board of Governors Candidates




Section 3: Board of Governors Qualifications




Section 9: IEEE Delegate-Director-Elect Nominations




Article III - Board of Governors
Section 3: Meetings




Section 5: Quorum




Section 8: Policies and Procedures




Section 9: Parliamentary Authority




Section 11: Vacancies and Removal from Office




Section 12: Executive Committee




Section 13: Franchised Members of the Board




Section 14: Position Statements




Article IV - Executive Committee
Section 1: Composition




Section 5: Quorum




Article V - Powers and Duties
Section 1: Presidential Duties




Article VI - Conferences and Tutorials
Section 2: Periodic Conferences & Tutorials Steering Committees




Article VIII- Chapters Activities
Section 1: Vice President for Chapters Activities




Article IX- Publications
Section 1: Publications Board




Article X - Standards Activities
Section 2: Membership
The Standards Activities Board shall have three classes of membership as defined in the IEEE Computer Society Policies and Procedures Manual:




Article XI - Technical Activities
Section 1: Technical Activities Board




Section 1: Electronic Products & Services Board




Standing Committee Organization
The Standing Committees shall include the following:




Unless otherwise specified, each committee chairperson shall appoint the members of his/her committee and designate a member as vice chairperson who shall act for the chairperson at his/her request.
Section 4: Constitution & Bylaws Committee




Section 12: Personnel and Compensation Committee




Conclusion
Members can submit comments on the proposed bylaw changes to Rangachar Kasturi, 2007 chair of the IEEE Computer Society Constitution and Bylaws Committee, at cb2007@computer.org.
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