Computer Society Connection
FEBRUARY 2008 (Vol. 41, No. 2) pp. 82-87
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Computer Society Connection
Top Researchers Win Technical Achievement Award
The IEEE Computer Society sponsors an active and prestigious awards program as part of its mission to promote the free exchange of ideas among computer professionals around the world and to recognize its members for their outstanding accomplishments. The awards honor technical achievements as well as service to the computer profession and to the Society.
Technical Achievement Award
Each year, the IEEE Computer Society selects several individuals to receive its Technical Achievement Award. This award recognizes outstanding and innovative contributions to the fields of computer and information science and engineering or computer technology, usually within the past 10, and not more than 15, years. Each winner receives a certificate and a $2,000 honorarium.
2006 Winners
The following four award recipients were selected for their contributions to the technical advancement of the computer science and engineering fields.
Hsinchun Chen, of the University of Arizona, was chosen "for innovative contributions to digital libraries, medical informatics, and intelligence and security informatics."
Michael T. Goodrich, of the University of California, Irvine, was cited "for outstanding contributions to the design of parallel and distributed algorithms for fundamental combinatorial and geometric problems."
Shashi Shekhar, of the University of Minnesota, gained honors "for technical achievements in spatial databases, spatial data mining, and geographic information systems."
Roberto Tamassia, of Brown University, was recognized "for pioneering the field of graph drawing and for outstanding contributions to the design of graph and geometric algorithms."
For more information about these and other IEEE Computer Society awards, including nomination forms and guidelines, visit
IEEE Names 2008 Fellows
The IEEE Board of Directors recently conferred the title of Fellow upon 295 senior members of the IEEE, including 62 Computer Society members, who have demonstrated outstanding achievement in engineering. The original 1912 constitution of the American Institute of Electrical Engineers, a forerunner of the IEEE, outlined a procedure for naming Fellows. Today, Fellow status recognizes a person who has established an extraordinary record of achievements in any of the IEEE fields of interest.
The honorees are selected from among the more than 350,000 IEEE members. Since IEEE policy limits the number of Fellows selected each year to no more than 0.10 percent of the IEEE's total voting membership, this year's cohort of 295 new Fellows is an especially select group of outstanding individuals.
The names below include both new Fellows who are Computer Society members and other IEEE members who the Computer Society recommended for elevation to Fellow status. All are now IEEE Fellows, effective 1 January. An accompanying citation details the accomplishments of each new Fellow.
IEEE/ACM TCBB Seeks Editor in Chief for 2009–2010 Term
The IEEE Computer Society seeks applicants for the position of editor in chief of IEEE/ACM Transactions on Computational Biology and Bioinformatics for a two-year term starting 1 January 2009.
Requirements and Qualifications
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 his or her editorial board.
Applicants, with clear employer support, must possess recognized expertise in the computer science and engineering community, have editorial experience, and be able to work effectively with technical and publishing professionals.
Candidate Search
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 staff liaison Alicia Stickley at
New Transactions Editors in Chief
Two other IEEE Computer Society transactions have editors in chief who are beginning an initial two-year term in 2008.
Wolfgang Nejdl, of the University of Hannover, now directs the recently launched IEEE Transactions on Learning Technologies. Mani Srivastava, of the University of California, Los Angeles, now heads IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing.
IEEE Fellow Nominations Due 1 March
André Ivanov, Chair, 2008 Computer Society Fellows Committee
The IEEE and its member societies cooperate each year to select a small group of outstanding professionals for recognition as IEEE Fellows. A senior IEEE member who has achieved distinction in his or her field can be named an IEEE Fellow only after being nominated for the honor. All such nominations undergo rigorous review before the IEEE Board of Governors votes to bestow the prestigious rank of Fellow.
For information regarding nominating a candidate for IEEE Fellow recognition, visit The Electronic Fellow Nomination Process is detailed at
The deadline for Fellow nominations is 1 March. In the event that the online nomination process is unsuitable, paper nomination materials can be obtained from the IEEE Fellow Committee, 445 Hoes Lane, PO Box 1331, Piscataway, NJ 08855-1331; voice +1 732 562 3840; fax +1 732 981 9019. Hard copies can also be obtained by request from Nominators may not submit the forms via fax or email.
A nominee must be a senior member at the time of nomination and must have been an IEEE member at any level for the previous five years. This includes exchange, student, associate, senior, honorary, and life membership levels. It excludes affiliates, however, because this category does not comprise IEEE members. The five-year requirement must be satisfied at the date of election, 1 January 2009; thus, a nominee must have been a member at any level continuously since 31 December 2003. The five-year membership requirement may be waived in the case of nominees in Regions 8, 9, and 10. Fellows are never named posthumously.
A nominator need not be an IEEE member. However, nominators cannot be IEEE staff or members of the IEEE Board of Directors, the Fellows Committee, the technical society, or council evaluation committee.
Preparing a nomination
Essential to a successful nomination is a concise account of a nominee's accomplishments, with emphasis on the most significant contribution. The nominator should identify the IEEE society or council that can best evaluate the nominee's work and must send the nomination form to the point of contact for that group.
Careful preparation is important. Endorsements from IEEE entities such as sections, chapters, and committees, and from non-IEEE entities and non-IEEE individuals are optional but might be useful when these entities or individuals are in the best position to provide credible statements.
The nominator should select referrers who are familiar with the nominee's contributions and can provide insights into these achievements. For nominees in the US and Canada, references must be from IEEE Fellows; outside the US and Canada, senior members can provide references if necessary. References cannot come from IEEE staff or from members of the IEEE Board of Directors, the Fellows Committee, a technical society, or a council evaluation committee. While a minimum of five references are needed, it is strongly recommended that the maximum of eight be sought.
Evaluation of nominees
In evaluating nominations, the IEEE Fellow Committee considers the following criteria:

    • individual contributions as a research engineer or scientist, application engineer or practitioner, technical leader, or educator;

    • technical evaluation by an IEEE society or council;

    • tangible and verifiable evidence of technical accomplishment, such as technical publications, patents, reports, published product descriptions or services, as listed on the nomination form;

    • confidential opinions of referrers who can attest to the nominee's work;

    • IEEE and non-IEEE professional activities, including awards, services, and offices held, committee memberships, and the like; and

    • total years in the profession.

Resubmission of nominations
Typically, less than half of the nominations each year are successful. Therefore, even highly qualified individuals might not succeed the first time. Because reconsideration of a nominee is not automatic, nominators are encouraged to update and resubmit nominations for unsuccessful candidates. To resubmit these materials, ensure that the nomination forms are current. The deadline for resubmission is the same as for new nominations.
Nomination deadline
The IEEE Fellow Committee must receive 2008 nomination forms by 1 March. The staff secretary, Pamela Kemper (, must also receive at least five Fellow-grade reference letters directly from the referrers by that date. The deadline will be strictly enforced.