Nominees for Computer Society Officers and Board of Governors Positions in 2012
On the following pages are the position statements and biographies of the IEEE Computer Society's candidates for president-elect, first and second vice presidents, and Board of Governors. Within each category, candidates are listed in alphabetical order. Election of officers to one-year terms and of Board members to three-year terms, each beginning 1 January 2012, will be by vote of the membership as specified in the bylaws. Ballots must be returned no later than 12:00 noon EDT on Tuesday, 4 October.
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The opinions expressed in the statements are those of the individual candidates and do not necessarily reflect Computer Society positions or policies.
Results will be announced in the December issue of Computer.
Nominees for President-Elect
David Alan Grier
Position statement. Three words: Operations. Alliances. Communications. If you want a picture of the skills and ideas that I would bring to the Society presidency, you will find the most detail at my webpage, http://candidate.dagrier.net, or in my column, The Known World, in Computer. However, if you want the summary of my approach, you will find it in those three ideas: efficient operations, strategic alliances, and effective communications.
To the operations of the Society, I would bring skills honed for 20 years as a university administrator. The Society operates as a volunteer organization that needs to support the professional practice of 85,000 individuals with diverse goals and aspirations. A successful president needs to honor the contributions of the 85,000 members and their volunteer contributions to the society. The issues that the next president needs to consider include conference support, intellectual property rights, technical education, and plans for the Society's future. As a vice president, I drafted the plans for special technical committees and have been active on the planning and financial committees.
Alliances are crucial because no organization thrives without cooperating with institutions that have similar goals and aspirations. Our most important alliance is with the IEEE, and we need to build on the relationships that we have established in recent years. However, we would also benefit by strengthening our ties with other organizations in the fields of computer science, information technology, and education.
Finally, to the presidency I would bring the skills of a practiced communicator and one who understands the vital role of the Society. I would be able to help the Society better engage its members, other computer professionals, entrepreneurs, other members of the global economy, and also the general public. My success in communicating the value of an organization is seen in the writing that I have done for Computer Society publications.
Three ideas: strong organizational leadership, careful management of strategic alliances, clear and focused communication. This is what I would bring to the Computer Society as president. You can find more at http://candidate.dagrier.net.
Biography. David Grier's career in computer science began when he learned to program the Univac 1103 that was in his father's office. This career has encompassed many roles in the field: industry programmer, professor and researcher, entrepreneur, conference organizer, university administrator, consultant, and author. Grier's book, When Computers Were Human (Princeton), received a 2006 award for the best book on computing from the Independent Press Association.
Grier's computer education began with training courses at Univac and Burroughs. He passed through Knuth's Art of Computer Programming and received a PhD in mathematical statistics from the University of Washington. At George Washington University, Grier has taught computer science, served as assistant dean of engineering and associate dean of international affairs, and is currently an associate professor of international science and technology policy.
Grier is first vice president of the Computer Society and serves on its Board of Governors (2009-), Executive Committee (2009-), and Planning Committee (2010-). He is currently vice president of publications and has served on such IEEE committees as TAB Periodicals, Periodical Review, and the Publication Services and Products Board. Grier is a senior member of IEEE. A more detailed biography can be found at http://candidate.dagrier.net.
Position statement. The Computer Society is facing opportunities and challenges in several areas.
• Membership. Developing new membership benefits is a high priority in view of declining membership. This might include further incentives to attract new student members. Retaining student members as full members is also an issue that needs attention.
• Accreditation. The Computer Society has developed excellent accreditation tools and services for the computing community. I will work toward acceptance and recognition of these accreditation efforts and enlist the help of IEEE-USA in gaining government support for accreditation within the US.
• Literacy. The Computer Society should seize the opportunity to provide educational material that supports the development of increased computer literacy.
• Conferences. Conferences provide the main forum for in-person member contacts and the exchange of technical information. They are a vital component of Computer Society activities. Maintaining the viability of the conference program is therefore a priority.
• Internationalization. I consider it a priority to engage the Computer Society's international membership more effectively in Society activities. One way of doing this would be to create online communities to discuss issues of interest to all Computer Society members.
• Publications. One of the main incentives for joining the Computer Society has been its publishing program. Members typically can subscribe to IEEE and Society publications at a significantly reduced cost. The CSDL and IEL electronic libraries have, however, made individual subscription incentives of less value to many members, due to institutional subscriptions. I would therefore encourage the development of new publishing initiatives that lead to member retention.
• Open access. Open access has clear benefits for Computer Society members and the community in general, since it results in more freely available information. The challenge is to make open access economically viable.
• IEEE. I would encourage cooperation within the Technical Activities Board and with other major IEEE boards. I also advocate that the Computer Society avail itself of services offered by IEEE when they are advantageous to the Society.
An expanded discussion of these topics is found at www3.telus.net/public/jrokne/public.html.
Biography. Jon Rokne is the second vice president and secretary of the IEEE Computer Society Board of Governors, past vice president of the IEEE Publication Services and Products Board, chair of the PSPB's Nominations and Appointments Committee, and a member of the IEEE Ethics and Members Conduct Committee.
Rokne has completed two terms as vice president of publications for IEEE and two terms as vice president of publications for the IEEE Computer Society. He has also served as a member of PSPB, PSPB Financial Committee, and PSPB Operations Committee, and as chair of a PSPB subcommittee on publications conduct.
A Computer Society Golden Core member, Rokne has served as a member of the Publications Board, chair of the Transactions Operations Committee, and chair of an ad hoc committee for ReadyNotes.
Rokne is a professor and former chair of the computer science department at the University of Calgary. He has published extensively in mathematics, including three jointly authored books. Rokne has also published in the areas of physically- and biologically-based computer simulations of leaves, auroras, ball lightning, social networks, and one jointly authored book, Light Interaction with Plants (Woodhead, 2004). In 2003, he organized the Pacific Graphics conference.
For further information, visit www3.telus.net/public/jrokne/public.
Nominees for First Vice President
Thomas M. Conte
Position statement. This is one of the most challenging times in our profession. The global recession and its impact on our industry and on our lives have been profound. The IEEE Computer Society is here to support the computer professionals who make up the Society. This is important now more than ever. We can't let red tape or petty squabbles get in the way of a Computer Society that's useful and valuable to its members. I've been an active member of the Computer Society for more than two decades, serving in many leadership roles.
The Computer Society's lifeblood is our conferences, symposia, and technical committees. I believe strongly that these activities must have a higher profile within the Computer Society. Any legislative or administrative walls that have built up over the years should be torn down. Our members who are trying to run a conference, build a new technical committee's community, or expand an already vibrant community need our direct support. They should not hear "you can't do it," but instead hear "how can we help you do it?" The "Is it helping our members?" test is the guiding principle behind any and all decisions I have made as a Board of Governors member, and will be the same principle I use as vice president of the Society. This is our Society. I volunteer to the Computer Society to make sure it remains pointed in the right direction, and stays our Society.
Biography. Thomas M. Conte has been deeply involved with the Computer Society throughout more than 25 years of IEEE membership. He has shepherded major symposia as chair for the Technical Committee on Microarchitecture (TC-uARCH) and has served on editorial boards for Computer and Micro magazines, and Transactions on Computers, among others. Conte, an elected member of the Board of Governors, has served as the IEEE Computer Society Awards Committee chair since 2009. He has focused on streamlining and revamping the awards process so that more of our outstanding members are recognized for their accomplishments.
Conte is an IEEE Fellow and serves as chair of the 2011 IEEE Computer Society Fellows Evaluation Committee. He is a professor at the Georgia Institute of Technology, where he holds a joint appointment in the schools of computer science and electrical and computer engineering. Conte likes to say that, if given a choice between the intrigue of academic power brokering or the challenge of teaching sophomores K-maps and pipelining, he'd choose the latter hands-down, every time. His research focuses on many-core computer architecture, compiler code generation, and fast simulation techniques. Conte received a PhD in electrical engineering from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.
Position statement. I strongly believe in the Computer Society's mission as an international organization to provide technical information and services to advance the theory, practice, and application of information processing science and technology. If elected first vice president, I will continue to promote the services that are our hallmark, including transactions, magazines, and conferences.
We know how our profession has revolutionized the way in which scientific and engineering knowledge is created, disseminated, and evaluated. Most of our publications are now online and many are even available on a variety of e-readers. As the technology that our work has helped to create continues reaching researchers and practitioners in more disciplines in more new ways, several questions become more important to deal with: On what devices will we be receiving our articles? What new areas must we own to remain at the forefront of knowledge creation? Admittedly, these are but the tip of the iceberg.
I know what challenges await, and I have supported some of these efforts in several offices within the Computer Society. I submit that I am prepared to be first vice president and intend to serve as a unifying force to help coalesce opportunities into a coherent vision of our future. With all the challenges in so many dimensions in front of us, I will help the Computer Society continue to make a difference in the lives of its members. I ask you to give me a chance to help us do that.
Biography. Jean-Luc Gaudiot, currently a professor at the University of California, Irvine, has served the Computer Society for almost 20 years in a variety of offices, which has given him experience in many activities of the Society. He currently serves on the Board of Governors and the Audit Committee, and is chair of the Publications Board's Transactions Operations Committee. He was one of the founders and the first editor in chief of IEEE Computer Architecture Letters, editor in chief of Transactions on Computers, chair of the IEEE Computer Society Technical Committee on Computer Architecture for two terms, and program committee and general chair of many major conferences. Gaudiot is a Computer Society Golden Core member and a Fellow of IEEE and the AAAS.
Before joining UCI, where he was department chair for six years, Gaudiot was a professor at the University of Southern California. His industrial experience includes software and architecture design at Teledyne and TRW. Gaudiot's research focuses on computer architecture, a field in which he has more than 200 refereed publications.
In his spare time, he combines his passion for aviation with his love for teaching by working as an active flight instructor (both primary and instrument).
Nominees for Second Vice President
Position statement. In the more than 25 years that I have been a Computer Society volunteer, I have demonstrated an ability to understand Society-related markets, engage key leaders from communities of interest, and establish collaborative alliances with other IEEE and external organizations. If elected, I will bring that same forward-looking, business-based, service-oriented, strategic focus to the Executive Committee to help sustain our reputation for excellence and support our growth in a climate that's fast-changing in terms of technology and economics.
The continued growth and success of the Computer Society will depend upon how effectively we leverage our core technical excellence for the benefit of a broader constituency than we might have imagined in the past. Our growth is also dependent upon how well we nurture and grow our chapters, providing a strong local presence and engaging both students and practitioners throughout the globe. To thrive, we must embrace new mechanisms for reaching and serving our communities of interest, while maintaining our core foundation as the world's most prestigious professional society in the field of computing. This means that while we establish and nurture new Web-based communities and new electronic products and services designed to reach and engage a broader constituency, we must also take care to nurture and grow our technical core of conferences and publications.
We are the world's leading organization for computing professionals. I will work hard to ensure that we continue to serve our community with offerings that are relevant, provide technical value, are accessible, and are affordable.
Biography. A Fellow and chief scientist at CSC, Paul Croll has more than 35 years' experience in software and systems engineering. His experience spans industry, government, and academia as a practitioner, researcher, and university lecturer. Croll has been a Society volunteer for more than 25 years and is an active leader in establishing the Society's technical agenda.
Under his leadership, the Software and Systems Engineering Standards Committee maintains the largest collection of software and systems engineering standards in the world, as well as strategic liaisons with ASQ, INCOSE, PMI, and SEI. As the current vice president for technical and conference activities, Croll oversees the activities of more than 40 technical committees and 200 conferences. He leads efforts in the broader technical community as chair of the National Defense Industrial Association's software industry experts panel and as industry cochair for the DHS/DoD/NIST Software Assurance Forum's working group on processes and practices. Previously, he served as chair of the Technical Council on Software Engineering.
A Computer Society Golden Core member and Distinguished Visitor, Croll brings to the Society a demonstrated ability to bring together researchers, educators, students, and practitioners to advance both the state of the practice and the goals of the Society.
Position statement. The Society needs to focus on serving its members and volunteers. Members, existing or prospective, need to be able to identify distinct value propositions made available to them by joining and remaining as active members. Also, members ought to see value in the Society's staff contributions. There should be opportunities to improve the alignment between membership needs and expectations and the Society's ways of conducting its businesses globally. To many non-North American members, the Society is too USA-centric. This should change; otherwise the Society will fail to reach its vision. Some current Society practices seem to deter enthusiasm and buy-in from volunteers. We need to acknowledge differences that exist between industrial practitioners and academics around the world.
The Society needs to ensure that its revenues remain uniquely directed to better serve the membership. The Society's efficiencies need improvement. Equally important, the Society needs to identify revenue models that are forward-looking yet focused on serving members. The Society should resist embarking down paths of complex business propositions that offer value in very risky and indirect fashion to members, again, especially those who reside outside North America. We need to improve communication with our members and engage with our volunteers such that they clearly see and leverage the benefits that the Society brings to their efforts and aspirations. If elected, I will work at making the Society shift its perspective to be even more global than it is today, focusing on offering clearly identifiable value to its members.
Biography. André Ivanov is head of electrical and computer engineering at the University of British Columbia. He has worked at PMC-Sierra and the University of Montpellier, the University of Bordeaux, and Edith Cowan University. Ivanov's research interests are in VLSI and systems-on-a-chip. He has published more than 200 papers and holds four US patents. In 2001, Ivanov cofounded semiconductor IP company Vector 12, and has served since 2006 as associate editor for IEEE Transactions on Computer-Aided Design and since 2004 for Design & Test.
Ivanov served on the Computer Society Board of Governors in 2008-2010, and is now serving a second three-year term. He served as vice chair of the Computer Society Fellows Committee in 2007 and as its chair in 2008. Ivanov served as program chair (2002) and general chair (2003, 2004) of the VLSI Test Symposium. He has long served the Test Technology Technical Council in leading roles, including a pair of two-year terms as elected chair (2004-2007).
Ivanov's other Computer Society roles include:
Conferences and Tutorials Board: vice-chair, 2005; member at large, 2007
Conference and Technical Activities Board: member at large, 2010, 2011
Technical Activities Board: Executive Committee member, 2004-2007
Audit Committee: member, 2011
Board of Governors Nominees (12 nominees; vote for seven)
Position statement. I wish to continue being a Computer Society Board of Governors member to contribute my experience and passion to building the future of the Society and spreading word of IEEE and the Computer Society. The Computer Society needs to attack three areas: 1) The Society needs to be involved where jobs are produced, covering the practitioners' needs and promoting their participation, but linked to academia and local governments. 2) The Society must promote active international cooperation programs for encouraging new generations to enter the computer engineering world, throughout all regions. 3) The Society should focus on quality when products and services are delivered to its members to add value to the great products it produces, while international best practices must be implemented to support our valuable staff to improve our members' satisfaction, all together as a team.
Biography. José-Ignacio Castillo-Velázquez has worked for 17 years in the computer and telecommunication industries as a practitioner in the public and private sectors (including positions at TELMEX, COMSE, IFE, and DICI) as well as serving as a tenured professor in private and public universities (including UTM, UPAEP, and BUAP).
Castillo-Velázquez is a senior member of the IEEE, a member of the Computer Society, the IEEE Communications Society, and the Mexican Academy of Systems Sciences. He has been a tenured professor for telecommunications engineering at the University of Mexico City since 2008. He has authored 25 journal and conference papers, as well as 12 technical papers. Castillo-Velázquez has participated in more than 100 invited conferences as well as interviews for magazines, newsletters, radio, and TV. He received a BS in electronic sciences, with honors, and an MS in semiconductor devices, both from the Autonomous University of Puebla.
For the IEEE, Castillo-Velázquez has served on committees or boards of the following projects: E-Scientia project leader for Mexico, 2011; Computer Society Board of Governors member, 2011; Region 9 NoticIEEEro editor in chief, 2008-2011, Strategic Planning Committee member, 2010-2011; Virtual Regional Meeting Committee technical administrator, 2010-2011; Virtual Communities Ad-hoc Committee chair, 2008-2009, administrator, 2007.
Position statement. As a magazine editor, technical committee chair, conference organizer, and author, I have seen many aspects of the Computer Society. The Society is a nonprofit organization intended to help its members and disseminate information. At the same time, "nonprofit" does not equal "loss." At a time of increasing competition and economic hardship, it's important for the Society to sustain its revenues or cut costs.
The portfolio of publications and conferences has grown considerably; the Society therefore competes with itself, let alone other organizations. I want to be aggressive in identifying overlaps and consolidating the portfolio into a smaller set of key venues.
I also find great concern among my colleagues over the variation in publication policies. While similar organizations offer open access, the Society has difficulty attracting authors to volunteer their content under a strict copyright. I intend to move our copyright policies into the 21st century.
More at www.douglis.org/fred/BOG11.
Biography. Fred Douglis received a PhD in computer science from UC Berkeley. He has worked in industrial applied research throughout his career, including Matsushita, AT&T, IBM, and currently EMC. He also has been a visiting professor at VU Amsterdam and Princeton University. He received an IBM Outstanding Technical Achievement award for contributions to System S, productized as Infosphere Streams. His research interests include storage, distributed systems, and Internet tools and performance. He has published one book, 40 workshop or conference papers, seven journal or magazine articles, and more than 40 patents and patent applications.
Douglis has been an IEEE Computer Society volunteer since 1993 and became a senior member of IEEE in 1997. He was EIC of IEEE Internet Computing from 2007-2010 and has served on its editorial board since 1999. He formed the TC on the Internet, chairing it from 1997-2000, and previously chaired the TC on Operating Systems and Application Environments from 1996-1998. He chaired several steering committees; helped organize the first IEEE/IPSJ Symposium on Applications and the Internet (SAINT) in 2001, serving as program co-chair; and was general chair of the 1993 IEEE Workshop on Workstation Operation Systems. Douglis has been program chair of four major non-Computer Society conferences.
David S. Ebert
Position statement. With the rapid change in information access and technology ubiquity, the Computer Society must be agile and adapt to our membership's changing needs. We should target growth opportunities and the internationally changing IT professional demographic. We must maintain our core values and highest quality of our products and services, while innovating in their delivery. We need to have clear member value to attract and retain membership. I will foster this innovative excellence in several ways. First, we must actively recruit young members worldwide through new venues and engage them as active volunteers to provide creative and responsive products and services to our membership. Second, we need to actively explore new opportunities, utilizing new modalities, market opportunities, and the world-class innovative content from our conferences and journals. We need to adapt these technologies to transform the way we do business, making us leaders in technology-delivered material and services to our membership.
Biography. David Ebert has been actively engaged in Computer Society Board of Governors, conference, technical committee, and publications activities for more than 10 years. Ebert served as associate editor, associate editor in chief, and editor in chief for IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics, as an associate editor for IEEE Computer Graphics and Applications, and is a member of the management committee for IEEE Transactions on Haptics. He has been a member of the Computer Society Publications Board, a member of the Visualization and Graphics Technical Committee executive committee, and the ACM Siggraph Executive Committee. Ebert has been conference cochair, program cochair, and papers cochair of eight Society cosponsored conferences and heads the IEEE Visualization and Analytics Science and Technology Conference advisory board.
Ebert is the Silicon Valley Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Purdue University, a university faculty scholar, and director of the Visual Analytics for Command Control and Interoperability Center, a US Department of Homeland Security center of excellence. He received a PhD in computer science from Ohio State University and performs research in visualization, visual analytics, and computer graphics. Ebert is an IEEE Fellow, a Golden Core member, and received the Meritorious Service Award for his Computer Society activities.
Position statement. The publications industry has been undergoing major changes. Meanwhile, academic and professional communities have been striving to sustain themselves with new ways of collaboration and access to information. Our survival will depend on how successfully we continue to meet the evolving demands of our membership while exploring sustainable revenue streams and reconciling old and new ways of doing business. New media, value-added services, mobility, delivery speed, availability, easy searching, consolidation, cross-linking, openness, partnerships, and new pricing models will drive the Society's transformation in the years to come.
As a long-time volunteer with a proven track record in leadership roles and as a professional whose career has straddled both industry and academia, I have a sound perspective on our members' diverse needs, their communities, and the expectations of the next generation of computing professionals. If elected, I will use my skills and experience to help the Society overcome impending challenges.
Biography. Hakan Erdogmus is an independent consultant based in Canada, an adjunct faculty member at University of Calgary's Department of Computer Science, a senior member of IEEE, and an at-large member of the Society's Publications Board. Erdogmus served as editor in chief of IEEE Software from 2007 to 2010. In his role as EIC, Erdogmus worked with the staff and magazine boards to significantly expand the outreach of IEEE Software and implement new operational processes. In 2011, he received the Computer Society's Meritorious Service Award for these contributions.
Erdogmus specializes in software engineering practices, project management, and economics of software development. From 1995 to 2009, he worked as a research scientist at the Canadian National Research Council. In 2003, he received the Eugene L. Grant Award for best contribution in engineering economy from the American Society of Engineering. He helped organize more than 50 scientific conferences in various roles. Erdogmus received a PhD in telecommunications from Institut national de la recherche scientifique, Université du Québec; an MS from McGill University's School of Computer Science; and a BS from the computer engineering department at Bogaziçi University in Istanbul. For his full résumé, visit HakanErdogmus.net.
Position statement. The importance of computer technology has been increasing for safe, ecological, and comfortable lives due to the influence of technologies like mobile phones, games, PCs, cloud servers, supercomputers, automobiles, robotics, and medical systems. However, most IT-related societies, including our IEEE Computer Society, have been facing problems like declining subscriptions to periodicals and fewer members from industry. In addition, interest in computing technology among youth seems to be declining.
If elected, I will do my best to make the Computer Society more attractive to the members and people in industry and also to let the younger generation know about technological dreams. I have extensive previous and ongoing experience in research and development of green computing with industry and government, including low-power solar power-driven multicores, parallel software, and supercomputers to protect lives from natural disasters and cancer. My activity will also include support of CSDA certification for students. Please visit www.kasahara.cs.waseda.ac.jp/kasahara.html.en.
Biography. Hironori Kasahara served as a member of the Board of Governors from 2009-2011. He is chair of the IEEE Computer Society's Japan chapter, a board member of the IEEE Tokyo section, a member of the IEEE Japan Council Long-Term Strategy Committee, and a program committee member of many IEEE conferences including SC and PACT. Kasahara has chaired the Information Processing Society of Japan (IPSJ) SIG on computer architecture and served as vice program chair of the ENIAC 50th anniversary ICS. Kasahara received a PhD in electrical engineering from Waseda University, Tokyo, where he became an assistant professor in 1986 and an associate professor in 1988. He has been a professor of computer science since 1997 and is director of the Advanced Multicore Processor Research Institute.
Kasahara was a visiting scholar at the University of California, Berkeley, in 1985 and at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign's Center for Supercomputing R&D from 1989 to 1990. Kasahara has received the IFAC World Congress Young Author Prize, IPSJ Sakai Special Research Award, and the Semiconductor Technology Academic Research Center Industry-Academia Cooperative Research Award. His works include 185 papers, 100 invited talks, and 400 news articles. He has led Japanese national projects on green computing, parallelizing compilers, and multicores in METI/NEDO.
Position statement. As an IEEE Computer Society volunteer, I have always felt that the Society, as a flag bearer for computer and information technology professionals, has a larger role to play. Toward this end, it should have more penetration—in terms of reaching more people, more participation—by getting more people (men, women, students, researchers, and young professionals) to participate and more utility—by providing value for all members current and future. Above all, the Society must foster more creative ideas and activities. It should play a central role in bringing science, engineering, and human networking together to ensure better preparations for and responses to natural calamities.
As a member of the IEEE Computer Society Board of Governors, I will work toward these goals by leveraging my industry background and my existing roles in national and international forums. I will also work to forge closer ties with other professional bodies.
Biography. Gargi Keeni, a vice president at Tata Consultancy Services, has more than 20 years of multicultural and multilocation experience in software development and services delivery. Keeni is a senior member of IEEE and serves on the Computer Society's Industry Advisory Board. She has also served on the advisory board of IEEE Software.
Keeni received a PhD in physics from Tohoku University. She serves as a cochair of the advisory panel of the NASSCOM quality forum, leads the working group on life cycle and processes in ISO/PCS259, is a member of the business planning group SWG1 of ISO/IEC JTC1 SC7, and serves on the program committee of the IWFST. A certified examiner for JRD-QV, Keeni is an SEI-authorized instructor and lead appraiser for CMMI and was a lead appraiser for People CMM. Her interests include information security, process improvements, quality management systems, and business excellence.
Keeni is a member of the IEEE Calcutta section executive committee and chairs its professional activities committee. She is also a member of the Executive Committee of the Computer Society Chapter of Calcutta section. She was a founding member and vice chair of the IEEE Women in Engineering Calcutta section.
Position statement. The Computer Society's success is indeed the success of all of its constituencies; so the Society must continue to be inclusively collaborating with other professional organizations to proactively anticipate the needs of its members in education, technology, and the profession-at-large. My accomplishments in Society-sponsored publications and conference activities are proof of my capabilities. Through effective communication, proven leadership, and timely planning, I will contribute to the Board of Governors to help enable, facilitate, and expand compelling new initiatives to all members. I will help to enhance existing organizational structures and improve service and products.
Engaging volunteers, moving into new technical frontiers, enlarging student activities—these are few of the endeavors that I will be honored to pursue by fostering collegiate discussions and efficient resolutions. My background in technology, education, and management will add a further perspective in helping to shape our Society. Respectfully, I ask for your vote.
Biography. Fabrizio Lombardi holds the International Test Conference endowed chair at Northeastern University, Boston. He received a doctorate in electronic engineering from University College London. Lombardi is an IEEE Fellow and twice a Computer Society Distinguished Visitor. He has extensively contributed to Computer Society publications activities. Lombardi was twice the associate editor in chief and a two-term editor in chief of IEEE Transactions on Computers as well an associate editor of ACM JETC and IEEE Design & Test of Computers. Currently, he is an associate editor of IEEE Transactions on Nanotechnology and IEEE Transactions on CAD of ICAS. Within the Society, Lombardi has been an ex-officio member of the Publications Board, as well as the Operations Committees on Transactions and the Computer Society Digital Library. He serves as chair of the IEEE Computer Society Test Technology Technical Council Committee on Nanotechnology and is a member of the steering committee for the IEEE Transactions on Nanotechnology.
In professional activities, Lombardi has initiated and chaired many Society-sponsored meetings, such as the IEEE Symposia on NCA and DFT in VLSI Systems. His achievements have been recognized by awards from industry, the IEEE Engineering Foundation, and the Canadian, Japanese, and US governments.
Position statement. I feel that two issues have elevated priorities over other "consolidated" issues such as revenues, budget restrictions, and simplification of procedures.
The world of publications is experiencing rapid, technology-driven change. Fruition in mobility, frequent updates, podcasts, and communities are just the first steps toward new publishing models that should be aimed mostly at readers. Users should be provided with new and exciting reading experiences, and we should start thinking about and implementing new frameworks of "augmented reading" in which new technology-evolving benefits of e-publications are added to the classical reading experience.
The Computer Society, as a true international organization, must consider the needs of its members on a global scale. All members should be able to clearly understand and use what the Computer Society has to offer. This could be achieved by involving volunteers from different countries, by listening to the needs of members, and by taking action locally and centrally.
Biography. Paolo Montuschi is chair of the Control and Computer Engineering Department, chair of the board for financial external affairs, and a member of the Board of Governors at Polytechnic of Turin.
Montuschi serves as an associate editor of IEEE Transactions on Computers, chair of the Digital Library Operations Committee, and as a member of the Publications Board, the Electronic Publishing Services Committee, and the advisory board for Computing Now. For more than 20 years, Montuschi has been a member of the IEEE and the Computer Society, where he served as member-at-large of the Computer Society's Publications Board, member of an IEEE ad hoc committee for the quality of conference articles in IEEE Xplore, and member of the Conference Publications and Digital Library Operating Committees. He served as guest editor and associate editor of IEEE Transactions on Computers in 2000–2004, as well as program cochair and program committee member of several IEEE conferences.
Currently, within the Computer Society, Montuschi is actively involved in opening the door to new publication frameworks geared toward e-reading and mobile devices. He received an MS and a PhD in computer engineering and has been a full tenured professor since 2000.
Arnold N. Pears
Position statement. The IEEE Computer Society has a crucial role to play in the future of the computer science and engineering professions. It provides important standards and plays a major role in the education and professional development of future computing professionals. As a university professor with 20 years' experience in computing education and computing and engineering education research, I hope to contribute to strengthening the impact of the Computer Society's educational initiatives. As an active member of the Educational Activities Board, and having served as chair of the Steering Committee of the IEEE/ASEE Frontiers in Education conference series, I feel that the time has come to take a more active role in the policy-making process. My goal within the Board of Governors is to increase the impact of Computer Society educational initiatives on curricula that are relevant to the future of our profession.
Biography. Arnold Pears received a BS and a PhD from La Trobe University in Melbourne, Australia. He currently is an associate professor at Uppsala University, Sweden, where he leads the UpCERG research group in computing and engineering education, is a director of the CeTUSS national center for engineering education, is a member of the Uppsala University Academic Senate, and serves on the pedagogical advisory board to the Faculty of Science and Technology. Pears received the Uppsala University Pedagogy Prize in 1998. He has authored more than 40 articles and papers in major conferences and journals in computing and engineering education.
Pears has worked as a researcher in Australia, France, and Sweden during an academic career that spans 20 years. He served on the Dasher Awards Committee for the IEEE Frontiers in Education conference (2008-present), chairs the IEEE Nordic Education chapter, is a member of the IEEE Frontiers in Education conference series' Steering Committee (member 2010, chair 2011-12), serves on the committee of the new European EDUCON conference series, is a member of the Educational Activities Board (2010-present), and currently leads the effort to build up the STC in education.
William (Bill) Pitts
Position statement. I desire to bring my 25 years of conference experience to the Computer Society Board of Governors. I am committed to increasing conference surplus through tighter control over conferences with losses, while actively promoting the elimination of procedures that are obsolete or redundant with IEEE. As conference organizers, we need better software and systems for budgeting, paper submission, peer-review, proceedings publications, and closing to reduce the time it takes volunteers and staff to manage our conferences. With an improved infrastructure, we will be able to attract and select desirable conferences to sponsor financially. I championed the adoption of a reduced administration fee for large conferences and am a member of a committee working to do the same for very small conferences. I am committed to tightening the criteria and procedures for approving technically cosponsored conferences to insure quality and protect IEEE and Computer Society brands.
Biography. Bill Pitts currently serves as vice chair of the Technical and Conferences Activities Board, where he chairs the Technical Meeting Request Committee. TMRC is responsible for reviewing large conferences, any conference with a loss, and requests for technical cosponsorship. He is a member of the IEEE Conference Publications Committee, vice chair of the Technical Committee on Parallel Processing, and has served as founder and finance chair of the IEEE International Parallel & Distributed Processing Symposium (www.ipdps.org) for the past 25 years.
Previously, Pitts was a member of the IEEE Conferences Committee (2009–2010), chair of an ad hoc committee for developing the IEEE conference operations manual, finance chair of the Orange County section, and general chair and finance chair of the Orange County chapter of the Computer Society.
Pitts became an IEEE Computer Society Golden Core member in 2010, received the Society's 2010 Outstanding Contribution Award "for design and implementation of improved processes and systems for Technical & Conferences Activities Board, 2009-2010", and was awarded its 2010 Distinguished Service Award "for lifetime service to the International Parallel and Distributed Processing Symposium (IPDPS) community."
Sattupathu V. Sankaran
Position statement. The IEEE Computer Society has recorded its first year with growing membership in 2010, coinciding with the launch of the new Member and Geographic Activities Board, with intent to align with IEEE's MGA. This is also a juncture when ACM is launching initiatives in countries like China, India, and Russia. The Computer Society therefore must connect, better than ever before, with its members and potential members and prove its true value and benefits to them. This can happen by better engagement with the members and chapter leaders; better liaison with industry; higher quality publications, technical activities, and conferences; easier and more economical access to its digital library; and better standards and professional services. We should join hands in IEEE membership efforts. It will be my pleasure to continue to serve the Society.
Biography. Sankaran received a BS in electrical engineering from Jadavpur University, India, and an MS in control systems from the University of Pennsylvania. He has worked in industry for more than 30 years, including IBM and Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited in India, and Westinghouse, Electric Power Research Institute, and Duke Power in the US. Sankaran's interests focus on industry research, power plant training simulators, and industry-academic relations. He was senior professor and associate dean at the International Institute of Information Technology-Bangalore before moving on to corporate IT consulting, currently for SAP Labs.
Sankaran was a recipient of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry award for outstanding industrial research in 1987 and the Society for Computer Simulation's Industry Technology Award for the EPRI Mobile Training Simulator in 1992.
A senior member of IEEE, Sankaran served in the IEEE Bangalore Section, rising to chair in 2002-2003. Sankaran served as membership development chair for Region 10 from 2004- 2006, and supported Computer Society headquarters over the years. He served the Computer Society as vice president of chapters activities in 2009 and as vice president of the new Member and Geographic Activities Board in 2010. He received the IEEE Millennium Medal and was named a Computer Society Golden Core member in 2010.
David J. Schultz
Position statement. I see several primary areas in which the Computer Society needs to evolve. First, we need to streamline our business model to become a more valuable and viable organization for the 21st century. We should reexamine our membership fee structure to ensure that we can cover our costs while remaining competitive. We also need to reevaluate our revenue model so that each service that we offer covers its own costs. Finally, we must become more effective in using Web-based and social networking communication channels, both to reach out and serve our current members and to recruit new members. Effective, results-oriented innovation must become the watchword of the Computer Society in both of these areas.
I look forward to the opportunity to work with the Board of Governors as it addresses these and other challenges.
Biography. David Schultz recently retired after a career with Computer Sciences Corporation for more than 25 years. His primary areas of expertise are software quality assurance and process improvement. He has developed, implemented, and managed software QA programs for a wide variety of projects. Most recently, Schultz was a software quality assurance lead on the Spectrum Management Transition Initiative project for ITT. Prior to this, Schultz served as a process improvement consultant for NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center.
Schultz received an MS in computer science from the University of Maryland. He is currently a member of the IEEE Computer Society Membership and Geographic Activities Board (MGAB), the Standards Activities Board (SAB), and the Educational Activities Board.
Schultz currently serves as vice chair for the MGAB Awards and Recognition Committee. During 2010, he chaired the MGAB Distinguished Visitor Program. Within the SAB, Schultz has served as a member of the Software and Systems Engineering Standards Committee Executive Committee since 1986 and currently chairs its management board. He also serves on the IEEE Computer Society Awards Committee, for which he chairs the Hans Karlsson Award subcommittee. Schultz has been a member of the Computer Society Golden Core since 1996.