Here are the highlights of the June IEEE Board of Directors (BOD) Meetings Series, held 23-28 June in Los Angeles, CA.
1. Several changes were approved that impact IEEE CS conferences. First, papers published by IEEE from non-sponsored conferences are to be subject to the same peer review practices as are those published by sponsored conferences. Second, all technical co-sponsorships will now require the approval of an MOU, using an IEEE form and process. The MOU must define how the IEEE will have a direct and substantial involvement in the conference and how the papers will be reviewed. Our Vice President for Conference and Technical Activities John Walz has done an incredible job representing the Computer Society's interests in these discussions. I thank him for his efforts, in addition to VP of PSPB Jon Rokne and Computer Society rep to the IEEE Conferences Committee Bill Pitts.
2. In preparation for the 2010 Student Offer launch beginning in September, IEEE MGA, through a Student Branch Initiative, took steps in Los Angeles to identify barriers to student branch and chapter formation. The bylaws permit only one IEEE student branch and more than one chapter to be formed at a particular school, with few exceptions where Sections have formed chapters. To encourage greater participation from computer science, IT, and other interdisciplinary program areas, MGA intends to bring forward amendments to the bylaws in November that would allow the formation of more than one IEEE student branch. In parallel with these governance changes, MGA and CS volunteers and staff will select a number of target schools and computer science and IT departments where IEEE should have a presence and does not, invite participation in the IEEEXtreme Programming Contest scheduled on 24 October 2009, and identify faculty advisors willing to start a new IEEE student branches or chapters once bylaws changes are approved. Division Director Elect Mike Williams is our MGA representative.
3 . The Computer Society's IEEE Transactions on Affective Computing was approved. I thank VP of Publications Sorel Reisman for his efforts in getting this publication through the publications approval process. It will launch in 2010; the Editor in Chief (EIC) search is underway.
4. The Biometrics Council's Biometrics Compendium was also approved. This new "virtual journal" will draw heavily from Computer Society publications, especially TPAMI. Former TPAMI EIC Kevin Bowyer will be the EIC. While we were in Los Angeles, the 2008 Journal Citation Report was released, and I am pleased to report that TPAMI was once again the top-ranked journal of all journals in the electrical engineering category that are indexed by Thomson-ISI.
5. IEEE Technical Activities Board (TAB) received a progress report on the formation of a Technical Committee on Sustainable Systems and Technology. This IEEE Presidential initiative is derived from the work done by the Computer Society's Technical Committee on Sustainable Systems and Technology. President-Elect Jim Isaak is working on an MOU between the current TC and its conference and the proposed TAB Technical Committee (TC). The Computer Society intends to maintain a TC in this area, under new leadership, if the TAB TC is created.
6. The IEEE-USA's Board of Directors agreed to become the lead technical society in the development of an SE licensure exam. VP of Professional Activities Jim Moore has negotiated a key role for the Computer Society in this work.
7. TAB approved the formal definition of an Affiliate member, something that had been overlooked in the past. This work was led by Director Deb Cooper, and the result is entirely consistent with Computer Society current practice.