Position statement. I joined the Computer Society 30 years ago for the same reasons that I'm a member today: to stay current, keep in touch with colleagues, contribute and collaborate. Today, computer-enabled media is democratizing and globalizing information access, and the Computer Society must adapt accordingly.
As Vice President of Publications for the last two terms, I have strived to make all Computer Society publications Open Access: freely available to everyone around the world. Meanwhile, I reject the idea that Open Access somehow means we must compromise the quality of our publications. IEEE leadership tells us that this future is "scary"—publication subscriptions funding IEEE headquarters will go away. I do not think that's scary at all. Rather, the IEEE's bureaucracy must shrink accordingly.
Meanwhile, we must continue to support all the activities we value as members.
Our Computer Society's IEEE Standards are indispensable and respected worldwide, and that activity must continue unimpeded.
Be it MOOCs or open, accredited online degree programs, our educational activities must continue to lead the way.
Computer Society conferences are vital: they are where we interact and advance the computing field. For me, the conference meeting days are the most valuable days in my work year.
Yet I have run many international conferences, and I know it takes enormous time and effort. It should not. The Computer Society needs to change from taxing conferences to providing true services that make organizing and running a conference easier. The Society must be the facilitator, not the gatekeeper, for our conferences.
The Computer Society is our society: it should be easier for "really busy people" to volunteer for the Society. Let's get all of us from around the world moving the Society into the future.
The "is it helping our members?" test has been the guiding principle behind any and all decisions I've made as a Board of Governors member and Society Vice President. It will be the same principle I use as your President.
Let's keep this our society, where we all come together to collaborate, stay technically current, and move computing forward.
Please visit my site, http://www.conte.us
Biography. Thomas M. Conte has been a volunteer for the Computer Society for many years. He has chaired major symposia in his technical area, served as a Technical Committee chair, and served on numerous editorial boards, for example, Computer and Micro magazines, Transactions on Computers, and Computer Architecture Letters.
Tom served as the Computer Society's awards committee chair from 2009-2011, and as an elected member of the Board of Governors from 2010-2011. In 2011, he was elected to the First Vice President position, where he currently shepherds Computer Society Publications. In awards and publications, his focus has been on what is best for the members of the Society.
Tom is Professor of Computer Science and of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology, where he takes pride in both his research and his teaching. If given the choice between the intrigue of departmental politics and teaching computing to freshmen, he'll choose the latter every time. His research focuses on computer architecture, compiler optimization, and fast simulation techniques.
A Fellow of the IEEE, he received a PhD in electrical engineering from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, in 1992.
- Increase international membership in all geographic regions and involve more regional chapters in Computer Society decisions.
- Deliver quality continuing education and training content to keep all members current with technologies for better job opportunities.
- Enhance tools for delivery methods (data mining from Xplore library) from our world-class, curated conferences papers, journals, and magazines.
- Lead computing technology in emerging multidisciplinary sciences such as life sciences, Smart Grid, computational medicine, and healthcare technology.
- Foster special technical communities and forums allowing professionals, students, practitioners, and academics to form agile, personalized information exchange communities.
- Create an economical fee structure for pre-university, university, industry practitioners, and professionals with special offerings for emerging countries.
My vision for the Computer Society is that we create and deliver our world-class technical content such that the Computer Society becomes the trusted source when one wants computing information. My strategy for this vision is to emphasize the following:
- Engage our international volunteers and technical contributors, especially Regions 8 (Africa, Europe, Middle East), 9 (Latin America), and 10 (Asia).
- Fund new delivery content tools such as those created for IEEE Computing Now to produce personalized content and innovative visual media.
- Create a special structure that allows members and volunteers to nurture and develop entrepreneurial ideas quickly for use by the membership.
I recognize that our volunteers and members, the life blood of the society, are the key to make the goals and vision a reality.
Biography. Roger U. Fujii, a 43-year IEEE and Computer Society member, served at the volunteer grass-roots as chairperson of the first software standards series. Fujii progressed through multiple Society responsibilities, including press operations/conferences, standards, Fellow/Karlsson awards, strategic planning, future technology initiatives (Smart Grid), and governance. He led the 2011 Strategic Plan development, the Wiley book program as Press Operations Committee chair, and ISO/IEC 12207 development as USA international chair. He served as First Vice President and Board of Governors member and currently is an IEEE Director.
Fujii retired as Vice President of Northrop Grumman's Communications Network Division ($1B), responsible for the design of critical communication systems (F-22/35) using ISO 9001/Six Sigma manufacturing and SEI CMMI level 5 software processes. He forged innovative strategic plans using $35M R&D to create new research ideas. As President, Fujii Systems, he consults to major corporations.
Fujii's awards include IEEE Fellow, Golden Core, and Outstanding Contribution. His communication system won the prestigious Daedalian Award.
Fujii received a BS/MS in EECS from the University of California, Berkeley, with business management certificates from Harvard, UCLA, and Darden. He was co-editor of Computer Magazine (V&V), contributing author of two books and numerous papers, and COMPASS program chair.