Nominees for President-Elect (2017 President)
Position statement. In my career, I have watched computing technology change the world and I have come to appreciate that it is only as effective as the technical community that supports it. That community is best able to bring the benefits of new technology to humanity when its leader understands the work of computer engineers and computer scientists and strives to support that work.
I have been VP of the Educational Activities Board and of the Publications Board for the past three years. In those roles, I have led several successful projects aimed at exploring and exploiting new technologies to promote the services provided by our publications, conferences, and educational offerings. While serving on several IEEE committees, I have influenced long-term policies and provided strong representation for the Computer Society. With this experience, I am well prepared to be its president and to serve its members.
Indeed, I am enthusiastic about asking for your vote as I know our best days are ahead of us and opportunities for innovation abound in this changing world. If elected, I will focus on publications, the flagship of our Society; conferences, which share a similar spotlight; professional and educational development, the lifeblood of our profession; standards, the bedrock of the field; and finally local chapters, which are so important to many members. I will vigorously pursue the creation of new educational programs to facilitate the professional development of our colleagues, from undergraduates to professionals. I will ardently foster the exploration of new models of publications, while continuing to nurture conferences in established and emerging areas. Improving the affordable delivery of benefits for all members, particularly students and junior professionals, will be a priority.
I will work to improve communication among our members worldwide by seeking new collaborations; initiating new projects with sister societies; expanding our geographical reach; promoting the engagement of everyone, whether researchers or practitioners; and most of all, by encouraging you the members to let me know what is on your mind. I will work for you and strive to build a society that meets your needs.
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Biography. Jean-Luc Gaudiot has been an active member of the IEEE Computer Society since he joined as a student member in 1973. Over the years, he has demonstrated his leadership in roles such as program committee chair or (co-) general chair of ISCA, HPCA, and PACT; editor in chief of IEEE Transactions on Computers; founding editor of IEEE Computer Architecture Letters; and vice president of Educational Activities (2013) and Publications (2014–2015). These have given him a unique perspective, both broad and in depth, of the Computer Society, its structure, its needs and potential, and its international role.
He is professor of electrical engineering and computer science at the University of California, Irvine, and was department chair for 6 years. His research interests include programmability and design of multiprocessors. He has published over 250 peer reviewed papers. His research has been sponsored by NSF, DOE, DARPA, and several companies.
He is a Fellow of IEEE (1999) and AAAS (2007), and an IEEE Computer Society Golden Core member (2003). He earned his PhD in computer science from the University of California, Los Angeles, in 1982.
Position statement. The Computer Society (CS) serves a significant role in realizing a fulfilling life through the latest technologies such as smartphones, the Internet of Things, 3D printers, smart cities, self-driving automobiles, heavy particle beam cancer therapy systems, big data analysis, cloud servers, and supercomputers.
The CS’s activities such as education, conferences, publishing, member services, and standards, as well as passing down pioneering work to future generations, are supported by volunteers. From my 34 years of membership and volunteer service, I know how important it is to thank explicitly those volunteers who contribute so much to the CS. Motivating increased participation in the above activities benefits academia, industry, governments, and ordinary people globally.
If elected, I will start a design of a system to thank the volunteers to improve their motivation to undertake activities that benefit humanity. I am thinking of introducing a kind of rewards system in which the volunteers can accumulate points from their work on Governance, Conferences, Publications, Education, Standards, and History Boards/Committees, as well as reviewers for CS publications, taking into account promptness and quality. We may have honors for activities performed every year and over a lifetime—for example, naming premiere members, distinguished reviewers, lifetime VIP members, and so on. The concrete implementation should be discussed in a committee.
Also, I would like to come up with a way to develop a closer relationship with industry, which has been a big problem for every academic society, based on my 30-year experience with industry and academia collaborations, including startup offerings with my patents and software. Through this activity, the CS will be able to contribute to matching needs from industry and seeds from academia and promptly supplying our latest technologies as value-added products to ordinary people for more convenient life.
Furthermore, I will continue to create new activities to promote research and development and to hand down technical treasures to future generations, like the Multicore Compiler Video Course developed by the Multicore STC with top researchers representing this era.
Biography. Hironori Kasahara has served as chair or member of 220 society and governmental committees, including being member of IEEE CS Board of Governors, Constitution & Bylaws, and Nomination Committees; chair of CS Multicore STC; associate editor of IEEE Transactions on Computers; member of IEEE Ad Hoc on Serving Individuals in Industry, board of IEEE Tokyo section, MEXT Earth Simulator and K supercomputer committees; and chair of the IEEE CS Japan chapter and IPSJ SIG on Computer Architecture.
He received a PhD in electrical engineering from Waseda University, Tokyo, in 1985 where he has been a professor of computer science since 1997 and a director of the Advanced Multicore Research Institute. He was a visiting scholar at the University of California at Berkeley and the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign’s Center for Supercomputing R&D.
He received the CS Golden Core Member Award, IFAC World Congress Young Author Prize, IPSJ Fellow and Sakai Special Research Award, and Science and Technology Prize from Japanese Minister of Education, Science, and Technology.
He led Japanese METI/NEDO national projects on parallelizing compilers, embedded multicores, and green computing. His work has been presented in 207 papers, 127 invited talks, 27 patents, and 490 newspaper and Web articles.