Position statement. While IEEE Computer Society enjoys a position of preeminence among IEEE's technical societies, it also faces a number of challenges, particularly ensuring sustainable membership growth, enhancing member services and value proposition, internationalizing operations, and enhancing socially relevant contributions.
For membership growth, it is important to consider expansion beyond our traditional geographies into emerging markets, particularly Brazil, India, and China. As a senior IEEE CS R10 volunteer, and also as a leader in CSI and ICANN, I will support global membership growth through innovative offerings, potentially including joint society memberships.
There is growing realization on the need for computer science education in schools. I will assist IEEE CS in designing and piloting programs for schools that address the underlying fundamentals of programming and not just GUI-deep training.
We need to better engage with the recent global wave of technological innovation. As a long-term advocate of free/open source approaches, a supporter of startup enterprises professionally, and, as an entrepreneur myself, I will support the IEEE CS in determining the relevant services for innovators and startups and incorporating them into the membership package.
With my geographical and thematic backgrounds, I hope to enhance diversity within the CS leadership. Besides addressing our traditional stakeholders' needs, I also hope to make the IEEE CS more relevant to our non-traditional stakeholders—emerging markets, students, young professionals, startups, and innovators— and, in the process, achieve sustainable growth for us.
More information is available at http://sbabu.info.
Biography. Satish Babu is presently Director, International Centre for Free and Open Source Software (ICFOSS), Kerala, India. During 2012–2013, he was President of the Computer Society of India (CSI), India's national society in computing that was founded in 1965.
Satish is a member of ICANN's 2014 NomCom and was elected vice chair of ICANN's Asia-Pacific RALO ( June 2014).
Satish has been an entrepreneur, consultant, and development professional since 1984. He graduated from Kurukshetra University in the four-year degree program, and from the two-year postgraduate program in management Studies from IRMA, India.
David S. Ebert
Further information is available at http://www.davidebert.us/IEEECS2ndVP.
Biography. David S. Ebert has been actively engaged in Computer Society Board of Governors, conference, technical committee, and publication activities for over 10 years. Ebert has been Secretary of the Board of Governor's Executive Committee, Associate editor in chief, and editor in chief for IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics, and an associate editor for IEEE Computer Graphics and Applications magazine. Ebert has been a member of the Computer Society Publications Board, IEEE Computer Society Integrity Chair, an Executive Committee member of the Visualization and Graphics Technical Committee, and also on the ACM SIGGRAPH Executive Committee. He has been conference cochair, and papers cochair of nine Society co-sponsored conferences and led the IEEE Visualization and Analytics Science and Technology conference advisory board.