Board of Governors Approves New Strategic Plan

LOS ALAMITOS, Calif., 12 December, 2011 – The IEEE Computer Society has a new strategic plan that calls for tracking of future technologies that affect humanity, providing forums for the industry’s top minds, and helping develop a high-performing global workforce.

The long-term plan, the culmination of a year-long effort by members of the IEEE Strategic Planning Subcommittee, includes five strategic goals intended to guide the organization’s progress over the next three-to-five years.

The plan calls on the organization to take a leadership role within IEEE in determining how computing contributes to key future technologies affecting humanity, such as the smart grid, cloud computing, life sciences, future processing technologies, computer vision, and machine learning.

The IEEE-CS will work to play a strong role in knowledge creation, providing forums for top minds to come together to develop, validate, and disseminate the highest quality information.

Another important strategic objective will be providing education, professional development, and standards for professional practices that will help develop a global workforce that is competent to perform at the level of best practices.

The organization will also develop special technical communities and deliver trusted computer science information to community members using the latest relevant technologies.

The subcommittee was led by Roger U. Fujii, retired Northrop Grumman Vice President, 2011 CS vice president for Standard Activities, and 2012 IEEE Division VIII Director-elect. Other subcommittee members were:
• Elizabeth Burd, a professor at University of Durham and vice president of the Educational Activities Board;
• Tom Conte, a professor of computer science and electrical and computer engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology, 2011 Computer Society Awards Committee chair and 2012 vice president for Publications;
• Paul Croll, CSC Fellow and 2011 and 2012 vice president for Technical & Conference Activities;
• David Alan Grier, associate professor of international science and technology policy at George Washington University and 2012 IEEE-CS president-elect;
• Harold Javid, Microsoft Research director of External Research Global Programs and a member of the 2011 and 2012 IEEE-CS Member & Geographic Activities Committee;
• Paul Joannou, president of Axial Engineering and 2012 vice president of Professional Activities;
• Rangachar Kasturi, the Douglas W. Hood Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of South Florida, and 2011 CS vice president for Member and Geographic Activities;
• Dejan Milojicic, founding editor of Computing Now and a senior research manager at HP Labs; and
• Don Shafer, Athens Group chief technology officer and co-founder.

About the IEEE Computer Society

With nearly 85,000 members, the IEEE Computer Society is the world’s leading organization of computing professionals. Founded in 1946, and the largest of the 38 societies of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the Computer Society is dedicated to advancing the theory and application of computer and information-processing technology, and is known globally for its computing standards activities. For more information, go to http://www.computer.org.

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