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Sorel Reisman: December 2011 blog

This is my final blog as 2011 President of the IEEE Computer Society, and I am going to miss the opportunities I've had to reach out, as president, to our global community of computing professionals. However, the compensating factor for me is that my good friend John Walz, our 2012 President, will be taking over to lead us next year. As I noted in my President's Message in the December 2011 issue of Computer, this has been the most remarkable year of my life. This year I have tried to introduce new ideas in the CS, most of which look like they are going to "stick," and for this I thank all the great volunteers with whom I have worked, and who have worked tirelessly on behalf of the CS.  My own reward has been that I have made more friends around the world in 2011, more than I could ever have imagined.

As we move into 2012, in my role as chair of the Intersociety Cooperation Committee (ICC), I will continue to develop new relationships for us with other societies such as the China Computer Federation, the Computer Society of India, and the ACM. As well, I will be focusing my volunteer activities on education—both within the CS, as our representative to ACM's Computing in the Core coalition, and as the IEEE Education Activities Board (EAB) representative to the IEEE Technical Activities Board (TAB). I foresee 2012 being a bit more relaxed than 2011, but not by much!

Signing off and turning the camera and mic over to John Walz.  All the best to us in 2012.

Sorel

Sorel Reisman: November 2011 blog

We have just completed our last board meeting of 2011; and I'm proud of all that the board has accomplished this year. My President's Message in the December issue of Computer details most of those accomplishments, together with the names of the board members who did a great job making it all happen. It's also worth noting that this month the board 1) passed a Technical Committee revitalization program which has already started, and 2) decided to terminate the CS's membership in IFIP. 

Both before and after the Board meetings, I had the privilege of attending two of our most exciting sponsored conferences:  ICCV 2011 in Barcelona (http://www.iccv2011.org/) and SC2011 in Seattle.  If you want to know more about these, contact me directly, or read about SC2011 at http://www.eetimes.com/electronics-news/4230751/Highlights-from-Supercomputing-11.

And finally, we are continuing to meet with senior ACM volunteers and staff to explore ways in which we can expeditiously bring more benefits to all our members and to the computing community. We'll have more to report next year.

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