Nominees for 2016 First Vice President
David S. Ebert
Position statement. With our rapidly changing society and profession, the Computer Society must be a technology, global policy, and professional leader. We must be agile and willing to adapt to our members’ changing needs. We need to harness our membership’s world-class expertise and innovation to provide international IT leadership, guidance, and direction. We must maintain our core values and high-quality products and services, while innovating to be market leaders in delivery of our products and services.
As second vice president this past year, we started this process by introducing new products and events and improved integration with our technical communities and members, while starting to streamline our operations. As first vice president, I will lead this innovative excellence by, first, actively recruiting young members worldwide and engaging them as active Society volunteers to provide creative and responsive ideas, products, and services for our membership. Second, I’ll champion integrating, streamlining, and bolstering our various activities to expand our new, focused, valuable products for our diverse, global membership.
Engineers, researchers, educators, and students should all receive valuable benefits from their membership. Moreover, we need to actively utilize our members’ world-class innovative results presented in our conferences and journals for education, services, and professional development. We need to adapt these advances to transform the way we do business, making us leaders in technology-delivered material and services to our membership. Our goal must be to provide innovation, service, and value to our membership throughout their careers. Further information is available at www.davidebert.us/IEEECS1stVP.
Biography. David S. Ebert has been actively engaged in Computer Society (CS) Board of Governors, conferences, technical committee, and publication activities for over 10 years. He has been treasurer, second vice president, and 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 Computer Graphicsassociate editor for IEEE Computer Graphics and Applications. Ebert has served as a CS Publications Board member, CS Integrity Chair, Visualization and Graphics Technical Committee Executive Committee member, and an ACM SIGGRAPH Executive Committee member. He has been conference co-chair, program co-chair, and papers co-chair of nine Society-cosponsored conferences and led the IEEE Visualization and Analytics Science and Technology conference advisory board.
Ebert is the Silicon Valley Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Purdue University and director of the Visual Analytics for Command Control and Interoperability Center, a Department of Homeland Security Center of Excellence. He has a PhD in computer science from The Ohio State University and performs research in visualization, visual analytics, and computer graphics. Ebert is an IEEE Fellow and received the Golden Core Award and Meritorious Service Award for his Computer Society activities.
Position statement. The IEEE Computer Society (CS) is the world’s leading membership organization dedicated to computer science and technology serving thought leaders worldwide. The core assets of this volunteer-led organization include a wide spectrum of technical conferences for exchanging ideas and networking; a digital library with high-quality journals, proceedings, and magazines; excellent career development resources; the vision and dedication of a large network of staff and volunteers; and the vast technical expertise of its members, communities, and committees.
The key challenges faced by CS are recruiting new members (particularly students and young IT professionals); communicating CS benefits to technical communities; providing an even better reader experience for digital publications in a more cost-effective way (e.g., myComputer app); managing the proliferation and competition among conferences for the attention of networking attendees; disseminating multimedia content in addition to print content; implementing open access; and expanding the career development portfolio through strategic partnerships with corporations and institutions.
Strong leadership is critical to the CS’s vitality. Over the years, I have exhibited strong leadership and commitment in many different roles as a CS volunteer. As a result I have extensive experience dealing with conferences and publications. I also have experience negotiating MOUs between the CS and other societies (e.g., ACM or IEEE ComSoc). I successfully communicated the great services of CS staff—including conference management, publications, conference-in-a-box, registration, and concentration banking—to conference organizers. I have excellent working relationships with many CS staff members.