Policies & Procedures Manual and Operations Handbooks
Updated February 2016
SECTION 27 RESEARCH ADVISORY BOARD
27.1 PURPOSE AND SCOPE
The Research Advisory Board (RAB) is an external advisory body that provides guidance and review of the Society's engagement with the research community, formed in accordance with Article XII of the Bylaws.
The purpose of the RAB is to help the Society build its relevance to researchers in computer science, computer engineering, and related fields, by serving as an advisory body to guide the development of Society products and services relevant to the research audience and by reviewing the Society’s plans that engage researchers. The RAB will also assist in the dissemination of the Society’s information to the research community.
RAB members must be committed researchers who lead in the creation of new knowledge and technologies related to computer hardware, software, and systems. The RAB will maintain a membership drawn from diverse backgrounds including both academic and industry researchers. The RAB membership will reflect the global nature of the computing research community.
RAB members cannot be current members of the Board of Governors, with the exceptions noted in Section 27.2.3.
27.2.2 Selection Process
Any member of the RAB can sponsor a nomination for membership. Calls for nominations will be made when RAB membership falls below seven persons, or if the group agrees to expand the population. Nominations will be accepted throughout the year.
One month prior to a scheduled RAB meeting, all nominees must submit a two-page biography to the RAB to enable consideration of the nomination.
Membership will be determined by vote of the current RAB membership. Voting on nominations may occur electronically. In order for a motion to pass under either procedure, the number of ballots received by the secretary must be equal to a majority (greater than 50%) of the number of franchised members of the RAB, and the number of affirmative ballots must be a majority of the ballots cast.
27.2.3 Society Representatives
The President and the Executive Director will be non-voting members of the RAB. This will provide a direct link between the RAB and the Society governing body.
27.2.4 Term Limits and Participation
There is no term limit for RAB participation. Members must actively participate to help guide and develop Society products and services. To remain active, members must participate in at least one meeting per year.
The RAB Chair shall be elected by a majority of its voting members. The Chair shall serve a term of two years. The Chair shall: (a) work with the Society President and Executive Director to obtain agreement on topics and issues to be addressed by the RAB; (b) establish the agenda for regular meetings; (c) facilitate RAB meetings and discussions; (d) ensure that results of RAB activities are communicated to the Society; and (e) report annually to the Board of Governors on the activities of the RAB.
The Society shall provide an RAB Secretariat function. The Secretariat shall: (a) assist the Chair in the organization and scheduling of meetings; (b) record and publish minutes of each meeting; (c) create and maintain the RAB membership roster; and (d) be responsible for the management and distribution of RAB documentation.
27.4 OPERATING PROCEDURES
27.4.1 Topics and Agenda
The RAB will operate by developing advice and recommendations to the Society on selected topics of interest. These topics will be Society current needs and/or RAB areas of interest. Thus, topics will be identified in one of two ways:
(1) The RAB originates an idea and develops a recommended course of action for the Society (e.g., recommendation for a new product or service offering), or
(2) The Society brings ideas and topics to the RAB for review and comment (e.g., draft Society strategic plans).