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The IEEE Board of Directors recently conferred the title of Fellow upon 268 senior members of the IEEE, including 44 Computer Society members. The IEEE's practice of naming Fellows dates back to 1912: The constitution of the American Institute of Electrical Engineers, a progenitor of the IEEE, included procedures for selecting Fellows. Today, Fellow status recognizes a person who has established an extraordinary record of achievements in any of the IEEE fields of interest. Senior IEEE members have already demonstrated outstanding achievement in engineering.

IEEE policy limits the total number of Fellows selected in any one year to one-tenth of one percent of the IEEE's total voting membership. With IEEE membership going strong at more than 359,000 professionals, this year's Fellows class is smaller and more elite than the policy mandates.

The Computer Society members whose names appear below are now IEEE Fellows, effective 1 January. An accompanying citation details the accomplishments of each new Fellow. In cases where a Computer Society member has been named a Fellow based upon contributions to a field other than computing, the name of the evaluating IEEE society appears after the citation.

Two IEEE members with no society affiliation were named 2005 Fellows for their contributions to computing: John Millar Carroll, Pennsylvania State University, for contributions to human-computer interaction methods and science; and Charles E. Stroud, Auburn University, for contributions to the built-in self-test of integrated circuits.


Robert Thomas Harold Alden, McMaster University, for contributions to eigenvalue analysis of power system stability. (Power Engineering)

Minoru Asada, Osaka University, for contributions to robot learning and applications. (Robotics and Automation)


Dines Bjorner, University of Denmark, for contributions to formal methods software development and its applications in industry.

Duane S. Boning, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, for contributions to modeling and control in semiconductor manufacturing. (Electron Devices)


Roy H. Campbell, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, for contributions to concurrent programming, system software, security, and ubiquitous computing.

Francky Catthoor, Interuniversity Microelectronics Center, for contributions to data and memory management for embedded system- on-chip applications. (Circuits and Systems)

Chang Wen Chen, Florida Institute of Technology, for contributions to digital image and video processing, analysis, and communication. (Circuits and Systems)

Yung-Chang Chen, National Tsing Hua University, for contributions to low-bit-rate modeling-based coding. (Circuits and Systems)

Alok Nidhi Choudhary, Northwestern University, for contributions to high-performance computing systems.

Edmund Melson Clarke, Carnegie Mellon University, for contributions to model-checking methods for formal verification.

Thomas M. Conte, North Carolina State University, for contributions to computer architecture, compiler code generation, and performance evaluation.


Jeanne Ferrante, University of California, San Diego, for contributions to optimizing and parallelizing compilers.


Glenn Edward Healey, University of California, Irvine, for contributions to the modeling and processing of multispectral and hyperspectral images.

Michael N. Huhns, University of South Carolina, for contributions to artificial intelligence applications in distributed computational environments.


Jing-Yang Jou, National Chiao Tung University, for contributions to the computer-aided design of digital circuits.


Mohamed Kamel, University of Waterloo, for contributions to pattern recognition and intelligent systems. (Systems, Man, and Cybernetics)

Willis K. King, University of Houston, for contributions to computer science and engineering education.

Fadi Joseph Kurdahi, University of California, Irvine, for contributions to design automation of digital systems and to reconfigurable computing. (Circuits and Systems)


Bruce Gilbert Lindsay, IBM Research, for contributions to the technologies of relational database systems.

William Peter Loftus, Gestalt LLC, for leadership in the development of middleware for interoperability of large complex software systems. (Engineering Management)

Ronald Lumia, University of New Mexico, for leadership in the development of open-architecture control systems for applications in robotics and automation. (Robotics and Automation)


Anthony A. Maciejewski, Colorado State University, for contributions to the design and control of kinematically redundant robots. (Robotics and Automation)

Bangalore S. Manjunath, University of California, Santa Barbara, for contributions to the research and standardization of face animation and object-based video coding. (Signal Processing)

James Randal Moulic, IBM Research, for leadership in the advancement of technology and architecture of personal and high-performance computing systems.


Paul Nikolich, Lynnfield, Massachusetts, for leadership in enabling ubiquitous broadband Internet access and associated standards.


Mohammad S. Obaidat, Monmouth University, for contributions to adaptive learning, pattern recognition, and system simulation. (Systems, Man, and Cybernetics)

Jorn Ostermann, University of Hannover, for contributions to research and standardization of face animation and object-based video coding. (Signal Processing)


Hoang Pham, Rutgers University, for contributions to analytical techniques for modeling the reliability of software and systems. (Reliability)

Rosalind Wright Picard, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, for contributions to image and video analysis and affective computing.


Daniel A. Reed, University of North Carolina, for contributions to high-performance computing.

Johan H. C. Reiber, Leiden University, for contributions to medical image analysis and its applications. (Engineering in Medicine and Biology)

Christian Roux, National School of Telecommunications, France, for contribution to the theory of functional shapes and its applications in medical imaging. (Engineering in Medicine and Biology)


Bjarne Stroustrup, Texas A&M University, for contributions to the creation of the C++ programming language and its applications.

Richard Szeliski, Microsoft Research, for contributions to image-based modeling and rendering, and Bayesian and optimization-based techniques in computer vision.


Hidehiko Tanaka, University of Tokyo, for contributions to high-performance computation models.

Fred James Taylor, University of Florida, for contributions to high-performance digital signal processing. (Signal Processing)

Shoji Tominaga, Osaka Electro-Communication University, for contributions to the analysis of physical phenomena in digital color imaging.


Javier Uceda, Polytechnic University of Madrid, for contributions to the development of switched-mode power supplies. (Industrial Electronics)


Adrianus Johannes Vinck, University of Essen, for contributions to coding techniques. (Information Theory)


Lois D. Walsh, US Air Force, for leadership in electronic device reliability. (Reliability)

Paul B. Wesling, Saratoga, California, for contributions to multimedia education development within IC packaging. (Components, Packaging, and Manufacturing)

Donald Coolidge Wunsch, University of Missouri, for contributions to hardware implementations of reinforcement and unsupervised learning. (Neural Networks)


Kazuo Yano, Hitachi Research, for contributions to nanostructured silicon devices and circuits and to advanced CMOS logic. (Solid-State Circuits)


Zhengyou Zhang, Microsoft, for contributions to robust computer vision techniques.


Leonard L. TrippChair, 2005 Computer Society Fellows Nomination Committee

The IEEE and its member societies cooperate each year to select a small group of outstanding professionals for recognition as IEEE Fellows. A senior IEEE member who has achieved distinction in his or her field can be named an IEEE Fellow only after being nominated for the honor. All such nominations undergo rigorous review before the IEEE Board of Governors votes on bestowing the prestigious rank of Fellow.

To nominate a candidate for IEEE Fellow recognition, begin the process by visiting The Electronic Fellow Nomination Process is detailed at The deadline for 2006 Fellow nominations is 1 March. In the event that the online nomination process is unsuitable, paper nomination materials can be obtained from the IEEE Fellow Committee, 445 Hoes Lane, PO Box 1331, Piscataway, NJ 08855-1331; voice +1 732 562 3840; fax +1 732 981 9019. Hard copies may also be obtained by request from Nominators should avoid submitting the forms via fax.


A nominee must be a senior member at the time of nomination and must have been an IEEE member in any grade for the previous five years. This includes exchange, student, associate, member, senior, and honorary member, as well as the life category of membership. It excludes affiliates, however, because this category does not comprise IEEE members. The five-year requirement must be satisfied at the date of election, 1 January 2006; thus, a nominee must have been in any member grade continuously since 31 December 2000. The five-year membership requirement may be waived in the case of nominees in Regions 8, 9, and 10. Fellows are never named posthumously.


A nominator need not be an IEEE member. However, nominators cannot be IEEE staff or members of the IEEE Board of Directors, the Fellow Committee, the technical society, or council evaluation committee.

Preparing a nomination

Essential to a successful nomination is a concise account of a nominee's accomplishments, with emphasis on the most significant contribution. The nominator should identify the IEEE society or council that can best evaluate the nominee's work and must send the nomination form to the point of contact for that group. For the IEEE Computer Society, the point of contact is Lynne Harris, whose address appears at the end of this article.

Careful preparation is important. Endorsements from IEEE entities such as sections, chapters, and committees and from non-IEEE entities and non-IEEE individuals are optional but may be useful when these entities or individuals are in the best position to provide credible statements.


The nominator should select references who are familiar with the nominee's contributions and can provide insights into these achievements. For nominees in the US and Canada, references must be from IEEE Fellows; outside the US and Canada, senior members can provide references if necessary. References cannot be from the IEEE staff or members of the IEEE Board of Directors, the Fellow Committee, the technical society, or council evaluation committee. While a minimum of five references are needed, it is strongly recommended that the maximum of eight be sought.

Evaluation of nominees

The IEEE Fellow Committee considers the following criteria:

  • individual contributions as an engineer or scientist, technical leader, or educator;
  • technical evaluation by one IEEE society or council;
  • tangible and verifiable evidence of technical accomplishment, such as technical publications, patents, reports, published product descriptions, and services, as listed on the nomination form;
  • confidential opinions of referrers who can attest to the nominee's work;
  • IEEE and non-IEEE professional activities, including awards, services, offices held, committee memberships, and the like; and
  • total years in the profession.

Resubmission of nominations

Typically, less than half of the nominations each year are successful. Therefore, highly qualified individuals may not succeed the first time. Because reconsideration of a nominee is not automatic, nominators are encouraged to update and resubmit nominations for unsuccessful candidates. To resubmit these materials, ensure that the nomination forms are current. The deadline for resubmission is the same as for new nominations.

Nomination deadline

The IEEE Fellow Committee must receive 2005 nomination forms by 1 March. The staff secretary must also receive at least five Fellow-grade reference letters directly from the referrers by that date. In addition, the evaluating society or council must also receive a copy of the nomination by 1 March. The deadline will be strictly enforced. If the evaluation is to be conducted by the Computer Society, send a copy, preferably via e-mail, to Lynne Harris, IEEE Computer Society, 1730 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20036-1992; voice +1 202 371 0101; fax +1 202 728 9614;


Recently, the IEEE Computer Society released its official 2005 administrative schedule. The three administrative meeting series of the Society's governing boards provide focal points for other deadlines. Groups that are scheduled to meet during the weeklong sessions include the Chapters Activities Board, the Publications Board, and the Electronic Products and Services Board. Also noted are deadlines for both Computer Society and IEEE election materials.

2005 Election

The 2005 calendar includes significant dates in the 2005 election cycle. The 4 October election will name the 2006 first and second vice presidents; the 2006 president-elect, who will serve as president in 2007; and seven members of the Board of Governors, who serves three-year terms. Officers elected in the 2005 elections begin their terms on 1 January 2006.

Nomination recommendations for candidates in this year's election must be received by the Nominations Committee no later than 10 May. Recommendations must be accompanied by the nominee's biographical information, which should include facts about past and present participation in Society activities. Nomination materials should be sent to Carl K. Chang, Nominations Committee Chair, IEEE Computer Society, 1730 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20036-1992; voice +1 202 371 0101; fax +1 202 296 6896;

2005 Schedule

Member participation and volunteer involvement are welcomed throughout the year. The following calendar highlights dates of note for the Society.

11 March: Computer Society Board of Governors Meeting, Portland, Oregon. Culminates weeklong administrative meetings series for Society governing boards.

10 May: The Nominations Committee sends its slate of officer and board candidates to the Board of Governors.

21 May: Deadline for recommendations from membership for board and officer nominees to be mailed to Nominations Committee.

31 May: Last day to send candidates' petitions, signed by members of the 2005 Board of Governors, to Stephen B. Seidman, Society Secretary, IEEE Computer Society, 1730 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20036-1992; voice +1 202 371 0101; fax +1 202 296 6896;

10 June: Computer Society Board of Governors Meeting, Long Beach, California. Culminates weeklong administrative meetings series for Society governing boards.

10 June: Last day to submit 2007 IEEE delegate-director-elect petition candidates to the IEEE.

30 June: Position statements, photos, and biographies of those candidates approved by the Board of Governors are due at the Society's publications office in Los Alamitos, California, for publication in the September issue of Computer.

July:Computer publishes the Board-approved slate of candidates and a call for petition candidates for the same officer and Board positions.

31 July: Member petitions and petition candidates' position statements, biographies and photos due to Society Secretary Stephen B. Seidman at the address above.

August: Computer publishes schedule and call for 2006 IEEE delegate-director-elect recommendations to Nominations Committee.

8 August: Ballots are mailed to all members who are eligible to vote.

September:Computer publishes position statements, photos, and biographies of the candidates.

4 October: Ballots from members are received and tabulated.

7 October: The Nominations Committee makes recommendations to the Board of Governors for 2008 IEEE delegate-director-elect.

4 November: Computer Society Board of Governors Meeting, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Culminates weeklong administrative meetings series for Society governing boards.

4 November: The IEEE delegate-director-elect slate is approved by the Board of Governors.

December: Computer publishes election results.

IEEE Computer Society Press Considers Editor in Chief Shafer for Reappointment

The IEEE Computer Society Press, the nonperiodical publishing arm of the IEEE Computer Society, is considering the reappointment of its current editor in chief, Don Shafer. Shafer is a cofounder, director, and chief technology officer of the Athens Group, an employee-owned technology and software consulting firm. He has also developed hardware and software products for Motorola, Advanced Micro Devices, and Crystal Semiconductor. Shafer is a senior member of the IEEE and an adjunct professor of software engineering at Texas State University.

To provide feedback on Shafer's contributions to the IEEE Computer Society Press, please e-mail comments to Deborah Plummer at

Computer Society Staffers Receive Harry Hayman Awards

At a recent meeting in New Orleans, the IEEE Computer Society Board of Governors honored both Computer Society publisher Angela Burgess and continuing education coordinator Stacy Saul with 2004 Harry Hayman Distinguished Service Awards.

Burgess was recognized for her many years of outstanding work on Computer Society publications. Saul was honored for her outstanding work in support of the Computer Society International Design Competition and for her leadership on the Certified Software Development Professional initiative.

Honorees receive a plaque and a $5,000 honorarium in recognition of "long and distinguished service of an exemplary nature in the performance of duties over and above those called for as a regular employee of the Society."

The Hayman Award is the highest service award given to an active member of the Computer Society staff. Award criteria and a list of previous winners are available at

Grant Funds Available for Educational Projects

To advocate for and support wide-reaching educational projects in fields of IEEE interest, the IEEE Foundation each year awards several generous grants. The IEEE Foundation, an independent philanthropic body, was established in 1973 "exclusively to support the scientific and educational purposes of the IEEE." The Foundation is now soliciting proposals for grant funds to be distributed later this year.

The Foundation bestows program grants and subsidies that support education, history, and other special initiatives. Proposals must meet a number of criteria. The proposed project must promise to improve education in mathematics, science, and technology from precollege through continuing education; preserve, study, or promote the history of IEEE-associated technologies; recognize major contributions to these technologies; or provide a major contribution to communities served by the IEEE. Guidelines on applying for a 2005 IEEE Foundation grant are available at

Early 2005 grant proposals are due by 15 April. For consideration later in 2005, proposals are due by 16 September.


At its November 2004 meeting, the IEEE Foundation awarded two new education grants totaling $50,000. One $25,000 grant will fund the 2005 IEEE Sections Congress, a triennial gathering of hundreds of delegates from all 10 regions of the IEEE. The Foundation also awarded a two-year, $25,000 grant to the IEEE's, an international preuniversity technology education program for boys and girls.

Other grant recipients recognized in 2004 included the IEEE Nigeria Section, which received $24,400 for "Networking Nigeria." This project supplements a Hewlett-Packard Foundation-funded computer lab at the University of Ibadan and two years of complimentary access to IEEE Xplore by providing Internet access and a lab coordinator.

In addition, Rutgers University received $10,000 in support of "Edison Across the Curriculum," an educational project that is integrating documents from Rutgers' Thomas A. Edison Papers collection into a preK-12 multiple-subject curriculum.

A full list of the grants awarded in 2004 is available at

The IEEE Computer Society International Design Competition is also a past recipient of IEEE Foundation funds. The CSIDC program, which provides undergraduate students a start-to-finish real-world hardware and software engineering challenge, received $50,000 in support of its 2003 and 2004 competitions.

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