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IEEE Announces 2006 Fellows

The IEEE Board of Directors recently conferred the title of Fellow upon 271 senior members of the IEEE, including 63 Computer Society members (out of 114 original nominees).

IEEE policy limits the total number of Fellows selected in any one year to no more than 0.10 percent of the IEEE's total voting membership. With IEEE membership now standing at more than 350,000 professionals, this year's Fellows class is even more exclusive than the policy mandates. Senior IEEE members have already demonstrated outstanding achievement in engineering.

The original 1912 constitution of the American Institute of Electrical Engineers, a forerunner of the IEEE, outlined a procedure for naming Fellows. Today, Fellow status recognizes a person who has established an extraordinary record of achievement in any of the IEEE fields of interest.

One IEEE member with no society affiliation was named a 2006 Fellow for his contributions to computing: Wen-Lian Hsu, of the Academia Sinica, for contributions to natural-language systems and bioinformatics.

The Computer Society members whose names appear below are now IEEE Fellows, effective 1 January 2006. An accompanying citation details the accomplishments of each new Fellow. In cases where a Computer Society member has been named a Fellow based on contributions to a field other than computing, the name of the evaluating IEEE society appears after the citation.


Magdy Abadir, Freescale Semiconductor, for contributions to the test and verification of microprocessors.


Vijay Bhatkar, International Institute of Information Technology, for leadership in supercomputing, broadband, and multilingual technology.

Andrei Broder, IBM, for contributions to the theory and application of randomized algorithms.


James Carlo, Dallas, for contributions to the development of computer networking standards.

Hsinchun Chen, University of Arizona, for contributions to the development of medical, intelligence, and security informatics. (Systems, Man, and Cybernetics)

Susan Conry, Clarkson University, for contributions to engineering education. (Education)

Ingemar Cox, University College London, for contributions to digital watermarking. (Signal Processing)

David Culler, University of California, Berkeley, for contributions to computing hardware, software, and networking support.


Marco Dorigo, Free University of Brussels, for contributions to ant colony optimization and swarm intelligence. (Computational Intelligence)

Hugh Durrant-Whyt, University of Sydney, for contributions with application to decentralized data fusion algorithms with application to simultaneous localization and navigation. (Robotics and Automation)


John Eidson, Agilent, for contributions to clock synchronization, measurement, and control system architectures. (Instrumentation and Measurement)


Paul Franzon, North Carolina State University, for contributions to chip-package codesign. (Components, Packaging and Manufacturing Technology)


Carlo Ghezzi, Milan Polytechnic, for contributions to software engineering and programming languages.

Joydeep Ghosh, University of Texas at Austin, for contributions to the theory and practice of multilearner systems.

Dimitry Gorinevsky, Stanford University, for contributions to distributed and learning control systems. (Control Systems)

Venugopal Govindaraju, State University of New York at Buffalo, for contributions to handwriting recognition.

Frans Groen, University of Amsterdam, for contributions to sensor data processing and shared dynamic world modeling for autonomous real-world multiagents systems. (Instrumentation and Measurement)

Stephen Grossberg, Boston University, for contributions to neural networks and fundamental models of learning in image processing, pattern recognition, and robotics. (Computational Intelligence)


Gregory Hager, Johns Hopkins University, for contributions to vision-based robotics. (Robotics and Automation)

Hideki Hashimoto, University of Tokyo, for contributions to mechatronics systems. (Industrial Electronics)

Thomas Henzinger, Lausanne Federal Polytechnical School, for contributions to the verification of real-time and hybrid systems.

Tin Ho, Bell Laboratories, for contributions to pattern recognition methodology and tools.

Charles Holland, US Department of Defense, for leadership in computational science and engineering.

Johannes Huber, University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, for contributions to coded modulation and digital subscriber line design. (Information Theory)


Katsuo Ikeda, Osaka Institute of Technology, for contributions and leadership in informatics education.

Andre Ivanov, University of British Columbia, for contributions to intellectual property for system-on-chip testing.


Sandra Johnson, IBM, for contributions to the design and performance evaluation of computer systems.


Makoto Kaneko, Hiroshima University, for contributions to design, sensing, and manipulation schemes for robotic hands. (Robotics and Automation)

Masatsugu Kidode, Nara Institute of Science and Technology, for contributions to high-speed local parallel image processors.

Raghu Krishnapuram, IBM India, for contributions to soft computing for computer vision and media mining. (Computational Intelligence)

Luis Kun, National Defense University, for contributions to healthcare information infrastructure. (Social Implications of Technology)

Wolfgang Kunz, University of Kaiserslautern, for contributions to hardware verification, very large- scale integrated circuit testing, and logic synthesis. (Circuits and Systems)


Swamy Laxminarayan, Idaho State University, for leadership in social and ethical implications to biomedical engineering. (Social Implications of Technology)

Raphael Lee, University of Chicago, for contributions to biophysics of cellular and tissue injury by electric currents and development of polymers for repair of cellular damage. (Engineering in Medicine and Biology)

David Lilja, University of Minnesota, for contributions to statistical methodologies for performance assessment of computing systems.

Darrell Long, University of California, Santa Cruz, for contributions to storage systems architecture and performance.

Michael Loui, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, for leadership in teaching of engineering ethics. (Social Implications of Technology)


Jitendra Malik, University of California, Berkeley, for contributions to computer vision and image analysis.

Gary May, Georgia Institute of Technology, for contributions to semiconductor manufacturing and engineering education. (Components, Packaging, and Manufacturing Technology)

Nancy Mead, Carnegie Mellon University, for leadership in software engineering education.

James Moore, Mitre, for leadership in software engineering standardization and contributions to the codification of software engineering.

Hiroshi Murase, Nagoya University, for contributions to image recognition and multimedia content monitoring systems.


Erich Neuhold, Fraunhofer IPSI, for contributions to distributed multimedia databases.

Paul Nielsen, Carnegie Mellon University, for leadership in aerospace electronic and space systems. (Engineering Management)


Thomas Overbye, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, for contributions to power system education and simulation. (Power Engineering)


Sitthichai Pookaiyaudom, Mahanakorn University of Technology, for contributions to circuits and systems and engineering education. (Circuits and Systems) Douglass Post, Los Alamos National Laboratory, for contributions to fusion science and modeling and related software engineering.


Yves Robert, Lyon Senior Normal School, for contributions to the design and analysis of parallel algorithms and scheduling techniques.

Thomas Robertazzi, State University of New York, Stony Brook, for contributions to parallel processor scheduling. (Aerospace and Electronic Systems)

David Rosenblum, University College London, for contributions to scalable, distributed component- and event-based software systems.

Heung-Yeung Shum, Microsoft Asia, for contributions to image-based modeling and rendering.

Gary Sullivan, Microsoft, for contributions to video coding and its standardization. (Signal Processing)

Katia Sycara, Carnegie Mellon University, for contributions to case-based reasoning, multi-agent systems, and semantic Web services and standards.


Craig Thompson, University of Arkansas, for contributions to artificial intelligence, database management, and middleware.

Kenneth Thompson, General Electric, for contributions to industrial controls. (Industry Applications)


Roy Want, Intel, for contributions to ubiquitous computing.

Tadashi Watanabe, NEC, for contributions to supercomputer architectures.

Burnell West, Credence Systems, for contributions to high-performance automatic test equipment.

Martin Wong, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, for contributions to algorithmic aspects of computer-aided design of very large-scale integrated circuits and systems. (Circuits and Systems)


Hong Yan, City University of Hong Kong, for contributions to image recognition techniques and applications. (Systems, Man, and Cybernetics)


Nanning Zheng, Xian Jiaotong University, for contributions to information processing. (Intelligent Transport Systems)

IEEE Fellow Nominations Due 1 March

Yervant Zorian, Chair, 2006 Computer Society Fellows 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 to bestow the prestigious rank of Fellow.

For information regarding nominating a candidate for IEEE Fellow recognition, visit The Electronic Fellow Nomination Process is detailed at

The deadline for 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 can 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 at any level 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 2007; thus, a nominee must have been a member at any level continuously since 31 December 2001. 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 might be useful when these entities or individuals are in the best position to provide credible statements.


The nominator should select referrers 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 come from IEEE staff or from 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, seeking the maximum number of eight is strongly recommended.

Evaluation of nominees

In evaluating nominations, the IEEE Fellow Committee considers the following criteria:

  • individual contributions as an engineer or scientist, technical leader, or educator;
  • technical evaluation by an IEEE society or council;
  • tangible and verifiable evidence of technical accomplishment, such as technical publications, patents, reports, published product descriptions, or 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, and committee memberships; and
  • total years in the profession.

Resubmission of nominations

Typically, less than half of the nominations each year are successful. Therefore, even highly qualified individuals might 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, nominators should 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 2006 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;

Computer Society Celebrates Anniversary with History Competition

Celebrating its 60th anniversary this year, the IEEE Computer Society is the world's oldest computer society, serving a large membership that is spread out around the world. The Society's activities include publishing a sizable percentage of the world's peer-reviewed computer literature, working to standardize all aspects of computing (for example, Wi-Fi), and promoting high standards in computer science education. The CHC 60 contest has several specific objectives that support the Society's mission.

CHC 60 objectives

The first objective is to promote the history of computing. All too often, universities teach very little computer science history because of the pressure to cover so much theoretical and practical material. However, history is a vital component of the computing curriculum. Students need to appreciate how today's computer systems were created and the technical, economic, and political forces that drove the computer industry.

Another key objective is to promote teamwork. The CHC 60 competition requires a group of students to work together. This helps prepare students for professional life, where they will inevitably work as part of a team. Teamwork requires more than simply dividing a task into subtasks; it requires students to keep to deadlines and to work with each other.

Third, contest organizers have designed the rules to encourage students to create a high-quality Web site that tells a story about the history of computing. To win the competition, a team must do more than simply relate facts; they must display them in an interesting and appealing way. In later life, students will have to promote the products they are designing and manufacturing.

Finally, the competition encourages students to carry out original research, a key component of future success in academia and industry. A team cannot win CHC 60 simply by finding a book or article on computer history and copying a chapter. They must perform their own research using a range of reference materials. In particular, credit will be given to teams that cover unusual (or more obscure) aspects of computer history. For example, the origin of the first microprocessor has been covered many times. However, the reasons that excellent computer A failed to thrive, while lesser computer B grabbed the lion's share of the market, might be less well-known.

The student teams are also encouraged to examine the role of women in computing or the contributions to computing made by countries that are not usually associated with the development of the computer.

CHC 60 organizers are accepting entries until 15 March. For full contest details, visit

–CHC 60 Chair Alan Clements, University of Teesside, Middlesbrough, UK

IEEE Foundation Grants Support Education

To support a broad spectrum of educational projects in fields of interest to the IEEE, the IEEE Foundation each year awards a number of generous grants. The Foundation is now soliciting proposals for grant funds to be distributed later in 2006.

The IEEE Foundation was established in 1973 "exclusively to support the scientific and educational purposes of IEEE."

Past recipients

The IEEE Foundation recently awarded three new grants totaling $47,500. The grants fund projects that include a technology lecture series for middle and high school students, a young scholar award program, and a student-led conference in IEEE Region 9. These three new grants bring the total the IEEE Foundation invested in projects that seek to improve the world's technological literacy to more than $135,000 during 2005.

A full list of the grants awarded in 2005 is available at

Grant applications

The IEEE Foundation bestows program grants and subsidies that support education, history, and other special initiatives.

Proposed projects must endeavor 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 2006 IEEE Foundation grant are available at

Early 2006 grant proposals are due by 15 April. For consideration later in 2006, proposals are due by 16 September.

Computer Society Board Announces 2006 Meetings and Election Schedule

Recently, the IEEE Computer Society released its official 2006 administrative schedule. The three annual Board of Governors administrative meeting series serve as fixed points around which other deadlines are scheduled. Most high-level Computer Society boards and committees also meet during the weeklong sessions.

2006 election

The 2006 calendar includes significant dates in the election cycle. The 2 October election will name the 2007 first and second vice presidents; the 2007 president-elect, who will serve as president in 2008; and seven members of the Board of Governors, who serve three-year terms. Officers elected in the 2006 elections begin their terms on 1 January 2007.

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 Gerald L. Engel, Nominations Committee Chair, IEEE Computer Society, 1730 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20036-1992; +1 202 371 0101;

Noted below are deadlines for both Computer Society and IEEE election materials.

2006 schedule

The following calendar highlights dates of note for the Society.

10 March: Computer Society Board of Governors Meeting, San Francisco. Culminates weeklong administrative meetings series for Society governing boards.

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

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

6 June: Last day to send candidates' petitions, signed by members of the 2006 Board of Governors, to Ann Q. Gates, 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: Last day to submit 2007 IEEE delegate-director-elect petition candidates to the IEEE.

16 June: Computer Society Board of Governors Meeting, San Juan, Puerto Rico. Culminates weeklong administrative meetings series for Society governing boards.

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 Ann Q. Gates at the address indicated previously.

August:Computer publishes schedule and call for 2008 IEEE delegate-director-elect recommendations to Nominations Committee.

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

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

2 October: Ballots from members are received and tabulated.

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

3 November: Computer Society Board of Governors Meeting, San Diego, California. Culminates weeklong administrative meetings series for Society governing boards.

3 November: The Board of Governors approves the IEEE delegate-director-elect slate.

December:Computer publishes election results.

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