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Issue No. 02 - February (2006 vol. 39)
ISSN: 0018-9162
pp: 79-83

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;
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