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Computer Society Announces 2007 Programs

Since 1946, the IEEE Computer Society has been at the forefront of developments in computer engineering. In 2007, the Society again offers periodicals—14 magazines, 14 transactions, and one letters publication—and conferences—more than 150, covering research areas large and small—that address all aspects of computer science and engineering. With about 40 percent of its members living and working outside the US, the Computer Society facilitates international communication, cooperation, and information exchange.

Publications

Individual magazine and journal editorial boards work to provide members with the targeted, high-quality content that has been the hallmark of Computer Society publications for more than 60 years. Members can become more involved with the Society's publications program by serving as authors, reviewers, or editorial board members.

Several magazines are seeking new editors in chief for terms starting in 2008. To find out more about these positions, see "Society Publications Seek Editors in Chief for 2008-2009 Terms". Visit the Computer Society Web site ( www.computer.org/publications) to learn more about the periodicals of interest to you.

Computer Society Digital Library

The IEEE Computer Society Digital Library provides online access to 24 Society magazines, transactions, and letters, more than 1,800 selected conference proceedings, and many tutorials and scholarly books. All members receive free online access to Computer magazine as a benefit of membership. An all-in-one CSDL account, available in 2007 for $119, offers members access to content from any Computer Society publication. Traditional single-magazine subscriptions are also available in print, online, or combined formats. Individual documents are available to members for $9 and to nonmembers for $19.

Some IEEE Computer Society periodicals are published in technical cosponsorship with other IEEE societies. Access to the full text of individual Computer Society periodicals is available to members who subscribe and have a valid IEEE Web account.

CSDL search results now provide links to materials from the ACM; article abstract pages include links to resources listed in the bibliographies; and CSDL subscribers can save searches and search terms, making it easier to find new material on a given topic as it appears.

IEEE Computer Society Online Bookshelf

Computer Society members now enjoy access to a special online collection of unabridged books on a variety of technology topics. Access to the basic 300-book collection, the IEEE Computer Society Online Bookshelf, powered by Books24x7, is a free benefit of membership. Access to additional titles is available at reduced rates. For $89 annually, members can access an 800-book collection. For $350, members can enjoy access to Books24x7's full 4,000-book library.

Books24x7 provides Web-based technical and business reference content to more than 1 million subscribers. Books24x7's Referenceware platform lets users search, browse, read, and interact with the content of several targeted professional reference libraries.

Computer Society Online Bookshelf titles are available for viewing through a customizable online interface. Topics include IBM technologies, software engineering, operating systems, security, telecommunications, certification and compliance, and hundreds of others.

Complete title lists and registration information for the Computer Society's Books24x7 collections are available at www.computer.org/bookshelf.

Distance Learning Campus

As another benefit of membership, Computer Society members have free access to more than 800 Web-based courses through the Society's online Distance Learning Campus.

The courses are selected from a rotating catalog and cover a variety of computing topics that include operating systems, leadership, management, programming languages, Cisco networks, databases, and more. Twice each year, volunteers review and select new Distance Learning offerings based on survey data and usage numbers.

Offered in partnership with Thomson NETg, courses in the Distance Learning catalog offer presentations with voiceovers, 3D graphics, flash animations, onscreen text, and visual sentences that turn complex concepts into easy-to-understand images. Users can take preassessment tests, track ongoing progress, and study at a self-directed pace.

To learn more about IEEE Computer Society distance learning opportunities, visit the online campus at www.computer.org/distancelearning.

IEEE Readynotes

IEEE ReadyNotes are guidebooks and tutorials that serve as a quick-start reference for busy computing professionals. An online catalog lists the current collection, available as PDF downloads.

Recent additions to the catalog include A Survey of 3D Graphics Software Tools, Designing and Implementing Softcoded Values, and Digital Avionics: A Computing Perspective. IEEE ReadyNotes sell for $19 or less.

To learn more about IEEE ReadyNotes, visit www.computer.org/distancelearning.

Conferences

IEEE Computer Society technical councils, task forces, and technical committees serve as hosts to the majority of the Society's technical meetings. The following selection of noteworthy conferences provides a glimpse into the depth and breadth of events the Society presents each year.

Proceedings from many conferences are available through the Computer Society Digital Library. CSDL subscribers enjoy full access to an online collection that also includes all Computer Society magazines and most of its journals. Nonsubscribers can search the collection at www.computer.org/publications/dlib and purchase individual documents. Computer Society members also enjoy as much as a 25 percent discount on registration fees at Society-sponsored conferences.

Visit www.computer.org for complete details on all IEEE Computer Society publications, conferences, symposia, technical meetings, volunteer opportunities, and other activities.

Society Publications Seek Editors in Chief for 2008–2009 Terms

The IEEE Computer Society seeks applicants for the position of editor in chief for the following publications for two-year terms starting 1 January 2008: IEEE Annals of the History of Computing, IEEE Distributed Systems Online, and IEEE Transactions on Dependable and Secure Computing.

Qualifications and Requirements

Candidates for any Computer Society editor in chief position should possess a good understanding of industry, academic, and government aspects of the specific publication's field. In addition, candidates must demonstrate the managerial skills necessary to process manuscripts through the editorial cycle in a timely fashion. An editor in chief must be able to attract respected experts to the editorial board. Major responsibilities include

  • actively soliciting high-quality manuscripts from potential authors and, with support from publication staff, helping these authors get their manuscripts published;
  • identifying and appointing editorial board members, with the concurrence of the Publications Board;
  • selecting competent manuscript reviewers, with the help of editorial board members, and managing timely reviews of manuscripts;
  • directing editorial board members to seek special-issue proposals and manuscripts in specific areas;
  • providing a clear, broad focus through promotion of personal vision and guidance where appropriate; and
  • resolving conflicts or problems as necessary.

Applicants should possess recognized expertise in the computer science and engineering community, have editorial experience, and be able to lead an active editorial board and work effectively with technical and publishing professionals. Applicants must have clear employer support.

Search Procedure

Prospective candidates are asked to provide, by 15 March, a complete curriculum vitae, a brief plan for the publication's future, and a letter of support from their institution or employer. Materials should be sent as PDF files to the staff coordinators listed below.

The contact persons for each publication are as follows:

  • IEEE Annals of the History of Computing: Robin Baldwin, rbaldwin@computer.org;
  • IEEE Distributed Systems Online: Crystal Shif, cshif@computer.org; and
  • IEEE Transactions on Dependable and Secure Computing: Janet Wilson, jwilson@computer.org.

Reappointments

Several other IEEE Computer Society publications have editors in chief who are currently standing for reappointment to a second two-year term. The IEEE Computer Society Publications Board invites comments upon the tenures of the individual editors and welcomes suggestions for the future of each periodical.

Editors in chief standing for reappointment to terms in 2007-2008 are Kwang-Ting (Tim) Cheng, IEEE Design & Test of Computers; Sethuraman Panchanathan, IEEE Multimedia; Roy Want, IEEE Pervasive Computing; Arnold (Jay) Bragg, IT Professional; Laxmi Bhuyan, IEEE Transactions on Parallel and Distributed Systems; and Jean-Luc Gaudiot, Computer Architecture Letters.

Send comments to:

  • IEEE Design & Test of Computers: Robin Baldwin, rbaldwin@computer.org;
  • IEEE Multimedia: Tammi Titsworth, ttitsworth@computer.org;
  • IEEE Pervasive Computing: Crystal Shif, cshif@computer.org;
  • IT Professional: Ed Zintel, ezintel@computer.org;
  • IEEE Transactions on Parallel and Distributed Systems: Janet Wilson, jwilson@computer.org;
  • Computer Architecture Letters: Janet Wilson, jwilson@computer.org.

New Editors in Chief

Several other IEEE Computer Society publications have editors in chief who are beginning an initial two-year term in 2007.

Carl K. Chang, Iowa State University, is Computer's incoming editor in chief. Maureen Stone, StoneSoup Consulting, now directs IEEE Computer Graphics and Applications. Fred Douglis, IBM, now heads IEEE Internet Computing. David H. Albonesi, Cornell University, takes the helm of IEEE Micro. Carl Landwehr, University of Maryland, now leads IEEE Security & Privacy. Hakan Erdogmus, National Research Council Canada, steps up to direct IEEE Software. Fabrizio Lombardi, Northeastern University, assumes the top post at IEEE Transactions on Computers. Thomas Ertl, University of Stuttgart, serves in 2007 as editor in chief of IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics.

Bylaws Changes

At its recent meeting in San Diego, California, the IEEE Computer Society Board of Governors voted to amend the Society's bylaws to clarify or change numerous passages that deal with nomination procedures, committee memberships, and presidential duties, among other topics.

Society members are invited to comment before the next Board of Governors meeting, set for 5–9 February in Vancouver, B.C. Deletions are marked in strikeout text, and insertions are underlined.

Article I - Membership

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Section 2: Rights and Privileges

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Article II - Nominations and Elections

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Section 3: Board of Governors Qualifications

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Section 9: IEEE Delegate-Director-Elect Nominations

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Article III - Board of Governors

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Section 8: Policies and Procedures

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Section 11: Vacancies and Removal from Office

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Article IV - Executive Committee

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Article V - Powers and Duties

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Article VI - Conferences and Tutorials

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Article VIII- Chapters Activities

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Article IX- Publications

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Article X - Standards Activities

Section 2: Membership

The Standards Activities Board shall have three classes of membership as defined in the IEEE Computer Society Policies and Procedures Manual:

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Article XI - Technical Activities

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Section 1: Electronic Products & Services Board

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Standing Committee Organization

The Standing Committees shall include the following:

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Unless otherwise specified, each committee chairperson shall appoint the members of his/her committee and designate a member as vice chairperson who shall act for the chairperson at his/her request.

Section 4: Constitution & Bylaws Committee

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Section 12: Personnel and Compensation Committee

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Conclusion

Members can submit comments on the proposed bylaw changes to Rangachar Kasturi, 2007 chair of the IEEE Computer Society Constitution and Bylaws Committee, at cb2007@computer.org.

Nominations Open for IEEE Division VIII Director-Elect

IEEE Computer Society members are invited to submit nominations for candidates to serve as 2008 IEEE Division VIII director-elect and 2009-2010 Division VIII director.

Division directors represent the members of IEEE societies on the IEEE Board of Directors and the Technical Activities Board; Division V and VIII directors represent the Computer Society membership. Elections for Division V director are typically held in even-numbered years, and Division VIII elections are held in odd-numbered years. The elected representative then serves one year in the director-elect role before assuming a two-year division director term.

Thomas Williams, of Synopsys, serves as IEEE Division VIII director for 2007-2008. Past Computer Society president Oscar Garcia is IEEE Division V director for 2006-2007. Past Computer Society president Deborah Cooper was elected in November 2006 to serve as IEEE Division V director-elect for 2007.

Submit nominations by 12 January to Deborah Cooper, Chair, Nominations Committee, IEEE Computer Society, 1730 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20036-1992 or nominations@computer.org.

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