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Computer Society Summer and Fall Conferences

The IEEE Computer Society sponsors an annual slate of conferences that cover the entire spectrum of disciplines in computing. Computer Society conferences, which number in the hundreds, range in size from focused workshops with a few dozen participants to prestigious symposia that attract thousands of computer researchers, practitioners, and users from around the world.

18–23 June

CVPR 2007

IEEE Computer Society Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition

The CVPR conference series brings together experts from academia and industry to share high-quality, original research on all aspects of computer vision and pattern recognition. Conference organizers have solicited papers on topics that include shape representation, object recognition, performance evaluation, and image- and video-retrieval applications. In addition to the main technical program, the conference will include short courses, workshops, demonstrations, and exhibits on topics including novel biometrics, feature extraction and classification, and image registration and fusion.

CVPR, which takes place this year in Minneapolis, is the annual North American flagship event for the IEEE Computer Society Technical Committee on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence.

For more information on CVPR 2007, visit

2–5 July

ICME 2007

IEEE International Conference on Multimedia & Expo

Each year, ICME attracts researchers, practitioners, and students to share broad experiences in all areas of multimedia. The conference serves as a forum for discussing state-of-the-art research, development, and implementations of multimedia systems, technologies, and applications. Guest presenters will deliver papers on topics that include multimedia computing systems and appliances, hardware and software for multimedia systems, and social media on the Internet.

Conference organizers will present several awards for Best Paper and Best Student Paper in a variety of categories. The 2007 event in Beijing will also feature distinguished keynote speeches, special sessions, tutorials, and an industrial exhibition. ICME is cosponsored by four IEEE societies: the Computer Society, the Circuits and Systems Society, the Communications Society, and the Signal Processing Society.

For details on ICME 2007, visit

15–19 September

PACT 2007

16th International Conference on Parallel Architectures and Compilation Techniques

PACT is a multidisciplinary conference that brings together experts in architecture, compilers, applications, and languages to share recent research results related to parallel systems. Key areas of interest include parallel architectures and computational models, dynamic translation and optimization, compilers and tools for parallel computer systems, and reconfigurable computing.

Keynote speakers at PACT 2007 include Yale Patt of the University of Texas, Austin, and Bjarne Stroustrup of Texas A&M University.

Set this year in Brasov, Romania, the PACT conference series is sponsored by the IEEE Computer Society, the ACM, and the International Federation for Information Processing.

For more information on PACT 2007, visit

17–20 September

Cluster 2007

IEEE International Conference on Cluster Computing

Recent advances in cluster architecture components and technologies, such as multicore microarchitectures and RDMA messaging, ensure that the challenges of cluster computing will continue to evolve. At Cluster 2007 in Austin, Texas, researchers, practitioners, and users will meet to discuss issues, directions, and results that will shape the future of cluster computing.

Cluster 2007 welcomes paper and poster submissions on innovative work from researchers in academia, industry, and government. Topics of interest include software environments and tools, application methods and algorithms, benchmarking and profiling tools, and lightweight communication protocols.

The Cluster conference is the leading annual event sponsored by the IEEE Technical Committee on Scalable Computing and shares its venue this year with the IEEE/ACM International Conference on Grid Computing.

To learn more about Cluster 2007, visit

30 September-5 October

MoDELS 2007

10th ACM/IEEE International Conference on Model-Driven Engineering Languages and Systems

An expansion and redirection of previous Unified Modeling Language (UML) conferences, the MoDELS conference replaced UML in 2005 and is devoted to the topic of model-driven engineering, covering both the languages and the systems used to create complex systems.

The 2007 conference features workshops, tutorials, paper presentations, posters, and a tool exhibition. An educator's symposium at MoDELS offers teachers and professors an international forum to discuss pedagogy and share methods for incorporating model-driven development into curricula. A doctoral symposium provides a similar opportunity for doctoral students to interact with other students and faculty mentors.

The IEEE Computer Society Technical Committee on Software Engineering and the ACM's Sigsoft group cooperate to sponsor MoDELS, which takes place this year in Nashville, Tennessee.

Visit for more program and registration information as it becomes available.

10–13 October

FIE 2007

Frontiers in Education Conference

FIE 2007, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, continues a 36-year tradition of disseminating innovations that improve education in computer science, engineering, and technology.

This year, FIE conference planners are focusing on globalization by encouraging contributions that address the essential technical, cultural, and learning skills and curricula that will be required of graduates entering the global workplace.

Paper sessions include formal presentation of peer-reviewed papers, as well as works in progress. Scheduled exhibitors at FIE 2007 include academic publishers, software vendors, equipment manufacturers, and professional societies.

The FIE conference series is sponsored by the IEEE Computer Society, the IEEE Education Society, and the American Society for Engineering Education. FIE 2007 is cosponsored by the Milwaukee School of Engineering.

For more information on FIE, visit

11–13 October

ISWC 2007

11th IEEE International Symposium on Wearable Computers

ISWC 2007 invites researchers, textile manufacturers, fashion designers, product vendors, users, and other interested parties to share information and advances in wearable computing.

Conference organizers have solicited submissions of papers, posters, demonstrations, tutorials, and exhibits on all facets of wearable computing. Examples of paper topics for ISWC 2007 include software architectures, human interfaces, wearable sensors, operating systems issues, fashion design, smart clothes, and electronic textiles.

Of particular interest at ISWC 2007 is the use of wearable computers as components of larger systems, such as augmented-reality systems, training systems, or systems designed to support collaborative work.

Set this year in Boston, ISWC is sponsored by the IEEE Computer Society Technical Committee on Wearable Information Systems.

Visit for further information on ISWC 2007.

23–25 October

ITC 2007

International Test Conference

ITC is the world's premier conference dedicated to the electronic test of devices, boards, and systems. The 2007 conference theme is "Facing Nanometer-Technology Test Challenges."

The cornerstone of the annual Test Week event, ITC offers a variety of technical activities targeted at test and design practitioners and theoreticians, including formal paper sessions, panel sessions, tutorials, lecture and application series, case studies, commercial exhibits and presentations, and several related professional meetings.

Topics addressed at ITC cover the complete cycle from design verification, test, diagnosis, and failure analysis to process and design improvements. Focus areas for the 2007 conference in Santa Clara, California, include board and system test, defect-based testing, and innovative industrial test practices. ITC is sponsored by the IEEE Computer Society Test Technology Technical Council.

To learn more about ITC, as well as Test Week and the TTTC, visit

28 October-1 November


IEEE Visualization Conference

Each year, leading scientists and engineers discuss recent advances in visualization for academia, government, and industry at the annual IEEE Visualization Conference.

Vis2007 organizers have invited papers in the traditional core of the visualization area. Sample paper topics include information visualization, multiresolution techniques, virtual environments, and time-varying data. The conference also features full- and half-day tutorials in visualization systems, mathematical foundations, application areas, and methods. Select proceedings from Vis2007 will appear in a special issue of IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics.

This year, the conference shares its Sacramento, California, venue with the 13th IEEE Symposium on Information Visualization and the Second IEEE Symposium on Visual Analytics Science and Technology. Vis2007 is sponsored by the IEEE Computer Society Technical Committee on Visualization and Graphics.

Visit for detailed information on Vis2007 and its associated events.

10–16 November


Supercomputing Conference

SC07, the leading conference on high-performance computing, networking, and storage, addresses the combination of computation, networking, storage, and analysis. SC07 provides a high-level forum for scientists and engineers to present their latest research findings in a rapidly changing technical field.

This year, organizers have invited original papers that address hardware and software reliability as well as multicore programming techniques. A special session on disruptive technologies examines innovations that promise to change the face of high-performance computing in the next five to 15 years.

The onsite SC07 Analytics Challenge encourages innovative and sophisticated analysis and visualization techniques that focus on solving complex real-world problems. Sponsored by the IEEE Computer Society in partnership with the ACM, the conference moves this year to Reno, Nevada.

Visit for more program and registration information as it becomes available.

1–5 December

Micro 2007

40th IEEE/ACM International Symposium on Microarchitecture

The Micro conference series is a well-respected forum for presenting, discussing, and debating innovative microarchitecture ideas and techniques for advanced computing and communication systems. Micro 40 brings together researchers in fields related to processor architecture, compilers, and systems for technical exchange on traditional Micro topics as well as emerging research areas.

Conference planners have invited papers in fields that include architectures and compilers for embedded processors, software/hardware speculation and prediction schemes, dynamic optimization and object code translation, ultra-low-power designs, and design efficiency optimization. In addition to traditional research papers, Micro 40 welcomes presentations of more forward-looking ideas.

Sponsored by the IEEE Computer Society Technical Committee on Microprogramming and Microarchitecture in cooperation with the ACM's Sigmicro, Micro 40 takes place in Chicago.

For more conference information, visit

Computer Society Recognizes Outstanding Professionals

The IEEE Computer Society awards program recognizes accomplished computer professionals for their outstanding technical achievements as well as exemplary service to the Society and to the computer science and engineering profession. Each year, the Society bestows more than two dozen awards upon individuals and groups of individuals.

Harlan D. Mills Award

Graphic: John C. Knight is a professor of computer science at the University of Virginia.

Figure    John C. Knight is a professor of computer science at the University of Virginia.

The IEEE Computer Society Harlan D. Mills Award recognizes researchers and practitioners who have demonstrated long-standing, sustained, and meaningful contributions to the theory and practice of the information sciences, focusing on contributions to the practice of software engineering.

2006 Mills Award winner John C. Knight was selected "for encouraging software researchers to focus on practical results as well as theory, and for critically analyzing their assumptions and evaluating their research claims." He heads the Dependability Research Group at the University of Virginia.

Knight served as editor in chief of IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering from 2002 to 2005 and sits on the editorial board of the Journal of Empirical Software Engineering (Springer). He chairs the 2007 International Conference on Software Engineering and is the author of N-Version Programming: Encyclopedia of Software Engineering (Wiley, 1993) and Software Testing: Aerospace Software Engineering (AIAA, 1991).

Mills Award winners receive a plaque and a $3,000 honorarium.

Hans Karlsson Award

The Hans Karlsson Award, named for the chairman and father of the IEEE 1301 family of metric equipment standards, rewards outstanding skills and dedication to diplomacy, team facilitation, and joint achievement in the development or promotion of standards in the computer industry.

2006 Karlsson Award recipient John L. (Jack) Cole was recognized "for bringing together diverse interests with inspired leadership, dedication, and vision in producing five storage system standards and forming the first information assurance standards committee."

Cole, who leads the Technology Exchange Center for Intrusion Monitoring and Protection at the US Army Research Laboratory, is a Computer Society Golden Core member and a Senior Member of the IEEE. He currently edits Computer's recurring Security column and chairs the IEEE Task Force on Information Assurance and the IEEE Information Assurance Standards Committee.

Cole received the Meritorious Service Award in 2001 for developing the first storage systems standards and advancing the state of mass storage software.

Karlsson Award winners receive a plaque and a $2,000 honorarium.

Software Process Achievement Award

Presented in cooperation with the Carnegie Mellon Software Engineering Institute, the IEEE Computer Society Software Process Achievement Award honors professionals who work in a variety of contexts to improve organizational software processes.

2006 award recipient Productora de Software (PSL) of Itagui, Colombia, was honored "in recognition of having established a pervasive concern for excellence and continuous, data-driven improvement in the production of high-quality software systems and the processes used to produce these systems."

Business software vendor PSL was among the first companies anywhere to achieve CMMI level 5 and was the first ISO 9001-certified organization in Colombia.

Award recipients produce a technical report for SEI that describes their accomplishments, experiences, and lessons learned and make one or more presentations at a technical event.

Software Process Achievement Award winners receive an engraved commemorative plaque and a $1,500 honorarium.

Visit to learn more about the IEEE Computer Society awards program.

Computer Society Invites Awards Nominations

The IEEE Computer Society annual awards program honors computer professionals' service to the Society, technical achievements, and service to the profession.

Among the two dozen awards presented every year are the Seymour Cray Computer Science and Engineering Award, named for the man known widely as the "Father of Supercomputing," and the W. Wallace-McDowell Award, for outstanding recent theoretical design, educational, practical, or other similar innovative contributions. All members are encouraged to nominate qualified candidates for consideration.

Most Computer Society awards nominations are due by 15 September. Nominations for the Sidney Fernbach and Seymour Cray awards are due by 30 June. Nominations for the Taylor Booth and Computer Science and Engineering Undergraduate Teaching Awards are due by 1 July. For nomination forms and details on individual awards, visit

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