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Computer Society Releases Q3 & 4 Conference Slate

The IEEE Computer Society sponsors hundreds of conferences each year that address topics spanning all aspects of the computing profession. Computer Society conferences, workshops, and symposia range in size from several dozen to several thousand participants.

23–26 June ICME 2008 IEEE International Conference on Multimedia & Expo

Each year, ICME attracts researchers, practitioners, and students to share 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 2008 event in Hanover, Germany, will also feature distinguished keynote speeches, special sessions, tutorials, and an industrial exhibition. Four IEEE societies cosponsor ICME: the Computer Society, the Circuits and Systems Society, the Communications Society, and the Signal Processing Society.

Fees total $1,100 for IEEE or Computer Society members. For details on ICME 2008, visit

24–26 June CVPR 2008 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 biometrics, video surveillance and monitoring, shape representation, object recognition, performance evaluation, and medical image analysis. In addition to the main technical program, the conference will include short courses, workshops, demonstrations, and exhibits on topics including Internet vision, mathematical methods in biomedical image analysis, and semantic learning and applications in multimedia.

CVPR takes place this year in Anchorage, Alaska, and is the annual North American flagship event for the IEEE Computer Society Technical Committee on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence. Member fees total $400 for registrations before 17 May.

For more information on CVPR 2008, visit

28 September–1 October ISWC 2008 12th IEEE International Symposium on Wearable Computers

The International Symposium on Wearable Computers is dedicated to cutting-edge research in wearable technologies. This year's conference brings together users, researchers, practitioners, designers, and manufacturers from the fields of wearable computing, smart clothing, ubiquitous computing, mobile computing, human-computer interaction, fashion design, and textile and fiber science, among others.

Conference organizers have solicited submissions of papers, posters, demonstrations, tutorials, and exhibits on all facets of wearable computing. Examples of paper topics at ISWC 2008 include mobile applications designed for cell phones, formal evaluation of performance of wearable computer technologies, and architectures that allow wearable computers to exploit surrounding infrastructure. Of particular interest at ISWC 2008 are presentations that address user modeling, user evaluation, and interfaces for combining wearable and ubiquitous computing.

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

Visit for further information on ISWC 2008, including registration information as it becomes available.

28 September–3 October MoDELS 2008 11th ACM/IEEE International Conference on Model-Driven Engineering Languages and Systems

Model-driven system development is a key strategy in building complex hardware systems. It is becoming more prevalent in complex software or combined hardware and software systems. The MoDELS series of conferences are devoted to the topic of model-driven engineering, covering both languages and systems used to create complex systems. These conferences are both an expansion and a redirection of previous Unified Modeling Language (UML) conferences.

The 2008 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 Toulouse, France.

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

29 September–1 October Cluster 2008 IEEE International Conference on Cluster Computing

Recent advances in high-speed networks and improved microprocessor performance are making clusters, or networks of workstations, an appealing vehicle for cost-effective parallel computing. At Cluster 2008 in Tsukuba, Japan, researchers, practitioners, and users will meet to discuss issues, directions, and results that will shape the future of cluster computing.

Cluster 2008 welcomes paper and poster submissions on innovative work from researchers in academia, industry, and government. Topics of interest include system tools for "green" computing, parallel file systems and I/O libraries, standard software for clusters, and cluster networking.

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 2008, visit

19–24 October VIS2008 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.

Vis2008 organizers have invited papers in the traditional core of the visualization area. Sample paper topics include unstructured grids, virtual environments, isosurfaces and surface extraction, and multimodal visualization. The conference also features full- and half-day tutorials in visualization systems, mathematical foundations, application areas, and methods. Select proceedings from Vis2008 will appear in a special issue of IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics.

This year, the conference shares its Columbus, Ohio, venue with the 14th IEEE Symposium on Information Visualization and the Third IEEE Symposium on Visual Analytics Science and Technology. The IEEE Computer Society's Technical Committee on Visualization and Graphics sponsors Vis2008.

Visit for detailed information on Vis2008 and its associated events.

22–25 October FIE 2008 Frontiers in Education Conference

The 38th Frontiers in Education Conference is a major international event devoted to improvements in computer science, engineering, and technology education. FIE 2008 continues a tradition of disseminating educational research results and innovative practices in CSET education.

This year, FIE conference planners are focusing on globalization by encouraging contributions that address models of innovation in CSET education while preserving the best practices of the past. Paper sessions include formal presentation of peer-reviewed papers as well as works in progress. Sample topics include K-12 initiatives and partnerships, student retention and persistence, graduate curricula and programs, and gender issues in CSET education. FIE 2008 will offer a maximum of ten $1,000 travel grants to support the involvement of new faculty presenting full papers at the conference.

The FIE conference series is sponsored by the IEEE Computer Society, the IEEE Education Society, and the American Society for Engineering Education, in cooperation with Union College and the NAE Center for the Advancement of Scholarship on Engineering Education.

For more information on FIE, including registration information as it becomes available, visit

25–29 October PACT 2008 17th 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 dynamic translation and optimization, parallel architectures and computational models, compilers and tools for parallel computer systems, and middleware and runtime system support for parallel computing.

Other topics set to be addressed at this year's conference include reconfigurable computing; I/O issues in parallel computing; hardware and software correctness; and multicore, multithreaded, superscalar, and VLIW architectures.

Set this year in Toronto, the PACT conference series is sponsored by the IEEE Computer Society, the ACM, and the International Federation for Information Processing, in cooperation with AMD, Google, and Microsoft.

For more information on PACT 2008, visit

28–30 October ITC 2008 International Test Conference

The International Test Conference, the world's premier conference dedicated to the electronic test of devices, boards, and systems, forms the core of the annual TestWeek event. At ITC, test and design professionals confront the challenges the industry faces and learn how the combined efforts of designers, academia, design tool and equipment suppliers, and test engineers are addressing these challenges. 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.

Conference organizers have invited original, unpublished papers on the latest techniques for testing and diagnosing circuits, boards, and systems. Topics of interest include bring-up test and silicon debug, design and test for reliability, high-speed digital test, and test for nanometer technologies.

The IEEE Computer Society's Test Technology Technical Council sponsors ITC.

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

8–12 November MICRO 2008 41st IEEE/ACM International Symposium on Microarchitecture

The Micro conference series is a well-respected forum for presenting, discussing, and debating new and innovative microarchitecture ideas and techniques for advanced computing and communication systems. Micro 41 brings together researchers in fields related to processor architecture, compilers, and systems, for technical exchange on traditional Micro topics as well as new emerging research areas.

Conference planners have invited papers in fields that include architectures and designs for concurrency; compiler techniques for instruction, thread, and memory-level parallelism; dynamic optimization, emulation, and object code translation; and microarchitecture modeling and simulation methodology. In addition to traditional research papers, Micro 41 welcomes qualitative presentations of newer, forward-looking ideas.

Sponsored by the IEEE Computer Society Technical Committee on Microprogramming and Microarchitecture, in cooperation with the ACM's Sigmicro, Micro 41 will take place in Lake Como, Italy.

For more conference information, visit

15–21 November SC08 Supercomputing Conference

The SC Conference is the premier international conference for high-performance computing, networking, storage, and analysis. SC08 marks the 20th anniversary of the first Supercomputing (now SC) Conference.

This year, organizers have invited original papers on all aspects of applications, architecture, grids, networks, performance, storage systems, and system software. In addition to formal paper presentations, SC08 features a full slate of tutorials, workshops, and birds-of-a-feather sessions.

Disruptive Technologies, a forum for examining those technologies that could significantly reshape the world of high-performance computing in the next five to 15 years, will return at SC08. A doctoral showcase invites PhD students who will be graduating in the next 12 months to submit short summaries of their research.

Sponsored by the IEEE Computer Society in partnership with the ACM, the conference moves this year to Austin, Texas.

Fees for SC08 total $390 for IEEE or Computer Society members, based upon early registration by 15 October. Visit for more program information as it becomes available.


IEEE Computer Society members receive a 25 percent discount on registration fees for any Society-sponsored conference or technical event. For a complete list of scheduled conferences, visit

UK's Bev Littlewood Receives Mills Award


Figure    Bev Littlewood is a professor of software engineering at City University, London.

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.

2007 Mills Award winner Bev Littlewood earned recognition "for leading research on the application of rigorous probabilistic and statistical techniques to problems of assessment in software engineering, particularly in systems dependability." He founded the Centre for Software Reliability at City University, London, and was its director until his semiretirement in 2003.

From 1990 to 2005, Littlewood was a member of the United Kingdom's Nuclear Safety Advisory Committee, where he played a key role in creating the first software-based protection system for a UK power reactor. He is a member of IFIP Working Group 10.4 on Reliable Computing and Fault Tolerance, a member of the UK Computing Research Committee, and a fellow of the Royal Statistical Society. He is currently serving his second term as associate editor of IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering and is on the editorial boards of several other international journals.

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.

Winners of the Mills Award receive a plaque and a $3,000 honorarium and are invited to speak at the International Conference on Software Engineering.

IEEE Division V 2009 Director-elect Candidates Selected

The IEEE Computer Society Board of Governors voted at a recent meeting to nominate three Society members as candidates for 2009 IEEE Division V director-elect.

Past Computer Society presidents Michael R. Williams, Gerald L. Engel, and Rangachar Kasturi will each occupy a position on the November 2008 IEEE ballot. The winner will succeed another past Computer Society president, Deborah M. Cooper, whose term of service as Division V director ends in December 2009.

Division directors represent the members of IEEE societies on the IEEE Board of Directors and the IEEE Technical Activities Board. Division V and VIII directors represent the Computer Society. Each director serves one year as director-elect and two years as sitting director.

For more information on the 2008 IEEE elections, visit

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