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IEEE Computer Society Election

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Abstract—Nominees for IEEE Computer Society Offices and Board of Governors Positions in 2009

Nominees for President-Elect



James D. Isaak

Position statement. Our Society must provide timely, quality technical information, attract the next generation of technologists and phase out financial dependence on subscriptions. We have not fully leveraged our IEEE relationship, and now is the time to do so by delivering state-of-the-art services with lower fees.

While serving on the IEEE Board of Directors, as well as the Computer Society Board of Governors, I have been an innovative catalyst for change. In chairing the IT Strategy Committee, I have helped to establish a foundation for personalized services and related revenue opportunities, and worked to procure the eCollaboration/community tools such as groups, wikis, blogs, and instant messaging, that are essential to attracting leading-edge professionals.

Here is a summary of key challenges we face in the next few years:



Please visit my website,, for details on how we can address these challenges.

My diversity of leadership roles within the IEEE provides the experience needed to address these challenges and the social network essential to make it happen. Many years in industry, a few in academia, and a lifetime of global collaboration provide me with an appreciation of our diverse membership. I will be able to devote my full time to serving as Computer Society president.

I am a proud recipient of the Hans Karlsson Award for "Outstanding leadership and achievement through cooperation," which reflects the approach I favor.

If you are a volunteer, thank you. Participation fosters innovation and career growth-with positive global impact. Today's professional looks to Google for answers. We must provide the environment that delights tomorrow's technologists.

I appreciate your vote.

Biography. James D. Isaak has served in numerous leadership roles.

IEEE leadership:

  • IEEE Board of Directors (2003–2005)
  • Chair, IT Strategy Committee
  • IEEE USA Committee on Communications and Information Policy
  • Standards Association Board of Governors
  • Strategic Planning Committee
  • Technical Activities Board management
  • New Hampshire Computer Society chapter chair

Computer Society leadership:

  • Board of Governors (1997–2008)
  • Vice President, Standards Activities
  • Vice President, Technical Activities
  • Computer Science Accreditation Board representative
  • Chair, PASC (POSIX/UNIX) Standards Committee
  • Chair, Internet Best Practices Standards Committee

Other roles:

  • ISO/IEC JTC1/SC22/WG15 (POSIX) convener
  • X/Open Board of Directors
  • Society for the Social Implications of Technology
  • Internet Society Advisory Council
  • Web Consortium Advisory Committee

Education and employment:

  • Isaak currently teaches IT at Southern New Hampshire University
  • MS in computer engineering, Stanford University

30 years in industry:

  • DEC (director-information infrastructure standardization)
  • Charles River Data Systems (strategic planning)
  • Data General (product manager, systems engineering manager)
  • Calma (operating system development, CAD systems)
  • Intel (test technology)
  • IBM (network simulation)

Awards and patents:

  • Hans Karlsson Award
  • Outstanding Contribution Award
  • Meritorious Service Award
  • Computer Society Golden Core member
  • IEEE Millennium Medal
  • US Patent 6,622,247: "… for certifying the authenticity of digital objects …"


Sorel Reisman

Position statement. As a Computer Society volunteer, I have always strived to find effective and creative ways to support the challenges of the societal changes that we as technologists have brought about. For more than 20 years, I've worked diligently with many of you to deliver programs that have contributed to the development of our innovative profession. With your support, as president I commit to bringing you new programs and services necessary for our ongoing professional improvement. I propose

  • Focusing on attracting and retaining student members through our international IEEE student and nonstudent chapters.
  • Addressing the needs of our growing Asia/Pacific, South America, and Africa membership while maintaining high levels of support for Middle East, Europe, and other Western Hemisphere members.
  • Providing social and professional networking tools for all our members, including Graduates of the Last Decade (Gold), to enhance our worldwide technology practices.
  • Evolving our digital library into an efficiently operating, profitable, marketable and more readily available product for each member.
  • Furthering our relationships with our parent IEEE to obtain new services, including hosting our digital library, already paid for through our membership fees.

I've already begun working on such programs as your current vice president of publications, past vice president of the Electronic Products and Services Board, and member of the Executive, Membership, and Planning Committees. I've been an outspoken agent on your behalf in recent major strategic planning activities, enabling the Society to meet the challenge of change. These include:

  • An intensive self-analysis of the Computer Society, its operations, and potential business opportunities
  • Modernizing our operations through reorganizing/retraining staff
  • Colocating/consolidating conference services
  • Recruitment of a new executive director
  • Formation of closer working relations with IEEE

Your support will ensure that together we will continue to build member services that provide enriched, lifelong career experiences that make us proud to be members of the Computer Society and this worldwide computing profession. I will also make certain that the Society continues to be "… the leading provider of technical information, community services, and personalized services for the world's computing professionals." For more information, visit

Biography. Sorel Reisman is the managing director of the higher education, nonprofit consortium, a professor of Information Systems at California State University, Fullerton, and an IEEE Senior member.

Professional/Practitioner/Management Experience

  • IBM Canada, development/product management/marketing
  • IBM USA, marketing
  • Toshiba America, marketing/product management
  • EMI UK, development/research
  • California State University, Fullerton, Information Systems management

Computer Society Volunteer Participation

  • Computer Society Publications Board vice president (current)
  • Computer Society second vice president, Electronic Products and Services (past)
  • Computer Society Executive Committee
  • Transformation Planning Committee
  • Strategic Planning Committee
  • Membership Committee
  • Chair/member, eLearning, Web Redesign, Computer Society DL, and Communities Committees
  • Member at large, Publications Board
  • Chair, Magazines Operations Committee
  • Chair of six editor-in-chief search committees
  • Editorial board member/columnist, IEEE Software
  • Founding board member, IEEE Multimedia
  • Founding editorial board member, IT Pro
  • Columnist, The Ivory Tower

IEEE Volunteer Membership/Participation

  • IEEE Education Society
  • Publication Services and Products Board
  • Information Technology Strategy Committee
  • TAB Periodicals Committee
  • Reviewer, IEEE Transactions on Education


  • Presented/published more than 50 articles and books
  • Advisory board member, MERLOT African Network
  • Adobe Higher Education Advisory Board
  • Liaison to Australian, European, Japanese, and Canadian national digital library consortium, GLOBE
  • BASc, MA, PhD in computer applications, University of Toronto

Nominees for First Vice President



Jon G. Rokne

Position statement. The Computer Society is presented with major opportunities and challenges. Opportunities lie in finding new ways to serve the membership in providing certification programs with attendant on-line course offerings, creating online communities of forward-looking professionals, electronic publishing, and other enhancements to Computer Society offerings. It is also important to find further ways of engaging the membership, since part of the current decline in membership is due to the estrangement of the membership from staff and leadership.

Challenges arise from the move to electronic dissemination of information. Whereas a journal publication program has provided membership benefits, this is now of lesser interest due to the availability of electronic information distribution. This has led to a technological discontinuity and is the major issue facing the Computer Society at the present time.

Combining this with the challenges posed by open access has resulted in stagnant and possibly declining membership. Open access has not been completely defined, but the most relevant consequence is the removal of subscription fees for publications, hence not only reducing income, but also further reducing the incentive for remaining a Society member.

I would argue for a changed approach to Society operations based on ideas generated by volunteers and staff of the Society. The first action item that I propose would be to establish a forum for exchanging innovative ideas, especially regarding open access and membership benefits. I encourage innovative thinking leading to transformations that would enable to the Society to respond to both opportunities and challenges.

Biography. Jon G. Rokne is a member of the Board of Directors of the IEEE Computer Society. He also serves on the IEEE Publication Services and Products Board. Rokne has completed two terms as vice president of publications for the IEEE Computer Society and chaired the Publications Conduct Subcommittee. His work for the Computer Society has included serving as a member-at-large of the Publications Board, chairing the Transactions Operations Committee, and chairing an ad hoc committee for ReadyNotes.

Rokne is a Computer Society Golden Core member. He is a professor and former chair of the computer science department at the University of Calgary, and has published extensively in mathematics, including three jointly authored books. Rokne's main interest is in interval analysis and global optimization. In computer science his focus has been computer graphics and physically and biologically based computer simulations with publications on leaves, auroras and ball lightening. He has published one jointly authored computer science book titled Light Interaction with Plants. In 2003, Rokne organized the Pacific Graphics Conference where he jointly edited the proceedings and two special issues of computer graphics journals.



John W. Walz

Position statement. As first vice president, I will strive to increase your membership value with improved IEEE products and services. I will diligently work with other members of the IEEE Computer Society Board to improve Society membership and retention and address our financial situation. My vision is to increase the relevance of Computer Society products and services by addressing the life cycle of knowledge from research to industry implementation, by aligning Computer Society and IEEE staff to Computer Society goals for increased member value, by encouraging direct industry input into our design of products and services, and by directly addressing the needs of computing and information technology practitioners.

As a Society volunteer leader, I have coached committees to improve their vitality, recognized volunteer's contributions, and supported investment for emerging technologies and engaging the practitioner community. This year, as Computer Society vice president for our world-class standards collection, I have encouraged prominent standards experts to author podcasts and webinars for open-source distribution by the Computer Society. My Computer Society experience has taught me the value of listening to our members and key stakeholders and anticipating the future. My industry experience has shown me the importance of planning. To provide for success, we must plan our goals and measures. If elected, I will work to see that your needs will be addressed with improved products and services that have personal relevance to our membership.

For additional information in support of my experience and vision for the future of the Society, please visit

Biography. John W. Walz retired from Lucent/AT&T with more than 20 years of management and coaching experience, covering positions in hardware and software development, engineering, quality planning, auditing and standards implementation, and strategic planning. Walz has co-authored three books covering the use of IEEE software engineering standards to support CMMI, ISO 9001, and Lean Six Sigma. He is also a contributor to the IEEE Computer Society ReadyNotes program.

Walz serves on the IEEE Computer Society Standards Activities Board, where he is vice president for standards activities. He has also served on the Society's History, Technology & Conferences, New Practitioners, Awards, Membership, Software and Systems Engineering Standards (S2ESC), and Computer Software Applications Conference Committees.

Walz has held leadership positions in national and international industry and professional organizations, including the US Technical Advisory Group for ISO (working on ISO 9001), electronics and communications division of the American Society for Quality, ASQ Sarbanes-Oxley forum, Quality Excellence for Suppliers of Telecommunications (QuEST) forum, and Information Integrity coalition.

A participant in the IEEE Computer Society Chapters Distinguished Visitor Program and recipient of the IEEE Computer Society Golden Core, Distinguished Service, and Meritorious Service Awards, Walz received an MS in electrical engineering from Ohio State University.

Nominees for Second Vice President



Alan Clements

Position statement. If elected second vice president of the IEEE Computer Society, I will work to continue the governance and financial transformation that has been started. I will promote the services that allow members to expand their technical expertise, including publications and conferences.

The Computer Society represents one of the world's most dynamic and rapidly changing communities, a community that now encompasses activities ranging from the design of embedded systems, to computer games, to vast aerospace software engineering projects. The Society must be more than a source of technical information; it must become an organization that represents the aspirations of all its members.

As chair of the Society's computing competition, I made it a premier computing event. I will continue to strongly support competitions because they expose students to real-world engineering concepts, such as performing market surveys, testing and documenting a system, and taking part in its advertising and promotion. Such competitions create a bond between our brightest future technologists and the Society.

It is vital that the Computer Society leads the computing community rather than following it. The Society must encourage change and innovation in providing the services and information required by those at the cutting edge in fields such as security, biocomputing, pervasive computing, and games development. We must be agile and adapt to change if we are to continue to be the World's Computer Society.

I would be proud to be one of the Society's leaders in these exciting and challenging times. For more information, please visit my website at

Biography. Alan Clements is editor in chief of the Computer Society Press and serves on the Educational Activities Board. He chaired the Society's Web-based history competition and the Computer Society International Design Competition for students. Clements has served twice on the Board of Governors and as ombudsman. He is on the editorial board of IEEE Annals of the History of Computing, and has edited special editions of IEEE Micro, and Microprocessors and Microsystems.

He has authored several books and Web-based courses on computer architecture. In 2002, he received the IEEE Computer Society Undergraduate Teaching Award and a UK National Teaching Fellowship. Clements won the prestigious IEEE Computer Society Taylor L. Booth computer science education award in 2008.

A Golden Core member of the Society, Clements is a professor of computer architecture at the University of Teesside, England. He graduated in electronics from the University of Sussex, obtained a PhD in data transmission at Loughborough University, and was named Motorola Chair in 1993. Clements is very interested in curriculum development and is working on revising the IEEE/ACM Computing Curriculum 2001.

Clements's other interests are photography and flying as a private pilot. He had his first exhibition of aerial photography in 2007.



Antonio Dória

Position statement. Our Society is being challenged. We are running a structural deficit, membership is dropping, and market share is shrinking. We face hard times. Rather than hardship, I see a huge opportunity for improvement and for increasing efficiency.

If elected, I will work to ensure that we develop products, programs, and services that are relevant and consistent with the state of the practice. I will focus on attracting underserved communities such as practitioners, students, and young professionals, while strengthening our value to academics. I will explore new market opportunities by expanding our services to corporations.

Our Society should be inclusive. I will work to make our products, programs, and services affordable to all, especially to those members living in economically stressed areas like Latin America, Africa, Eastern Europe, and Asia. I intend to do this by diversifying our distribution model in order to meet our members' and customers' needs.

As second vice president of the Computer Society, I will work diligently to ensure the long-term sustainability of our Society by discontinuing or adapting existing products, programs, and services that are not adding value to our membership.

Change hurts, and it can be disruptive, but it provides a good foundation and represents an opportunity to create a promising and healthy future. If we want to continue being the leading society in computing, we need to act.

I ask for your support. It will be an honor to continue serving you.

Biography. Antonio Dória has been an active Society volunteer since 2000. Currently, he is a member of the Board of Governors and is the Society's vice president and chair of the Chapters Activities Board. During his tenure, the Chapters Activities Board has focused on initiatives to bring the Society closer to members, especially in underserved regions such as Europe, Latin America, Africa, India, and Asia.

He serves on the Society's Executive Committee, Membership Committee, and Planning Committee. Dória has served on the Board of Governors, on the Executive Director Search Committee, as Region 9 liaison to the Computer Society, and as Ecuador chapter chair.

Dória is a business consultant and project manager at Wipro Retail. Earlier, he was the chairperson and chief software architect at Matakiterani, a Portugal-based software house specializing in business intelligence solutions. He was also the technology vice president of Enterprise Software Solutions in Miami, where he led the development of an international ERP solution. An IEEE senior member, and the IEEE Region 9 student activities past chair, Dória has earned several certificates of appreciation for his contributions to the IEEE and the IEEE Computer Society.

Board of Governors Nominees (12 nominees; vote for seven)



Elisa Bertino

Position statement. The field of computer science and engineering is today more exciting than ever. We see fundamental advances and unprecedented opportunities for novel applications. The IEEE Computer Society must continue in its mission of fostering research and new applications through publications and conferences and must reach out to other areas.

One of my goals is to attract researchers and practitioners from areas that can benefit immensely from technology developed in our field, such as cultural heritage, environmental protection, forensics, medicine and healthcare. Multidisciplinary research is the key and will lead to even more exciting developments. It is crucial to attract members from countries that are still underrepresented among the membership I will work to promote outreach initiatives.

Better service to current members is another of my goals. If elected, I will work to better provide the services that computing professionals and researchers need.

I look forward to working with you all!

Biography. Elisa Bertino has served the Computer Society as a member of the editorial boards of IEEE Transactions on Knowledge and Data Engineering, IEEE Transactions on Distributed and Secure Computing, IEEE Internet Computing, and IEEE Security & Privacy and serves regularly at Society-sponsored conferences.

Bertino is a professor of computer science at Purdue University and serves as research director of the Center for Education and Research in Information Assurance and Security. Previously, she was a faculty member and computer science and communication department chair at the University of Milan. Her main research interests include computer security, privacy, digital identity management systems, and database systems. She has published more than 400 papers and served as coeditor in chief of the Very Large Database Systems Journal from 2001 to 2007.

A Fellow of both the IEEE and the ACM, Bertino received a PhD in computer science from Italy's University of Pisa. She received the 2002 IEEE Computer Society Technical Achievement Award for "outstanding contributions to database systems and database security and advanced data management systems," and the 2005 IEEE Computer Society Tsutomu Kanai Award for "pioneering and innovative research contributions to secure distributed systems."



Fernando H. Bouche

Position statement. The Computer Society is facing many challenges, such as declining membership, competition, and a difficult financial situation. To continue to be the world's leading society for computer professionals, we must listen to what our volunteers tell us, and we must respond decisively and positively.

If elected, it will be my goal to increase the international participation of computer professionals, especially from developing economies, promote the representation of young professionals, and work diligently to ensure the long-term sustainability of our Society.

By working with our volunteer leaders and staff, I commit to developing offerings that are relevant, affordable and provide technical value. From the Board of Governors, I will support initiatives that facilitate the interactions with our members, strengthen human networking, and promote the international exchange of ideas with computer professionals of today and tomorrow.

Biography. Fernando H. Bouche is the IT manager at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama and an adjunct professor at the Universidad Latina de Panama. He received an MS in IT management from Universidad Latina de Panama and a BS in systems engineering from Universidad Tecnológica de Panamá. As a student, he received the IEEE Larry K. Wilson Regional Student Activities Award, among other recognitions from the IEEE. Bouche served as a member of the IEEE GOLD, Ethics, and Member Conduct Committees. He has served as Region 9 representative on the Chapter Activities Board, PACE representative, and Distinguished Visitor Program Latin America coordinator. As a CAB member, he has traveled to several IEEE and Computer Society international meetings as a representative of the Society.



Ernesto Cuadros-Vargas

Position statement. Our Computer Society is well known around the world, but many countries have few members. This is due in part to the fact that, in most of these countries, the IEEE is seen as an American institution only.

We have to create strategic links with other societies like the Latin American Center for Informatics, which, since 1975, has organized the most important computer science conference in Latin America.

I also propose to increase our budget to bring important documents such as the Computing Curricula to more countries. This document needs to undergo only minor changes to be applicable to other countries. This effort would also include using the Computing Curricula as a guideline to set standards for computing education. I support the standardization of computing in more countries. In my opinion, standardization can be facilitated by increasing the number of evaluators from those countries who can accredit computing programs.

Biography. Ernesto Cuadros-Vargas has served as member of the IEEE Educational Activities Board since 2006. He is a founding member of the Peruvian Computer Society, and was its president from 2001 to 2007. Since 2002, Cuadros-Vargas has served as official representative for Peru at the Latin American Center for Informatics (CLEI). Since 2001, Cuadros-Vargas has been the most active contributor to an initiative, led by a number of professionals in Peru, to bring international standards (specifically the IEEE Computer Society/ACM Computing Curricula) into computer science higher education in Peru. As head of the School of Computer Science of the Catholic University San Pablo in Arequipa, Cuadros-Vargas has worked tirelessly over the years to create an appropriate space for computer science in Peru.

Cuadros-Vargas received a PhD and MS in computer science and computational mathematics from the University of Sao Paulo-Brazil. As part of his PhD studies, Cuadros-Vargas has worked in common projects with the Carnegie Mellon University in 2001, and the Technische Universitaet Berlin in 2002. His main research areas are computing programs in higher education, similarity information retrieval, access methods, and neural networks.



George V. Cybenko

Position statement. The IEEE in general, and the IEEE Computer Society in particular, owe their international reputations in large part to the technical excellence of their members and to the outstanding technical content that the members produce as authors and consume as practicing engineers and scientists. Of course, the IEEE Computer Society must adapt to the changing electronic media environment and the changing requirements of its current and future members with respect to professional training and business development.

I am, however, concerned that the Society's tradition of technical excellence and leadership not be overlooked as the Society identifies new challenges and accepts new responsibilities. I will work to maintain high standards for our technical publications, increase their accessibility and timeliness, and encourage broader participation across the whole membership spectrum.

Biography. George V. Cybenko is the Dorothy and Walter Gramm Professor of Engineering at Dartmouth College. Prior to joining Dartmouth, he was a professor of electrical and computer engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Cybenko has served two previous terms on the IEEE Computer Society Board of Governors and serves as First Vice-President during 2008. He was the founding editor in chief of both IEEE Security and Privacy and IEEE/AIP Computing in Science & Engineering and holds a BS from the University of Toronto and a PhD from Princeton in mathematics. Cybenko is a Fellow of the IEEE, serves on the Defense Science Board and the DARPA Information Science and Technology study group, and is the IEEE Computer Society representative on the Computing Research Association Board of Directors.



Ann DeMarle

Position statement. The computer and the resulting networked world have caused a mind change evident in our digital natives-the young people entering our high schools and colleges. How they find information, create communities, and propose solutions has broad impacts on traditional institutions and businesses. The accompanying acceleration of change and the conversion of mass to personal media are radically altering the roles and responsibilities of organizations like the IEEE Computer Society. Emerging technologies are forcing a reshaping of the ways we do business, reflect, connect, create solutions, and manage change. To remain a leader in the computing community, the Society must understand, anticipate, and embrace this transformative time. Our challenge is to build an organizational model for the future. I believe it is a time of powerful possibilities. We must encourage youthful membership, support new information distribution methods, and act as a channel to advance the IEEE Computer Society's goals.

Biography. Ann DeMarle is an assistant professor and director of the Emergent Media Center at Champlain College. In 2006, she became the first Roger H. Perry endowed chair. The founding director of Champlain's multimedia and graphic design and game development baccalaureate programs, she used the endowment to create a campus center dedicated to student technology innovation.

Her current Center projects include a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Games for Health grant, an emergency response training game for Massachusetts General Hospital, a student partnership with America's Army, and an interactive Web project encouraging teen interest in science and technology careers. In 2002, she founded (and currently directs) the Governor's Institute of Vermont in Information Technology for outstanding teens.

In 2004, DeMarle became an Apple Computer Distinguished Educator. Her IEEE Computer Society volunteer duties include IEEE Computer Society Technology Summit track organizer (2008), Educational Advisory Board member (2007–2008), Awards Committee member (2008), and Conferences and Tutorials Board member (2007).

A frequent speaker on games, learning and emergent media, including talks at this year's International Game Developer's Conference and Elliot Masie's Learning 2007, DeMarle holds a BFA from the State University of New York at New Paltz and an MFA from the Rochester Institute of Technology.



David S. Ebert

Position statement. With the rapid change of professional activity, information access, and technology ubiquity, the Computer Society must be agile and adapt to our membership's changing needs. We should target growth opportunities, markets, and the internationally changing IT professional demographic. We must maintain the core values and highest quality of our products and services, while innovating in their delivery. As a member of the Board of Governors, I will foster this innovative excellence in several ways. First, we must actively recruit young members worldwide and engage them as active Society volunteers to provide creative and responsive ideas, products, and services for our membership. Second, we need to actively explore new opportunities for our products and services by applying the world-class innovative results presented in our conferences and journals. We need to adapt these technologies to transform the way we do business, making us leaders in technology-delivered materials and services to our membership.

Biography. David S. Ebert has been engaged in Computer Society conference, technical committee, and publication activities for more than 10 years. Ebert served as associate editor, associate editor in chief, and editor in chief for IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics, directing and managing the timeliness, impact, and growth of the journal. He is an associate editor for IEEE Computer Graphics and Applications and a member of the management committee for IEEE Transactions on Haptics. Ebert has been a member of the Computer Society Publications Board and an executive committee member of the IEEE Visualization and Graphics Technical Committee and ACM Siggraph. He has served as conference cochair, program cochair, and papers cochair of six Society cosponsored conferences, including the IEEE Visualization conference.

Ebert is a professor of electrical and computer engineering at Purdue University and director of the Purdue University Regional Visualization and Analytics Center. He holds a PhD in computer science from Ohio State University and performs research in visualization, visual analytics and computer graphics. Ebert, a Computer Society Golden Core member, received a Meritorious Service Award for his Computer Society activities, and has been named University Faculty Scholar for his research activities at Purdue.



David Alan Grier

Position statement. Nothing about the landscape of 2008 is especially novel to the members of the Computer Society. In 1948, a member of the Institute of Radio Engineers, Sam Alexander, described the technology that has become common to our age: small computers, high-speed communication, graphics, miniature sensors, and the rest. Yet neither he nor any other sage of that era would apprehend how technology would change the social landscape or alter the role of the professional society. Computing technology has changed the way we publish technical materials, negotiate standards, recruit members, and interact with the wider world. As a result, we need a Society that looks to the future and shapes its institutions to best deal with the social changes that we have helped wrought. Such is the attitude that I would bring to the Board of Governors. A podcast further discussing this approach can be found at

Biography. David Alan Grier has been involved in every aspect of the computer industry, from programming, to research, to entrepreneurship, to teaching, to commentary. His computer education began when his father taught him the rudiments of programming in Algol 60 and guided him through the three volumes of Knuth's Art of Programming. He earned a BA in mathematics at Middlebury College and a PhD in Statistical Computation at the University of Washington. Grier worked as a programmer and system designer for Burroughs Corporation and an engineer for startup Digital Access. He has taught computer science at George Washington University, where he is now associate dean. For the Computer Society, he has served as editor in chief and associate editor in chief of IEEE Annals of the History of Computing and as a member of the Publications Board. His column, "The Known World," appears monthly as text in Computer and as a podcast on Computing Online. The Independent Press Association recognized Grier's book, When Computers Were Human, as the best book on computer science for 2006.



Hironori Kasahara

Position statement. The importance of computer technology has been increasing in lives due to the influence of technologies like mobile phones, digital TVs, games, PCs, servers, automobiles, robotics, and supercomputers. However, most IT-related societies, including our IEEE Computer Society, have been facing problems like declining subscriptions to periodicals and fewer members from industry. In addition, interest in computer technology among youth, including high school students, seems to be declining. If elected, I will do my best to make the Computer Society more attractive to people in industry and the younger generation based on my experience collaborating with industry for research and development of low-power multicore processors, supercomputers, and compilers and with media and government for science and technology challenge contests for high school students. I strongly support the IEEE Computer Society Certified Software Development Professional program and the Certified Software Development Associate credential. Please visit

Biography. Hironori Kasahara has served as chair of the IEEE Computer Society Japan Chapter, board member of the IEEE Tokyo Section, member of the IEEE Japan Council Long-Term Strategy Committee, and as publication chair or program committee member of nine IEEE conferences, including the International Conference on Parallel and Distributed Systems, and Supercomputing. He has chaired the Information Processing Society of Japan (IPSJ) SIG on Computer Architecture, served on the IPSJ Journal editorial board as head of the hardware working group, and served as vice program chair of the ENIAC 50th anniversary celebration at SC.

In 1985, Kasahara received a PhD in electrical engineering from Waseda University, Tokyo, where he has been a professor of computer science since 1997. He also serves as director of the Advanced Chip Multiprocessor Research Institute. Kasahara was a visiting scholar at the University of California, Berkeley and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign's Center for Supercomputing Research & Development. Kasahara received the Young Author Prize at the International Federation of Automatic Control World Congress, an IPSJ Sakai Memorial Special Research Award, and a Semiconductor Technology Academic Research Center Industry-Academia Cooperative Research Award. He led Japanese national projects on parallelizing compilers and multicores in METI/NEDO.



Sattupathu V. Sankaran

Position statement. The IEEE Computer Society should sensitize itself to cater to the current needs and challenges of the large member population in Regions 1 to 7, who have contributed to the significant growth of the Computer Society over many years. The Computer Society should also harness the enormous membership talent and potential available in Regions 8, 9, and 10, to make it truly global. Fresh thinking and innovation should energize the implementation of membership efforts in the coming years, helping to increase value to members and improve the perception of the same.

The wealth of information in the Computer Society Digital Library and the Society's standards should be judiciously split and packaged to be within reach of small-to-medium companies and individuals, while enhancing the Computer Society's overall revenue. Active help of GOLD members should be utilized to track and retain graduating student members, who are the future of the Society and IEEE.

Biography. Sattupathu V. Sankaran received a BS in electrical engineering from Jadavpur University, India and an MS in control systems from the University of Pennsylvania. He has worked in the industry for more than 30 years, including IBM and Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited, in India; and Westinghouse, Electric Power Research Institute, and Duke Power in the US. Sankaran's interests focus on industry research and development, power plant controls, modeling and simulation, industry-academic relations, and general management functions. He was senior professor and associate dean at the International Institute of Information Technology-Bangalore before moving on to corporate IT consulting, currently for SAP Labs.

Sankaran was a recipient of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry award for outstanding industrial research (1987), and the Society for Computer Simulation's Industry Technology Award for the EPRI Mobile Training Simulator (1992). He also received the IEEE Millennium Medal. A senior member of the IEEE, Sankaran served in the IEEE Bangalore Section, rising from executive committee member (1997), to vice chair (2001), and chair (2002–2003). Sankaran served as membership development chair for Region 10 (2004–2006), helped to revive the dormant Computer Society Bangalore chapter in 2008, and supported Computer Society headquarters during visits to Bangalore by past and current Society presidents Willis King and Rangachar Kasturi.



Steven L. Tanimoto

Position statement. Over its lifetime, the Computer Society has been a key enabler of professional communication and development in academic and industrial research. It still supports many high-quality publications, conferences, standards efforts, and other services to the profession. Yet in order to remain vital, we need to (1) enhance current offerings, and (2) explore new opportunities and address challenges facing the computing community. If elected, I will help our publications and conferences respond to changing economic conditions (e.g., travel costs) and new technologies such as teleconferencing and the Semantic Web.

In addition, I will promote a vision of computing as a means to improve problem solving of all kinds. The Computer Society has the opportunity to promote systems thinking, coupled with social networking and advanced interfaces, in addressing major challenges such as climate change, transportation management, economic development, and social conflicts, as well as artifact design.

Biography. Steven L. Tanimoto has been involved in Society activities for more than 30 years, primarily as an author, meeting organizer, editor in chief, and publications board member. Tanimoto's IEEE Computer Society activities include:

  • Member, IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence editorial board (1982–1986)
  • Editor in chief, IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence (1986–1990)
  • Organizer, IEEE Workshops on Visual Languages (1992 and 2000)
  • General chair, IEEE Workshop on Visual Languages (1993)
  • Member, IEEE Symposium on Visual Languages and Human-Centric Computing steering committee
  • Led the launch of the IEEE Transactions on Learning Technologies
  • Chair, TLT editor in chief search and steering committees
  • Member, Publications Board (2002–2008)
  • Chair, Transactions Operations Committee
  • Member, IEEE ReadyNotes launch committee
  • Author, Computer Society ReadyNote on Python programming for artificial intelligence.

Tanimoto is particularly interested in policies related to electronic publication. He has served on the computer science and engineering faculty at the University of Washington since 1977. He holds a PhD in electrical engineering from Princeton University and authored the authoritative text, The Elements of Artificial Intelligence. Currently, he conducts sponsored research on computer-based learning environments and methodologies for collaborative design. He is a Fellow of the IEEE and of the International Association for Pattern Recognition.



Wenping Wang

Position statement. The computer science community in the Asia-Pacific region has witnessed accelerated progress in the past decade in both industrial development and academic research. As member of the IEEE Computer Society Board of Governors, I will work with colleagues in Asia and those on the Board to improve the exchange of information and experience between IEEE Computer Society members in Asia and those who live and work elsewhere. I will focus on the promotion of IEEE Computer Society-supported conferences, chapter activities, and visitor programs in Asia. These activities are particularly important to students and academic researchers in Asia, since their exposure and contributions to IEEE Computer Society activities are critical to the Society's sustained growth. I believe my experience with IEEE Computer Society organization and my commitment will help me achieve this goal. Please visit

Biography. Wenping Wang is a professor of computer science at the University of Hong Kong (HKU). He received a PhD in computer science in 1992 from the University of Alberta, Canada, and joined HKU in 1993. His teaching and research interests lie in the fields of computer graphics and geometric computing, and he has published more than 100 journal and conference papers in these fields. Wang is associate editor of the Computer-aided Geometric Design journal. He is the guest editor of six special issues in international journals and program chair of five international conferences, including Pacific Graphics 2003, the ACM Symposium on Physical and Solid Modeling 2006, and IEEE International Conference on Shape Modeling and Applications 2009. Wang received the Research Output Prize from HKU in 2007 and the Computer Science Department Teaching Excellence Award from HKU in 2006.

Wang was member at large of the IEEE Computer Society Publications Board in 2006 and 2007 and served on IEEE Computer Society Nominations Committee in 2007. He currently serves on the Society's Conference Publication Operations Committee. Wang is vice chairman of the Chinese Association of Computer-Aided Geometric Design and a steering committee member for two conference series, Pacific Graphics and Geometric Modeling and Processing.



Xindong Wu

Position statement. The IEEE Computer Society is the world's leading professional society serving the computing field. Among various important activities and services, I believe the quality and relevance of our publications and membership services are two priority items to maintain the Society's leading status in the computing field and to enhance the Society's value to computing professionals.

Since 1997, I have been involved in IEEE Computer Society activities in several significant ways, including being a program chair (2003), conference chair (2001), and steering committee chair (current) for the IEEE International Conference on Data Mining; an associate editor (1999–2003) and editor in chief (current) of IEEE Transactions on Knowledge and Data Engineering, and chair of the IEEE Computer Society Technical Committee on Intelligent Informatics (2002–2006).

If elected, I will work hard to advocate effective activities in further enhancing the quality and relevance of the Society's publications and membership services (including Web services).

Biography. Xindong Wu is a professor and the chair of the computer science department at the University of Vermont and a visiting chair professor of data mining in the department of computing at Hong Kong Polytechnic University. He holds a PhD in artificial intelligence from the University of Edinburgh. His research interests include data mining, knowledge-based systems, and Web information exploration.

Wu is the editor in chief of the IEEE Transactions on Knowledge and Data Engineering, the founder and current steering committee chair of the IEEE International Conference on Data Mining, the founder and current honorary editor in chief of the Knowledge and Information Systems journal, the founding chair (2002–2006) of the IEEE Computer Society Technical Committee on Intelligent Informatics, and an editor of the Springer book series on advanced information and knowledge processing.

Wu served as program committee chair for the 2003 IEEE International Conference on Data Mining and as program committee cochair for the 13th ACM SIGKDD International Conference on Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining in 2007. He is the 2004 ACM SIGKDD Service Award winner and the 2006 IEEE ICDM Outstanding Service Award winner.

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