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Computer Society Hosts Key Conferences

The IEEE Computer Society sponsors hundreds of geographically diverse technical 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 who meet to exchange, capture, and create closely peer-reviewed scientific and technological information.

20-25 June

CVPR 2009

IEEE Computer Society Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition

Experts from academia and industry gather at the CVPR conference to share high-quality, original research on all aspects of computer vision and pattern recognition. Conference organizers have solicited papers on topics that include image-based modeling, image and video retrieval, performance evaluation, medical image analysis, and video analysis and event recognition.

As a complement to the main technical program, the conference hosts the Mathematical Methods in Biomedical Image Analysis, Internet Vision, and Performance Evaluation of Tracking and Surveillance workshops, as well as several short courses, exhibits, demonstrations, and other workshops. New at CVPR this year is a doctoral spotlight, which highlights poster papers by students who are finishing their doctorates. The student authors will give short talks during the main program.

CVPR 2009 takes place in Miami Beach, Florida, and is the annual North American flagship event for the IEEE Computer Society Technical Committee on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence. Member fees total $425 for registrations before 23 May.

For more information on CVPR 2009, visit

28 June-3 July

ICME 2009

IEEE International Conference on Multimedia and Expo

ICME 2009 serves as a forum for the dissemination of state-of-the-art research, development, and implementations of multimedia systems, technologies and applications. ICME 2009, set this year in Cancun, Mexico, is cosponsored by four IEEE societies—the Computer Society, the Signal Processing Society, the Circuits and Systems Society, and the Communications Society.

Key topics set to be addressed at ICME 2009 include audio, image, and video processing; signal processing for media integration; virtual reality and 3D imaging; multimedia human-machine interface and interaction; and hardware and software for multimedia systems. This is the first year that ICME will take place in Latin America.

Early registration fees total $695 for IEEE or Computer Society members. For details on ICME 2009, visit

20-24 July


33rd IEEE International Computer Software and Applications Conference

COMPSAC is the leading international forum for researchers, practitioners, managers, and policymakers interested in computer software and applications. The first COMPSAC took place in Chicago in 1977, and since then the conference has become a top forum for professionals working in academia, industry, and government to discuss the state of the art, new advances, and future trends in software technologies and practices.

The COMPSAC 2009 technical program includes keynote addresses, research papers, industrial case studies, panel discussions, fast abstracts, and workshops on emerging topics that include software and middleware development for distributed platforms; social and collaborative networks; services computing; cloud computing; data center design and applications; communication applications; and mobile and embedded systems.

COMPSAC shares its venue in 2009 with the IPSJ/IEEE SAINT Conference. For complete details on COMPSAC 2009, visit

31 August-4 September

Cluster 2009

IEEE International Conference on Cluster Computing

At Cluster 2009 in New Orleans, researchers, practitioners, and users will meet to discuss research results and other topics that will shape the future of cluster computing. In its 11th year, the Cluster conference offers a full program of workshops, tutorials, and poster sessions in addition to a robust slate of main-track paper presentations and keynote addresses.

Organizers of Cluster 2009 have invited submissions on innovative work from researchers in academia, industry, and government, describing original research in the field of cluster computing. Papers and presentations will address topics that include architecture and hardware systems, software and middleware, cluster networking, and the implications of multicore and clouds on clusters.

Conference officials have announced four workshops in connection with Cluster 2009: High Performance Interconnects for Distributed Computing; Parallel Programming on Accelerator Clusters; Interfaces and Abstractions for Scientific Data; and Web 2.0 on e-Research Infrastructure, Services, and Applications. The Cluster conference is the leading annual event sponsored by the IEEE Technical Committee on Scalable Computing.

To learn more about Cluster 2009, visit

4-7 September

ISWC 2009

13th IEEE International Symposium on Wearable Computers

In its 13th year, the annual International Symposium on Wearable Computers is the premier forum for wearable computing and issues related to on-body and worn mobile technologies. ISWC 09 will bring together researchers, product vendors, fashion designers, textile manufacturers, users, and related professionals to share information and advances in wearable computing. In 2009, ISWC explicitly aims to broaden its scope to include cell phones and cell phone applications as they have become the most successful wearable computer to date. Taking place this year in Linz, Austria, ISWC is sponsored by the IEEE Computer Society Technical Committee on Wearable Information Systems.

Visit for further information on ISWC 2009, including registration information as it becomes available.

12-16 September

PACT 2009

18th International Conference on Parallel Architectures and Compilation Techniques

Top experts in architecture, compilers, applications, and languages come together at the annual PACT conference to share recent multidisciplinary research results related to parallel systems and architectures.

Organizers have solicited papers on topics that include compiler/hardware support for managing memory hierarchies; middleware and run-time system support for parallel computing; parallel programming languages, algorithms, and applications; and multicore, multithreaded, superscalar, and VLIW architectures.

PACT 2009 also features two days of workshops and tutorials that precede the main conference. Set this year in Raleigh, North Carolina, the PACT series is sponsored by the IEEE Computer Society, the ACM, and the International Federation for Information Processing, in cooperation with IBM, Google, and Reservoir Labs.

For more information on PACT 2009, visit

4-9 October


12th IEEE/ACM International Conference on Model-Driven Engineering Languages and Systems

The MoDELS series of conferences is the premier venue for the exchange of innovative technical ideas and experiences relating to model-driven approaches in the development of software-based systems.

Model-driven technology has long been used in the development of complex hardware systems. It is becoming more prevalent in complex software or combined hardware and software systems development as methodologies and tools become available that can manipulate software models from very abstract concepts through refinement and testing.

The 2009 MoDELS conference features workshops, tutorials, paper presentations, posters, and keynote addresses by Larry Constantine of the University of Madeira and Stephen Mellor, formerly of Mentor Graphics. A doctoral symposium provides doctoral students with an international forum for interacting with other students and faculty mentors. An educator's symposium offers teachers and professors a similar opportunity to discuss pedagogy and share methods for incorporating model-driven development into curricula.

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 Denver. The MoDELS series replaced the Unified Modeling Language series in 2005.

For complete conference details, visit

10-16 October

VIS 2009

IEEE Visualization Conference

IEEE Vis 2009 brings together researchers and practitioners with a shared interest in the techniques, tools, and technology of computer visualization. The year 2009 marks the 20th anniversary of IEEE Vis, which will celebrate the maturation of visualization into an established scientific discipline.

Papers presented at IEEE Vis represent the most significant and comprehensive collection of technical advances in visualization with a high level of originality, rigor, and impact. In addition to papers in the traditional core visualization areas, organizers have also sought papers on emerging topics and challenging new applications.

This year, the conference shares its Atlantic City, New Jersey, venue with the 15th IEEE Symposium on Information Visualization and the 4th IEEE Symposium on Visual Analytics Science and Technology. The IEEE Computer Society's Technical Committee on Visualization and Graphics sponsors Vis 2009.

Visit for detailed information on Vis 2009 and its associated events.

18-21 October

FIE 2009

39th Frontiers in Education Conference

FIE 2009 is the major international conference addressing innovations and research in education in computing and engineering. FIE 2009 is an ideal forum for sharing ideas; learning about developments in computer science, engineering, and technology education; and interacting with colleagues. This year, FIE offers panel sessions, workshops, and special in-depth sessions on high-interest topics. Regular paper sessions include formal presentations of peer-reviewed papers, as well as works in progress. New for 2009 is a protocol where papers may be submitted under one of three categories: research, research-to-practice, or innovative practice.

FIE 2009 will offer a maximum of ten $1,000 travel grants to support the involvement of new faculty who present full papers at the conference. The FIE conference series, set this year in San Antonio, Texas, is sponsored by the IEEE Computer Society, the IEEE Education Society, and the American Society for Engineering Education.

For more information on FIE 2009, including registration information as it becomes available, visit

3-5 November

ITC 2009

International Test Conference

At ITC 2009, test and design professionals confront challenges that 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 is the world's premier conference dedicated to the electronic test of devices, boards, and systems, and forms the core of the annual TestWeek event.

This year's conference will focus on adaptive test, built-in self-test, low-cost ATE, RF test, test data analysis, and a variety of other hot topics including board and system test, defect-based testing, and high-speed I/O test. Conference organizers have invited original, unpublished papers on the latest techniques for testing and diagnosing circuits, boards, and systems. Topics of interest include on-chip test compression, online test, RF testing, and test data analysis.

The IEEE Computer Society's Test Technology Technical Council sponsors ITC. ITC 2009 takes place in Austin, Texas. TestWeek activities are scheduled for 1-6 November.

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

14-20 November


Supercomputing Conference

SC09 will mark the 22nd consecutive year of the SC conference series—once again featuring exceptional technical and educational programs, as well as industry and research exhibits. For 2009, SC adds three new technology focus areas: biocomputing, sustainability, and the 3D Internet.

The technical papers program is the heart of the SC conference series. At SC09, the technical papers program will represent a powerful and unique forum for discussing innovative, cutting-edge advances in high-performance computing, networking, storage, and analysis from stakeholders in academia, government, and corporate institutions around the globe.

Sponsored by the IEEE Computer Society in partnership with the ACM, the conference moves this year to Portland, Oregon. SC09 offers competitive grants that support travel to and participation in SC09 by underrepresented racial and gender groups.

Visit for more program information as it becomes available.

12-16 November

MICRO 2009

42nd IEEE/ACM International Symposium on Microarchitecture

The Micro conference series is a high-profile forum for presenting, discussing, and debating innovative microarchitecture ideas and techniques for advanced computing and communication systems. Micro 42 brings together researchers in fields related to processor architecture, compilers, and systems to discuss traditional Micro topics as well as emerging areas of research.

In addition to traditional research papers, Micro 42 welcomes qualitative presentations of newer, forward-looking ideas. Conference planners have invited papers on topics that include architectures for new computing paradigms and emerging technologies; measurement and analysis of real systems; novel memory and storage architectures; and software/hardware speculation and prediction schemes.

Sponsored by the IEEE Computer Society Technical Committee on Microprogramming and Microarchitecture, in cooperation with the ACM's Sigmicro, Micro 42 will take place in New York.

For more conference information, visit

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

ACM and IEEE Computer Society Seek Nominations for New Ken Kennedy Award

The IEEE Computer Society's newest award, presented in conjunction with the ACM, honors the substantial research, service, and mentoring contributions of the late Ken Kennedy, founder of Rice University's computer science program and one of the world's foremost experts on high-performance computing.

The Ken Kennedy Award is open to contributors at all stages of their careers. Anyone may nominate a candidate for the award. The winner of the award will be a computer professional who has made an outstanding, innovative contribution or contributions to programming and productivity in computing and has also contributed to computing through teaching, mentoring, or community service.

The Kennedy Award will be presented each year, and consists of a certificate and $5,000 honorarium. Honorees will be invited to present a paper at the SC conference or at an ACM or IEEE Computer Society conference of the winner's choosing during the year following the announcement.

The first award will be presented in November at the SC09 conference in Portland, Oregon. Nominations for the Kennedy Award are due by 1 July. For further details, including nomination forms, visit

IEEE Division VIII 2010 Director-Elect Candidates Named

The IEEE Computer Society Board of Governors voted at a recent meeting to nominate two Society members as candidates for 2010 IEEE Division VIII director-elect.

President Susan K. (Kathy) Land, CSDP, and James W. Moore, CSDP, will each occupy a position on the 2009 IEEE ballot. The winner will succeed another past Computer Society president, Stephen Diamond, whose term of service as Division VIII director ends in December 2010.

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.

Visit for more information on IEEE elections.

IASC Seeks New Chair, Other Officers

The IEEE Computer Society Information Assurance Standards Committee is seeking a new chair and other officers. Candidates must be members of the IEEE and the IEEE Standards Association. The IASC sponsors standards development in a wide range of areas benefiting society through the timely delivery of information conditioned by confidentiality, integrity, authentication, authorization, and nonrepudiation.

Sample working groups under the auspices of the IASC include P1700: Information System Security Assurance Architecture; P2200: Baseline Operating System Security; P1667: Dynamically Attached Devices and Device Interfaces; P2600: Hardcopy Device and System Security; and P1619: Security in Storage. The IASC was formed in 2004 by the Task Force on Information Assurance, and still maintains a close relationship with the TFIA. Both the TFIA and IASC have sponsored several key workshops on information assurance.

For more information on becoming an officer of the IASC, contact Jack Cole at

About the Authors

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Ken Kennedy was the John and Ann Doerr University Professor of Computational Engineering at Rice University.
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