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Society Honors Five Top Computing Professionals

The IEEE Computer Society recently presented its prestigious Technical Achievement Award to five noted computing experts. The award recognizes outstanding and innovative contributions to the fields of computer and information science and engineering or computer technology, usually within the past 10, and not more than 15 years.

The 2010 winners are Venu Govindaraju, for pioneering contributions to biometrics systems; Tyrone Grandison, for pioneering contributions to secure and private data management; Eunice Santos, for pioneering contributions to computational social network systems; Ashok N. Srivastava, for pioneering contributions to intelligent information systems; and Hong-Jiang Zhang, for pioneering contributions to multimedia content analysis systems.

Venu Govindaraju



Venu Govindaraju is a professor of computer science and engineering at the University at Buffalo (SUNY Buffalo). His seminal work in handwriting recognition was at the core of the first handwritten address interpretation system used by the US Postal Service.

Tyrone Grandison



Tyrone Grandison is currently the program manager for core healthcare services in the healthcare transformation group of the IBM services research organization in Hawthorne, New York. His research interests are in developing innovative solutions for ensuring patient privacy protection and for integrating information from multiple sources.

Eunice Santos



Eunice Santos was named chair of the University of Texas at El Paso department of computer science after serving as a senior research fellow at the US Department of Defense's Center for Technology and National Security Policy. She is a leading expert and researcher in the areas of large-scale distributed processing, computational modeling, complex adaptive systems, and human modeling with applications to the biological, physical, and social sciences.

Ashok N. Srivastava



Ashok N. Srivastava is the principal investigator for the integrated vehicle health management research project at NASA. His research focuses on the development of data-mining algorithms for anomaly detection in massive data streams, kernel methods in machine learning, and text-mining algorithms.

Hong-Jiang Zhang



Hong-Jiang Zhang is the managing director of the Microsoft Advanced Technology Center and the chief technology officer for Microsoft China's research and development group. A Fellow of both IEEE and the ACM, Zhang is recognized for his leadership in media computing and his pioneering work in video and image content analysis, search, and browsing.

Computer Society Awards

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Society Bylaws Procedures Altered

The IEEE Computer Society Board of Governors voted at a recent meeting to amend the procedure by which proposed bylaw amendments are made available for comment by membership. Changes to existing Society bylaws that receive first and second reading approval by the Board of Governors will now be listed by title in Computer, with links from each to a website location hosting the actual documents. The documents will be accessible in this website location until such time as the changes receive final approval.

At its June 2010 meeting, the Board of Governors approved the first reading of four bylaws amendments. Article VI, Section 1 was changed to refine the responsibilities, membership, and standing committees of the Technical & Conference Activities Board; Article XII, Section 6 reflects updates to the definition of Finance Committee membership; Article XII, Section 11 was revised to redefine the Personnel & Compensation Committee's responsibilities and membership; and Article XII, Section 12 was revised to redefine the committee's responsibilities.

Documents are posted at the following URLs:

Bylaws article VI, Section 1— T&C Board:

Bylaws article XII, Section 6—Finance Committee:

Bylaws article XII, Section 11— Personnel & Compensation Committee:

Bylaws article XII, Section 12— Planning Committee:

Deletions are marked in strikeout text, and insertions are underlined. Only relevant segments of the bylaws in question are reproduced.

Computer Society Names Winners of Student Competition

It gives me great pleasure to announce the results of the 2010 IEEE Computer Society Student Competition. Teams of undergraduates were asked to design a CPU architecture, build a simulator for it, and write a report. This competition required students to have a wide range of experience from computer architecture, to software design and software engineering, and finally, the ability to write an extensive report.

Judging this competition has been exceedingly difficult—not least because students were not constrained, but rather had considerable freedom in how they interpreted the problem. The international panel of judges included academics from top institutions and industrialists who have worked for major semiconductor corporations.

The standard was high. Indeed, the judges were unable to select one winner. Two teams were chosen by the judges as clear winners. The chair of the judging panel could have forced the judges to choose one winner. However, given the small difference between the two leading teams, we have decided to declare two joint winners. Senior officials of the Computer Society generously agreed to increase the first prize from $7,000 to $9,000 because of the excellence of the top two teams. Choosing the winners of the supplementary prizes was easier because there the judges were in agreement.

The results are as follows: Joint first place—two prizes of $4,500

Al-Azhar University Team (Egypt)

Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology Team (South Korea)

Prize for best architecture—$1,000

Russian State Technological University (Russia)

Prize for best simulator—$1,000

Al-Azhar University Team (Egypt)

Prize for best software design—$1,000

Los Andes University at Bogota Team (Colombia)

The complete list of 2010 finalist teams follows:

Al-Azhar University Team (Egypt)

Chulalongkorn University Znchronization Team (Thailand)

Florida Gulf Coast University Team (US)

Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology Team (South Korea)

Los Andes University at Bogota Team (Colombia)

Russian State Technological University (Russia)

San Pablo Catholic University Peru Team (Peru)

University of Informatics Sciences (Cuba)

Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana Team (Colombia)

University of California, San Diego Team (US)

University of Jordan Team (Jordan)

University of Massachusetts, Amherst Red Team (US)

—Alan Clements, University of Teesside; Chair, 2010 IEEE Computer Society Student Competition


Figure    Al-Ahzar Team (L-R): Ayman Farrag Elkfrawy, Mohamed Taher, Hussein Mohamed Momtaz, Abdelrahman Samir Halawa, and Ahmed Mahmoud Gamil.


Figure    Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology Team (L-R): Jin Kang, Hyungwon Hwang, Bupjae Lee, Donghyun Cho, and Hojeong Cha (Advisor: John Kim).

Computer Society Awards Adopt Common 15 October Deadline for Nominations

Nominations for most IEEE Computer Society technical, service, and education awards are now due by 15 October. In past years, deadlines for the Computer Society—s nearly two dozen major awards were staggered. The change has been adopted to eliminate confusion and streamline processes.

The IEEE Computer Society recognizes outstanding work by computer professionals who advance the field through exceptional technical achievement and service to the profession and to society. Major technical awards include the Computer Entrepreneur Award; the Computer Pioneer Award; the Harry H. Goode Award, for achievements in information processing; and the Tsutomu Kanai Award, for major contributions to state-of-the art distributed computing systems.

Other awards for technical excellence include the Hans Karlsson Standards Award; the W. Wallace McDowell Award, for outstanding recent innovative theoretical, design, educational, or practical contributions; and the Harlan D. Mills Award, for outstanding contributions to the information sciences.

Two achievement awards recognize top performers. Technical Achievement Awards highlight outstanding and innovative contributions to the fields of computer and information science and engineering or computer technology. Recipients of the Software Process Achievement Award prepare an SEI technical report describing their accomplishments, experiences, and lessons learned.

The Taylor L. Booth Education Award, the Computer Science and Engineering Undergraduate Teaching Award, and the Distinguished Service in a Pre-College Environment Award recognize contributions to education.

Many service awards honor volunteer and staff contributions. The Richard E. Merwin Distinguished Service Award is the highest-level volunteer service award and is given for outstanding service to the profession at large, including significant service to the Computer Society.

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