Distinguished Contributor Recognition Program

Recognizing members for their technical contributions to their profession and the society.

 

distinguished contributor programThe IEEE Computer Society Distinguished Contributor Recognition Program is open to both IEEE CS Members and Affiliates and recognizes those members who have made technical contributions, through either applied or pure computing, to the Computing Profession, Computing Community, and Humanity with a significant portion of those technical contributions made through association with the CS.

This is a recognition program and should not be confused with the IEEE member grades of Life, Member, Senior and Fellow.

Applications for the 2022 Class will be accepted 1 September through 15 October 2022. Notifications will be made Mid-December.

Key Dates for 2022 Submission:

  • Applications Open: 1 September 2022
  • Application Deadline: 15 October 2022
  • Applicants Notified: Mid-December

For any additional questions, please email distinguished-contributor-feedback@computer.org

SUBMIT APPLICATION

Requirements


Two absolute requirements must be met for an application to be accepted for evaluation.

  • At the time of application submission, the Applicant must have a minimum of 10 cumulative years of IEEE Computer Society membership, with at least five being consecutive. Student membership years are excluded.
  • The applicants’ technical contributions, as listed in their application, must meet a score of at least 100 points (see scoring criteria below). A minimum of 50 points of the entire score must be earned through the applicant’s association/participation/publication in conferences, events, standards, and other relevant publications, etc., associated with the IEEE Computer Society.

Applicants not meeting these thresholds will automatically be excluded.

 

Selection Process


Applications meeting both requirements are reviewed, evaluated, and scored by members of the review team and then submitted to the program selection team, who prepare the list of successful applicants for recognition as Distinguished Contributors.

The number of members recognized in a calendar year is limited to 0.5% of the total IEEE Computer Society Membership.

Evaluation of contributions are made in the following areas:*

  • Keynotes and Presentations
  • Papers Presented
  • Publications
  • Standards, Patents, Working Groups, Technical Advisory Group Membership
  • Tutorials and Training
  • Change Management, Corporate Contributions, Other Engineering

*Proper documentation is required, such as URLs to pages documenting awards or publications.

Members who have achieved the IEEE member grade of Fellow or have received a major CS technical award, who have met the minimum length of membership requirement, will automatically be recognized as Distinguished Contributors;

Applications must be submitted online by 15 October; 11:59 PM ET

 

Scoring Criteria


All awards must be explicit awards granted by organizations and conferences and documented by the specific conference or organization presenting the award. Citation counts must be verifiable by a site such as Google Scholar. No more than 50 points will be awarded through any specific scoring group.

Presentations

Citation counts must be verifiable by a site such as Google Scholar. No more than 50 points will be awarded through any specific scoring group.

  • Level 3 Keynotes (25 points each/Maximum 2 Keynotes)
    Keynote presented at a major international conference or one with more than 1,000 attendees.
  • Level 2 Keynote Talks (15 points each/Maximum 4 talks)
    Keynote presented at a major national-level conference or one with more than 100 attendees.
  • Level 1 Keynote Talks (5 points each/Maximum 4 talks)
    Keynote presented at a regional conference or one with more than 50 attendees.
  • Conference Presentation (w/out paper) or panelist at conference/workshop/symposium(2 points each/Maximum 15 presentations)
    For contributing your knowledge by presenting or serving as a panelist..
  • Computer Society Chapter Talks (2 points each/Maximum 20 talks)
    For sharing your depth of knowledge with a local Computer Society Members.

NOTE: Presentations given at a higher level than required are acceptable for listing in a lesser category. For example, if an applicant were to have had 6 keynote talks at regional conferences, they could submit 5 in the regional conference group and the remaining 1 in the Conference Presentation group.

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Papers Presented

Citation counts must be verifiable by a site such as Google Scholar. No more than 50 points will be awarded through any specific scoring group.

  • Level 3 Keynotes (25 points each/Maximum 2 Keynotes)
    Keynote presented at a major international conference or one with more than 1,000 attendees.
  • Level 2 Keynote Talks (15 points each/Maximum 4 talks)
    Keynote presented at a major national-level conference or one with more than 100 attendees.
  • Level 1 Keynote Talks (5 points each/Maximum 4 talks)
    Keynote presented at a regional conference or one with more than 50 attendees.
  • Conference Presentation (2 points each/Maximum 15 presentations)
    (w/out paper) or panelist at conference/workshop/symposium
  • Computer Society Chapter Talks (2 points each/Maximum 20 talks)
    For sharing your depth of knowledge with a local Computer Society Members.

NOTE: Presentations given at a higher level than required are acceptable for listing in a lesser category. For example, if an applicant were to have had 6 keynote talks at regional conferences, they could submit 5 in the regional conference group and the remaining 1 in the Conference Presentation group.

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Publications

All awards must be explicit awards granted by conferences and documented by the conference presenting the award. Citation counts must be verifiable by a site such as Google Scholar.

  • Author or co-author of a book focused on a topic or topics within the field of computing (pure or applied) (20 points each/Maximum 3 books)
    • Book Chapter focused on a topic or topics within the field of computing (pure or applied) (10 points each/Maximum 3 chapters)
    • Article Publication For articles focused on a topic or topics within the field of computing (pure or applied), published in recognized research journals or magazines. (4 points each/Maximum 12 articles)
    • Author or co-author of a conference publication focused on a topic or topics within the field of computing (pure or applied) (3 points each/Maximum 15 papers)

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Standards And Working/Advisory Groups

  • Standards Working Group Chair (20 points)
    For contributions made as the chair of a standard focused on a topic or topics within the field of computing (pure or applied).
  • Standards Author (10 points each/Maximum 3 standards)
    For contributions made as an author to a Standard focused on a topic or topics within the field of computing (pure or applied)
  • Advisory Group (20 points each/ Maximum two appointments)
    Computing Contributions made by being appointed to a significant Government, Industry or Academic advisory group that are ongoing and have a specified outcome or product. Appointments can either be internal or external to the IEEE Computer Society.

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Distinguished Visitor

  • Distinguished Visitors (15 points)
    For IEEE Computer Society Distinguished Visitor with a minimum of 3 online and/or in-person visits or presentations during their term.

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Patents and Products

  • Dataset Creation (10 points each/Maximum 5 datasets)
    For creating a widely-used dataset focused on a topic or topics within the field of computing (pure or applied) that others can use in their research or studies.
  • Patents Granted (5 points each/Maximum 10 patents)
    For recognition of patents granted on software, computing device, or other device where computational capability is a major component.
  • New Product (20 points each/ Maximum 3 products)
    For recognition for the development of a new computing device, or other device of which the computational capability is a major component, that successfully went to market or into wide use.
  • Creation, Development, or Extension of widely-used software (10 points each/ Maximum 5 software packages)
    For recognition of software contributions to packages that are widely-used, including open-source software, commercial software, etc.

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Tutorials

  • In-Person/Online Courses or Tutorials (10 points each/Maximum 5 courses or tutorials)
    For the development of educational courses/tutorials to assist in skills development in computer hardware and software, including language and programming, and also significant computer applications.
  • Industry Technical Training (15 points total)
    For significantly contributing to the delivery of an industry technical training in a field covered by the IEEE Computer Society.

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Corporate Contributions, Change Management, other Engineering

  • Corporate Contributions (Up to 50 points)
    For recognition by industry for technical achievement in a field covered by the IEEE Computer Society.
  • Engineering Contributions (15 points)
    For engineering contributions you have made that might not fit into the other areas already listed above, in a field covered by the IEEE Computer Society.
  • Change Management (15 points)
    For contributions to change management. Must demonstrate significant contribution to updating / keeping one or more companies or government entities technologically current.
  • Significant Recognition (15 points)
    Significant recognition received for engineering management (may be demonstrated through a company award/letter detailing contributions to technical management).

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