(12 Nominees — Vote for 6)
- İLKAY ALTINTAŞ
- NILS ASCHENBRUCK
- ÜMIT V. ÇATALYÜREK
- ERNESTO CUADROS-VARGAS
- MIKE HINCHEY
- JOAQUIM JORGE
- RICK KAZMAN
- SAMEE U. KHAN
- SHAOSHAN LIU
- CAROLYN McGREGOR
- ANDRE OBOLER
- GEORGE K. THIRUVATHUKAL
Position statement. My nomination comes at a time when IEEE made the title of its strategic plan “providing value to the whole community”. I believe this aligns with my personal mission to use research for societal benefit responsibly, and IEEE can benefit from my experience in translational programs, experiential education and convergence research. We are in “the age of complexity” in which the world is increasingly influenced by change in knowledge, technology and environment, requiring new integrated systems to be developed at the societal scale. At a time when there are urgent and complex societal problems with less-than-ideal workable solutions, the IEEE community has unrealized potential to push progress forward through integration of technology. In addition, IEEE has an opportunity to create partnerships for inclusion through dialogue and collaboration throughout the research and education cycle and contribute to diversity of thinking and new ways to approach problems. If elected, I will focus on fostering programs to build long-term, trusted partnerships with underrepresented and cross-sector communities, and an inclusive approach to identify and prioritize research questions, co-create solutions, and diversify the pipeline of students and researchers in ways that expands our impact.
Biography. Dr. İlkay Altıntaş is the Chief Data Science Officer (CDSO) of the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) as well as a Founding Faculty Fellow of the Halıcıoğlu Data Science Institute at the University of California, San Diego. She is also the Division Director of Cyberinfrastructure and Convergence Research and Education (CICORE), as a part of the executive team providing strategic and operational leadership to SDSC. As SDSC’s inaugural CDSO, she plans and oversees a broad range of data science research, development and education activities at SDSC and works as a bridge to SDSC’s cross-sector campus, national and global collaborators and partners.
In addition to her administrative duties at SDSC, Dr. Altintas is a tenured Research Scientist and has significant research and education activities in this role. She is the Founding Director of the Workflows for Data Science (WorDS) Center of Excellence and the Founding Director of the WIFIRE Lab. The WoRDS Center specializes in the development of methods, cyberinfrastructure, and workflows for computational data science and its translation to practical applications. The WIFIRE Lab focuses on methods for all-hazards knowledge from data collection to modeling efforts, and has achieved significant success in helping to manage wildfires in California. Altıntaş also holds a joint appointment at Los Alamos National Lab. She served as a Member of the Founding Boards of two community-oriented non-profits — “Data Science Alliance” and “Climate and Wildfire Institute”. Among the awards she has received are the 2015 IEEE TCSC Award for Excellence in Scalable Computing for Early Career Researchers and the 2017 ACM SIGHPC Emerging Woman Leader in Technical Computing Award. Altıntaş holds a Ph.D. degree from the University of Amsterdam in the Netherlands.
Position statement. Thanks to the hard work of many people, the IEEE Computer Society (CS) is one of the leading societies in computing. Many of our great events are continuously fostering quality of research and building fascinating communities. I have been participating in (as well as co-organizing) CS sponsored events for the last two decades. Our great events provided feedback to my research, showed me new ideas, introduced me to new topics, and connected me to colleagues from all over the world. It will be an honor for me to continue serving as CS Board of Governor and help to support our events to provide similar experiences to all attendees. The success of the Computer Society will depend on how well we provide value to our members, and especially to attendees and organizers of the sponsored events.
If elected, my objectives are to (1) maintain and enhance the scientific quality of the sponsored events, (2) find reasonable solutions for new opportunities like open access, J1C2, and hybrid conferences within sponsored events, (3) strengthen the relationship with industry to promote scientific results that solve real-world problems, and (4) help the CS to use its core capabilities to provide support for scientists at risk.
Biography. Nils Aschenbruck is a Full Professor for Computer Science at Osnabrueck University, Germany. His research interests include computer networks, IT security, and scenario modeling. Dr. Aschenbruck has received over 30 external grants from both government funding agencies and industry. In total, his projects have received over 5 million euros in external funding. He has published over 80 refereed papers in international journals and conference proceedings.
Dr. Aschenbruck served as reviewer for the Humboldt Foundation, the German National Science Foundation, as well as the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research. From 2013 to 2017 he was the chair of the IEEE Computer Society Technical Committee on Computer Communications (TCCC), from 2016 to 2017 the chair of the IEEE Computer Society Technical Activities Committee (TAC), and from 2020 to 2022 an elected member of the IEEE Computer Society Board of Governors. He is a Steering Committee member of the IEEE Conference on Local Computer Networks (LCN) as well as a member of the IEEE Open Journal of the Computer Society Editorial Board.
Dr. Aschenbruck received his graduate diploma and PhD in computer science from Bonn University, Germany, in 2003 and 2008, respectively. He continued as a senior researcher and head of the research area “tactical wireless multi-hop networks” at the communication systems group of Bonn University, Germany. In spring 2010, he worked at the Colorado School of Mines, USA for a term, co-funded by the DAAD short term lectureship program. Since 2012 he holds a full professorship for distributed systems at Osnabrueck University. Since 2017 he serves as department head of the Computer Science department.
ÜMIT V. ÇATALYÜREK
Position statement. Today computing is ubiquitous. It is part of our lives from media to manufacturing, from education to finance. It is also fundamental to discovery in science and technology. As part of a world’s largest association of technical professionals, IEEE Computer Society (CS) is well positioned to serve the needs of members coming from such a wide range of backgrounds. I am a researcher and educator with true interdisciplinary interest. My research interests lie in the intersection of High Performance Computing, Combinatorial Algorithms, Applied Mathematics and Biomedical Informatics. I spearheaded development of new interdisciplinary graduate programs. I have also been a very active servant of multiple research communities. My interdisciplinary research interest, educational and research community services puts me in a unique position to observe and understand the needs of multiple communities with computational needs. If elected, I will strive for stronger and more impactful IEEE CS by i) enhancing educational efforts via standardization and more accessible dissemination; ii) improving quality assessment and control of sponsored publications and conferences; iii) advancing diversity and promoting inclusive culture at all levels of IEEE activities; and iv) foster bridges to other professional organizations and communities to increase the visibility and impact of IEEE.
Biography. Ümit V. Çatalyürek concurrently holds appointments as a Professor of Computational Science and Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology and as an Amazon Scholar at the Amazon Web Services. Prior to joining Georgia Institute of Technology, he was a Professor and Vice Chair of the Department of Biomedical Informatics, and Professor in the Departments of Electrical & Computer Engineering, and Computer Science & Engineering at the Ohio State University. He received his Ph.D., M.S. and B.S. in Computer Engineering and Information Science from Bilkent University, Turkey, in 2000, 1994 and 1992, respectively.
Dr. Çatalyürek is a Fellow of IEEE and SIAM. He was the elected Chair for IEEE TCPP for 2016-2019, and the Vice-Chair for ACM SIGBio for 2015-2021 terms. He also serves as a member of the Board of Trustees of Bilkent University.
Dr. Çatalyürek currently serves as the Editor-in-Chief for Parallel Computing, and as a member of SC and IPDPS Steering Committees. In the past, he also served on the editorial board of the IEEE Transactions on Parallel and Distributed Computing, SIAM Journal of Scientific Computing, Journal of Parallel and Distributed Computing. He has been serving on organizing, and program committees of numerous international conferences. Dr. Çatalyürek also served on multiple IEEE roles, including IEEE CS Technical and Conference Activities Board Executive Committee, IEEE CS Fellow Evaluating Committee, and IEEE CS Digital Library Operating Committee.
Dr. Çatalyürek is a recipient of an NSF CAREER award and is the primary investigator of several awards from the Department of Energy, the National Institute of Health, and the National Science Foundation. He has co-authored more than 200 peer-reviewed articles, invited book chapters and papers. His main research areas are parallel computing, combinatorial scientific computing, and biomedical informatics. More information about Dr. Çatalyürek can be found at http://cc.gatech.edu/~umit.
Position statement. IEEE-CS 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.
In my case, I studied in Brazil, USA, and Germany and appreciate the different educational emphases on a worldwide basis. I also work in Peru and I am serving IEEE-CS as a volunteer since 2006: Educational Activities Board, Steering Committee of both Computing Curricula for Computer Science (CS2013), and Computing Curricula CC2020. This exposure allowed me to understand several challenges and needs that different countries encounter for their professional growth.
We have to create strategic links with other societies like the Latin American Center for Informatics, which, since 1975, organizes 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 regions. This document needs to undergo only minor changes to apply to other countries.
Computing Curricula must be a guideline to set standards for computing education. In my opinion, standardization can be facilitated by increasing the number of evaluators from those countries who can accredit computing programs.
Biography. Prof. Dr. Ernesto Cuadros-Vargas received his Ph.D. in Computer Science at the University of Sao Paulo-Brazil(2004). As part of his Ph.D. studies, Prof. Cuadros-Vargas has worked on common projects with Carnegie Mellon University-USA (2001) and Technischen Universitat Berlin-Germany (2002). He is a founder member of the Peruvian Computer Society (SPC) and he was president from 2001 to 2007 and in 2009 and also Executive Secretary of the Latinamerican Computing Center (CLEI) for eight years (2009-2016). He has served as a member of the IEEE-Educational Activities Board (2006-2009) and was the only Latin American member of the Steering Committee of both ACM/IEEE-CS Computing Curricula for Computer Science (CS2013) and ACM/IEEE-CS Computing Curricula (CC2020). Prof Cuadros-Vargas has been an advisor of the Ministry of Education and the President of Peru. Prof Cuadros has been Head of the School of Computer Science for 17 years in 3 well-recognized universities in Peru: San Pablo Catholic University (UCSP) in Arequipa Peru (2005-2016), Universidad de Ingeniería y Tecnología Lima-Peru (2016-2020) and Universidad San Ignacio de Loyola (2021). Due to their proposals and changes in the first two institutions, both are national benchmarks in Computing. Among his main achievements, it can be highlighted that Professor Cuadros has more alumni working at Google than all the rest of the country’s universities together. Prof. Ernesto Cuadros-Vargas has been invited as a speaker for international conferences in the USA, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Canada, Russia, Japan, India, and China among others. His main research areas are Higher Education in Computing Programs, Similarity Information Retrieval, Access Methods, and Neural Networks.
Position statement. To the Board of Governors, I would bring an international leadership perspective and global connections that would help the Computer Society sustain and expand its presence in the world, and also improve the professional practices of computing professionals. I’ve been the Director of an international software engineering center (www.lero.ie), I’m just completing my second (and final) term as President of the International Federation for Information Processing (www.ifip.org), have worked with the United Nations and UNESCO, and led the software engineering laboratory in NASA. In this work, I have actively supported programs that encourage girls, minorities, native communities, and under-represented parts of the world to consider STEM careers. I’ve been involved in projects that bring technology and Internet access to people in under-served regions and helped bring technological employment to those areas. Within the Computer Society, I’ve mentored and supported students and young professionals worldwide, including through my own IEEE section’s activities. In serving on the board, I would encourage the Computer Society to be more globally connected, to embrace a new generation of computer scientists and engineers, and to support the work of members, no matter where they may live and work.
Biography. Mike Hinchey is Chair of IEEE Global Public Policy Committee and IEEE Conduct Review Committee for 2023, as well as Vice Chair of the IEEE Public Visibility Committee.
He is serving on the 2022 IEEE Computer Society Board of Governors. He has been Vice Chair of the Computer Society’s Technical Activities Board and a co-founder and Chair of two IEEE-CS TCs, and a number of successful conference series. He chairs the IEEE R8 Membership Development committee and is a candidate for R8 Director-elect. He has also served as Chair of the UK & Ireland Section. For 10 years, he was a column editor on Software Technology for Computer magazine, and published a successful IEEE Press/Wiley book from the column. He re-joined the Computer editorial board in 2019.
He is President of the International Federation for Information Processing (IFIP), Emeritus Director of Lero, the SFI Research Centre for Software, and Professor of Software Engineering and Department Chair at University of Limerick, Ireland. He was SEARCC Global ICT Professional of the Year in 2018.
Previously, Hinchey was the Director of the NASA Software Engineering Laboratory. He was awarded NASA’s Kerley Award as Innovator of the Year and is one of only 36 people inducted into the NASA Inventors Hall of Fame.
Hinchey holds a BSc in Computer Systems from University of Limerick, MSc in Computation from University of Oxford, and PhD in Computer Science from University of Cambridge. He is the author/editor of more than 20 books and 200 papers and is a regular keynote speaker at IEEE conferences and events, and a former participant in the Distinguished Visitors Program.
He is an Honorary Fellow of Computer Society of India, Editor-in-Chief of Innovations in Systems and Software Engineering: a NASA Journal and Journal of the Brazilian Computer Society.
Position statement. I can make a difference and contribute to trans-Atlantic and worldwide scientific cooperation within and outside the Computer Society. Such belief has roots in my experience with The International Federation for Information Processing (IFIP), Eurographics, ACM/SIGCHI, and ACM/SIGGRAPH. My research background, organizational experience, and professional service can help IEEE/CS cooperate with other computing and scientific organizations to offer new programs and activities. I have organized many IEEE conferences, among 35+ scientific events. My long professional service record with IEEE/CS and similar associations gives me a deep understanding of how different communities work. In particular, I can work with publications to implement policies more adequate to post-pandemic scientific venues. Thanks to my experience in other organizations, including the IFIP, ACM/SIGCHI, and ACM Europe Council public policy committees, and my technical contributions to many different disciplines from AI to Visual Computing, I can contribute to defining much-needed public policies. I will work to increase the participation of minority groups and underrepresented constituencies in Society’s activities. Indeed, I have encouraged my colleagues to apply for advanced IEEE member grades and wrote many recommendations to this effect. I will strive to make IEEE CS a more diverse, inclusive, and gender-balanced organization.
Biography. Joaquim Jorge holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (NY). He holds the UNESCO Chair of Artificial Intelligence & Extended Reality at IST, the School of Engineering of Universidade de Lisboa (UL), Portugal. Joaquim leads the Graphics & Interaction Research Group at INESC-ID, an Institute Affiliated with UL, having supervised 17 doctoral and 60+ MSc theses. A (co-)author of 380+ peer-reviewed publications, including 66 journal articles, and four Springer/Nature books, he is among the top 2% scientists worldwide (according to Stanford University).
He organized IEEE VR2021&2022 and the 2021 IEEE/ACM Presidential panel on the Future of Computing, featuring leaders from both organizations. He served as conference chair or co-chaired the Scientific Program Committee of 35+ international conferences, including IEEE/VR, IEEE/EG/Eurovis, IEEE/AIVR, ACM/IUI, and Eurographics, and served in the international program committee of 200+ conferences, including IEEE/VR, IEEE/ISMAR, IEEE/MIPR, and IEEE/ICIR.
A longtime practitioner of CG/VR/AR, he joined IEEE/CS in 1982, the Eurographics Association (EG) in 1986, and ACM/SIGGRAPH in 1989, having served in the EG Executive Committee 1997-2006.
He is Editor-in-Chief of the Graphics&Visual Computing, and Computers&Graphics Journals (Elsevier). He has served on the Editorial Board of Computer Graphics Forum (Wiley) from 1999—2008, and Springer/Nature HCIS Book Series since 2020.
Elevated to IEEE/CS Senior Member in 2000, IEEE/CS Distinguished Visitor, and Contributor since 2021, he was a national delegate to IFIP’s Human-Computer Interaction Technical Committee 2001—2013. He received the IFIP Silver Core Award in 2014. Recognized as an ACM Distinguished Member (2017) and Speaker (2015—), he has given 19 keynote talks at international scientific events and 42 guest lectures. He served on the Executive Committee of the ACM Europe Council (2015—2019). He is a Fellow of the Eurographics Association.
He speaks Portuguese, English, Spanish and French fluently.
More details at https://www.linkedin.com/in/jorgej/
Position statement. I have been a volunteer for the Computer Society for over a decade, first as an ExCom member with the TCSE (Technical Council on Software Engineering), then as Chair of TCSE, and more recently as Member-at-Large and TAC (Technical Activities Committee) Chair within the T&C (Technical and Conference) Board. The Technical Activities Committee consists of all 30 TC chairs and governs the TCs that sponsor over 200 conferences a year.
During this time I led the TCSE and the TAC through troubled financial waters, guiding TC chairs to focus on bringing profits back to conferences, to their TCs, and to the CS. This ultimately resulted in stronger, more fiscally healthy TCs. I also focused on other issues such as encouraging TCs to embrace our EDI (Equity, Diversity, Inclusion) initiative, member initiatives (such as encouraging TC and conference awards and student travel grants), revising the T&C charter to better address our governance challenges, and introducing environmental initiatives such as carbon offsets for conferences.
I believe that a holistic approach to governance, balancing fiscal and social responsibility, while still serving our diverse communities, is the only way for the CS to thrive and be relevant in the future.
Biography. Rick Kazman is a Professor at the University of Hawaii and a Visiting Researcher at the Software Engineering Institute of Carnegie Mellon University. His primary research interests are software architecture, design and analysis tools, software visualization, and technical debt. Kazman has been involved in the creation of several highly influential methods and tools for architecture analysis, including the ATAM (Architecture Tradeoff Analysis Method) and the Titan and DV8 tools. He is the author of over 250 publications, co-author of three patents and eight books, including Software Architecture in Practice, Technical Debt: How to Find It and Fix It, Designing Software Architectures: A Practical Approach, Evaluating Software Architectures: Methods and Case Studies, and Ultra-Large-Scale Systems: The Software Challenge of the Future. His research methods and tools have been adopted by many Fortune 1000 companies and has been cited over 26,000 times, according to Google Scholar. He is currently an Associate Editor for IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering, a member of the IEEE Computer Society’s Technical & Conference Activities Board, and member of the ICSE Steering Committee.
Kazman received a B.A. (English/Music) and M.Math (Computer Science) from the University of Waterloo, an M.A. (English) from York University, and a Ph.D. (Computational Linguistics) from Carnegie Mellon University. How he ever became a software engineering researcher is anybody’s guess. When not architecting or writing about architecture, Kazman may be found cycling, singing acapella music, gardening, playing the piano, practicing Tae Kwon Do, or flying back and forth between Honolulu and Pittsburgh.
SAMEE U. KHAN
Position statement. These are truly exciting times for computer and information science and engineering. While we are focused on moving the needle of innovation ever so forward, we should not lose sight of the fact that we are here because we stood on the shoulders of giants. Now, we must pave the way for our future generations.
Specifically, I will focus on: (a) Accessibility: Rising costs are hampering conference/workshop participation. Variable registration model to accommodate in-person/virtual/hybrid participation is a challenge, but one that I will work hard to resolve so that money may never be the main barrier to attend conferences/workshops. (b) Reproducible Research Artifacts: Open-source software has catapulted discoveries across several domains; however, sharing of artifacts (datasets, software, simulation tools) is not as pervasive as needed. I will work with the publication board to establish incentives to encourage researchers to publish accompanying software/datasets alongside their papers. (c) Recognition: The recent Distinguished Contributor Award was an outstanding initiative; however, Computer Society has a very large member base compared to other IEEE societies. Consequently, I will work on your behalf to establishing other awards, and especially to recognize contributions made by our industrial members.
I seek your guidance and support.
Biography. Samee U. Khan is James W. Bagley Chair Professor and Department Head of Electrical & Computer Engineering at Mississippi State University (MSU). Before arriving at MSU, he was Lead Program Director (2016-2020) for Computer Systems Research (CSR) at National Science Foundation (NSF). At NSF, he managed CSR programs, and assisted with the CPS, SaTC, and CRISP programs. He also created several transdisciplinary programs, such as Principles and Practice of Scalable Systems (PPoSS), Smart & Autonomous Systems (S&AS), and Formal Methods in the Field (FMitF). At NSF, he oversaw a portfolio of over: (a) 500 active projects; (b) 700 distinct investigators; and (c) $160M.
His research interests include optimization, robustness, and security of computer systems. His work has appeared in over 450 publications. Two of his IEEE conference papers (ScalCom’12 and GreenCom’10) and one IEEE journal article (Transactions on Big Data’18) received best paper awards. His research team has developed several simulation tools that are widely utilized for benchmarking, such as xFogSim, FogNetSim++, CloudNetSim++, NutShell, and GreenCloud. His research works have received over 21,000 citations (h-index of 71; i10-index of 247).
He had the honor to be IEEE Distinguished Lecturer, 2016-2020. Some example IEEE honors of his include IEEE CS Distinguished Contributor Award’22; IEEE-USA Professional Achievement Award’16; Golden Core Member’16; Meritorious Service Certificate’16; and Exemplary Editor for IEEE Communications Surveys and Tutorials (CST)’14.
Besides his continuous service on numerous IEEE conferences and technical committees, he has also served as associate editor (AE) for several IEEE journals, such as IT Pro (including its associate EiC); Access; CST; Cloud Computing Magazine; and Transactions on Computers. Currently, he is AE for IEEE Transactions on Cloud Computing, and Journal of Parallel and Distributed Computing.
He received PhD’07 (Computer Science) from University of Texas, Arlington, and BS’99 (Computer Systems Engineering) from GIK Institute, Topi, Pakistan.
Position statement. In addition to ensure that the Computer Society remains the community of choice for practitioners, researchers and students alike, through its premier products (publications, conferences, standards, etc.), I will seek to establish mechanisms to shepherd new technologies from the incubation stage, all the way to commercialization and standardization.
Industry Engagement for Technical Excellence: I have experienced how many cutting-edge research results are produced through academia-industry collaborations. I will foster connections between academic research groups and industry product groups, with the intent of leading to key technological breakthroughs, for example, by organizing mix-and-match events and industry sessions in major conferences.
Fostering Technology Entrepreneurship: Many CS members feel the drive to commercialize the technologies they develop. However, often they are puzzled about how to take that initial step. I have gone through this exact process. I will collaborate with IEEE Entrepreneurship to facilitate connections between researchers, investors, and practitioners.
Technology Proliferation through Standardization: The CS has a successful history of technology standard development. To accelerate the proliferation of emerging technologies, such as deep learning and autonomous machines, I will collaborate with the IEEE Standard Association to form working groups for CS members to actively participate the standardization process of key emerging technologies.
Biography. Dr. Shaoshan Liu’s background is a unique combination of technology, entrepreneurship, and public policy, which enables him to take on great global challenges. On technology, Dr. Liu has published 4 textbooks, more than 100 research papers, and holds more than 150 patents in autonomous systems. On entrepreneurship, Dr. Shaoshan Liu is CEO of PerceptIn and has commercially deployed autonomous micromobility services in the U.S., Europe, Japan, and China etc. On public policy, Dr. Liu has served on the World Economic Forum’s panel on Industry Response to Government Procurement Policy and is leading the Autonomous Machine Computing roadmap under IEEE International Roadmap of Devices and Systems (IRDS).
Dr. Liu’s technical, entrepreneurial, and public policy activities have received international recognition, as shown by reports from leading media including IEEE Spectrum, Forbes, Wired, L.A. Times, Nikkei, Korean Broadcasting System, China Daily, etc, as well as being a featured member of ACM and a featured member of the Royal Society of Public Health.
On the service side, Dr. Liu has held multiple leadership roles within the IEEE Computer Society. Dr. Liu is the founder of the IEEE Special Technical Community on Autonomous Driving Technologies, the Autonomous Machine Computing chair of IEEE IRDS, the IEEE Entrepreneurship Asia Chair, an Associate Editor of IEEE IT Professionals, and a featured speaker of IEEE TryEngineering, Autonomous Vehicles.
Dr. Liu’s educational background includes a M.S. in Biomedical Engineering, a Ph.D. in Computer Engineering from U.C. Irvine, and a Master of Public Administration (MPA) from Harvard University. He is an IEEE Senior Member, an IEEE Computer Society Distinguished Speaker, an ACM Distinguished Speaker, a Fellow of the Royal Society for Public Health (UK), an Advisory Council member of Harvard Business Review, a member of the Forbes Technology Council, and a member of MIT Technology Review’s Global Insights Panel.
Position statement. If elected to the position, I will strive to deliver on the Computer Society’s strategic plan vision. With regard to goals, I will build on my experience as Vice President, Member and Student Activities (Engineering and Medicine in Biology society) and my new initiatives through the Student and Young Professionals Activities Committees that I formed, to engage more students and early career professionals. I will build on my extensive industry relations in several countries within and outside IEEE to grow industry engagement. I will build on my foundation as an internationally recognized leading computing researcher to lead the way in technical areas such as stream computing, artificial intelligence, edge computing, space data relays and their application to health, wellness, resilience and adaptation.
In support of the strategic themes, I will build on my IEEE CS and EMBS leadership roles to increase the volunteer base and promote a valued and empowered mindset through recognition, leadership development and mentorship in a nimble way. To support diversity and inclusion I will utilize experience including my role on the IEEE Women in Engineering committee to progress strategic initiatives to maintain a focus on diversity and inclusion with the society and the computing sector generally.
Biography. Professor Carolyn McGregor AM is a two-time Canada Research Chair. She is the Founding Director and Research Chair of the Joint Research Centre in AI for Health and Wellness between Ontario Tech University in Canada and the University of Technology Sydney in Australia. Dr McGregor has led pioneering research in artificial intelligence, big data analytics, stream computing, deep learning, internet of things, temporal data mining, edge computing and cloud computing. She progresses research within the context of critical care medicine, precision public health, mental health, astronaut health together with military and civilian tactical training. She is the inventor of two internationally leading big data/AI based platforms Artemis and Athena used to improve health, wellness, resilience and adaptation.
She has been awarded over $15 million in research funding and has led multiple large research programs including a highly acclaimed multi-million dollar First-of-A-Kind (FOAK) research program with IBM and a $3M project within the FedDev Ontario Health Ecosphere Innovation Pipeline project. She has over 190 refereed publications, 3 patents in multiple jurisdictions and has established two startup companies resulting from her research. She has extensive research collaborations in Canada, USA, Australia and India. She serves on government committees in Australia, Canada, France and Germany. She has received many awards for her research. In 2014 she was awarded membership in the Order of Australia for her significant service to science and innovation through health care information systems. In 2017 she was featured in the 150 Stories series commissioned by the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario and the Government of Canada to commemorate the 150th year anniversary of Ontario. In 2018 she was named as a Women Leader in Digital Health by Digital Health Canada. In 2022 she led a research study performed on the AXIOM Ax-1 all private astronaut mission to the ISS.
Position statement. The IEEE Computer Society, through our amazing members and volunteer leaders, is a source of trust, authority, and professionalism in a changing world where science, and even facts, are often under attack. We must respond.
As Vice President for Member and Geographic Activities, I increased support for our local chapters, and for regional and global engagement opportunities. If elected, I will advocate for this to continue. I will also continue to champion our support for students and early career professionals in both academia and industry and for increased opportunities for them across our activities.
Publication models are shifting as open access grows. Conferences are increasingly hybrid events. Change creates opportunities. While ensuring we remain financially sound, I will push for efficiency saving to be passed on to our members. I will also advocate for more diversity and support to prevent economic exclusion.
We are a membership-based organisation, not just a provider of services. I will work to increase both member benefits and opportunities. I will support our existing publications, technical communities, standards, conferences, and educational programs, as well as efforts to engage in emerging technologies. Together we can ensure a brighter future.
Biography. Dr Andre Oboler is CEO of the Online Hate Prevention Institute a charity he co-founded over a decade ago to enhance online safety and improve social media transparency. He is an honorary associate at La Trobe University in Australia where he has previously been employed as a senior lecturer and taught and researched in the areas of cybersecurity and privacy. He has been appointed to advisory positions by the governments of Australia, Israel and Sweden and works as a consultant for governments, companies, and not-for-profit organisations.
He served as the IEEE Computer Society’s Vice President for Member and Geographic Activities in 2021 and 2022, and previously volunteered in a range of leadership roles within the Society’s MGA Board, including heading the Awards and Recognition Committee, the Distinguished Visitor Program, and the Geographic Activities Committee which oversees our chapters. He is a former Distinguished Visitor for the Society and member of the Society’s Golden Core. In 2021 he co-led the Computer Society’s Tech Forum “Mitigating Societal Harms in Social Media World”. He is a Senior Member of the IEEE, has been appointed by the IEEE Board of Directors as a member of the IEEE Global Public Policy on three occasions, served as Vice Chair of the IEEE Australia Council, and as Membership Development Coordinator of the Victorian Section.
Dr Oboler holds a PhD in Computer Society from Lancaster University (UK) where his research in software engineering and process improvement was supervised by Prof. Ian Sommerville. His undergraduate studies were completed at Monash University (Australia), as was a Juris Doctor which followed his PhD. He is a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and has extensive training and experience in company and not-for-profit governance.
GEORGE K. THIRUVATHUKAL
Position statement. As a nominee with prior not-for-profit board experience, including current experience with a music organization based in my hometown of Chicago and in New York City, I know the crucial importance of specialized board expertise to help organizations stay true to their voice while not missing key opportunities. In addition, having board members with diverse background is critical to navigating the challenges of the 21st Century. I have unique experience in multiple disciplinary and interdisciplinary computing contexts. If elected to the Board of Governors, I would like to focus my energy on the dimensions of interdisciplinary thinking and broadening participation. My service record in the Computer Society has been intensely focused on both. On interdisciplinary thinking, I served as department editor, associate editor in chief, and editor in chief of CISE Magazine over 15 years; CISE is an interdisciplinary publication within the IEEE Computer Society that reaches science and engineering audiences not always associated with our society. In my work on broadening participation, I was the lead architect and co-founder of the STC in Broadening Participation, which led to the first peer-reviewed conference (RESPECT) where researchers can convene and publish on matters of diversity/equity/inclusion in the computing and related fields.
Biography. George K. Thiruvathukal is Full Professor and Chairperson of the Department of Computer Science at Loyola University Chicago and Visiting Computer Scientist at Argonne National Laboratory.
Dr. Thiruvathukal’s research interests are both disciplinary and interdisciplinary in nature. His disciplinary work is in high-performance and distributed systems, software engineering, and computer vision with an emphasis on its applications in low-power/energy-efficient environments. His interdisciplinary interests are in computational/data science, digital humanities, and music.
Dr. Thiruvathukal’s work with IEEE CS began his work with Computing in Science and Engineering (CISE) Magazine in 2004, where he was co-Department Editor for the Scientific Programming. CISE Magazine is one of the Computer Society’s key interdisciplinary offerings as it reaches an audience comprising computationaldata scientists and applied mathematics/computer scientists. Dr. Thiruvathukal was AEIC of CISE from 2008-2012 and and EIC from 2013-2016, where he oversaw the publications transition to digital and helped to raise the impact factor of the publication and its visibility within the Computer Society and science/engineering community Dr. Thiruvathukal also served as AEIC for IEEE Computer from 2016-2020 and remains active within Computer on its advisory board. After completing his two terms as EIC of CISE, he chaired the Magazine Operations Committee (2017-2019) and served on the Publications Board (also as at-large member in 2009).
Apart from editorial board service, Dr. Thiruvathukal was co-founder and co-chair of the IEEE Special Technical Committee on Broadening Participation (STCBP). STCBP created the first conference series dedicated to Research in Equity and Sustained Participation in Engineering, Computing, and Technology (RESPECT), which has been running successfully since inception and continues to operate successfully with RESPECT 2022.
Dr. Thiruvathukal holds a PhD in Computer Science from the Illinois Institute of Technology and bachelor’s degrees in Computer Science and Physics from Lewis University.
For more information about me, please see https://gkt.cs.luc.edu.