Meet the Candidates for 2021-2023 Board of Governors
The opinions expressed in the statements are those of the individual candidates and do not necessarily reflect Computer Society positions or policies.

(18 Nominees — Vote for 6)

(Listed alphabetically)



Position statement.  The “butterfly effect” is a small, local movement – and sometimes even just one person – that can eventually grow to have a much larger, more far-reaching effect.

My passion to serve others drives my desire to join the Board of Governors, so I can strive to make a positive difference to the IEEE Computer Society. My goal is to inspire future leaders, to serve as a change agent and to provide the highest level of coaching for the next generation of technologists, while encouraging diversity and inclusion. I will persevere to promote collaborative technology research between universities, research facilities and companies to work to develop solutions to current and future technology challenges. By pioneering new initiatives, I hope to foster ideation and innovation. My goal is to simplify processes and activities to be as cost effective as possible. In the words of Margaret Mead, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” I believe the Board of Governors can do this, we can effect changes that are far reaching and together, we can connect, collaborate and build a thriving, productive and empathetic community across geos.

Biography.   Jyotika Athavale is a Senior Technical Leader and Experienced Principal Engineer at Intel Corporation. She is a recognized industry expert with in-depth technical knowledge of platform technologies and architectures for Safety Critical Systems, with a focus on radiation effects modeling for soft errors performance. Jyotika is currently focused on pathfinding research on incubation technologies and strategies for future IOT platforms. Based in Chandler, Arizona, her 24 years of industry career experience in the semiconductor and EDA industry has spanned technical leadership positions as well as people management roles.

A frequent conference speaker at international leading conferences, Jyotika actively contributes to these IEEE events via papers, invited talks and panel presentations. She also serves on the program committee of the DATE and IQPC ISO26262 for Semiconductors conferences. She has authored several IEEE publications and is actively engaged in IEEE international standards activities including the IEEE P2851 standard on safety analysis interoperability, for which she serves in the position of Secretary. She is also a member of the IEEE P2846 standard WG, the IEEE Design Automation Standards Committee and participates in SAE standards groups as well as the Partnership on AI Industry Consortium.

Jyotika is a core team member of the IEEE Computer Society Special Technical Community for Reliable, Safe, Secure and Time Deterministic Intelligent Systems and is also a member of the IEEE Computer Society Technical Committee on Dependable Computing and Fault Tolerance. She is a professional member of the Society of Women Engineers and IEEE Women in Engineering. Jyotika is an active mentor to IEEE Student Members in IEEE Region 6. She actively promotes research programs for universities in collaboration with NASA and CERN in an associate partner role for RADMEP Technologies and Supervisory board member of RADSAGA. She holds a master’s degree in electrical engineering from Iowa State University.




Position statement.  My goal is to contribute to new initiatives and strategies for the Computer Society as it moves into the future. Conferences and professional publications are undergoing significant changes as the community works to increase rapid and increasingly open information dissemination. Conferences also must work to remain relevant and to experiment with new formats. A number of conferences (eg. AI and Cybersecurity) are experiencing explosive growth and are trying new approaches to paper submissions, reviews and presentations. All of these changes provide opportunities for the Computer Society to help the technical committees create new operating procedures.

My second goal is to work on strategies to increase diversity and inclusion in the Computer Society and its activities. In the coming decades the nation’s racial and ethnic mix will look quite different than it does now. The Computer Society will need to change in order to be relevant and representative of the changing demographics. My efforts working to increase diversity and inclusion across industry, academia and professional societies will be valuable in these endeavors.


Biography.   Ms. Benzel is the Director of the Networking and Cybersecurity Division at the University of Southern California’s Information Sciences Institute. She manages all aspects of the technical research division, acts as a spokesperson in representing projects to funding agencies, and is responsible for the strategic and technical direction of the division. She has a Masters Degree in Mathematics from Boston University and an Executive MBA from UCLA. Her research interests are in the science of cyber security experimentation and next generation distributed experimentation methodologies. Ms. Benzel is a member of the NSF CISE Advisory Committee, the NSF CISE Committee of Visitors, Sandia National Labs SECURE External Advisory Board, NSF FABRIC Advisory Committee and a member of several private boards. She has testified twice before the U.S. House Committee on Science.

Ms. Benzel has long been involved in IEEE Computer Society Conferences and publications. She was the Vice Chair and Chair of the IEEE Computer Society TC on Security and Privacy from 1992 – 1995 and Treasurer from 2009 – 2012. She served on the organizing committees of the IEEE Security and Privacy (S&P) Conferences since 1988. She has been an Associate Editor-in-Chief for IEEE Security and Privacy Magazine since 2009. As a senior member of the editorial board she is responsible for curating special issues highlighting the IEEE Computer Society Conferences including the S&P Conference, the SPW Workshops and the European S&P Conference.

Ms. Benzel has received awards and recognition from DHS, USC, and the IEEE Computer Society for Outstanding Community Service and Continuing Service.

Ms. Benzel is one of the founders of the GREPSEC Workshop for women in computer security research, held in conjunction with the IEEE S&P. She has been a senior manager in both industry (VP at McAfee) and academic positions and is a champion for diversity.



Position statement.  The IEEE Computer Society is its members and the communities that it serves. The Computer Society is fulfilling a critical role for our communities by publishing our top-tier journals and magazines, and by (co-)sponsoring and (co-)organizing our top-tier conferences for academics and practitioners to meet. I want to continue to support where the Computer Society does great, and I want to help improve the organization where needed, without losing sight of our primary goal which is to serve our members and communities.

If elected, I will focus on (1) maintaining the high quality of our publications (both journals and conferences) and rethinking our publication and review models where needed in light of review ethics, carbon footprint, travel restrictions, etc.; (2) providing opportunities for students and young professionals to learn, contribute and excel; (3) supporting and recognizing the wide diversity of research disciplines that the Computer Society covers; (4) rethinking how we organize our venues and conferences to be more environmentally friendly; and (5) making sure our venues are open, inclusive and welcoming, regardless of gender, geography, affiliation, etc. so they are a “safe harbor” for everyone to participate and exchange research results and ideas.

Biography.  Lieven Eeckhout (PhD 2002) is a Full Professor at Ghent University, Belgium, where he is leading a research group of PhD and postdoctoral researchers. His research interests include computer architecture and the hardware/software interface, with a specific emphasis on performance evaluation and modeling, and dynamic processor resource management. He was elevated to IEEE Fellow in 2018, and he received the 2017 ACM SIGARCH Maurice Wilkes Award and the 2017 ACM SIGPLAN OOPSLA Most Influential Paper Award. He is the recipient of a European Research Council (ERC) Starting Grant, Advanced Grant and two Proof-of-Concept Grants.

He served and has extensive experience in two key areas of the IEEE Computer Society, including conferences and publications. He served as program chair for several conferences including ISCA 2020, HPCA 2015, CGO 2013 and ISPASS 2009; he served as general chair for ISPASS 2010; he served on the steering and organizing committee of several conferences; and served as the Chair of TCCA (2017-2018). He served as Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Micro (2015-2018), Associate Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Computer Architecture Letters and IEEE Micro, and Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Computers, IEEE Computer Architecture Letters and ACM Transactions on Architecture and Code Optimization. He has served as technical program committee member for 50+ computer architecture conferences. He is a member of the ACM SIGARCH/SIGMICRO CARES committee.




Position statement.  If I were to be elected as a member of Board of Governors, I would like to propose the following initiatives:

1) Promote diversity in Computer Society (CS)

Through my experiences as IEEE WIE Chair, and MGA MRRC Chair, I would like to promote diversity in CS, by supporting female engineers’ and other minor members’ career development. I would like to give more opportunities to build bigger network to find mentors and role models for CS members. To promote these initiatives, involving male engineers is very significant. I believe that seminars, events, forums and networking in CS events related to diversity enhancement will be of great help and increase CS membership as well.

2) Increase opportunities for members in CS to communicate/collaborate with researchers/engineers on emerging technologies (AI, Data Science and so on) especially outside the US.

I would involve more researchers/engineers (especially from industries) of technologies such as AI, Data Science and so on in CS activities to promote the technologies from inside and outside of IEEE not only in the US but also in other countries. It would be a great way to help CS members develop their skills that are highly needed in the current society.

Biography.  Takako Hashimoto (Vice President of the Chiba University of Commerce, CUC) graduated from Ochanomizu University, and received a Ph.D. in computer science from the Graduate School of Systems and Information Engineering of University of Tsukuba in 2005. Worked for 24 years at the software R&D center of Ricoh Co. Ltd., Japan. While with the Company she spearheaded the development of many software products as a technical leader. Acquired an enormous project management experience including international collaborative research handling. From April of 2009, joined as an Associate Professor of CUC. And became the Professor of CUC. In 2015, she was a visiting researcher at the University of California, Los Angeles. In 2016, a Director of Institute of Economic Research and Vice President of CUC in 2018.

Her research interests are data mining research and social media analysis, especially topic extraction from millions of tweets related to disasters such as the East Japan Great Earthquake. Conducted global researches on SDGs for achieving 100% renewable energy environment as well.

Served as Publicity Chair of ICAST 2019, a member of the Technical Committee of ICAST2019, ICSC 2016-10, and other conferences. Presented technical papers at BigComp 2019, IEEE BigData 2017/2015, and a lot more. In addition to these, gave talks at IoT Asia 2019, and different seminars, conferences and events. Currently the IEEE R10 ExCom Secretary (2019-20), the Educational Activities Board TAB representative, and Awards Board Presentations and Publicity Committee member. In the past, she was dedicated to the Membership Development Activities as IEEE MGA Membership Recruitment and Recovery Committee Chair (2017-18), IEEE Women in Engineering (WIE) Chair (2015-16), and IEEE R10 WIE Coordinator (2011-2014). And an honorary recipient of the 2019 MGA Larry K. Wilson Transnational Award, one of the most prestigious awards in IEEE MGA. Her website is




Position statement.  For more than 25 years, I have worked to improve the professional practices of computing professionals. I’ve encouraged best development practices, promoted professional qualifications, and advocated universal Internet access and digital equity (“all of the Internet, for all of the people, all of the time”). I have done this with multiple organizations including the UN, IEEE, IFIP, ICS, and UNESCO. I have supported and been actively involved in events and programs that encourage girls, minorities, native communities, and under-represented parts of the world to consider STEM as possible career moves. I’ve been involved in projects that bring technology and Internet access to people in areas that would otherwise be decades behind and would never have an opportunity to benefit from technology nor employment in technological fields. I’ve mentored and supported students and young professionals worldwide, including through my own Section’s YP activities. I plan to leverage my connections with international organizations and local societies to expand these activities to all of IEEE-CS, to advance programs across all sections and regions — especially for those in less developed or more remote areas — so that all IEEE-CS members and committees can be as active and successful as our most successful members and committees.

Biography.  Mike Hinchey was Chair of IEEE UK & Ireland Section (2018-2019) and serves as Past Chair (2020-2021). 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 serves on the IEEE Region 8 Membership Development committee, and has instigated a number of cross-section events within Regions 8 and 9. 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 Irish Software Research Centre, and Professor of Software Engineering 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 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.

Hinchey is a Chartered Engineer, Chartered Engineering Professional, Chartered Mathematician and Charted Information Technology Professional, as well as a Fellow of the IET, Engineers Australia, Engineers Ireland, British Computer Society and Irish Computer Society, of which he is current President, and Honorary Fellow of Computer Society of India. He is Editor-in-Chief of Innovations in Systems and Software Engineering: a NASA Journal and Journal of the Brazilian Computer Society.




Position statement.   The IEEE Computer Society (CS) has always been a positive force for scholarship, a community to its members and a strong contributor to the IEEE, providing funds and product innovation. It has been my professional home for many years and my honor and pleasure to serve.

The COVID-19 pandemic kept us home, prevented travel and accelerated the development and more importantly the acceptance of new means of connection and community. Much remains to be learned. Already experiments in hybrid conferences are underway, where those gather who are able attend in person and others participate virtually. Technology enables compelling, remote, and scholarly engagement. We can expect that some things will never be quite the same to the benefit our global community.

As a member of the Board of Governors, I would bring my vision, professional, leadership and marketing experiences to bear on these rapidly evolving opportunities while reinforcing the CS’s operations, its technical and professional activities and financial health. Finally, we all must seek every opportunity to create value for newer generations and foster their taking the reins of leadership in the years immediately ahead.

Biography.   Harold Javid enjoys a career at the intersection of industry and academia. After completing a PhD in EE from UIUC and pursuing and publishing industrial research, Harold worked for small companies as electronics division manager and general manager and in large companies including GE and Boeing as researcher and team manager. In 1998, after turning around a small company and then supporting its sale, he followed his heart back to his technical love—by joining Microsoft. In Microsoft Research, he was responsible for regional connections and creating focused collaborations between Microsoft Research and universities in North America, Latin America, and Australia. Today, Harold is Director, University Relations, where he brings coherency to Microsoft university engagements.

These experiences provide the backdrop for Harold’s active service to the Computer Society and the IEEE more broadly. He is an IEEE and Computer Society Life Member. He served as secretary of the IEEE CS MGA, as chair of the CS Industry Advisory Board and Research Advisory Board and as a member of the Board of Governors in 2013. He represented the CS as Division V Director on the IEEE Board of Directors. He served the IEEE in other ways as member and now Chair-Elect for the New Initiatives Committee (NIC), and as a member of the Employee Benefits and Compensation Committee (EBCC). No stranger to local activities, Harold is serving in his second year as Chair of the IEEE Seattle Section.

He brings a wealth of service experiences from the Section level to representing the Computer Society as Division V Director. Harold enjoys a unique and valuable understanding of that intersection of industry and academia that is key to Computer Society success. All these provide the knowledge and context for Harold to step in and serve the Board of Governors from day one.




Position statement.   For the IEEE Computer Society to truly represent members we need to understand the needs of our diverse membership. The CS has done a good job of providing for the technical needs of its members, but it does need a better understanding of the individual members’ needs, down to the local level. Having served in many capacities at the local geographic unit level, I will be able to bridge the gap between understanding the members’ technical needs as well as understanding their professional needs and what they want and expect the IEEE CS to provide them. One successful program that I supported in 2019 was the first CS Chapter Summit in Bologna, Italy which was attended by global Chapter leaders and highly successful.

I was a Board of Governors member when the Computer Society turned around their financial difficulties and believe it is important to invest wisely in CS conferences, publications, courses and other initiatives, including the support of online platforms for delivering these services. I will apply my experience and broad perspective from my career in academia and the public and private sectors to develop innovative solutions that add value for IEEE Computer Society members.

Biography.   John D. Johnson is seeking his second term on the Computer Society Board of Governors. John is an HKN Honor Society Member, IEEE Senior Member and Golden Core member of Computer Society. He has been an active IEEE volunteer and involved in industry for many years, communicating information security standards and best practices between professionals and with the public. John received his Ph.D. in nuclear physics from The University of Texas at Austin and began his career at Los Alamos National Laboratory. He has 25 years of experience as a cybersecurity leader in industry and consulting and was an adjunct professor teaching graduate cybersecurity courses over 16 years. John is currently Senior Manager of information security for a large manufacturing company, focused on industrial cybersecurity and risk management.

John is a frequent speaker and serves on the program boards for large cybersecurity conferences as well as non-profit and industry advisory boards. John is currently Vice Chair of both the Iowa-Illinois Section and Computer Society Chapter and is active with IEEE-USA, Sensors Council and IEEE Standards Association. He serves as the 2020 Board of Governors Audit Committee Chair. Previously, John has served in leadership roles for MGA, IEEE-USA and Standards Association.

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Position statement.  The IEEE Computer Society (CS) is the leading technical society, serving its members by providing products and services in the computer science and engineering discipline. The CS is always striving to meet the needs of computing professionals to stay technically current by providing up-to-date technical information. The Society must be strong in providing support to practitioners where they face new challenges each day.

Being a Board member for the past 3 years and currently as the Vice President, I have actively participated in the professional and educational activities. I will continue to support the following ideas that create more values for members: (1) help members stay attuned to changing technology, and develop products and services to serve their needs to keep abreast of new developments and knowledge, (2) enhance services, enlarge membership, and promote high quality publications and conferences, (3) develop relevant products, programs, and services targeted to underserved populations such as practitioners, young professionals, women, and members living in economically stressed regions.

I will enthusiastically propose new services and products, take an optimistic outlook to long-term planning. I will work diligently to provide Society products at their premier quality level and to increase our professional membership and prestige worldwide.

Biography.   Sy-Yen Kuo is the IEEE Computer Society (CS) Vice President for Professional and Educational Activities and was a member of the Board of Governors (2017-2019). He is a member of the IEEE Fellow Committee, and was the chair and is a Board of Directors member of IEEE Taipei Section. He served as a steering committee member of IEEE CS Technical Committee on Fault Tolerant Computing, a member of IEEE CS Fellow Committee and Education Awards Committee, an associate/guest editor of several IEEE journals, and a general/program chair of IEEE conferences. He is an IEEE CS member for 36 years and was awarded the Golden Core Member. He is an IEEE Fellow.

He received the Ph.D. (1987) and the Distinguished Academic Achievement Alumni Award (2019) in Computer Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He holds the Pegatron Chair Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering at National Taiwan University (NTU) and was its chairman (2001-2004). He was Dean of the College of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) at NTU (2012-2015). Under his leadership, the EECS programs at NTU have ranked in the top 20 to 40 by several world ranking organizations. He was a faculty member in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Arizona (1988-1991), and a software engineer at Fairchild Semiconductor and Silvar-Lisco in California (1982-1984).

His research interests include dependable and secure systems, and quantum computing. He has published 151 journal papers (87 are IEEE journals) and 308 conference papers, and holds 24 US patents, 23 Taiwan patents, and 10 patents in other countries. He has received the highest Distinguished Research Awards from the Ministry of Science and Technology, Taiwan, and the US National Science Foundation’s Research Initiation Award. He has received best paper awards from several top international conferences.



Position statement.  The IEEE Computer Society (CS) has always been like a family to me, ever since my very first attendance of IEEE CS sponsored event in 1993. Over the past years, CS has made a significant contribution to promoting research and education in our society. CS is now playing an increasingly important role in the development of information science and technology, through its sponsored meetings and publications world-widely. However, the imbalance between developed and developing countries needs to be rectified. There is rapid-growing need for more interactions among researchers and potential members in Asia.

If elected, I will continue promoting and enhancing interactions between IEEE CS with other societies and technical organizations around the world, particularly in Asia. I will improve the involvement of young researchers from non-English speaking countries, and increase the growth rate of new members from developing countries, to rectify the imbalance between developing and developed countries. Being the Chairman of the Supervisory Board of China Computer Federation (CCF) together with my extensive experiences in conference activities and publications, I have the ability and determination to keep stronger links between CS and CCF, bringing more CS products for 68,000 CCF members and recruiting more new members for CS.

Biography.   Xiaowei Li is a Distinguished Professor at Institute of Computing Technology (ICT), Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), China, where he received his Ph.D. in Computer Science in 1991. He is Deputy (Executive) Director and co-founder of China State Key Lab of Computer Architecture (ICT, CAS). He serves as Vice-Chair of the Academic Degree Evaluation Committee at ICT. His research interests focus on VLSI testing, fault-tolerant computing, and hardware security. He has supervised 36 Ph.D. students and has published over 390 technical papers and 4 books, holding over 76 patents and 45 software copyrights. He has received many awards, including China National Technology Innovation Award (2012) and China National Science and Technology Progress Award (2015) which is the most prestigious national recognition in China for technical contributions.

Xiaowei served as Vice-Chair of IEEE CS Test Technology Technical Council (TTTC, 2018-2019), and Vice-Chair of IEEE CS Asia and Pacific Regional TTTC (since 2004). He is Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Computer-Aided Design of Integrated Circuits and Systems, IEEE Transactions on Circuit and Systems II (Express Briefs), Journal of Electronic Testing, etc. He served as the Steering Committee Chair of Asian Test Symposium (ATS, 2011-2013) and Workshop on RTL and high-level Testing (WRTLT, 2007-2010), and General/Program Chair for ATS and WRTLT (several times). He is a senior member of IEEE (2004).

Currently, Xiaowei is the Chairman of the Supervisory Board of China Computer Federation (CCF, 2020-2024), the Chairman of Technical Committee on Integrated Circuits Testing of China Society for Measurement (2018-2021), an Associate Editor-in-Chief of Journal of Computer Science and Technology. He is co-founder of China Test Conference in 2000 and served as the Chairman of CCF Technical Committee on Fault-Tolerant Computing (2008-2016). He is a Fellow of CCF. For more information, please visit




Position statement.   The Computer Society’s purpose is to serve its members and our profession. The Board of Governors is instrumental in realizing this. This is a responsibility that I take seriously.

My long-term goal has been to make the Computer Society more responsive to members and especially those working in our conferences and publications. My initiatives enabled: (1) Technical Committee chairs to elect the TAC chair and to be represented on the T&C; (2) Technical Committees to accrue balances based on conference surpluses. Currently, I am working to increase TC chair and publication EIC visibility through their participation with the Board of Governors.

The Computer Society faces a new environment with open access publications, and hence new financial challenges. My work as Treasurer helped to substantially improve Computer Society finances, but the challenges continue. This is a long-term situation that requires continuing vigilance.

It’s been my honor to serve on the Board of Governors and I would be honored again with the chance to continue that service. I want to engage with members in helping to shape the society and our profession at a time when both are changing rapidly. I ask for your vote and your help in this endeavor.

Biography.   David Lomet founded Microsoft’s Database Research Group and managed it for 23 years. Earlier, he worked at DEC Research Cambridge, IBM Research Yorktown, and as Wang Institute professor. His PhD in computer science is from the University of Pennsylvania.

Lomet’s primary technical area is database systems. He’s one of the inventors of transactions. He has authored over 120 papers (, two SIGMOD “best papers”, and has 64 patents. In addition to research, he has helped to improve industrial database systems performance throughout his career. His recent research work on high-performance databases is incorporated into Microsoft’s SQL Server and DocumentDB (now Azure Cosmos DB). His current focus is improving cost/performance in data management systems.

David is currently on the CS Board of Governors, and has served as First Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer (3 terms). He has been ICDE Program Committee and Conference co-chairs, VLDB PC co-chair, and editor of ACM TODS and VLDB Journal. He won Computer Society Outstanding Contribution and ACM SIGMOD Contributions Awards for service as IEEE Data Engineering Bulletin Editor-In-Chief for 26 years ( He was VLDB Board member, IEEE TCDE Chair and ICDE Steering Committee member. He is a Fellow of IEEE (and Golden Core Member), ACM, and AAAS, and a member of the National Academy of Engineering.

His initiatives at the Computer Society have focused on more inclusive governance. This has included TC chairs electing the Technical Activities Committee chair and enabling the TCs to accrue a balance earned from the conferences they support. While treasurer, his efforts helped to substantially improve the CS financial situation.




Position statement.   The Computer Society’s (CS’s) lasting survival and success depends on how well it delivers relevance and value to every member in every country. Right now we have an urgent need to address key challenges, and our response must be swift in meeting or exceeding the expectations of both senior and younger members. Revitalizing the Society’s offerings and operations requires core knowledge and a firm commitment to adopting novel approaches. Drawing on my vision, experience, and competencies, I will identify and forge new opportunities, giving our Society a much-needed facelift.

I’ll advocate and help the Society launch valuable initiatives for members by thoughtfully exploiting technological advances and global trends. I’ll drive strategic measures to address declining membership, extend the Society’s global reach, bolster industry and practitioner participation, and strengthen ties with other associations. I’ll work to enhance our publications’ and digital library’s relevance and outreach, fulfilling readers’ interests and expectations. I’ll also establish measures to boost local chapters and their activities and enrich members’ engagement—particularly students and young professionals.

As a BoG Member, I’ll deliver significant and worthy contributions that benefit our Society’s members and the computing community.

Biography.  San Murugesan is the director of BRITE Professional Services, an adjunct professor at Western Sydney University, Australia (Region10), and former editor in chief for the Computer Society’s IT Professional magazine. For more than 40 years in academia and industry, he has led successful new academic programs and challenging computing projects for Indian space programs and provided leadership in curriculum design and research. He worked as a Senior Research Fellow at California’s NASA Ames Research Center and as a computer science professor at Australia’s Southern Cross University. He also worked at the Indian Space Research Organisation.

Murugesan is an IEEE-CS Golden Core member. He has been a highly active volunteer for the Computer Society and IEEE for 28 years. Currently, he is the IEEE NSW Computer Chapter’s chair and serves on the Editorial Advisory Boards of IT Professional and IEEE’s The Institute. He is the founding chair of the newly established “IT in Practice” Special Technical Community (STC) and COMPSAC IT in Practice Symposium series, and a member of the COMPSAC Standing Committee. He made significant contributions to the Society as an editor in chief, editorial board member, department editor, and committee member. He frequently served as a CS Distinguished Visitor and as general chair, program chair, and PC member for many IEEE/CS conferences. He co-edited six books, including Encyclopedia of Cloud Computing and Harnessing Green IT: Principles and Practices, guest edited 35 journals’ special issues, and authored more than 250 papers. In recognition of his “distinguished and valuable service and wide-ranging significant contributions to the Computer Society,” he was awarded the Society’s second-highest service award: the Distinguished Service Certificate.

He also is a Fellow of the Australian Computer Society and IETE. Murugesan has a PhD in computer science from the Indian Institute of Science.

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Position statement.    The Board of Governors has been and is doing a very important job in keeping the Computer Society the leading Society in Information Technology research, engineering and applications. As a member of the board I will strive to concentrate on internationality and inclusiveness of all into our activities. I have been involved with the Computer Society more than 40 years and for me it has been, by far, the most important society in the computing field. Engineers, scientists, educators, students, all find their interests represented here and in conferences, workshops and publications.

I have been contributing to many editorial boards and conferences and I am a member of TCs, CAC, TAC, and T&C always helping to produce the highest quality and best service to our community. Our membership will grow and this will happen mostly by offering more top international conferences, journals and on-line libraries. With my Industrial contacts inside the EU and Asia I will strive for increased involvement of their industry. Industrial Membership and Corporate Donors in professional organizations nowadays are important in helping finances and membership. I hope to move forward in these directions to further broaden the scientific and financial basis of the Society.

Biography.  Erich J. Neuhold has been a member of the IEEE Computer Society since 1972 and member of the Technical Committee on Data Engineering since 1975 and the Technical Committee on Digital Libraries since 1985. Over time he has held Executive Committee, Vice-Chair and Chair positions in those TCs. Since 2014 he has been a member of the IEEE-CS Conference Advisory Committee (CAC) where he became Chair in 2016. Since 2016 he is also a member of the IEEE-CS Technical and Conference Activities Board (T&C). Recently he has again become a member of the Editorial Board of IEEE-CS Computer where he is extracting from and commenting on extracts from Computer Issues published 25 and 50 years ago.

Erich J. Neuhold currently is Honorary (Adjunct) Professor for Computer Science at the University of Vienna. He is and has been scientifically involved with Databases, Web-Information Systems and questions of Semantic enrichment. He is also investigating issues of interoperability, security and privacy in the Internet environment, see also

From 1986 until April 2005 he was Full Professor of Computer Science at the University of Technology in Darmstadt and Director of the GMD/Fraunhofer Institute IPSI employing about 120 persons. He was involved in the creation of close to ten start-up companies. Earlier he has been Full Professor at the University of Stuttgart, TU Vienna, and NJIT. He graduated about 60 PhD students, many of them are in high positions in Industry, Government and Academia.

He has held research positions for IBM in Europe and the USA. He has been Director of a HP Research Lab in Palo Alto, USA. He has also consulted extensively for Industry.

He is a Fellow of IEEE and of the Gesellschaft fuer Informatik. He has published four books and about 200 papers.




Position statement.   IEEE Computer Society has a great challenge in redefining the classical “IEEE experience”, to sustain end enforce its sound and strong technical community. Members are the fundamental asset of our society that needs to evolve according the fast changing community culture. So far delivering the best technical contents is just not enough, and new attractive services stretching liaisons among members and among organizations to build the biggest cross-discipline community network, is my vision for the future.

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Biography.   Irene Pazos Viana joined IEEE and Computer Society at graduation being active volunteer for 33 years, is current Computer Chapter Chair and Uruguay Section Treasurer, and Member of MGA Joint Awards with National Societies (JANS) Committee. Founding member of Region 9 Cone Sur Council, launched Computer Society URUCON Conference in 2017 and served as Conference Chair at inaugural conference. Member of Conference Technical Program Committees: ANDESCON-2016, ARGENCON-2016, TEMSCON 2017, 2018, 2019, and Conference Treasurer for 2020 IEEE PES Transmission & Distribution Latin America (T&D LA).

Works Senior Information Technology Consultant at Bank of Republic of Uruguay. She received her Engineering Diploma from University of the Republic, an MBA from University of Saint Paul –Spain- and is an expert consulting in Information Technology. She has significant experience as Senior IT Consultant and quality appraiser in the region at Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, Ecuador, and Colombia. Has cross-field project experience, advancing from communications to software engineering and information security. With broad practice in project management, developed within global companies such as Citibank, Ford Credit and Tata Consultancy Services. Her work also includes government organizations like Mexican Secretary of Communications, and Uruguay Chamber of Senators of the Parliament among others. Outside of consulting, her experience includes the academia, as Professor in Universidad Catholic del Uruguay, and a recently launched startup entrepreneurship project.




Position statement.   Through over thirty years in systems and software integration, I have worked effectively as a leader in engineering management activities. My goal is to replicate best practices and contribute to new opportunities. During the challenging conditions of the next few years, I believe international cooperation in advancing technology, reaching consensus-based decisions, and applying ethical standards is essential.

As a member of both the IEEE-SA Standards Board and Publications Services and Products Board, I have gained a broader perspective on the financial challenges and technical opportunities facing IEEE-CS in comparison. On the SASB I led the development of revised baseline procedures to adapt to changing circumstances, and served on oversight committees for resolving troublesome issues.

As your representative on the IEEE-CS Board of Governors, I will apply my experience in volunteer governance for consensus decision-making. I am ready for our challenges: organizing to accomplish a large volume of work while attracting new and more diverse participants; discerning which approaches are professionally and technically sound and serve the interests of members and the public; balancing project goals with fiscal responsibility and feasibility; and extending the recognition and value of our IEEE standards, publications, conferences, and information resources.

Biography.   Annette Reilly, IEEE Senior Life Member and IEEE-CS Golden Core, has served on the IEEE-CS Standards Activity Board since 2010 and as the Computer Society Representative to ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC7, Systems and Software Engineering, since 2013, where she oversees joint development of over 35 active ISO/IEC/IEEE standards. She is Vice Chair of INCITS-SSE, the US Technical Advisory Group for ISO/IEC systems and software engineering standards. She was a member of the IEEE Standards Association Standards Board from 2015 to 2019 and joined the IEEE Publications Services and Products Board in 2019. She has served on the ExCom for the IEEE-CS Systems and Software Engineering Standards Committee since 2001. She is a member of the IEEE-SA Open Source committee. She is project lead, editor, or co-editor for a dozen standards, including ISO/IEC/IEEE 12207:2017 (software engineering processes), 15289 (four editions), 23026, 24765 [see], 26511, 26512, 26513, 26514, 26515, 26531, 24774, 24748-3, IEEE P7000, and IEC/IEEE 82079-1, now a horizontal European standard.

Reilly retired from a 31-year career at Lockheed Martin, where she held responsibilities for proposal and engineering management, systems engineering, and technical documentation. She developed technical and management solutions and proposals for major ITC domestic and international government customers, including program management, architecture, transition, and IT service management disciplines. She was President of the Society for Technical Communication (then a 16,000-member organization) in 1993-94 and its annual conference chair in 1997.

Dr. Reilly received a B.A., Rice University; M.A. and Ph.D. (English), Brandeis University; and MIS, The George Washington University.

Reilly has been recognized with the IEEE-CS Hans Karlsson award (2014), four IEEE-CS Outstanding Contribution awards for standards development, an INCITS Award for Exceptional International Leadership, and an ISO/IEC Excellence Award. She is an ACM Life Member, PMP, CSDP, CSEP-ACQ and INCOSE member, ASME member, and STC Fellow.




Position statement.  Computing is fundamental to emerging interdisciplinary technological ventures, from financial transactions and smartphones to climate forecasting and intelligent manufacturing. The dependence on computing systems requires ubiquitous adoption of engineering principles for reliability and safety at international level, as computers control critical infrastructure and influence our safety and well-being.

IEEE Computer Society, part of the largest engineering body internationally, is well positioned to lead and shape the future of computing through activities that (i) nurture collaboration with other IEEE societies, (ii) lead to development and adoption of new technologies, standards and best practices, and (iii) support growth of new engineers, who are increasingly challenged by demanding interdisciplinary requirements.

During my service as BoG member, I worked on strengthening IEEE CS technical leadership, especially in the areas of cyberphysical systems and IoT, with activities such as STC initiation and in publications. I also worked on CS financial sustainability; CS achieved a record-breaking surplus year in 2019 when I served as Treasurer. My re-election will enable me to continue working towards strengthening activities in areas where non-engineering bodies are taking lead, e.g. IoT, increasing activities with other IEEE societies, fostering open access, and supporting young engineers with interdisciplinary technical and career development programs.

Biography.  Dimitrios Serpanos is Professor of ECE, University of Patras and Director of the Industrial Systems Institute/ATHENA, Greece. He holds a PhD in Computer Science from Princeton University (1990) and an Engineering Diploma in Computer Engineering and Informatics, University of Patras (1985). His research focuses on embedded and industrial control systems architecture and security.

He has served as President of the University of Western Greece (2010-2013) and as Director of the Industrial Systems Institute (2008-2013). He has been Research Staff Member at IBM (T.J. Watson, 1990-1996), and faculty at the Universities of Crete (1996-2000) and Patras (2000-today). He was Principal Scientist at the Qatar Computing Research Institute (2013-2016).

He has published widely in journals and conferences and holds 2 US patents. His research has been well funded by the European Commission, the Greek Government and the private sector in Europe and the USA.

He has received several awards and honors: IEEE CS Golden Core Award (2017), the first IBM Faculty Award in Greece (2005), Certificates of Appreciation Awards from the IEEE Computer Society (1998, 2009, 2018, 2019), two IBM awards (1993) and a University Merit Prize from Princeton University (1985-1986).

He is Chair of the ARTEMIS Scientific Council.

He is Secretary of the IEEE Computer Society (2020), has served as Treasurer (2019) and is member of IEEE CS Board of Governors (2017-2020), having served on various committees (ExCom, FinCom, Constitution & Bylaws, NomCom, PlanCom and Publications Board).

He is founder of WESS/ESWEEK (2006–2015). He has served as General or TPC chair at several IEEE conferences, and TPC member at more than 100 events. He is member of the Editorial Board of IEEE Computer. He served as AE of IEEE TII (2007-2019) and ACM TECS (2003-2016).

He is IEEE Senior Member, and member of ACM, NYAS and AAAS.





Position statement.  The IEEE Computer Society is the leading professional organization in computing for both researchers and practitioners with a goal to be “universally recognized for the contributions of technical professionals in developing and applying technology to improve global conditions.” Today, nearly all jobs require computer and computational skills, so the role of the IEEE Computer Society is more important than ever before. Computer science is a fast-paced, dynamic discipline, and both academics and professionals need connections and assistance to stay on top of this ever-growing, ever-changing field. As part of the IEEE Computer Society’s Board of Governors, I plan to support both the organization and its members by reaching out to ensure that member benefits are current and serving the needs of both academics and professionals in the field. These benefits also have to speak to a younger, global group of professionals. Planned efforts include reaching out to connect with unaffiliated communities, expanding into new areas of computing, collaborating with sister societies, and emphasizing relevancy to students. Another important goal for me is increasing the inclusiveness and diversity of the IEEE Computer Society at all levels.

Biography.  Deborah Silver, a full professor in Rutgers University’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, has been part of the IEEE Visualization community since 1990. She has held many positions in the yearly visualization conference, including: papers co-chair, symposium co-chair, papers committee member, and program committee member. She is currently on the IEEE Scientific Visualization Steering Committee (2016-), the IEEE Visualization Executive Committee (2019-), and on the IEEE Computer Society Professional Education Committee (2020-). She served as IEEE’s Vice Chair of Operations for the Technical Committee on Computer Graphics (1993-2000) and as a member of the IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics editorial committee (1995-2000).

Dr. Silver obtained her B.S. in Computer Science from Columbia University and her Ph.D. in Computer Science from Princeton University. From 2008-2010, she served as Associate Dean of Continuing and Professional Education for Rutgers’ School of Engineering. She is currently (2010-) the Executive Director of the Professional Science Master’s Program at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey (Newark, New Brunswick & Camden) and as part of that program has helped spearhead the novel Master of Business & Science degree which combines various science and engineering curricula with business courses. Her main area of research is data visualization. Most recently, her research focus has also included education, computational skills and the STEM workforce. Her research efforts have been funded by the National Science Foundation, NASA, the Department of Energy, the U.S. Air Force, the U.S. Department of Education, and the U.S. Department of Labor.




Position statement.  I joined the Computer Society in 1981, the year the IBM PC was launched. The subsequent explosion in computing ushered in a golden era for the CS. At its peak, the CS made up nearly 40% of IEEE membership. Unfortunately, for over a decade now, we have steadily fallen behind the IEEE and ACM, even as computing technology remains center stage. As TTTC Chair during the last recession, I learned that rejuvenation and growth during difficult economic periods require innovative changes that boost value to membership. For this, we must leverage our unique access to outstanding technical talent. For example, we can aggressively offer interactive lectures, and longer state-of-the-art tutorials, on-line, delivered by highly sought after experts. The current Distinguished Visitors Program is greatly constrained by travel costs, and focuses on research, not the in-depth tutorials more valued by industry.

If elected, my priorities will be to: (1) significantly increase the perceived value of CS membership, including by industry; (2) aggressively promote CS membership worldwide, especially to students and young professionals; (3) promote local chapter–industry relationships globally to deliver top-notch tutorials; and (4) proactively adapt to new challenges and technological opportunities, such as on-line delivery and open access publications.

Biography.   Adit Singh is James B. Davis Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Auburn University. Earlier, he served on the faculty at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He has also held visiting professorships at the University of Tokyo, Japan, the University of Freiburg, Germany, and a Fulbright at the Polytechnic University of Catalonia, Barcelona, Spain. His research interests span all aspects of VLSI technology, particularly integrated circuit test and reliability. He has consulted and collaborated extensively with industry, including as an expert witness on several patent litigation cases.

Singh has been has been actively engaged with the IEEE Computer Society for over three decades. Since the late 1990s, he has regularly held senior positions with the CS Test Technology Technical Council (TTTC), including two elected terms as Chair during 2007-2011. At that time, TTTC sponsored over thirty annual conferences and workshops, nearly half of them held outside the US. Other major TTTC activities included a very active standards program that developed several IEEE test standards now in use by industry, and a popular education and certification program for test professionals. Unfortunately, the economic recession that coincided with his term as TTTC Chair required significant downsizing, highlighting the many challenges faced by professional societies during financial stress. Singh’s other contributions include nearly a decade on the CS Technical Activities Board; Chair/Co-Chair/Program Chair for dozens of CS conferences; and editorial assignments with IEEE Computer, and IEEE Design and Test. He has also taught more than 50 tutorials at IEEE conferences. He served on the Board of Governors of the IEEE Council on Design Automation during 2011-2015.

Singh received the B.Tech from IIT Kanpur, and Ph.D. from Virginia Tech, both in Electrical Engineering. An IEEE Fellow since 2002, his Computer Society honors include the Golden Core Award and two Meritorious Service Awards.




Position statement.   IEEE CS must play key roles in the global digitalization and smart computing movement as well as the current circumstances considering COVID-19 to develop a human-centered engineerable and sustainable well-being world. I have undertaken efforts to redefine the systems and software engineering disciplines in the era of digitalization by serving as the Chair of Professional and Educational Activities Board Engineering Discipline Committee to spearhead the Software Engineering Body of Knowledge (SWEBOK) Guide evolution and the Convener of ISO/IEC/JTC1/SC7/WG20 to standardize bodies of knowledge and certifications. I have played key roles in leading research, education, collaborations and worked to expand the membership such as IEEE Transactions Editor and Committee Member of COMPSAC and CSEE&T.

Based on these professional experiences, if elected, I will (1) continue to enhance activities that define and promote bodies of knowledge to build a solid foundation for further digitalization, software-defined and smart computing, (2) strengthen digitalization support and environment such as providing remote-conference facility supports, reducing barriers to digital library and conferences, enriching online courses and accelerating related standardization to handle the current difficult circumstances, (3) promote IEEE CS membership, especially for students and young industrial/academia professionals, and (4) expand academia-industry-government-society collaborations including other professional entities.

Biography.   Hironori Washizaki is a professor and the Associate Dean of the Research Promotion Division at Waseda University in Tokyo, and a Visiting Professor at the National Institute of Informatics. He also works in industry as Outside Directors of SYSTEM INFORMATION and eXmotion. He received his Ph.D. in information and computer science from Waseda University in 2003.

Hironori serves as Chair of the IEEE CS Professional and Educational Activities Board Engineering Discipline Committee. He is spearheading the Guide to the Software Engineering Body of Knowledge (SWEBOK) evolution. He serves as Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Emerging Topics in Computing, Steering Committee Member of the IEEE Conference on Software Engineering Education and Training, and Advisory Committee Member of the IEEE CS flagship conference COMPSAC. He is a Professional Member of IEEE-Eta Kappa Nu. He has served as the program chair of multiple IEEE conferences, including ICST, CSEE&T, and SIoT/SISA of COMPSAC. He is the program chair of ICPC Programming Education Track and SCAM Engineering Track, workshop chair and publicity chair of ASE, local chair of COMPSAC, and Chair of IEEE CS Japan Chapter.

Hironori’s research interests include systems and software engineering. He has published more than 120 research papers in refereed international journals and conferences, including IoT-J, TETC, EMSE, SCICO, ICSE and ASE. He has received various awards and honors including IWESEP Best Paper Award and IJSEKE Most Read Article. He has led many academia-industry joint research and large-funded projects in software analysis and quality assurance. Since 2017, he has been the lead on a large-scale grant at MEXT called enPiT-Pro SmartSE, which encompasses professional education in IoT, AI, software engineering and business. Since 2015, he has been the Convener of ISO/IEC/JTC1 SC7/WG20 to standardize bodies of knowledge and professional certifications. Since 2019, he has been Steering Committee Member of APSEC.