Meet the Candidates for 2023 First Vice-President
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Gregory Byrd - vice president candidate


Position statement

If elected as First Vice President, I will work with the Board of Governors and staff to sustain, strengthen, and build new connections among our flagship conferences, publications, and educational products. These are the primary drivers of member engagement, and the primary attractions for non-members. I will also seek out opportunities for new forms of peer-reviewed publication, including open access for conferences, consistent ways to encourage and support reproducible research, including data and code repositories, and policies which encourage global access and participation in conferences.

The Computer Society must support computer engineers and professionals at all stages of their education and careers, and recruit new generations of diverse and creative talent as members. Another priority is to promote leadership opportunities, and to reflect the diversity of our global membership in our activities, policies, and leadership. I will encourage investment in new ideas, within our financial constraints and consistent with our mission. We must be good stewards of the reputation and resources of the Society, acting on behalf of the global community that we represent.




Gregory T. Byrd is Professor and Associate Head in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, NC. His research is in the areas of parallel computer architecture and quantum computing. He teaches undergraduate and graduate classes in introductory programming, data structures, parallel architecture, and quantum computing. He received Outstanding Teaching Awards from both the ECE Department and the College of Engineering. He is a co-author of a graduate-level textbook, Principles of Superconducting Quantum Computers (2022). He received MS and PhD degrees in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University, and a BS in Computer Engineering from Clemson University.

Dr. Byrd is a Senior Member of the IEEE and the Computer Society. He served on the IEEE Computer Society Board of Governors from 2015 to 2019, including terms as Secretary (2016), 2nd Vice President (2017), and 1st Vice President (2018). He was VP for Publications in 2017-18, and he has served in various roles on the Publications Board (2012-16, 2022). As VP, he represented the Computer Society on the IEEE TAB Periodicals Committee and the IEEE Publications Services and Products Board (PSPB). In 2015-16, he edited the Student Design Showcase column in IEEE Computer.

He currently serves as a CS representative to the IEEE Quantum Initiative and the Council on Superconductivity. He is the general chair of the 2022 IEEE Intl. Conf. on Quantum Computing and Engineering (QCE) and was the program chair in 2020-21. He has also been the general chair, program chair, and track chair for the IEEE Intl. Conf. on Computer Design (ICCD).

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Hironori Washizaki - first vice president candidate


Position statement

IEEE CS must play critical roles in the global digitalization and smart computing movement in normal times and the current circumstances considering COVID-19 to develop a human-centered, engineerable, sustainable well-being world. Towards this direction, I have undertaken efforts to redefine the systems and software engineering disciplines and expand professional and educational activities, including education courses and certifications, by serving as the CS Vice President for Professional and Educational Activities Board, Chair of IPSJ-SIGSE, and Convener of ISO/IEC/JTC1/SC7/WG20. Moreover, I have played key roles in leading research, education, and collaborations involving new technical areas and interdisciplinary ones such as Machine Learning Software Engineering.

Based on these experiences, (1) I will enhance activities that define and promote bodies of knowledge and related professional activities to build a solid foundation for further digitalization, software-defined, and smart computing involving new technical areas to develop a human-centered engineerable and sustainable well-being world. This contributes to the society’s Goal 3: Lead the way in new technical areas.

(2) I will strengthen digitalization support and environments such as providing remote-conference and community building supports, reducing barriers to digital libraries and conferences, enriching online courses and accelerating related standardization to handle the current difficult circumstances with much more geographic, gender, generation diversity and inclusion. This contributes to the society’s strategic themes.

(3) I will promote CS membership, especially for students and early-career professionals by providing refined certification programs, education courses, and job-matching opportunities. This contributes to the society’s Goal 1: Engage more students and early career professionals.

And (4) I will expand academia-industry-government-society collaborations across other IEEE societies and external entities by expanding opportunities for exploring gland challenges and promoting research outcomes. This contributes to the society’s Goal 3 and Goal 2: Engage more industry individuals and organizations.

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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.

Hironori currently serves as Vice President for Professional and Educational Activities Board (PEAB) of the IEEE CS (2 years). He has been on CS Board of Governors since 2021. He was awarded Golden Core Member and Distinguished Contributor from IEEE CS. He is leading professional and educational activities, including development of the Guide to the Software Engineering Body of Knowledge (SWEBOK), educational courses, and certification programs. He serves as Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Emerging Topics in Computing (TETC), Steering Committee Member of the IEEE CSEE&T, and Advisory Committee Member of the IEEE CS 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 had been the Chair of IEEE CS Japan Chapter.

Hironori’s research interests include systems and software engineering. He received his Ph.D. in information and computer science from Waseda University in 2003. He has published more than 200 research papers in refereed international journals and conferences, including IEEE Computer, IEEE IoT-J, TETC, EMSE, SCICO, ICSE, and ASE. He has led many academia-industry joint research and large-funded projects in software design, reuse, traceability, and quality assurance. Recent achievements include IoT design patterns published in IoT-J 2021 and Machine Learning Design Patterns in Computer 2022. He is leading a professional IoT/AI education project called SmartSE. Since 2015, he has been the Convenor of ISO/IEC/JTC1/SC7/WG20 to standardize bodies of knowledge and certifications, and leading adoptions of CS products SWEBOK and Software Engineering Competency Model (SWECOM) into standards.