LEILA DE FLORIANI
IEEE is a global leader in science, engineering, and technology with a mission to serve both researchers and practitioners. In the post-Covid era, I believe that we need to respond to new challenges, by making them opportunities for growth:
- Enhance inclusiveness by promoting membership diversity through outreach activities and involvement of underrepresented groups as volunteers in publications, conferences, and governance.
- Define new strategies for engaging the IEEE community, through personalized benefits, specifically focusing on younger generations.
- Lead in open science and open access, changing the business model for journal and conference publications and expanding services offered.
- Develop sustainable financial models for hybrid conferences to provide unprecedented opportunities for geographic expansion in attendance and increasing gender diversity.
- Engage on a worldwide basis researchers and practitioners in emerging areas of science, engineering and technology.
I believe I am uniquely positioned to contribute effectively to the continued growth of the IEEE. If elected, I will draw on my professional background and experience as 2020 Computer Society President to address these challenges. For additional information, please visit: https://defloriani-2022-ieee-division-viii-director-elect-candidate.umiacs.io/.
Leila De Floriani is a full professor at the University of Maryland at College Park. Previously she was a full professor at the University of Genova, Italy, since 1991, and held positions at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, University of Nebraska, and the Italian National Research Council. She has authored over 300 peer-reviewed publications in data visualization, spatial data modeling and analysis, and computer graphics. She was the 2020 IEEE Computer Society President, and the Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics. She is an editor of several top journals in her field, and served on the committees of over 150 international conferences, contributing to several of them in a leadership capacity. She is a Fellow of IEEE, Eurographics, the International Association for Pattern Recognition, an inducted member of the IEEE Visualization Academy, an IEEE Computer Society Golden Core member, an IEEE-HKN member, and a Solid Modeling Association Pioneer.
The CS and IEEE have been essential to the development of my professional career. I cherish my membership in the Institute and the friends my family and I have made through my decades-long volunteer activities. We are saddened by the pandemic’s effect on our personal relationships and on the kinds of actions that’ve been necessary to move through this challenging period. Post-Zoom, we look forward to when we can meet directly, face-to-face, to address institutional challenges that existed before the pandemic and the new ones that have arisen because of it.
I have served on many committees concerned with, for example, the effects of open access on our publications; challenges regarding intellectual property and plagiarism; the future of real, virtual, and hybrid conferences; and membership diversity. I have extensive, hands-on experience on issues that will affect, in the years to come, all our colleagues – both members and non-members. I urge you to vote for me so that I can apply my expertise and experience to develop policies, practices, products, and services to address our post-pandemic lives.
Sorel Reisman is Professor Emeritus of Information Systems at California State Fullerton, a Senior IEEE member, Computer Society (CS) President Emeritus, was the VP of the CS Publications Board, VP of the CS Electronic Products and Services Board, recipient of the CS Richard E. Merwin Award for Distinguished Service, is Chair of the Standing Committee of the signature CS COMPSAC conference, and a Fulbright Scholar. Sorel is a decades-long Computer Society and IEEE member and volunteer who has led and served on three of the six major IEEE boards, and dozens of CS and Institute committees. Through his volunteer activities and as past Managing Director of MERLOT (www.merlot.org), he has acquired the experience essential to understand issues and provide solutions for the IEEE and Computer Society’s long-term viability.