Meet the Candidates for 2022 Second Vice-President
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David Ebert - Second Vice President Candidate


Position statement

Now, more than ever, the Computer Society must be a leader connecting and providing opportunities and continuing education and valuable resources to our members, and providing innovative technology solutions to global challenges. We need to harness our membership’s world-class expertise and innovation to provide international IT leadership, guidance, and direction. We need to harness this expertise to help deploy and deliver new technology driven solutions to these challenges by partnering with other professional societies, companies, and government agencies across the globe. Through these partnerships and coalitions, we can drive innovation, deliver impact, and help solve international problems and mitigate crises.

We must maintain our core values and highest quality of our products and services, while innovating to provide leading education, products, services, and opportunities to our worldwide membership from students, to working professionals, to researchers and educators. While on the Board of Governors, we started this process by introducing new products, improving member engagement, and strategically focusing our products and services, while streamlining our operations. We need to now target strategic growth to continue innovation and member service based on our recent experiences in new models for publication, conferences, communication, and community building. New hybrid conference models have increased the diversity, inclusivity, and participation in our conferences and we have to harness this experience in revising our services to continue increasing inclusiveness. If elected, I will champion the development of innovation and new models for hybrid conferences, publications, and on-line communities, while continuing to actively engage young professionals world-wide as active Society volunteers to provide creative and responsive ideas, products, and services for our membership. These innovative models also enable us to be more inclusive and foster diversity. We must be to provide innovation, service, and value to our membership throughout their careers.

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David Ebert is an Associate Vice President for Research and Partnerships, the Gallogly Chair Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Director of the Data Institute for Societal Challenges at the University of Oklahoma. He is an IEEE Fellow, an adjunct Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Purdue University and Director of the Visual Analytics for Command Control and Interoperability Center, a U.S. DHS Emeritus Center of Excellence. Previously, he was the Silicon Valley Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Purdue University, Director of the Purdue Integrated Data Science Initiative, and Director of the Center for Education and Research in Information Assurance and Security (CERIAS). He received his Ph.D. in Computer and Information Science from The Ohio State University and performs research in visual analytics, novel visualization techniques, interactive machine learning and explainable AI, human-computer teaming, advanced predictive analytics, and procedural abstraction of complex, massive data. He is the recipient of the 2017 IEEE Computer Society vgTC Technical Achievement Award for seminal contributions in and helping define the field of visual analytics, and was elected to the IEEE vgTC Visualization Academy in 2019. He is currently a member of the IEEE Ethics and Membership Conduct Committee and the IEEE-USA Research and Development Policy Committee.

Ebert has been a very active volunteer and leader in the computer science field. He has held leadership positions within the IEEE Computer Society, including Vice President and Treasurer, served on IEEE, ACM, and CRA boards, chaired conferences and program committees, led international initiatives, and engaged in initiatives to modernize professional activities by combining conference and journal publications, exploring the impact and intersection of data science, ML/AI on computer science education and architecture, and integrating research, education, and engagement to create deployed solutions with real-world impact.

Ramalatha Marimuthu - second vice president


Position statement

IEEE Computer Society has been a great place for my growth and my objective is to see the sustainable development of membership, activities and technology through diversity and inclusion. I will continue to commit myself to support the Diversity and Inclusion efforts of the Society through increased member communication and engagement, especially for the underrepresented and underprivileged groups. I organise activities which help individuals from less advanced economies gain technical skills for their professional growth. More importantly I will continue my efforts in making Computer Society lead international collaboration in the areas of training and up skilling to encourage the interdisciplinary research through integrated chapter activities. Please visit

I am a result-oriented person and I have long experience in heading geographic units in section, region and board level and initiating and formulating the strategic plans of each and ensuring the success of each one. In addition to founding, and establishing IEEE geographic units in all levels, I have been part of International Committees like Discover-e and Grace Hopper Celebration for Women in Computing. Please see

I commit to improve the diversity and inclusion efforts by strategizing the activities to address issues concerning age, culture, special needs and geography. Identifying the value additions based on the diverse requirements, promote member communication and member collaboration to encourage the next generation of engineers and technologists and expanding the current circle of users for our technical knowledge base by encouraging people in industry to contribute to it are my commitments.

I am proud to be a Computer Society member since I have always been encouraged to test new ideas in IEEE and Computer Society. I would like to pass this on to the future engineers and technical experts so join me in those activities. Together, I believe we can make a difference.





Biography.  Ramalatha Marimuthu, PhD in Electrical Engineering, retired after 34 years in teaching, specializes in Assistive Technology focusing on finding solutions for societal issues and has delivered invited talks in various universities in Japan, Vietnam, USA, Spain, Australia, New Zealand and research organizations all over the world such as Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland and Google, Mountainview. She has served in many leadership roles in her job as well as in IEEE.

She serves on Board of Studies of universities and has introduced novelties in the curriculum and teaching like introducing animation and gaming, industry electives and project based service learning. She introduced International Relations and collaborative education in her university through MoU with US universities paving the way for technology, faculty and student exchange. She introduced assistive technology and social outreach as part of education. In partnership with IEEE Computer Society she runs the International Maker Fair every year connecting more than fifteen countries to encourage students and Young Professionals to create solutions for the issues under the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

She chaired the IEEE Women in Engineering Committee in 2011 and 2012. Currently she serves as the Secretary of IEEE Computer Society and is on the Board of Governors. For her efforts to spread technology to underserved communities like rural mass, women and people with special needs, she has received many awards from IEEE (2008 IEEE MGA Achievement Award and the 2012 IEEE MGA Leadership Award), IEEE Women in Engineering (2016 Inspiring Member of the Year Award), Government of Tamil nadu (the 2009 Mentor Award by the Secretariate for the Disabled), Lions Club International (2009 Life Time Achiever Award), and Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology (2012 Change Agent Award and 2014 ABI Systers Pass it on Award) and 2020 IEEE Computer Society Golden Core Member.