LEILA DE FLORIANI
Position statement. The IEEE Computer Society (CS) is the leading professional organization in computing with a mission to serve both researchers and practitioners. Its goals are to enable members to be at the cutting-edge of technical knowledge.
As the editor-in-chief of an IEEE Transactions, I have been at the forefront of implementing and successfully experimenting with highly innovative publication models based on strong interactions among CS activities. The adoption of synergistic modalities between conferences and journals is a compelling mandate that the CS must meet to enhance services and offerings, including introducing novel communication media for improved dissemination, such as author-produced short video summaries for journal issues and conference presentations. I will encourage and support publications and technical committees to work efficiently in this direction.
I have held positions in academic and research institu- tions in the US and Europe, and appreciate the different educational emphases on a worldwide basis, including Asia. This exposure has provided me with an understanding of the challenges and needs that different professional communities encounter for professional growth. I believe that I am in an excellent position to positively address these issues for all our members. Hence, one of my goals is to enhance our outreach to members in all regions through a multi-pronged initiative by which membership-based programs (such as student/professional chapters) will thrive, by sustaining focused initiatives (such as improving com- munication services for non-English speaking members) as well as global technical events, through, for example, the Distinguished Visitor program.
Another goal of my presidency is to enhance inclusiveness by increasing the diversity of our membership through outreach activities and the involvement of women and under- represented groups, both as volunteers and in leadership positions in publications, conferences, and CS governance. I will also promote the enhancement of service recognition to our members as a further appreciative step for involvement in CS activities. In this respect, I am also very committed to the growth of students and young professionals. Activities and resources in support of new generations of scientists and engineers will be a priority in the operation of the CS.
In conclusion, if elected, I am committed to develop- ing, enhancing, and promoting activities that support our members in their professional growth and foster inclusive- ness and participation in the Society, while also addressing financial sustainability and providing value in terms of high-quality services, visibility, and research, all of which I pledge to uphold while serving as President.
Biography. Leila De Floriani is a professor at the University of Maryland, College Park. She has been a professor at the Uni- versity of Genova (Italy) since 1990, where she developed the first undergraduate and graduate curricula in computer graph- ics in Italy, and served as director of the PhD program in computer science for eight years. During her career, she has also held positions at the University of Nebraska, Rensselaer Poly- technic Institute, and the Italian National Research Council.
De Floriani is a Fellow of IEEE and of the International Association for Pattern Recognition (IAPR), as well as a Pioneer of the Solid Modeling Association. She has been a member of the Board of Governors of the IEEE Computer Society since 2017. She is the chair of the 2018 Audit Committee and has served as a vice-chair of the Fellow Nomination Committee in 2017 and 2018. De Floriani is also an IEEE Computer Society Golden Core Member.
She is the editor-in-chief of the IEEE Transactions on Visu- alization and Computer Graphics (TVCG) and served as an associate editor for IEEE TVCG from 2004-2008. De Floriani is currently an associate editor of ACM Transactions on Spatial Algorithms and Systems, GeoInformatica, and Graphical Models. She has served on the program committees of over 150 leading international conferences, including several IEEE conferences, and has contributed to many conferences in a leadership capacity.
De Floriani has authored over 300 peer-reviewed scientific publications in data visualization, geospatial data representation and processing, computer graphics, geometric modeling, shape analysis and understanding, garnering several best paper awards and invitations as a keynote speaker. Her research has been funded by numerous national and international agencies, including the European Commission and the National Science Foundation.