Second Vice President

Nominees for 2017 Second Vice President

Gregory Byrd

Gregory T. Byrd

Position statement.  The IEEE Computer Society (CS) is the premier organization for computing professionals, students, and researchers. We offer numerous avenues for best practices, education, and leading-edge research to be shared around the world. We are also a trusted source of information for those outside the profession, and we aim to inspire future generations of computer engineers and scientists. The CS is volunteer-driven; we thrive because of the leadership and contributions of technical committees, editorial boards, conference committees, standards committees, and local chapters. We are strengthened by our relationships with other IEEE societies and councils. CS volunteers have been leaders in exciting new IEEE initiatives: Rebooting Computing, Cybersecurity, Cloud Computing, Big Data, and Internet of Things.

My pledge is to support creative, sustainable efforts that will make the CS even more effective for all of our members and for the computing community. Together, we must continue to invent and exploit new technologies and modes for publishing, conferences, professional development, and education. We must support computing professionals at all stages of their education and careers, and recruit new generations of diverse and creative talent as members. Also, we must be good stewards of the reputation and resources of the CS, acting on behalf of our global community.

Biography. Gregory T. Byrd is a professor and associate head in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at North Carolina State University. He is a Senior Member of the IEEE Computer Society, a member of the CS Board of Governors (2015–2017), and a member-at-large of the Publications Board (2012–2016). As 2016 CS secretary, he serves on the Executive Committee and also is involved with coordination of CS participation in IEEE new initiatives. He is a member of the Computer editorial board, as an area editor (2013–present) and column editor of the Student Design Showcase column (since 2015).

Byrd’s research is primarily in the area of parallel computer architecture. He received a PhD in electrical engineering from Stanford University. Prior to joining NC State, Byrd worked at Celotek, MCNC, NC Supercomputing Center, and Digital Equipment Corp. He has been general chair and program chair of the IEEE International Conference on Computer Design, and has served on program committees of several IEEE conferences and journals. Byrd received an Outstanding Teacher Award at NC State (2012) and the IEEE CS Golden Core Award (2016).


Vladimir Getov

Vladimir Getov

Position statement. The IEEE Computer Society (CS) continues to enhance its global membership diversity while facing several important challenges that require the introduction of new initiatives and approaches.  First, because technological innovation keeps accelerating, we need to match better the unprecedented dynamics of the field by offering our members new organizational models based on modern communication platforms, such as social networking. Second, the future of our profession belongs to the younger generation of computer practitioners, and the CS must develop more technology and career development-related training programs for recent graduates. Third, both new organizational approaches and continuous career development can only be successful as part of a truly global collaboration reaching from California, Brazil, and India to Japan, China, and Europe.

Over the years, I have developed an extensive and unique track record of international achievement and recognition involving an increasing number of strong professional contacts throughout the world. I have been actively involved in the introduction of digital media content in Computer and am committed to contributing substantially to the future development and implementation of various organizational and technological innovations in our publications. I am also motivated to work further on the successful integration of our conferences and journals, as some of the current differences will disappear because of the transition to e-publications. I will be honored to represent you as the CS’s second vice president and will work with enthusiasm and dedication on addressing these important challenges.

Biography.  An active CS volunteer since the mid-1990s, Vladimir Getov has served as general and program chair of several IEEE conferences, is a member of the CS Board of Governors, and is Computer’s area editor for high-performance computing. He is also a standing committee member of COMPSAC and co-chair of the ad hoc committee “Evolution of the Publication Space.”

Getov is a professor of distributed and high-performance computing, research group leader, and postgraduate program director at the University of Westminster, London. His career spans both industrial research and academia. After completing his PhD in computer science from the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Getov was project manager of an IBM PC/XT-compatible computer before moving to England. His extensive track record of international collaboration and achievements includes founding contributions to the PARKBENCH Committee, the Java Grande Forum, and the Open Grid Forum.

Getov is recognized by his peers for his commitment to service, leadership skills, and dedication to research and related professional activities. He has received several prestigious awards, including Honorary Professor at TU-Sofia, IBM Faculty Award, Bulgarian “Pythagoras” Science Award, and Outstanding Executive Committee Contribution Award. He is a Senior Member of IEEE and ACM, a BCS Fellow, and was Governor of ICCC.  





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