Meet the Candidates for 2021 First Vice-President
The opinions expressed in the statements are those of the individual candidates and do not necessarily reflect Computer Society positions or policies.


Position statement. Now, more than ever, the Computer Society must be a leader connecting and providing opportunities 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 world-class 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 be market leaders in delivery of our products and services to our membership worldwide. While I have been 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 have become fiscally sound and need to now target strategic growth to continue leadership, innovation, and member service. After the challenges we have all faced this Spring, we need to evaluate the value we can bring to our membership and innovate based on our recent experiences in new models for publication, conferences, communication, and community building. 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. Our goal must be to provide innovation, service, and value to our membership throughout their careers. Further information is available at



Biography.  David Ebert is an Associate Vice President for Research and Partnerships, the Gallogly 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 (VACCINE), the Visualization Science team of the Department of Homeland Security’s Visual Analytics and Data Analytics 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). Dr. Ebert 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.

Ebert has been very active in the visualization, visual analytics, and computer science communities, through teaching courses, co-chairing conference program committees, and successfully managing a large program of external funding to develop more effective methods for creating efficient visual decision-making and information communication environments. He has held leadership positions within the IEEE Computer Society, including Vice President and Treasurer, served on IEEE, ACM, and CRA boards, and engaged in initiatives to modernize professional activities by combining conference and journal publications, exploring the impact of data science on computer science, and integrating research, education, and engagement to create deployed solutions with real-world impact.


Position statement. The Computer Society history is intertwined with the history of computing. Our Society has accomplished its role of dissemination and nurture of ideas that have been the basis of computer technology. Nowadays, AI and system autonomy are at the center of a new industry revolution, from edge to cloud. The recent pandemic events have further highlighted the importance of technology in future protection and management of human health.

In that context, it is imperative for Computer Society to regain its leadership role in emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence, autonomous things such as robots or cars, vast scale distributed and coordinated computing, quantum computing. To be recognized as industry leader, Computer Society needs to establish a well thought combination of vision, strategy, execution and testing of its action with respect to industry impact and member satisfaction.

The Computer Society has all the necessary ingredients to achieve that goal and support the industry transformation: it has a very dedicated and professional staff, a dynamic and energetic worldwide membership, a set of invaluable assets such as technical societies, publications, conferences, training programs, standards.

What we need to do is to use these ingredients more incisively by: launching new initiatives (such as standardization projects, special technical communities) in the fields of AI, robotics, edge to cloud intelligent computing systems and new frontiers such as “Anything as a Service” (XaaS); creating new products (such as training and certification programs) that could attract companies; promoting gender, geo and age diversity, to attract the new population of scientists and professionals; energizing conferences by introducing new models of participation, as happened during pandemic; increasing presence in press and social media; cooperating with other consortiums, agencies.

My mission is to get Computer Society recognized as “the” platform to support the growth of emerging computing technologies.



Biography. Riccardo Mariani is IEEE Senior Member, awarded the Computer Society Golden Core Member in 2020. He served as 2019 VP for Standardization and 2020 First VP, chairing the Computer Society Standards Activities Board. In that role, he promoted several new standardization projects such as P2851 (that he is also chairing) and P2846. He is co-chairing the IEEE-CS STC on “Reliable, Safe, Secure and Time Deterministic Intelligent Systems”. He is active in IEEE Standards Association: member of SASB (NesCom and ICCom) and Corporate Advisory Group. He chairs an Industry Connection activity on the Assessment of standardization gaps for safe automated driving.

He works at NVIDIA as VP of Industry Safety, responsible for developing safety strategies and cross-segment safety processes, architecture, and products that can leveraged across NVIDIA’s AI-based hardware and software platforms. Prior to NVIDIA, he was Fellow and chief functional safety technologist at Intel Corporation, where he oversaw strategies and technologies for IoT applications that require functional safety.

Previously to Intel, he was co-founder and CTO of Yogitech, “the one stop shop for functional safety”, acquired by Intel in 2016. In that role, Mariani led Yogitech to pioneer the certification of semiconductor IP for highest safety integrity levels, and to introduce electronic design automation tools specific to functional safety (“Design-for-Safety” paradigm).

He is a known leader in international standards as ISO 26262, IEC 61508, ISO 21448. It is involved in several standardization initiatives on safety for AI.

He received his PhD in 1996 from Pisa University, Italy. Author of 100+ papers in conferences and journals. Co-author of the “Fault Injection Techniques and Tools for VLSI Reliability Evaluation” book. He is author of more than 50 patents related to functional safety methodologies, technologies, architectures and tools. He received the SGS-Thomson Award and the Enrico Denoth Best Engineering Award.