POSITION STATEMENT. As the world comes to grips with the impact of COVID-19, and for Region 10 adverse weather events including cyclone and bushfires it would be easy to question the relevance of professional organizations. It has become clear that professional associations are being disrupted; the “open” community challenges the way we present and consume information. Approaches IEEE once used to raise revenue are being replaced with new cheaper, more agile players and a host of low-quality competitors.
Yet, and perhaps because of the crises we faced in 2020, I see a strong future for professional societies. Now, more clearly that ever, we value community and technological innovation. Our scientific international and inter-disciplinary communities will help us navigate these most difficult times. The IEEE and especially the Computer Society has the power to make a difference.
If elected, I will help the IEEE transition to new modes of working, to better recognize the achievements of all members and to facilitate new networking opportunities to support multi-disciplinary and international engagement for local and global community building.
BIOGRAPHY. Liz is Professor and Pro Vice-Chancellor at the University of Newcastle, Australia, and previously Professor of IT and Dean at the University of Durham, UK. From 2005-2011, Liz was the Director of the UK’s Centre for Excellence in Computing.
Liz is globally recognized having received 5 University awards for enhancing computing education. She has held research collaborations with IBM, Microsoft, BT, BAE and Logica and received $12m in funding. Liz has produced over 80 articles and 40 keynotes.
She has represented the Computer Society BoG for 8 years including taking roles of VP for EAB and MGA, and from 2014-2015 as the Society’s 1st VP.
Liz is currently an IEEE Director and chairs the IEEE Audit Committee and is also a member of the TAB Management Committee. For additional details please visit www.LizBurd.com.
POSITION STATEMENT. Today more than ever the IEEE should gather all members together in an inclusive embrace and make their voices heard at the utmost scientific, technological and social levels in support of the health, economic and social challenges that humanity is facing, due to the pandemic emergency and its aftermaths. The IEEE includes among its members: luminaries (from academia and industry) in diverse technical fields, whose collaboration and coordination could be of an unprecedented value to the current fight against epidemics and related consequences; young students and professionals, who should be mentored for their educational and professional growth; brilliant innovators, who could conceive new ideas if properly financially supported; women and underrepresented minorities, who should be helped in the struggle for equal opportunities. If elected, I will devote all my enthusiasm, energy and strength for the IEEE to hear the voice of all its members, and promote their inclusive collaboration and valorization for the benefit of humanity, now more than ever. As proven during my IEEE Computer Society presidency, together, changes are possible! For additional information, please visit https://events.unibo.it/cecilia-metra-2021-ieee-division-v-delegate-elect-director-elect-candidate/
BIOGRAPHY. Cecilia Metra was the IEEE Computer Society President 2019, Vice-President for Member and Geographic Activities, Vice-President for Technical & Conference Activities, Editor-in-Chief, and General/Program Chair at numerous international conferences/symposia/workshops.
She is the IEEE Computer Society Past-President, a member of the IEEE TAB/PSPB Products and Services Committee, the IEEE European Public Policy Committee, and the IEEE Smart Village Governing Board.
She is full professor at the University of Bologna, Italy, where she has worked since 1991, and from which she received a PhD in electronic engineering and computer science. In 2002, she was visiting faculty consultant for Intel Corporation.
She published 190+ papers in the areas of design for test and reliability of integrated circuits/systems. Her research received public and private funding at national and international levels (e.g., from the EU, the Italian MISE and MIUR Ministries, Intel Corporation, STMicroelectronics, Alstom Transport, etc.).
She is an IEEE Fellow, IEEE Computer Society Golden Core Member, IEEE-HKN member.