|Focus||Computer and information processing science and technology|
|Headquarters||Washington, DC, United States|
|Origins||Formation of the American Institute of Electrical Engineers (AIEE) Subcommittee on Large-Scale Computing|
|Method||Publications, conferences, technical councils, industry standards, certification, and training|
|Forrest J. Shull (2021 President). Melissa Russell (Executive Director).|
IEEE Computer Society (sometimes abbreviated the Computer Society or CS) is a professional society of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). Its purpose and scope is "to advance the theory, practice, and application of computer and information processing science and technology" and the "professional standing of its members." The CS is the largest of 39 technical societies organized under the IEEE Technical Activities Board.
The IEEE Computer Society sponsors workshops and conferences, publishes a variety of peer-reviewed literature, operates technical committees, and develops IEEE computing standards. It supports more than 200 chapters worldwide and participates in educational activities at all levels of the profession, including distance learning, accreditation of higher education programs in computer science, and professional certification in software engineering.
The IEEE Computer Society traces its origins to the Subcommittee on Large-Scale Computing, established in 1946 by the American Institute of Electrical Engineers (AIEE), and to the Professional Group on Electronic Computers (PGEC), established in 1951 by the Institute of Radio Engineers (IRE). When the AIEE merged with the IRE in 1963 to form the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), these two committees became the IEEE Computer Group. The group established its own constitution and bylaws in 1971 to become the IEEE Computer Society.
The CS maintains its headquarters in Washington, D.C. and additional offices in California, China, and Japan.
The IEEE Computer Society maintains volunteer boards in six program areas: education, membership, professional activities, publications, standards, and technical and conference activities. In addition, 12 standing boards and committees administer activities such as the CS elections and its awards programs to recognize professional excellence.
The IEEE Computer Society participates in ongoing development of college computing curricula, jointly with the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM). Other educational activities include software development certification programs and online access to e-learning courseware and books.
The IEEE Computer Society is a leading publisher of technical material in computing. Its publications include 12 peer-reviewed technical magazines and 25 scholarly journals called Transactions, as well as conference proceedings, books, and a variety of digital products.
The Computer Society Digital Library (CSDL) is the primary repository of the Computer Society's digital assets and provides subscriber access to all CS publications, as well as conference proceedings and other papers, amounting to more than 810,000 pieces of content.
The IEEE Computer Society also maintains 12 standards committees to develop IEEE standards in various areas of computer and software engineering (e.g., the Design Automation Standards Committee and the IEEE 802 LAN/MAN Standards Committee).
In 2010, the IEEE Computer Society introduced Special Technical Communities (STCs) as a new way for members to develop communities focusing on selected technical areas. Current topics include broadening participation, cloud computing, education, eGov, haptics, multicore, operating systems, smart grids, social networking, sustainable computing, systems engineering, and wearable and ubiquitous technologies.
The IEEE Computer Society currently has 31 technical committees and two technical councils. A technical committee (TC) is an international network of professionals with common interests in computer hardware, software, its applications, and interdisciplinary fields within the umbrella of the IEEE Computer Society. A technical council is essentially a very large technical committee, and a task force is an emerging technology committee. A TC serves as the focal point of the various technical activities within a technical discipline which influences the standards development, conferences, publications, and educational activities of the IEEE Computer Society. Following are the current technical committees and councils:
Technical Committee on VLSI (TCVLSI) is a constituency of IEEE Computer Society (IEEE-CS) that oversees various technical activities related to computer hardware, integrated circuit design, and software for computer hardware design. TCVLSI is one of the 26 technical committees/councils of IEEE-CS that covers various specializations of computer science and computer engineering discipline. IEEE-CS is the largest of the 39 societies of Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). The technical scope of TCVLSI covers the computer-aided design (CAD) or electronic design automation (EDA) techniques to facilitate the very-large-scale integration (VLSI) design process. The VLSI may include various types of circuits and systems, such as digital circuits and systems, analog circuits, as well as mixed-signal circuits and systems. The emphasis of TCVLSI widely covers the integrating the design, CAD, fabrication, application, and business aspects of VLSI, encompassing both hardware and software.
Membership in TCVLSI is open and free of charge to researchers, practitioners and students, and general prospective members are not required to be members of IEEE or IEEE Computer Society. However, to serve on the executive committee, a member needs to belong to the IEEE Computer Society. The Chair of the TCVLSI is elected by the voting members of TCVLSI. Other executive members of TCVLSI are appointed by the Chair.
The TCVLSI sponsors conferences, special sessions, and workshops for the IEEE-CS. TCVLSI also runs VLSI Circuits and Systems Letter, three times a year, which has many components including a very selective dissemination of quick papers, TCVLSI member news, upcoming conferences, workshops, call for papers, and funding opportunities of interest to members of TCVLSI. TCVLSI provides several student travel grants for the TCVLSI sponsored conferences. TCVLSI also sponsors best paper awards for the sponsored conferences.
The VLSI Circuits and Systems Letter (VCAL) is published four times a year, and provides timely updates on science, engineering, and technologies as well as educations and opportunities related to VLSI circuits and systems.
The current Chair is Anirban Sengupta, Indian Institute of Technology Indore, India.
TCVLSI, IEEE-CS introduced the following awards from 2018.
The Technical Committee on Visualization and Graphics (VGTC) is a constituency of IEEE Computer Society (IEEE-CS) that oversees various technical activities related to visualization, computer graphics, virtual and augmented reality, and interaction. VGTC is one of the 26 technical committees/councils of IEEE-CS that covers various specializations of computer science and computer engineering.
The VGTC has two flagship annual conferences. The annual executive committee meeting is held during the same week as IEEE Visualization.
IEEE Visualization Academy: The IEEE Visualization Academy (or in short Vis Academy) was established in 2018 by the IEEE VGTC Executive Committee, with the inaugural "class" of inductees to include all the Visualization Career Awardees and all the Visualization Technical Achievement Awardees, from 2004 to 2019, for a total of 30 unique inductees. Induction into the Vis Academy is the highest and most prestigious honor in the field of visualization.
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The IEEE Computer Society recognizes outstanding work by computer professionals who advance the field in three areas of achievement: Technical Awards (e.g., the IEEE Women of the ENIAC Computer Pioneer Award or the W. Wallace McDowell Award), Education Awards (e.g., Taylor L. Booth Education Award), and Service Awards (e.g., Richard E. Merwin Distinguished Service Award).
In 2018, the organization won First Place in the Los Angeles Press Club’s annual Southern California Journalism Awards for "Untold Stories: Setting the Record Straight on Tech's Racial History," in the minority/immigration reporting online category. The awards saw record entries from around the world in 2018 from the biggest publishing, broadcasting, online, and media outlets.