As President-elect I would bring my experience of international leadership and global connections to help CS sustain and expand its presence and visibility on the global stage, while using my existing connections with global bodies (United Nations, UNESCO, IFIP), standards bodies (ITU, IEC and ISO) and various computer societies around the world to improve the professional practices of computing professionals and bring new members to the society.
I have previously been director of an international software engineering research center recognized as one of the best and most prominent in the world (Lero; www.lero.ie); in my recently-completed role as President of the International Federation for Information Processing (IFIP; www.ifip.org) for two terms (6 years), I have worked with global bodies and governments to support the advancement of research, education, and engineering practice, particularly in developing countries.
I have spent roughly half of my career in academia with permanent academic positions in Ireland, Sweden, and USA and visiting positions in Japan, Brazil, Germany, Sweden, and UK.
I also led the NASA Software Engineering Laboratory for 15 years, contributing technically to many of NASA’s most successful missions (James Webb Space Telescope, Artemis, Hubble Space Telescope, Mars Rovers, etc.) and contributing research that is continuing to be used in current and forthcoming NASA missions. In that role, I managed a number of projects that engaged with industry, and led the White House’s initiative to develop the first 4-year engineering degree at a Tribal College, with several of the graduates advancing to further studies at top universities.
As in all my roles, I would actively support and contribute to programs that encourage girls, minorities, native communities, and under-represented parts of the world to consider, and pursue, STEM careers.
I’ve worked with government ministers and officials, and international organizations, and participated in projects that bring education and technology to under-served regions and help bring technological employment to those areas. I would continue that work as President-elect to ensure that the Computer Society is fully globally connected, that our vast body of publications, educational materials, and standards – all of which are seen as the gold standard in both education and industry – are fully exploited, supported, advanced, and recognized, and that IEEE Computer Society expands membership to embrace a new generation of computer scientists and engineers, supporting the work, education, and aspirations of its members no matter where in the world they work and live.
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Mike Hinchey has served on IEEE Computer Society Board of Governors since 2022. He is the IEEE Region 8 Director-Elect and has been Chair of the IEEE UK & Ireland Section and President of the Irish Computer Society.
He has been Vice Chair of IEEE-CS TAB and co-founder and Chair of two TCs, with roles in dozens of IEEE-CS conferences over more than 30 years.
He served 6 years as President of the International Federation for Information Processing (IFIP), and is Emeritus Director of Lero—the Science Foundation Ireland Research Centre for Software, and Professor of Software Engineering at University of Limerick, Ireland. He has been Visiting Professor in Japan (Hiroshima), Germany (Potsdam), Brazil (PUC-Rio), Sweden (Skövde) and UK (QUB).
Previously, Hinchey was Director of the NASA Software Engineering Laboratory. He was awarded NASA’s Kerley Award as Innovator of the Year and is one of only 36 people inducted into the NASA Inventors Hall of Fame.
Hinchey holds a BSc from University of Limerick, MSc from University of Oxford, and PhD in Computer Science from University of Cambridge. He is the author/editor of more than 20 books and 200 papers and is a regular keynote speaker at IEEE conferences and events, and a former participant in the IEEE-CS Distinguished Visitors Program.
A column editor on Software Technology for Computer magazine, he published a successful IEEE Press/Wiley book from 10 years of the column; he continues to serve on the Editorial Board.
He is an Honorary Fellow of Computer Society of India, Editor-in-Chief of Innovations in Systems and Software Engineering: a NASA Journal and Journal of the Brazilian Computer Society. He is Chair of both IEEE Global Public Policy Committee and the IEEE Conduct Review Committee and was SEARCC Global ICT Professional of the Year in 2018.
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To continuously develop a human-centered, digitalized, engineerable, sustainable, well-being world, IEEE CS must play critical roles in the global digitalization and intelligent computing movement. Towards this direction, I have led future strategic directions of CS, redefined the systems and software engineering disciplines, and re-organized professional and educational activities by serving as the CS 1st Vice President and the Professional and Educational Activities Board Engineering Disciplines Chair, IPSJ-SIGSE Chair, and ISO/IEC/JTC1/SC7/WG20 Convenor.
I have spearheaded the Software Engineering Body of Knowledge (SWEBOK) Guide evolution, standardized bodies of knowledge and certifications, and organized educational courses. I have played key roles in leading research, education, and collaborations involving new and interdisciplinary technical areas, including Machine Learning Software Engineering. I have worked to expand the membership, such as COMPSAC/CSEE&T/APSEC Committee Member.
If elected, based on these experiences, (1) I will promote CS membership to get more engagement, especially for students and early-career industrial/academia professionals, by establishing strategic directions and aligning cross-committee activities with them to lead initiatives of continuous membership support and certification program redefinition, education course expansion, early-career professional activities’ promotion, and job-matching opportunity expansion. Furthermore, I will lead initiatives of the membership ecosystem by adopting a CS ambassador program and enhancing mentoring opportunities, as well as developing the CS’s brand awareness of broad ages, including K-12 to seniors. These contribute to CS’s Goal 1: Engage more students and early career professionals.
(2) I will expand academia-industry-government-society collaborations across other IEEE societies and external entities by leading the development of CS’s strategic long-term future directions and expanding opportunities for exploring gland challenges and promoting research outcomes as well as digital special interest group opportunities. These contribute to CS’s Goal 2: Engage more industry individuals and organizations.
(3) I will enhance activities that define and promote bodies of knowledge and related professional activities to build a solid foundation for further digitalization and smart computing involving new technical areas to develop a human-centered engineerable, and sustainable well-being world. These contribute to CS’S Goal 3: Lead the way in new technical areas.
And (4) I will strengthen digital open science and environments such as providing remote conference and community building facility supports, reducing barriers to digital libraries and conferences, enriching online courses, and accelerating related standardization to handle the current difficult circumstances with much more geographic, gender, generation diversity and inclusion. These contribute to CS’s strategic themes.
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Hironori Washizaki is a Professor and the Associate Dean of the Research Promotion Division at Waseda University in Tokyo and a Visiting Professor at the National Institute of Informatics. He also works in the industry as Outside Directors of SYSTEM INFORMATION and eXmotion.
IEEE activities: Hironori currently serves as 1st Vice President of the IEEE CS to lead its activities and future directions. He has been on CS BoG since 2021. He has led professional and educational activities, including the evolution of the Guide to the Software Engineering Body of Knowledge (SWEBOK) and organizing educational courses and certifications at the CS Professional and Educational Activities Board (PEAB). He was awarded Golden Core Member, Distinguished Contributor, and Spirit of the Computer Society Award from CS. He serves as Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Emerging Topics in Computing (TETC), Steering Committee Member of the IEEE Conference on Software Engineering Education and Training (CSEE&T), and Advisory Committee Member of the IEEE CS flagship conference COMPSAC. He is a Professional Member of IEEE-Eta Kappa Nu. He has been the general chair and program chair of multiple IEEE conferences, including ICST, CSEE&T, and SIoT/SISA of COMPSAC. Additionally, he has been the Chair of the CS Japan Chapter.
Research and Contribution: Hironori’s research interests include systems and software engineering. He received his Ph.D. in information and computer science from Waseda University in 2003. He has published over 150 research papers in refereed international journals and conferences, including Computer, TETC, EMSE, SCICO, ICSE, and ASE. He has led many academia-industry joint research and large-funded projects in software design, quality assurance, and machine learning software engineering. Since 2015, he has been the Convener of ISO/IEC/JTC1/SC7/WG20 to standardize bodies of knowledge and professional certifications. He is leading a professional IoT and AI education project called SmartSE.