The biography and position statement of the 2017 IEEE Vice President, Publication Services and Products candidates are listed below.
Lawrence O. Hall is a Distinguished University Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of South Florida and a 1986 Ph.D. graduate in Computer Science from Florida State University.
A fellow of IEEE, AAAS and IAPR, he received the Norbert Wiener award in 2012 from the IEEE SMC Society. He has authored/co-authored over 80 publications in journals, as well as many conference papers and book chapters. He has received over $3.5 million in research funding.
Selected IEEE activities: President of the IEEE Systems, Man and Cybernetics society for 2006-2007. He was the Editor-In-Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man and Cybernetics, Part B, 2002-2005. He served as the first Vice President for Publications of the IEEE Biometrics Council. He is currently on the IEEE PSPB and chairs its Strategic Planning Committee and is a past Chair of the IEEE PCC. Current member of IEEE PRAC.
President IEEE Systems, Man and Cybernetics Society, 2006-2007
VP Membership IEEE SMC Society
Editor-In-Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man and Cybernetics, Part B, 2002-2005.
Served as the first Vice President for Publications of the IEEE Biometrics Council
Why should we select you to serve in this position?:
I have experience as an EIC of the IEEE Transactions on SMC – Part B Cybernetics in which we moved to electronic reviews, shortened the time to review decision and improved the journal’s impact. I also have experience leading groups as the IEEE SMC Society President, and as Department Chair at USF in Computer Science and Engineering for 7.5 years. I have served as VP for Publications for the Biometrics Council. On the PSPB, I have been the Institute representative and TAB representative. I have served on the IEEE Publishing Conduct Committee and as its Chair for 2 years. In the second year, the chair looked at all Plagiarism and publishing misconduct cases making recommendations to the VP. This provided a good overview of this problematic aspect of the publishing business. As IEEE PSPB Strategic Planning Committee Chair the last two years, I have had a good view of where we were, are and need to be (which is currently being developed into a 5 year plan). Also, I have authored or co-authored over 80 journal articles and many conference papers (garnering over 13,000 citations - Google
In summary, I have extensive service on the PSPB and in publications, as well as a good understanding of the current problems and opportunities. I want to translate my experience in leadership roles into helping IEEE publications grow and be ever better for our authors, volunteers and readers.
The IEEE publishes a wide range of technical material including the award winning IEEE Spectrum Magazine, the prestigious Proceedings of the IEEE, highly cited topical journals e.g. IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence, Standards, and many varying levels of conference proceedings. The IEEE has a reputation for high quality publications that we must continue to maintain by doing the work of getting high quality reviews and making ethical decisions. At the same time, high quality reviews must be obtained in a timely fashion, thus enabling fast publication of results.
Open access mandates from governments requiring funded work to go outside the paywall are a challenge to our business model that require planning and adaptation. We must continue to find sustainable ways to meet the mandates and the desire for open access.
In recent times it has become clear that much published (and funded) research is not reproducible. Our publications can help create more reproducible work by facilitating code and data availability along with a paper. We may consider encouraging publishable repeatability studies.
The next generation of researchers finds and consumes information in new ways: web searches, reading on multiple devices and having more information to sift than in the past. IEEE publishing is providing multi-platform papers and can next enable “e-reader” like ability to keep looking at a paper across platforms, make annotations that travel and more. We have the opportunity to use analytics to provide our members and customers with targeted information that they can use.
Samir M. El-Ghazaly is a Distinguished Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering at the University of Arkansas. He currently serves as the Director of the Division of Electrical, Communications and Cyber Systems at the National Science Foundation, USA.
He received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering in 1988 from The University of Texas, Austin. After graduation, he joined Arizona State University as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering, where he became Associate Professor in 1993 and Professor in 1998. From August 2002 to July 2007, he was with The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, as Professor and the Head of Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.
He trained and worked at several universities and research centers including Université de Lille, France; NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab; Motorola; and the Swiss Federal Research Institute (ETH). His research interests include high-frequency semiconductor devices and circuits, device simulations, electromagnetics, and antennas.
Samir El-Ghazaly started his volunteer activities by serving as the Publicity Chair for the IEEE-Waves and Devices Group, Phoenix Chapter (1989-1990).
In 1990-1991, he served as the Vice-Chair of IEEE-Waves and Devices Group, Phoenix Chapter, and served as the chair in the following year.
From 1993 to 1997, he served as the Chapter Funding Coordinator for the IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Society. He was streamlining, reviewing and recommending funding for all MTT-S chapters worldwide.
From 1997 to 2000, he served as the Chair of the Chapter Activities Committee for the IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Society. As the name indicates, he was overseeing the operation and activities of all MTTT-S chapters.
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In 2000, Samir El-Ghazaly was asked to serve as the editor-in-chief for the Editor-in-Chief for the IEEE Microwave and Wireless Components Letters and he served the full three-year term (2001-2003). In 2000, he was elected as a voting member of the of the Administrative Committee of the IEEE MTT-S. He served his first three-year term and was elected for two more terms. During his service on the AdCom, he chaired the MTT-S Publications Committee (2004-08), which oversees the operation and manages all the society publications. In this capacity, he appointed 5 editors-inchief, streamlined the budget process to eliminate the backlog and increased the frequency of the society magazine from quarterly to bimonthly. He also served on the society’s IEEE Fellow Evaluation Committee (2002-08). In 2009, he served as the president elect for the MTT-S society and served as the president in 2010. One of the key goals he identified for his term as MTT-S President was establishing a journal covering the Terahertz Technology. This area is of critical importance for sensing, communications and defense industry. While there were journals covering that topic from other publishers at that time, there was no IEEE presence in this critical and emerging area. He worked with his society’s Publications Committee and other entities in TAB and PSPB to have this journal approved. The journal was launched in 2011, and evolved to be one of successful IEEE publications.
He currently serves as the vice-chair of the IEEE/MTT-S Awards Committee (has been a member since 2011).
Why should we select you to serve in this position?:
I have been active in service to the profession, through my volunteer IEEE activities, for more than 25 years. Moreover, I believe I have a significant experience working in the different areas of publications. On the conference side for instance, I served as the general chair of the 2001 IEEE International Microwave Symposium in Phoenix, AZ. This is one of the largest IEEE Conferences, about 11,000 attendees. In 2008, I served as the Publications Chair for the same symposium in Atlanta, GA. On the journal side, I served as an editor-in-chief, and chaired the MTT-S Publications Committee.
My experience and service in publications is not limited to the society level. I am actively supporting the area of publications at the IEEE level. For instance, I served on the IEEE TAB Periodical Committee, first as a member (2010-11) and as a chair (2012-13), was the vice chair of IEEE Publications Services and Products Board (2013), and chair of the TAB Periodical Review and Advisory Committee (PRAC) (2014-15). I currently serve as the vice-chair of MTT-S Awards Committee. Through this long record of broad IEEE activities in general, and publications in particular, I have gained experience and valuable insight into the different aspects of publications’ operation and policies. Moreover, I have gained significant familiarity with IEEE structure, operations, rules and regulations, and staff and volunteers. This wide experience enables me to effectively serve PSPB, present ideas, discuss policies and make recommendations to enhance the board's effectiveness and strengthen IEEE’s stature in publications.
Publishing the highest-reliable and up-to-date technical information has been the most valuable service IEEE provides to its members and humanity, at large. So far, IEEE has streamlined the review-process, production and marketing of technical publications.
Nevertheless, the role of technical societies continues to evolve. For instance, publications shift from print to electronic media which enables authors to incorporate additional material and links; readers drop subscriptions to traditional journals and search for articles of interest regardless of the publishing source; some authors desire to have their manuscripts openly accessible to all readers; other publishing organizations are initiating journals and competing for intellectual property within what is conventionally IEEE’s domain; governments are instating policies to mandate open access to results generated from public-funded research; and there is a rising need to package IEEE products competitively and cost effectively. These challenges represent opportunities for IEEE to review its operation and business model.
If elected, I will work with IEEE Staff and volunteers to assess the status of existing IEEE products, identify the adjustments and changes necessary to maintain IEEE leadership, strategically anticipate and plan for future changes, and work with the various OUs to position IEEE to take advantage of them. Examples of such activities include assessing the status and practice of current IEEE open-access journals and recommend adjustment as needed, emphasizing the growing role of conference publications, exploring new forms of technical publishing, and preparing IEEE for the next wave of government regulations, namely, procuring data and enabling reproducibility of research results.