Candidates for 2020 IEEE Division X Delegate-Elect/Director-Elect.

Division X Societies:

  • IEEE Computational Intelligence Society
  • IEEE Control Systems Society
  • IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
  • IEEE Photonics Society
  • IEEE Robotics and Automation Society
  • IEEE Systems, Man, and Cybernetics Society

Dalma Novak

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(Nominated by IEEE Division X)

VP of Engineering
Pharad, LLC
Hanover, Maryland, USA

Dalma Novak is VP of Engineering at Pharad where she develops RF-over-fiber technologies.  She received the Bachelor of Engineering and PhD degrees from the University of Queensland, Australia, in 1987 and 1992, respectively.  Prior to co-founding Pharad in 2004, she spent 12 years as a Professor and Chair of Telecommunications in the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at The University of Melbourne, Australia.  From June 2001 – December 2003 she was a Technical Section Lead at Dorsál Networks, Inc. and later at Corvis Corporation where she led cross-disciplinary R&D teams developing WDM hardware for long-haul transmission systems.   Her research interests include microwave photonics, fiber radio systems, wireless communications, and optical communication systems.  She has published more than 300 papers in these areas, including seven book chapters.  She is a lifelong IEEE volunteer and regularly promotes STEM and diversity outreach.  In 2007 she was elected to the grade of IEEE Fellow.  

IEEE Accomplishments and Activities


  • Member, IEEE New Initiatives Committee, 2018-present
  • Member, IEEE Fellow Committee, 2017-present
  • Member, IEEE Public Visibility Committee, 2016-2017
  • Member, TAB AdHoc Committee on Women and Underrepresented Minorities, 2016
  • Member, IEEE Disruptive Innovations Committee, 2015
  • Member, IEEE Photonics Award Committee, 2019-2020


  • Photonics Society:
    • President , 2014-2015
    • Secretary Treasurer, 2012-2013
    • Member, Board of Governors, 2011-2013
    • Member, Industry Engagement Committee, 2017 present
    • Chair, Awards Committee, 2019-present
    • Member, Technical Subcommittee on Microwave Photonics, 2005-2009 (Chair 2007-2009)
  • Microwave Theory and Techniques Society:
    • Member, Awards Committee, 2019
    • Member, Fellow Committee, 2011-2012
    • Member, Technical Subcommittee on Microwave Photonics, 2005-2015 (Chair 2009-2013)
    • Member, Subcommittee, Branding and Communications, 2019


  • Chair, IEEE Australia Council, 1999-2000
  • Chair, IEEE LEOS/EDS Victorian Chapter, 1999-2001
  • Member, IEEE LEOS/EDS Australian Chapter Executive Committee, 1996-1998
  • Member, IEEE Victorian Section ExCom, 1993-2001 (Chair 1996-1999)


  • IEEE Photonics Conference:
    • General Chair, 2012
    • Member at Large, 2011
    • Technical Program Chair, 2010
    • Member, Technical Program Committee (TPC), 2000-2009
  • Optical Fiber Communications Conference:
    • Member, Steering Committee, 2018-present
    • Member, TPC, 2005-2007, 2010-2012
  • IEEE International Topical Meeting on Microwave Photonics:
    • General Co-Chair, 1999
    • Member, TPC, 1998, 2002, 2006, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2018 (Co-Chair 2015, 2017)
    • Member, Steering Committee, 1996-2002, 2004-2012 (Chair 2000)
  • IEEE International Microwave Symposium (IMS):
    • Member, TPC, 2003-2012, 2017 (Chair 2007-2009)
    • Member, Steering Committee, 2011, 2018


  • Associate Editor, IEEE/OSA Journal of Lightwave Technology, 2002-2007, 2018-present
  • Associate Editor, IEEE Photonics Technology Letters, 2009-2019


  • IEEE Photonics Society Engineering Achievement Award, 2018 
  • IEEE Photonics Society Distinguished Service Award, 2018 
  • IEEE Millennium Medal, 2000


  • Initiated the launch of the Photonics Society’s Women in Photonics program 
  • Led the development of the Photonics Society’s Chapter Leadership Forums 
  • Drove the formation of the Photonics Society’s Industry Engagement Committee 


Member participation in the management of the IEEE is crucial to its continuing vitality.  The technical Societies and Councils are the incubators for new opportunities and innovations that enable the IEEE to maintain its position as a global leader in science and technology.   If elected, I would work diligently to support and drive these efforts by:

  • Supporting the Societies and Councils of Division X to work together to create new initiatives and innovations that embrace emerging technical fields and advance the IEEE mission;
  • Acting as the collective voice for all members of Division X and promoting transparency in the management of IEEE;
  • Supporting the efforts of the Division’s Societies to create new, readily accessible resources and services for members that recognize the diversity of the profession and enhance the value of membership;
  • Promoting increased participation and engagement of members in the activities of the Societies and the value of Society membership to the wider technical communities;
  • Maintaining the strengths and leadership of the Division X Societies through the sharing of best practices and new ideas.

Lawrence O. Hall

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(Nominated by IEEE Division X)

Distinguished University Professor
University of South Florida
Dept of Computer Science & Engineering, ENG 060
Tampa, Florida, USA

Larry Hall is Distinguished University Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of South Florida. He served as Department Chair from 1/2008-8/2015. In Fall 2015 he was a Distinguished Fellow of the Notre Dame Institute for Advanced Study.  He earned a 1986 Computer Science Ph.D. from Florida State University. A fellow of IEEE, AAAS, IAPR and AIMBE, he received the Norbert Wiener Award in 2012 and the Joseph G. Wohl Award in 2017 from the IEEE Systems, Man and Cybernetics (SMC) Society. USF presented him with the 2017 Theodore and Venette Askounes-Ashford Distinguished Scholar Award. He earned an award for outstanding mentorship in the McNair program for minority undergraduate students.  He has authored/co-authored over 90 journal publications, as well as many conference papers and book chapters. His work has been cited over 22,000 times, H-index 54 (GS).  He has received over $5.2M in research funding. 

IEEE Accomplishments and Activities

Selected IEEE activities: President of the IEEE Systems, Man and Cybernetics (SMC) Society for 2006-07, Editor-In-Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man and Cybernetics, Part B, 2002-05, VP for Membership of the SMC Society 2002-04.

IEEE Technical Activities Board (TAB) Representative to Educational Activities Board (EAB), 2008, Publications Services and Products Board (PSPB) 2008, IEEE Periodicals Committee, 2009.  He served as the first Vice President for Publications of the IEEE Biometrics Council 2008-10.  He was on the IEEE Conference Publications Committee 2011.  He has served the Publications Services and Products board (PSPB) in various capacities since 2010.  He served on the IEEE TAB/PSPB Products & Services Committee (2013) and the IEEE Periodicals Review and Advisory Committee (2014-16).  He was a Member 2017 IEEE Ad Hoc Committee on Strategic Alignment & Oversight.  He was on the IEEE Access Editorial Board, 2013-18.

He is currently IEEE PSPB Treasurer and a 2018-19 member of IEEE FinCom.  A member of the IEEE Joint PSPB-TAB Pubs Strategy Ad Hoc 2019.  He is past chair of PSPB’s Strategic Planning Committee (2015-17) and past Chair of the IEEE Publishing Conduct Committee (2014-15).

Select Accomplishments:

  • As EIC was the first to rapid post articles to Xplore.
  • As EIC reduced review time and worked to have some of the first attachments (animations, code, etc.) to publications.  
  • As President, improved reserves and got EICs in place towards increasing periodical quality, seeing impact factors improve.  
  • As Publications Conduct Committee chair worked to have clear recommendations that the VP could, typically, simply approve.  This streamlined the process.  
  • As PSPB SPC chair helped guide a specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, time-bound (SMART) strategic plan that could be and has been updated to reflect the fast moving publications world.


If elected, I will work hard towards helping Division X evolve to provide more engagement of members and successfully navigate the open access publishing movement.

Member engagement is key for strong societies. Our conferences remain a great way for people to meet and learn.  Getting select targeted information from conferences to members unable to attend can increase engagement and satisfaction.  Utilizing social media platforms to enable member interaction through posts and discussion will continue to add value.  

The Open Access and Open Science movements must be effectively addressed now to keep IEEE society publications at the technical leading edge.  My experience with publications will help us navigate the goal of retaining fiscal stability as open access mandates from funders and institutions take effect.  Timeliness, efficiency, price and access for all to publish must be well addressed as we continue to focus on high quality publications of interest to our members and everyone involved in our respective fields.  Open access options are necessary with careful consideration given to the sustainability of our overall publishing model.