Below are the candidates for IEEE Division V Delegate-Elect/Director-Elect, 2019; Delegate/Director, 2020-2021.

Division V:

  • Computer Society

The sequence of candidates was determined by lottery and indicates no preference.

Thomas M. Conte

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(Nominated by IEEE Division V)

School of Computer Science, and
School of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Georgia Institute of Technology
Atlanta, Georgia, USA

Tom Conte is an active researcher in the field of computer architecture. He received his Bachelor of Electrical Engineering degree from the University of Delaware in 1986; and, he received his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1988 and 1992, respectively. From 1995 to 2008, he was on the faculty of the department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Director of the Center for Embedded Systems Research at North Carolina State University. While on leave from NC State in 2000-'01, Tom served as the Chief Microarchitect for DSP startup BOPS, Inc. He is currently a Professor joint appointed in the Schools of Computer Science and Electrical & Computer Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology where he directs the interdisciplinary Center for Research into Novel Computing Hierarchies focused on post-Moore’s Law computing.  Conte is the named inventor on 40 US Patents.

IEEE Accomplishments and Activities


  • TAB Periodicals Committee, 2012-2013
  • PSPB, 2012-2013
  • TAB, 2015
  • Co-Chair, IEEE TAB / NIC Rebooting Computing Initiative, 2012-present
  • Vice-Chair, IEEE International Roadmap for Devices and Systems (IRDS), 2016-present
  • Awards Board Nominations & Appointments Committee, 2016
  • TABARC, 2009-2011
  • IEEE Fellows Committee, 2012

REGIONS: Region 3

SECTIONS/CHAPTERS: Atlanta Section member, 2008-present

STUDENT BRANCH: Chair, University of Delaware Student Branch, 1984-1985; Faculty advisor, North Carolina State University Student Branch, 1998-2004.

SOCIETY: Computer Society:

  • Technical Committee on Microarchitecture Chair, 1998-2006
  • IEEE Goode & McDowell Awards Committee Chair, 2005-2008
  • Awards Chair 2008-2011
  • Fellows Committee Chair 2011
  • Board of Governors 2009-2011
  • First VP and VP for Publications 2012-2013
  • President 2015


  • General Chair: IEEE International Symposia/Conference on: Microarchitecture (2006, 2010), High Performance Computer Architecture (2009); Code Generation and Optimization (2003); Workload Characterization (2015).
  • Technical Program Chair: IEEE International Symposia/Conference on: Rebooting Computing (2018); Workload Characterization (2009); Code Generation and Optimization (2006); Compilers, Architectures, and Synthesis for Embedded Systems (2005); Microarchitecture (1997).
  • Program committee member: over 30 IEEE symposia/conferences


Founded the IEEE Rebooting Computing Initiative: this initiative, that I co-chair with past president of the Council on Superconductivity, Elie Track, began in 2012 to look for a way to “restart Moore’s law.”  RCI held invitational summits of thought leaders and written reports that have ultimately changed federal funding policies and influenced White House executive orders. In 2016, we brought the venerable semiconductor roadmap into the IEEE.

As a president of IEEE Computer Society, I chaired the team that created a three-year strategic plan to revitalize the Computer Society.  I introduced a new funds distribution model for our conferences that encourages use of surplus funds for later years.  I instituted a review of all products and services on a three-year cycle with the goal of scaling back those that are no longer effective.


I’m proud to be part this 134-year-old institution.  But never has it been more challenging to be an IEEE volunteer. Because it has been around so long, IEEE has grown overly bureaucratic.  The infrastructure that supports our members is funded by publications revenue and dues.  Today all publications must become Open Access: freely available to all. IEEE must become more efficient to survive. Yet, IEEE must not become so obsessed with revenue that we ignore our members’ needs.

I joined the IEEE 35 years ago for the same reasons that I'm a member today: to stay current, to keep in touch with colleagues, to contribute and collaborate.  As President of the Computer Society, I worked to make the society more efficient, better responsive to its members, and less rooted in the past.  The "is it helping our members?" test has been the guiding principle behind any and all decisions I’ve made as an IEEE volunteer. It will be the same principle I use as your IEEE Division Director.

Jean-Luc Gaudiot

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(Nominated by IEEE Division V)

Distinguished Professor
Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department
University of California, Irvine (UCI)
Irvine, California, USA

Jean-Luc Gaudiot is Distinguished Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of California, Irvine (UCI).  He is a Fellow of IEEE and AAAS, and a Professional Member of Eta Kappa Nu.

At UCI, he was Department Chair for 6 years during which the USNWR® rankings rose from 42 to 28 (46 to 36 for the EE program) and 12 faculty members were added.  Prior, he was Professor of Electrical Engineering at the University of Southern California (USC).

He frequently acts as consultant to companies that design high-performance computer architectures and as expert in patent infringement and product liability cases.  His research interests include the architecture of multiprocessors, a domain in which he has published over 250 papers.  His research has been sponsored by NSF, DoE, and DARPA, as well as industrial organizations. He received a PhD in Computer Science from University of California, Los Angeles, in 1982.

IEEE Accomplishments and Activities

In my professional career, I have held multiple positions within IEEE, including some of the most salient listed below:


  • IEEE-CS/ACM Parallel Architectures and Compilation Techniques (PACT) co-founder: back in 1993, I recognized the need for a conference which would link three major areas of research in parallel processing: architecture, programming paradigm, and compilers.  Careful steering has allowed us to parlay this meeting into a premier conference widely respected in the field.
  • IEEE Computer Architecture Letters co-founder: relevance, time to publication, and impact are primary metrics of our publications.  In the modern publication environment, I identified a need in the community for an archival journal venue where good ideas could be evaluated rapidly and could find quick exposure.
  • IEEE Computer Society President (2017): In this position, I led the Society through an intense year of reforms ranging from our operations to our budget issues, leading to a much healthier financial position. This position gave me much experience demonstrating flexibility in implementing plans, vision for the future, and understanding of the needs of our members.
  • IEEE Computer Society Publications Board: Chair of the IEEE CS Transactions Operations Committee (2010-2011) and Magazine Operations Committee (2012) and VP of the Publications Board (2014-2015): in this last position, I oversaw the operations of a total of approximately 12 Magazines and 14 Transactions and led a number of innovative projects including Journal First – Conference Second and Versioning.
  • IEEE Publication Services and Products Boards TAB Representative (2018).
  • IEEE Publications: Editor-in-Chief, IEEE Transactions on Computers and IEEE Computer Architecture Letters; Special Issue Editor, multiple journals.
  • Conference Organization: Steering Committee, Organizing Committee, or Program Committee Chair of multiple IEEE Conferences.


As professionals, we have had tremendous impact upon the world.  We have changed the nature of daily life for a large portion of humanity.  Our field has changed because of the technology that we ourselves have created.  Times are changing, yet the mission of IEEE remains: we must provide information and services to advance the theory, practice, and application of science and technology for the benefit of our members and of society at large.  Our obligation is to fulfill this role and to prepare the next generation to be good stewards of this knowledge.  

Societies, Councils, Chapters, and Student Chapters are the strengths and the essence of IEEE. As Division Director Representative of the Computer Society, I will strive to strengthen these units so they not only continue developing our core products but also explore and exploit new opportunities and technologies to promote the services which are the hallmark of our organization.  As a skilled leader, I will seek to be a unifying force that will coalesce opportunities into a coherent vision of our future.