Below are the candidates for 2022 IEEE Division VIII Delegate-Elect/Director-Elect. 

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


Division VIII Society:

  • IEEE Computer Society


Leila De Floriani

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(Nominated by IEEE Division VIII)

University of Maryland at College Park
College Park, Maryland, USA

Leila De Floriani is a full professor at the University of Maryland at College Park. Previously she was a full professor at the University of Genova, Italy, since 1991, and held positions at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, University of Nebraska, and the Italian National Research Council. She has authored over 300 peer-reviewed publications in data visualization, spatial data modeling and analysis, and computer graphics. She was the 2020 IEEE Computer Society President, and the Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics. She is an editor of several top journals in her field, and served on the committees of over 150 international conferences, contributing to several of them in a leadership capacity. She is a Fellow of IEEE, Eurographics, the International Association for Pattern Recognition, an inducted member of the IEEE Visualization Academy, an IEEE Computer Society Golden Core member, an IEEE-HKN member, and a Solid Modeling Association Pioneer.


IEEE Accomplishments and Activities

I served as President of the Computer Society (CS) in 2020, which was a year of unprecedented challenges and transformative changes, yet also a year filled with great and numerous accomplishments, such as: 1) the creation of a new permanent CS committee on Diversity and Inclusion (D&I), and a dedicated fund to support it;  2) new D&I activities, from an interview series of prominent female scientists and professionals, to best practices for Society activities and against the use of racist, biased, and culturally insensitive language in Society products;  3) a restructuring of the Society governance to enhance bottom-up participation of volunteer leaders in decision-making; 4) an expansion of the open access publication portfolio;  5) a reinvigorated effort and focus on open science and reproducibility; 6) a successful temporary transition to virtual conferences; 7) a multilingual translation program for the CS website to fully engage non-English-speaking members; 8) a novel recognition program to honor Society members; 9) a new conference series, IEEE InTech Forum, targeted at industry.  Despite the ongoing difficult worldwide economic situation, in 2020 the CS generated a high budget surplus, nearly doubling its reserves. 

Some of my other IEEE activities include the following:

  • IEEE CS Diversity and Inclusion Committee, Founding Chair (2021).
  • IEEE CS Intersociety Cooperation Committee, Chair (2021); Member (2019-2020).
  • IEEE CS Diversity and Inclusion Task Force, Chair (2020).
  • IEEE Conferences Committee, Member (2021).
  • IEEE Conference Publications Committee, Member (2021).
  • IEEE Conference Diversity Best Practices Ad-Hoc Committee, Member (2021).
  • IEEE Conference Open Access Ad-Hoc Committee, Member (2021).
  • IEEE Technical Activities Board, Member (2020).
  • IEEE CS Board of Governors, Member (2017-present).
  • Executive Committee IEEE CS Visualization and Graphics Technical Committee, Member (2015-2018).
  • IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics, Editor-in-Chief (2015-2018), doubling its impact factor and highly increasing the number of submissions; Associate Editor (2004-2008).



IEEE is a global leader in science, engineering, and technology with a mission to serve both researchers and practitioners.  In the post-Covid era, I believe that we need to respond to new challenges, by making them opportunities for growth:

  • Enhance inclusiveness by promoting membership diversity through outreach activities and involvement of underrepresented groups as volunteers in publications, conferences, and governance.
  • Define new strategies for engaging the IEEE community, through personalized benefits, specifically focusing on younger generations.
  • Lead in open science and open access, changing the business model for journal and conference publications and expanding services offered.
  • Develop sustainable financial models for hybrid conferences to provide unprecedented opportunities for geographic expansion in attendance and increasing gender diversity.
  • Engage on a worldwide basis researchers and practitioners in emerging areas of science, engineering and technology.

I believe I am uniquely positioned to contribute effectively to the continued growth of the IEEE. If elected, I will draw on my professional background and experience as 2020 Computer Society President to address these challenges.  For additional information, please visit:

Sorel Reisman

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(Nominated by IEEE Division VIII)

Professor Emeritus of Information Systems
California State University Fullerton
Fullerton, California, USA

Sorel Reisman is Professor Emeritus of Information Systems at California State Fullerton, a Senior IEEE member, Computer Society (CS) President Emeritus, was the VP of the CS Publications Board, VP of the CS Electronic Products and Services Board, recipient of the CS Richard E. Merwin Award for Distinguished Service, is Chair of the Standing Committee of the signature CS COMPSAC conference, and a Fulbright Scholar. Sorel is a decades-long Computer Society and IEEE member and volunteer who has led and served on three of the six major IEEE boards, and dozens of CS and Institute committees. Through his volunteer activities and as past Managing Director of MERLOT (, he has acquired the experience essential to understand issues and provide solutions for the IEEE and Computer Society's long-term viability.   


IEEE Accomplishments and Activities

  • CS President: Created/wrote the concept/policies for Special Technical Communities (STCs); Created/negotiated innovative/proactive intersociety activities/programs/MOUs with ACM, Computer Society of India, Information Processing Society of Japan, Brazilian Computer Society, Chinese Computer Federation, and Italian Computer Society.
  • CS VP Electronic Products and Services Board: Initiated conversion of traditional magazines and transactions to all-electronic.
  • CS VP Publications Board: Two-term Chair of Magazines Operations Committee; Chaired four EIC searches; Editorial board member of 3 magazines - Software, Multimedia, and IT Pro; Instrumental in launching Multimedia and IT Pro; current chair of IT Pro Advisory Board; oversaw planning/launching of Transaction on Affective Computing and Transactions on Services Computing; initiated CS's anti-plagiarism committee, policies/practices later adopted/incorporated by IEEE.
  • COMPSAC Conference: Standing Committee Chair (2016-Present) – General Chair (2011); created the structure for annual conference financial success; launched new symposia - Computer Education and Learning Technologies (CELT) plus a new student OER contest, and IT in Practice (ITiP) for practitioners. Pioneered one of IEEE's first 2020 virtual conferences.
  • IEEE Conference Committees: Member of Publications Committee, Conference Portfolio Committee, Future of Conference IP Committee.
  • Managing Director of the MERLOT project ( Developed CSAB-aligned Computer Science and Information Technology online teaching/learning resource libraries and communities, endorsed by the Computer Society and Education Society.
  • IEEE Publications Services and Products Board (PSPB): Elected Member-at-Large (2016-Present); Strategic Planning Committee (2014-2016); Nominations and Appointments Committee (2020, 2021).
  • IEEE Technical Activities Board (TAB): CS representative (2011); EAB representative (2013); Strategic Planning Committee (2018-2020; 2021-2023); member of TAB Ad Hoc on Future Financial Stability of Societies and Councils (2021).
  • IEEE Education Activities Board (EAB) (2012-2016): Member-at-Large; Continuing Education Committee, EIC IEEE eLearning Library, conceptualized the Integrated Learning Network (ILN).



The CS and IEEE have been essential to the development of my professional career.  I cherish my membership in the Institute and the friends my family and I have made through my decades-long volunteer activities.  We are saddened by the pandemic's effect on our personal relationships and on the kinds of actions that’ve been necessary to move through this challenging period.  Post-Zoom, we look forward to when we can meet directly, face-to-face, to address institutional challenges that existed before the pandemic and the new ones that have arisen because of it. 

I have served on many committees concerned with, for example, the effects of open access on our publications; challenges regarding intellectual property and plagiarism; the future of real, virtual, and hybrid conferences; and membership diversity. I have extensive, hands-on experience on issues that will affect, in the years to come, all our colleagues – both members and non-members.  I urge you to vote for me so that I can apply my expertise and experience to develop policies, practices, products, and services to address our post-pandemic lives.