2019 ACM Europe Council Election

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ACM professional members residing in Europe (in good standing as of 14 May 2019) are eligible to vote in this election.  The voting site closes at 16:00 UTC on 28 June 2019.

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Candidate Slate 2019

 

Councilor (1 July 2019 — 30 June 2023):

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Candidate for Councilor

George Eleftherakis
University of Sheffield International Faculty, CITY College, Greece

BIOGRAPHY

Academic Background:
Ph.D., University of Sheffield, 2003, Computer Science.

Professional Experience:
Associate Professor, University of Sheffield International Faculty, CITY College, Thessaloniki, Greece, 2014 – Present;
Ph.D. Programme Director, University of Sheffield International Faculty, CITY College, Thessaloniki, Greece, 2017 – Present;
Research Track Leader of the Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) research track, South Eastern European Research Centre, Thessaloniki, Greece, 2007 – 2017.

Professional Interests:
Software engineering; Computing education; Bio-Inspired Computing; Complex Systems; Formal Methods.

ACM Activities:
Chair, Committee of European Chapter Leaders (CECL), 2017 – Present;
Advisory Committee Member, ACM-W Europe, 2014 – 2015;
Sponsor, CITY ACM-W Student Chapter (Muses), 2012 – Present;
Chair, 2nd European ACM Chapter Leaders Workshop in Athens, Greece, 2014.

Membership and Offices in Related Organizations:
Vice-President, Macedonia Thrace Annex, Greek Computer Society, 2016 – 2018;
Member of the Administration Board, Macedonia Thrace Annex, Greek Computer Society, 2002 – Present;
Member, Greek Computer Society, 1999 – Present.

Awards Received:
Senate Award for Sustained Excellence in Learning and Teaching, 2014;
Research for PhD: Scholarship by the Vice Chancellor, 1999.

STATEMENT

I share ACM's vision for almost two decades now. I worked through all these years with ACM student chapters, sponsoring two of them, and since 2012 supporting all European chapters as a member, and currently as chair of the Committee of European Chapter Leaders (CECL). If I am elected as a member of ACM Europe Council my overall goal will be to support members of ACM in Europe and support diversity, equality, and inclusion in computer science. I will have the chance to continue my effort offering more support to all European chapters, motivating and inspiring current and new chapter leaders, forging strong links with and between European chapters. At the same time, I will have the chance to amplify the impact of my efforts to support diversity in computer science, especially to support women in computing, by supporting the efforts of ACM-W Europe, and any effort regarding the inclusion of minorities in CS through innovative technology-enhanced education methodologies. Finally, I will support ACM activities and conferences in Europe that bring together people from academia and industry, offering opportunities for young researchers to network with computer science professionals.

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Candidate for Councilor

Julie Rico Williamson
University of Glasgow, UK

BIOGRAPHY

Academic Background:
Doctor of Philosophy, University of Glasgow, 2012, Computing Science.

Professional Experience:
Lecturer in Human Computer Interaction, University of Glasgow, UK, 2014 – Present;
Fellow in Multimodal Interaction, University of Glasgow, UK, 2012 – 2014.

Professional Interests:
Human Computer Interaction; Non-Planar Displays; Immersive Experiences; Whole Body Interaction; Shape Changing Displays.

ACM Activities:
Vice President for Publications, ACM SIGCHI Executive Committee, 2018 – Present;
Board Member, ACM Publications Board, 2017 – Present;
Chair of Publications Working Group, ACM Future of Computing Academy, 2017 – Present;
Member, ACM SIGCHI, 2014 – Present.

STATEMENT

The future of publishing in Europe is at an exciting crossroads as our values of openness, rigour, and sustainability are reflected in publication policy. The culture of computing science publishing is unique from other scientific disciplines, and the practices of our community should be reflected in policies such as Plan S and regulations from funders across Europe. If elected to the ACM Europe Council, I hope to support the development of publication policy with a computing science perspective.

Julie R. Williamson is a lecturer in human computer interaction at the University of Glasgow. She is heavily involved in publication issues as the Vice President for ACM SIGCHI, as a member of the ACM Publications Board, and Chair of the ACM Future of Computing Academy’s Future of Publication Working Group.

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Candidate for Councilor

 

Oliver Grau
Intel, Germany

BIOGRAPHY

Academic Background:
Dr., University of Hannover, 1999, Scene interpretation.

Professional Experience:
Principal Investigator, Intel Labs, Munich, 2017 – Present;
Associated Director Intel-Visual Computing Institute, Intel Labs, Saarbruecken, 2012 – 2017;
Lead Technologist, BBC R&D, London, 2000 – 2012.

Professional Interests:
Computer Vision; Computer Graphics; AI; Safety Validation of Autonomous Vehicles; Media Production.

ACM Activities:
ACM Europe Council, 2015 – 2019;
ACM Europe Technical Policy Committee, ACM Europe Council, 2018 – Present.

STATEMENT

Throughout my career I was working on the boundary between academic and industrial research in multiple disciplines. In my first term as a member of the ACM Europe Council my activity was centered around the intersection of technology with society, an aspect still very relevant. During this time the importance of AI was revealed both as a high potential technology and also from a societal challenging perspective. I will continue to be active in this field. However, at the same time the political climate changed: We have seen more national-centric politics coming into place. In these times we need to make sure scientific communities and knowledge exchange stays open for the scientific community. Europe will be internationally playing a strong role here. As a member of the ACM Europe Council I would like to continue supporting research communities and professionals that include academia, industrial research and more importantly connect them effectively to the European society as a whole. In particular, I would like to build on my previous experience in forming research communities across disciplines, by fostering conferences, workshops and other related activities on one hand, but also inform policy makers about ACM as an independent network of professional.

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Candidate for Councilor

 

Michal Armoni
The Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel

BIOGRAPHY

Academic Background:
Ph.D., Tel-Aviv University, 2004, Computer science education: "On Teaching 'Computational Models' in High Schools".

Professional Experience:
Associate Professor (Senior Scientist until 2017), Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot, Israel, 2009 – Present;
Post-doctoral fellow, Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot, Israel, 2006 – 2009;
Course coordinator and curricular developer, The Open University of Israel, Tel Aviv / Raanana, Israel, 1994 – 2006.

Professional Interests:
Computer science K-12 curricula; Professional development of K-12 computer science teachers; Teaching abstraction in computer science; Teaching non-determinism in computer science; The nature of computer science.

ACM Activities:
Co-program chair of ACM ITiCSE 2018 Conference, SIGCSE, 2018.

STATEMENT

My main interest lies in high-quality K-12 informatics education that emphasizes the principles of the discipline (rather than programming or coding). Following the extensive work done by ACM Europe and Informatics Europe, I intend to contribute to the development of a curricular research-based framework that can guide and support the design and maintenance of national European informatics curricula for all K-12 levels (elementary, middle, and high school). The development of such a framework is a complex endeavor that should be based on a reliable characterization of the discipline and its underlying fundamental ideas, and should relate to the cognitive abilities of children at different K-12 levels. I view its outcomes as inducing a coherent spiral, starting at the lower K-12 levels and moving up to the higher ones, with fundamental ideas being introduced and revisited along the spiral. An urging matter on which K-12 informatics curricula depend is the availability of competent teachers with solid disciplinary knowledge. Accordingly, I plan to promote the development of detailed guidelines for preservice K-12 informatics teacher preparation in higher education institutes, for training inservice K-12 teachers to become informatics teachers, and for the professional development of inservice K-12 informatics teachers.

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Candidate for Councilor

 

Harald Störrle
QAware Software Engineering GmbH, Germany

BIOGRAPHY

Academic Background:
Ph.D., University of Munich, 2001, Models for Software Architecture.

Professional Experience:
Principal IT consultant, QAware GmbH, Munich, Germany, 2017 – 2019;
Associate Professor, Technical University of Denmark, Copenhagen, Denmark, 2009 – 2016;
Professor, University of Innsbruck, Austria, 2006 – 2009.

Professional Interests:
Software Engineering; Empirical Research Methods; Requirements Engineering; Modeling Practices and Languages; Software Processes.

ACM Activities:
Board Member (invited), ACM Practitioner Board, 2018 – 2019;
Board member (elected), ACM Europe Council, 2015 – 2019;
Council member (ex officio), Council of European Chapters, 2015 – 2019;
Vice President and Past Vice President, German Chapter of the ACM, 2004 – 2013.

STATEMENT

I'm an enthusiastic scientist as well as a seasoned practitioner. I have lived and worked in four European countries, and have seen several companies and universities from the inside. I am a socially functioning nerd and enjoy interacting with people as well as with machines. I appreciate scientific rigor as well as industrial pragmatism, and stubbornly refuse to drop one in favor of the other. In my previous tenure for the ACM Europe Council, I have tried to assist the ACM in becoming truly global. I try to represent Europe as best I can -- and that means all of Europe. My objective in re-running for the ACM-EC is to complete this mission. Also, owing to my personal background, I would like to share an industry perspective to the ACM which is all too often underrepresented. If you want to know more about my academic work, look at GoogleScholar or follow me on twitter (@stoerrle). If you want to learn more about my current industry work, go have a look at www.qaware.de. For any questions pertaining to my ACM work, and what I plan to do next, feel free to contact me at hs4acm@web.de!

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Candidate for Councilor

 

Anastasia Ailamaki
EPFL, Switzerland
RAW Labs SA, Switzerland

BIOGRAPHY

Academic Background:
Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2000, Computer Science.

Professional Experience:
Full Professor, EPFL, Switzerland, 2008 – Present;
CEO, RAW Labs SA, Switzerland, 2015 – Present;
Assistant / Associate Professor, Carnegie Mellon University, USA, 2001 – 2008.

Professional Interests:
Data management systems; Data Science; Computer architecture; Storage Technologies.

ACM Activities:
Vice Chair, SIGMOD, 2013 – 2017;
Program Chair, SIGMOD Conference, 2019.

Awards Received:
ACM Fellow, 2015;
IEEE Fellow, 2018;
ACM SIGMOD Doctoral Dissertation Award (for Ph.D. of Ryan Johnson), 2012;
2001-2018: 10 best-paper awards at ACM/IEEE/VLDB conferences.

STATEMENT

As a faculty member at Carnegie Mellon for eight years and then at EPFL for another ten, and as founder of a startup in Switzerland, I have gained perspective on academic and industrial opportunities and challenges on both sides of the Atlantic. Having served as vice chair of the ACM SIGMOD for four years, I had the unique opportunity to work with the amazing people in the data management community and support efforts to produce and disseminate research results, connect education institutions to the industry, award excellence, and promote equal opportunity and affirmative action toward gender equality and against discrimination. As a member of the ACM Europe Council, I will strive to support the same values and use my experience to promote European leadership in research, education, and entrepreneurship.

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Candidate for Councilor

 

Panagiota Fatourou
University of Crete and FORTH, Greece

BIOGRAPHY

Academic Background:
Ph.D., Department of Computer Engineering and Informatics, University of Patras, 1999, Parallel and Distributed Computing.

Professional Experience:
Associate Professor, University of Crete and FORTH ICS, Heraklion, Greece, 2016 – Present;
Visiting Professor, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland, 2018;
Postdoc Researcher, University of Toronto, Canada, 2001.

Professional Interests:
Distributed and parallel computing; High performance computing; Algorithms and theoretical computer science; Experimental algorithmics.

ACM Activities:
Member (and currently Treasurer), ACM Europe Council, 2015 – Present;
Member, ACM Women Europe Raise and Wise Committee, 2019 – Present;

ACM Distinguished Speaker, ACM, 2016 – Present; Member, ACM Women Europe Executive Committee, 2016 – 2018.

Membership and Offices in Related Organizations:
Editor of the Distributed Computing Column of the EATCS Bulletin, European Association for Theoretical Computer Science (EATCS), 2009 – 2015;
Chair of the MINERVA Informatics Equality Award, Informatics Europe, 2018;
Chair of the Greek ACM-W Professional Chapter, ACM CECL, 2018 – Present.

STATEMENT

I have already served for four years as a member (and recently as the Treasurer) of the ACM Europe Council. This gave me the opportunity to get involved in many exciting activities of the Council that aimed at supporting gender equality in computing, fostering education in the computer science field, awarding and disseminating the achievements of computer professionals, and promoting access to the computer-related scientific frontiers.

If I am elected member of the Council again, I would be glad to continue contributing to similar activities, with the emphasis put on the following directions:

  • Expand the landscape and increase the number of ACM conferences that are held in Europe.
  • Enhance and advocate gender balance in computer-related scientific fields and professional sectors.
  • Encourage larger participation of European (and Greek) young scientists in several ACM activities.
  • Foster computer science education by identifying actions to address the changing student needs, connecting them to their peers and informing them about the ACM facilities and resources, promoting the ACM Europe travel grants and awards programs, and getting involved in many other similar ACM activities.

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Candidate for Councilor

 

Marcin Paprzycki
Systems Research Institute Polish Academy of Sciences, Poland

BIOGRAPHY

Academic Background:
Doctor of Science (Habilitazion), Bulgarian Academy of Science, 2008, Scientific Computing.

Professional Experience:
Associate Professor, Systems Research Institute Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw, Poland, 2011 – Present;
Assistant Professor, Systems Research Institute Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw, Poland, 2006 – 2011;
Assistant Professor, Oklahoma State University, Tulsa, OK, USA, 2001 – 2006.

Professional Interests:
Software agents and agent systems; Internet of things; Semantic technologies; Data analytics; Optimization.

Membership and Offices in Related Organizations:
Chair, Mazowia Branch, Polish Information Processing Society, 2014 – Present;
Chair, IEEE PS Computer Society Chapter, 2015 – Present;
Member of Steering Committee, Alumni Association, 2008 – Present.

Awards Received:
ACM Senior Member, 2009;
IEEE Senior Member, 2005;
Medal - 70 Years of Polish Informatics, 2018;
Medal of Polish National Commission on Education, 2016.

STATEMENT

When asked to volunteer, I thought: what I would like to change/improve within ACM, and devote my energy to doing so?

I believe that current trend, to measure “everything”, is detrimental, as we are pushed to compete for grants, publications, citations, etc. As a consequence:

  • results are falsified, publications (self-)plagiarized;
  • publishers/editors/reviewers (even in renowned journals) strong-arm authors to cite “their” work;
  • citation farms are formed;
  • unreliable indexing/ranking organizations influence performance evaluation;
  • predatory journals poison foundation of science.

If ACM has an opinion on these issues, it does not sound loudly and broadly. Maybe this is because

  • ACM is only selectively present in social networks/media.

It seems that ACM exists in an ivory tower. It creates important documents, e.g. Code of Ethics, but does not do much to make sure that they are actively applied. This is worrying in the world where accelerating changes are directly influenced by technologies that are the core of ACM’s interests.

Therefore, if you vote for me, I promise that I will push ACM out of the “perfect ivory tower of pure science”, and “dirty” its hands in real-world problems; to speak about key issues, and make its voice heard.

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Candidate for Councilor

 

Josephina Antoniou
University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) Cyprus

BIOGRAPHY

Academic Background:
Ph.D., University of Cyprus, 2010, Computer Science.

Professional Experience:
Co-founder and Director of Computing Lab, Science Research Centre, School of Sciences, UCLan Cyprus, 2012 – Present;
Assistant Professor of Computing (Networking/Security pathway), UCLan Cyprus, 2012 – Present;
Course Leader of MSc Computing, UCLan Cyprus, 2012 – Present.

ACM Activities:
Co-founder and Chair of the ACM-W (Association for Computing Machinery Women) Cyprus chapter, 2014 – Present;
Member of ACM, 2014 – Present.

Membership and Offices in Related Organizations:
Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA) since 2015;
Member of the Cyprus Scientific and Technical Chamber (ΕΤΕΚ) Field of Electronic Engineers/Engineers in Computer Science.

STATEMENT

I have been affiliated with ACM professionally for many years and have been honoured to serve as the chair of ACM-W Cyprus for the past five. My role as an ACM-W chapter chair, in combination with my professional experience as a research-active academic in Computing, has allowed me to witness the contrast between the faster pace of technology integration in industry, and the slower pace of computer science education trying to catch up.

I greatly appreciate my nomination to serve on the ACM Europe Council, and my objective would be to use the specific platform to promote this awareness in a fast evolving European society, through both educational avenues and inter-disciplinary coordination actions, for instance through research-related and knowledge transfer activities.

It is quite significant to support education, to incorporate learning relevant to the inter-disciplinary nature of emerging technologies, where design and development of computing products must consider ethics, law and social responsibility. In addition, in a society where business and policy must be technologically-informed, computer science itself must grow, from early education, to include emerging technological concepts, such as cybersecurity and smart information systems.

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