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IEEE Computer Society
Founded1946; 78 years ago (1946)[1]
TypeProfessional organization
FocusComputer and information processing science and technology
HeadquartersWashington, DC, United States
OriginsFormation of the American Institute of Electrical Engineers (AIEE) Subcommittee on Large-Scale Computing
Area served
MethodPublications, conferences, technical councils, industry standards, certification, and training
> 373,100
Key people
Jyotika Athavale (2024 President). Melissa Russell (Executive Director).

IEEE Computer Society (commonly known as the Computer Society or CS) is a technical society of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) dedicated to computing, namely the major areas of hardware, software, standards and people,[2] "advancing the theory, practice, and application of computer and information processing science and technology."[3] It was founded in 1946 and is the largest of 39 technical societies organized under the IEEE Technical Activities Board[4] with over 375,000 members[5] in 150 countries, more that 100,000 being based in the United States alone.[6]

It operates as a "global, non-governmental, not-for-profit professional society"[6] publishing 23 peer-reviewed journals, facilitating numerous technical committees, and developing IEEE computing standards,[7][8][5][6][9] It maintains its headquarters in Washington, DC and additional offices in California, China, and Japan.[10]


IEEE Computer Society headquarters Office in Washington, D.C.

The IEEE Computer Society traces its origins to the Subcommittee on Large-Scale Computing, established in 1946 by the American Institute of Electrical Engineers (AIEE),[11][12] and to the Professional Group on Electronic Computers (PGEC), established in 1951 by the Institute of Radio Engineers (IRE).[13] When the AIEE merged with the IRE in 1963 to form the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), these two committees became the IEEE Computer Group.[7] The group established its own constitution and bylaws in 1971 to become the IEEE Computer Society.[1]

Main activities[edit]

IEEE Computer Society publications office in Los Alamitos, California.

The IEEE Computer Society maintains volunteer boards in six program areas: education, membership, professional activities, publications, standards, and technical and conference activities. In addition, 12 standing boards and committees administer activities such as the CS elections and its awards programs to recognize professional excellence.[14]

Education and professional development[edit]

The IEEE Computer Society participates in ongoing development of college computing curricula, jointly with the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM).[15] Other educational activities include software development certification programs[16] and online access to e-learning courseware and books.[17]


The IEEE Computer Society is a leading publisher of technical material in computing.[7] Its publications include 12 peer-reviewed technical magazines and 25 scholarly journals called Transactions, as well as conference proceedings, books, and a variety of digital products.[18]

The Computer Society Digital Library (CSDL) is the primary repository of the Computer Society's digital assets and provides subscriber access to all CS publications, as well as conference proceedings and other papers, amounting to more than 810,000 pieces of content.[19]

In 2014, the IEEE Computer Society launched the complementary monthly digest Computing Edge magazine, which consists of curated articles from its magazines.[20]

Technical conferences and activities[edit]

Steve Wozniak (age 66) relating tales of his television jammer hijinks from college at the first TechIgnite conference (2017).

The IEEE Computer Society sponsors more than 200 technical conferences each year[21] and coordinates the operation of several technical committees, councils, and task forces.[22]

The IEEE Computer Society maintains 12 standards committees to develop IEEE standards in various areas of computer and software engineering (e.g., the Design Automation Standards Committee and the IEEE 802 LAN/MAN Standards Committee).[23]

In 2010, the IEEE Computer Society introduced Special Technical Communities (STCs) as a new way for members to develop communities focusing on selected technical areas.[24] Current topics include broadening participation, cloud computing, education, eGov, haptics, multicore, operating systems, smart grids, social networking, sustainable computing, systems engineering, and wearable and ubiquitous technologies.[25]

Technical Communities[edit]

The IEEE Computer Society currently has 31 technical communities.[26] A technical community (TC) is an international network of professionals with common interests in computer hardware, software, its applications, and interdisciplinary fields within the umbrella of the IEEE Computer Societyserving as the focal point of the various technical activities within a technical discipline which influences the standards development, conferences, publications, and educational activities of the IEEE Computer Society.[citation needed]

Very Large Scale Integration (TCVLSI)[edit]

Technical Community on VLSI (TCVLSI) is a technical community that oversees various technical activities related to computer hardware, integrated circuit design, and software for computer hardware design[27] covering the computer-aided design (CAD) or electronic design automation (EDA) techniques to facilitate the very-large-scale integration (VLSI) design process. The VLSI may include various types of circuits and systems, such as digital circuits and systems, analog circuits, as well as mixed-signal circuits and systems. The emphasis of TCVLSI widely covers the integrating the design, CAD, fabrication, application, and business aspects of VLSI, encompassing both hardware and software.[28] The Chair of the TCVLSI is elected by the voting members of TCVLSI.[29] Other executive members of TCVLSI are appointed by the Chair.[30]


The IEEE Computer Society recognizes outstanding work by computer professionals who advance the field in three areas of achievement: Technical Awards (e.g., the IEEE Women of the ENIAC Computer Pioneer Award or the W. Wallace McDowell Award), Education Awards (e.g., Taylor L. Booth Education Award), and Service Awards (e.g., Richard E. Merwin Distinguished Service Award).[31]

In 2018, the organization won First Place in the Los Angeles Press Club's annual Southern California Journalism Awards for "Untold Stories: Setting the Record Straight on Tech's Racial History", in the minority/immigration reporting online category.[32][33]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Wood, Helen: "Computer Society Celebrates 50 Years," IEEE Annals of the History of Computing, 17(4):6, 1996
  2. ^ Plant, Robert T; Murrell, Stephen (2007). An executive's guide to Information Technology: principles, business models, and terminology. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. p. 175. ISBN 978-0521853361. Retrieved 10 April 2024.
  3. ^ IEEE Computer Society Constitution & Bylaws, art. 1, Sec. 2, 1971
  4. ^ King, Bonnie. "About the IEEE Computer Society". IEEE Computer Society. Washington, DC. Archived from the original on 22 September 2004. Retrieved 10 April 2024.
  5. ^ a b "About the IEEE Computer Society". IEEE Computer Society. Washington, DC. Archived from the original on 10 April 2024. Retrieved 10 April 2024.
  6. ^ a b c King, Willis K (2005). "The role of the IEEE computer society in the Information Age". In van Weert, Tom J (ed.). Education and the Knowledge Society: Information Technology Supporting Human Development. Boston: Kluwer Academic Publishers. p. 124. ISBN 9780387231204. Retrieved 10 April 2024.
  7. ^ a b c Weiss, Eric A (2003). "Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers-Computer Society (IEEE-CS)". Encyclopedia of Computer Science (4th ed.). Chichester: John Wiley and Sons. pp. 881–882. ISBN 978-0-470-86412-8. Retrieved 11 April 2024.
  8. ^ "Professional Chapters". IEEE Computer Society. Retrieved 2011-09-02.
  9. ^ Englander, Irv (2014). "5 (Representing Numerical Data)". The Architecture of Computer Hardware, Systems, Software, & Networking: An Information Technology Approach (Fifth ed.). Hoboken, NJ: John WIley & Sons. p. 165. ISBN 978-1-118-32263-5. Retrieved 11 April 2024.
  10. ^ "IEEE Computer Society Offices". IEEE Computer Society. Retrieved 2011-08-30.
  11. ^ Concordia, Charles: "In the Beginning There Was the AIEE Committee on Computing Devices," Computer, 9(12):42–44 December 1976
  12. ^ "The First 25 Years". Computer. 9 (12): 41–53. December 1976. doi:10.1109/C-M.1976.218469. ISSN 1558-0814.
  13. ^ Astrahan, Morton M., "In the Beginning There Was the IRE Professional Group on Electronic Computers," Computer, 9(12):43–44, December 1976
  14. ^ IEEE Computer Society Bylaws, Article VI–XII, 2011
  15. ^ "Computing Curriculum: Computer Science 2013 (CS2013)". ACM/IEEE-CS Joint Task Force. Retrieved 2011-09-02.
  16. ^ "Professional and Educational Activities Board". IEEE Computer Society. Retrieved 2011-09-02.
  17. ^ "e-Learning Campus". IEEE Computer Society. Retrieved 2011-09-02.
  18. ^ "IEEE Computer Society Publications". IEEE Computer Society. Retrieved 2011-08-30.
  19. ^ "Digital Library". IEEE Computer Society.
  20. ^ "IEEE Computer Society Introduces Computing Edge". 1888pressrelease.com. Retrieved 2015-04-04.
  21. ^ "Conference Calendar". IEEE Computer Society. Retrieved 2011-09-02.
  22. ^ "Technical Activities". IEEE Computer Society. Retrieved 2011-08-30.
  23. ^ "Standards Activities Board". IEEE Computer Society. Retrieved 2011-09-02.
  24. ^ Dejan S. Milojicic, Phil Laplante, "Special Technical Communities," IEEE Computer, vol. 44, no. 6, pp. 84-88, June, 2011.
  25. ^ IEEE CS STC Web site
  26. ^ Technical Committees of IEEE-CS
  27. ^ Technical Committee on VLSI
  28. ^ "IEEE Computer Society Annual Sym". www.eng.ucy.ac.cy. Retrieved 2021-11-15.
  29. ^ TCVLSI Charter
  30. ^ "TCVLSI Charter". TCVLSI. Retrieved 2021-11-15.
  31. ^ "IEEE Computer Society Awards". IEEE Computer Society. Retrieved 2011-09-02.
  32. ^ http://lapressclub.org/
  33. ^ Martinez, Michael; Lori Cameron, Lori (2017). Untold Stories: Setting the Record Straight on Tech's Racial History. Retrieved from https://publications.computer.org/annals/2017/05/02/race-and-computing-the-problem-of-sources-the-potential-of-prosopography-and-the-lesson-of-ebony-magazine/.

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