candidates for MEMBERS AT LARGE (7/1/08-6/30/12)
Faculty of Information Studies
University of Toronto
Professor, Chairman of Steering Committee
Department of Computer Science and Technology
Tsinghua University, China
■ Kelly Lyons received a BSc in Com- ■ I first joined ACM in 2002 as a mem-
puting Science from Queen’s University ber from industry and am now enjoying
at Kingston, Canada, in 1985. She then the many resources available through my
joined the IBM Toronto Lab before tak- membership as a university faculty mem-
ing a leave of absence to complete her ber. Over the years of my membership, I
MSc (1989) and PhD (1994) at Queen’s have seen ACM evolve to better service
in graph layout algorithms. She held a its diverse constituencies, namely, soft-
PhD Fellowship at the IBM Centre for ware developers, practitioners, technical
Advanced Studies (CAS) and returned to managers, researchers, faculty members,
IBM in 1994 as the Principal Investigator and students. ACM’s goal of advancing
of the Data Management for eCommerce computing as a science and a profession
project in CAS. clearly addresses the unique needs and
In 1997, Kelly left CAS to work on issues of each of these groups as well as
complex query performance in the IBM their shared desire to ensure a healthy
DB2 Performance and Advanced Tech- computing field.
nology department. She then became a As a passionate computer scientist, I
manager with responsibility for projects in have been troubled by the large decline
self-managing databases, next generation in interest in our field by young people,
I/O, XML performance, and performance especially girls. Over the years I have
regression testing. She managed the participated in numerous workshops and
CAS/DB2 projects which involved 12 PhD panels addressing this issue. As an ACM
students and 10 professors. In 2004, Kelly Council Member-at-Large I would like to
became the Head of CAS with responsibil- contribute to ACM’s efforts in this impor-
ity for over 60 collaborative projects with tant area. Through ACM’s dedication to
university researchers. In 2008, she joined enhancing the image of the computer sci-
the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Infor- entist, and ensuring a robust educational
mation Studies as an Associate Professor pipeline, its members can play a role in
to teach and conduct research in services reversing this decline and in helping inter-
science, social computing, data manage- est young people in the computing field.
ment, and business intelligence. I also feel strongly that a collaborative
Kelly has co-authored 16 refereed community environment is an important
papers, filed 2 patents, served on program attractor and retention feature for people
committees for various conferences, given in the field of computing. As a Member-
keynote and invited presentations, and co- at-Large, I would like to find new ways to
chaired several workshops. She has been connect ACM members through social
a member of ACM since 2002 and joined computing technologies and communi-
the ACM Grace Murray Hopper Award ties of practice across all constituencies.
Committee in 2007. Kelly is on the Board Finally, I want to encourage membership
of Management of the Ontario Centres of from under-represented groups, especially
Excellence Centre for Communication and young women, to join and participate in
Information Technology, is an IBM Faculty ACM’s activities and communities.
Fellow, and an adjunct professor at Dal-
housie and York Universities. She is very
active in Women in Technology initiatives
and has given several presentations to
young people and teachers on this topic.
■ Chuang Lin is a professor at the ■ I am running for the position of ACM
Department of Computer Science and Member at Large to enhance the presence
Technology at Tsinghua University of of ACM in China and enable ACM to help
China since 2000, where he served as the Chinese computing community.
department chair from 2003 to 2007. He China is growing faster. Its computing
received a PhD in Computer Science from society, including both academia and
Tsinghua University of China in 1994, industry is also growing faster. There are
and a MS from Chinese Academy of more than 100 universities in China which
Sciences in 1981. Upon joining Tsinghua have Ph.D. programs in computer science.
University, he was a professor and chief Almost all major multi-national IT com-of Division of Information Technology, panies, such as Microsoft, INTEL, IBM,
Information Economics and Technology Google, opened branches in China. The
Institute, State Information Center of Chinese computing community is really
China since 1981. large and still growing faster.
Lin has devoted his career to Quality of ACM is the “first society in comput-
Services and security control of Internet ing”. Its journals and conferences are the
and Computer networks. His research publishing venues of choice for computer
centers on modeling, simulation and scientists, and the Digital Library is a
performance analysis of computer sys- fantastic resource. However, the presence
tems. In these areas, he has published of ACM in China is not satisfactory. There
more than 300 papers in research journals are only less than 1,000 ACM members
and conference proceedings. He is also in China.
the author of three books. Lin led the I have tried to promote ACM in the
project “Stochastic Modeling and Perfor- past few years. In April 2005, I organized
mance Evaluation of Computer System”, the ACM SIGCOMM Asia Workshop in
which was awarded the first place in the Beijing China as the general chair and
first prize of National Science and Tech- received the Recognition of Service Award
nology Award in 2005 by the Ministry of from ACM. I have been an ACM China
Education of China. Task Force Member since 2006. I am
Lin has been an ACM China Task Force responsible for the ACM China Secretariat
Member since 2006. He is responsible for to handle membership issues in China
the ACM China Secretariat and Education locally. In 2007, I was named ACM Coun-
Summit in China. In 2007, he was named cil Member.
ACM Council Member. In April 2005, he If elected Member at Large, here are
organized the ACM SIGCOMM Asia Work- some issues I would promote on behalf of
shop in Beijing China as the general chair the ACM community:
and received the Recognition of Service —Create greater awareness of ACM
Award from ACM. in China and help increase membership
Since 2004, Lin has been a Chinese among the computing community here,
Delegate in TC6 of IFIP and an IEEE including both academia and industry.
Senior Member. He serves as a counselor —Draw on ACM’s resources, talents,
for the key research project “Network and and SIGs to help China, especially to
Information Security” of China National setup a team to translate some important
Science of Foundation since 2000. From English contents, such as Communica-
2006 to 2010, he is on the Advisory tions of ACM, into Chinese to attract
Committee on Elementary Undergraduate broader readers.
Computer Science Education of the Minis- —Organizing education summit to
try of Education of China. bring ACM’s curriculum resources to