IFIP, the global association for the ICT sector, has presented prestigious Silver Core Awards to eight members who have made outstanding contributions to the international profession.
IFIP President, Mike Hinchey, paid tribute to the award recipients, saying they have helped to shape the direction of ICT around the world.
“These individuals have each played an active role in developing and progressing the profession over many years, both within their home nations and particularly at an international level,” he said.
Brenda Aynsley, past president of the Australian Computer Society, was recognised for her work in leading IFIP’s Professionalism arm, IP3, and her active involvement in key events such as the IFIP World Computer Congresses in South Korea (2015) and The Netherlands (2012), the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) Forums in Geneva and meetings with the European Commission.
Moira de Roche, past president of the Institute of IT Professionals South Africa (IITPSA), was awarded a Silver Core for her efforts as IP3 Deputy Chair and Marketing Director, responsible for launching the IP3 website and actively involved in progressing the work of IFIP IP3 through the WSIS Forums in Geneva and recent World Computer Congresses in South Korea and The Netherlands.
Kevin Crowston, a Distinguished Professor of Information Science at the Syracuse University School of Information Studies in NY State, was honoured by IFIP for his work with Working Group 8.2 on Information Systems and Organizations. Over the past 10 years he has served as Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary and Web Master as well as Co-Chairing the Program Committee for the 2007 Working Conference on Virtuality and Virtualization. He also received IFIP’s Outstanding Service Award in 2004.
Brian Fitzgerald, Chief Scientist at Lero, the Irish Software Research Centre, has also been a key player in WG 8.2, serving as Chair, Vice Chair and Secretary over the past decade. An active participant in several international bodies and a Fellow of both the Irish and British Computer Societies, he was Organizing Chair of the WG 8.2’s Working Conference on Social Inclusion (2006), Program Co-Chair of the Working Conference on Shaping the Future of ICT Research (2012) and General co-Chair of the Working Conference on Information Systems and Global Assemblages (2014). He was awarded the IFIP Outstanding Service Award in 2013.
Stephen Ibaraki, past president of the Canadian Information Processing Society was recognised for his service as Vice Chair of IFIP IP3 and Founding Chair of its Global Industry Council, an initiative that was recognised with a WSIS Champion Award by ITU earlier this year. Mr Ibaraki is a prolific writer and speaker who is active in numerous industry bodies and has represented IP3 at the United Nations. He also presented at the World Computer Congresses in 2012 and 2015, at recent WSIS Forums and has raised the profile of IFIP at other events around the world.
Dogan Kesdogan is Professor of IT Security Management in the Department of Economics Computer Science at the University of Regensburg in Bavaria. Dogan is credited with revitalising IFIP Working Group 11.4 which focuses on Network & Distributed Systems Security, serving as its vice chair from 2008-2014 and now its current chair. He was also co-chair of the Program Committee for the iNetSec Workshops in 2009, 2011 and 2015 and co-edited the Springer proceedings.
Don Passey, Professor of Technology Enhanced Learning at Lancaster University, UK, is vice-chair of the IFIP Technical Committee 3 on Education and Chair of Working Group 3.7, which focuses on Information Technology in Education Management. He served as Program Committee Chair of IFIP SaITE 2016, Doctoral Consortium Chair and keynote speaker at the TC-3 Open Conference 2015 in Vilnius and is currently Chair of the Program Committee for IFIP WCCE 2017. He received the IFIP Outstanding Service Award in 2014.
Marco Winckler is assistant professor at the University Paul Sabatier in Toulouse, where he specialises in Human Computer Interaction (HCI). He is currently chair of IFIP WG 13.2, focused on Methodologies for User Centred Design, after serving as vice chair for six years and is also the secretary for IFIP TC-13. Marco is active in several international technical bodies and also co-edited the proceedings of INTERACT 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015 (LNCS series) as well as co-editing proceedings for IFIP 13.2 Conf. on Human-Centered Software Engineering HCSE 2012, 2014, and HCSE-HESSD 2016 (LNCS series).