Thursday, April 30, 2009

CG Steering Comittee Elections: Part II

Marc van Kreveld has been taking nominations for the next set of members of the CG steering committee. He now has a list of nominees (people nominated at least twice, and willing to serve). His instructions are these:
To vote, send me an e-mail with at most five names from the list below. Put "Vote SC" (or something similar) in the e-mail subject line, or reply to this message. The possibility to vote ends on May 15. Of course, your votes will be kept confidential.
The list is below: much to my embarrassment, I have been nominated. There are many good folks on this list, and I'm not sure explicit campaigning is in good taste, but I will say that I feel the "divide" between CG and the rest of theory has been made too much of a big deal, and does no one any favors. In whatever ways the steering committee can help to keep us involved and participating in larger theory endeavours, I'd do my best to be involved.

If anyone else on the list below wishes to post anything about their suitability for a spot, I'd be happy to host their posting without comment.

And now, here's the list: you will note that all CG bloggers have been nominated :)
  • Dan Halperin
  • David Eppstein
  • David Mount
  • Erik Demaine
  • Guenter Rote
  • Jack Snoeyink
  • Jean-Daniel Boissonnat
  • Jeff Erickson
  • Joseph Mitchell
  • Leo Guibas
  • Mark de Berg
  • Matthew Katz
  • Monique Teillaud
  • Otfried Cheong
  • Rolf Klein
  • Sariel Har-Peled
  • Sue Whitesides
  • Suresh Venkatasubramanian


  1. What exactly does the steering committee do? In other words, what are we looking for in a candidate?

  2. Among other things, the steering committee chooses the PC chair for SoCG. It also acts (or can act) as the first place to go when anyone else wants to "talk to the CG community": I don't know how much of that happens.

  3. It is a very conservative list. Suresh - you seems to be the youngest, or perhaps Sariel is the one, but all the names are of those who are in the field for a very long time - no fresh blood?

  4. well the way the process works, anyone nominated had at least two votes for them: so enough people need to have nominated for a diverse list to be created.

  5. Erik Demaine is definitely the youngest person on the list. But yes, everybody is "old" in the field. So it goes.

  6. I'd love to hear from the anonymous commenters any suggestions for issues for the steering committee to consider. We'll be glad to put younger, more energetic people in charge of implementing some of them, too.

    Suresh, would you like to invite the the steering committee to guest blog here, or do you think it better that it start its own blog?

  7. I'm happy to host anyone here. that might even be better than having the steering committee form its own blog, at least for now.


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