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Governance

The Australian Computer Society is governed by a national Management Committee.  This committee is assisted by a National Congress, eight State and Territory Branch Executive Committees, and three expert advisory boards - the Member Advisory Board, the Profession Advisory Board, and the Technical Advisory Board.

All three Boards provide strategy advice within their areas of expertise to Management Committee via their Vice Presidents.

One of the key strengths of the ACS is the collective knowledge and skills of its members, and the expert advisory boards are the framework for optimising this expertise.

The ACS Management Committee controls and manages the Society, within the bounds set by the Associations Incorporations Act (ACT) and the Society’s Objects, Rules and National Regulations.

The Management Committee consists of the National Office Bearers (President, three Vice Presidents, Immediate Past President, National Treasurer) as well as the Chief Executive Officer and four National Congressional Representatives.               

blockchain Committee

 

  • Dr Vincent Gramoli

    Chair

    Vincent Gramoli is the Head of the Concurrent Systems Research Group at the University of Sydney and a Senior Researcher at Data61-CSIRO.He received his PhD from University of Rennes and his Habilitation from UPMC Sorbonne University in France. Prior to this, he was affiliated with INRIA, University of Connecticut, Cornell University, University of Neuchâtel, EPFL and NICTA. His research interest spans distributed systems and security and his group recently designed the Red Belly Blockchain, a blockchain that does not fork and achieves unprecedented performance.

  • Dr Philippa Ryan

    Vice-Chair

    Dr Pip Ryan is a barrister and lecturer in the Faculty of Law at the University of Technology. She coordinates and teaches Commercial Equity and Disruptive Technologies and theLaw. Pip also facilitates an extracurricular programme that teaches law students how to design and develop legal apps for NGOs. She is a member of the Industry Advisory Board for the Australian Digital Currency Association, the Deputy Chair of the Australian Computer Society’s Blockchain Technical Committee, and the Standards Australia Blockchain Technical Committee, where she convenes the Smart Contracts Working Group. Pip is also a member of the ISO Smart Contracts Study Group. Pip’s PhD formulated a new classification for the liability of third parties to breach of trust. Her current research explores business relationships, custodial obligations and breach of fiduciary duty in apparently trustless commercial arrangements and smart contracts enabled byBlockchain technology. Forthcoming publications: Trust and Distrust in Decentralised Digital Economies(Routledge, NY).

  • Mr Ambarish Natu

    FACS

    After graduating from UNSW, Ambarish has held positions as a visiting researcher in Italy and Taiwan, worked for industry in United Kingdom and the United States of America and for the past nine years has been working in the Australian Public Service.For the past 17 years Ambarish has led the development of five international standards under the auspices of the International Standards Organization (ISO) popularly known as JPEG (Joint Photographic Experts Group). He is the recipient of the ISO/IECcertificate for contributions to technology standards. Ambarish is highly active in the area of international standardization and voicing Australian concerns in the area of JPEG and MPEG (Motion Pictures Experts Group) standardization. Recently, he initiated an effort in the area of standardization relating to Privacy and Security in the Multimedia Context both within JPEG and MPEG standard bodies.In 2015, Ambarish was the recipient of the prestigious Neville Thiele Award and the Canberra Professional Engineer of the Year by Engineers Australia. Ambarish currently works as an IT Architect within the Australian Taxation Office. Ambarish currently also serves as a committee member on the ITEE College Board, the ITEE Canberra Branch committee of Engineers Australia and is also served as Vice-Chair and Treasurer for the IEEE Canberra Section.

  • Professor Ren Ping Liu

    Ren Ping Liu is a Professor and Head of Discipline, Network and Cyber Security at the School of Electrical and Data Engineering in University of Technology Sydney. He is also the Research Program Leader of the Digital Agrifood Technologies in Food Agility CRC, a government/research/industry initiative to empower Australia's food industry through digital transformation. Prior to that he was a Principal Scientist and Research Leader at CSIRO, where he led wireless networking research activities. Professor Liu was the winner of Australian Engineering Innovation Award and CSIRO Chairman medal. He specialises in protocol design and modelling, and has delivered networking solutions to a number of government agencies and industry customers. His research interests include 5G, VANET, IoT, security, and Blockchain. Professor Liu has over 100 research publications, and has supervised over 30 PhD students.Professor Liu is the founding chairof IEEE NSW VTS Chapter and a Senior Member of IEEE. He served as Technical Program Committee chair and Organising Committee chair in a number of IEEE Conferences. Ren Ping Liu received his B.E.(Hon) and M.E. degrees from Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications, China, and the Ph.D. degree from the University of Newcastle, Australia.

  • Mr Scott Nelson

    In December 2015, Scott retired from Alcatel-Lucent following a 38 year career dedicated to Technology and telecommunications technologies in particular. He spent four years in a microwave research environment at Sydney University and then eight years at GEC and Marconi as an R&D leader developing data network products. He joined Alcatel in 1992 and spent four years in product management before taking on various CTO roles, first in a sales support role in Australia and the US and then more recently in various global Business Units. The CTO roles involved setting technology strategy, M&A, overseeing Intellectual Property development, Standardisation strategy and system and network design for customers. These roles were often extended to address business process improvements and engineering operations and also incorporated managing a small network consulting business addressing all aspects of the business of Telcos, from network design and operations through to customer experience. From 2011-2013 Scott led the 4,000 strong Network Engineering team of Alcatel-Lucent's Customer Delivery team, driving automation, measurement and consistency across the global delivery teams. In his last role in Alcatel-Lucent he guided the OSS and NFV strategies and wrote the blueprint for operating the IP-Platforms Business as a Software Company.Since retiring from Alcatel-Lucent, Scott has continued to stay engaged in the industry providing consulting services to a range of industry players and also currently sits on the National Committee of the IEC in Australia. In early 2017 he set-up Burraneer Consulting Pty Ltd.

  • Mr Steven Pereira

    As Chief Information Officer at GS1 Australia which Steven has held since 2005 includes responsibilities for Solutions Development, Infrastructure, Communications & Technology, Quality Systems & Data Management and the Project Management Office. As part ofthe portfolio, Steven is also responsible for Knowledge Services and Research & Development initiatives within GS1 Australia but also with academia. Steven has had a long involvement in education and training at GS1 Australia. Between 2013 and 2016 he was of GS1 Australia Institute, involved with producing e&t to GS1 members, staff and tertiary students on supply chain management (SCM) and logistics. The biggest achievement during this time was the support of the RMIT University philanthropic program with a perpetual named GS1 Australia Scholarship for a student studying SCM.Steven continues to be involved with a number of tertiary institutions in the area of R&D and is a member of the Industry Engagement Steering Committee (IESC) an oversight committee of the GS1 Global Standards Development Process.

  • Mr Tom Worthington

    FACS

    Tom Worthington is an independent computer professional, award winning educational designer and an Honorary Senior Lecturer in the Research School of Computer Science at the Australian National University. He previously worked on IT policy forthe Australian Department of Defence and HQ Australian Defence Force. In 1999 Tom was elected a Fellow of the Australian Computer Society for his contribution to the development of public Internet policy. He is a Past President, Honorary Life Member, Certified Professional and a Certified Computer Professional of the ACS as well as a voting member of the Association for Computing Machinery and a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.

  • Ms Anna Shillabeer