Election Results for the 2015-2016 Term

The election for 2015-2016 DSTC officers closed on December 9, 2014 at 11:45 pm Pacific Time. Of the 26 Active Members, 23 voted. The results are:

  • Chair
    • Bane Vasic, University of Arizona (23)
  • Vice-Chair from Industry
    • Xinde Hu, SanDisk Corporation (21)
  • Vice-Chair from Academia
    • Cai Kui, Data Storage Institute (12)
    • Shayan Garani Srinivasa, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore (11)
  • Secretary
    • Brian Kurkoski, Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (23)
  • Treasurer
    • Qi Qi, Avago Technologies (19)

Votes for “None of the Above” were not included.


Candidate Statements

The DSTC elects officers every two years for two-year terms. Below is the list of candidates for the 2015-2016 term, along with their biography and position statements. The election procedure is detailed in the Policies and Procedures.

Voting is restricted to DSTC active members (also called voting members), to whom voting instructions will be sent by email. There are 26 active members as of October 2014.

Schedule

  • December 1, 2014 Voting directions will be emailed to voting members, and voting begins.
  • December 9, 2014 Election Date. Deadline for active members to submit votes.
  • December 11, 2014 Election results annouced at DSTC meeting at Globecom in Austin, Texas

Candidates

  • Chair
    • Bane Vasic, University of Arizona — Biography (pdf)
      I have more that twenty years experience in the area in Data Storage in both academia and industry, and was involved in the development of coding and detection schemes that were considered best in industry. I will work on regaining the Data Storage Technical Committee’s significance within the COMSOC and extending our membership by involving SSD and distributed storage researchers.
  • Vice-Chair from Industry
    • Xinde Hu, SanDisk Corporation
  • Vice-Chair from Academia
    • Cai Kui, Data Storage Institute — [Biography removed at candidate’s request, August 2016]
      Link to candidate statement
    • Shayan Garani Srinivasa, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore — Biography (pdf)
      I have been an active member of the DSTC within IEEE ComSoc society. The DSTC is a small, yet focused organization in promoting advances in data storage theory and practice. Having been in the data storage industry leading various technological efforts all the way from inventions towards their deployment via read channel architectures into real systems, I have learnt that the connections between theory and practice is very vital to get ideas fructify into products. There is a tremendous scope for research and development within data storage synergizing efforts from academia and industry. I would like to have the following agenda during my office term:
      1) Bring synergies within academics and industrial counterparts for greater participation within IEEE DSTC activities such as publications (journals, conferences), discussion forums and so on.
      2) Build synergies globally across various research groups in data storage towards new technological advances.
      3) Help engage students within academics connect to industry and other academic groups within the storage community. We need to set this wave of activity to expose our students to this exciting field.
      4) Work with the DSTC chair and the members to develop a process and sustain our activities.
  • Secretary
    • Brian Kurkoski, Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology — Biography (pdf)
      As a technical committee within IEEE ComSoc, the Data Storage Technical Committee is small, but active and highly focused on promoting advances in data storage theory and practice. DSTC should grow to include emerging data storage technologies, as long as they are within the scope of signal processing and coding techniques.
      In my first term as Secretary, I re-designed this DSTC web site, migrated the DSTC mailing list to IEEE listserv, opened a DSTC LinkedIn group, and formalized the membership list. All of these are vehicles to further grow DSTC membership and advance the DSTC through clear communication of our activities. In my second term as Secretary, I will expand the promotion of DSTC activities.
  • Treasurer
    • Qi Qi, Avago Technologies — Biography (pdf)
      I am running for the Treasurer position of the Data Storage Technical Committee (DSTC). I served on symposium technical program for WCNC2013, ICCVE2013, ICNC2014 and ICCVE2014. I have worked in the data storage industry for 4 years. Throughout my academic study and industry career, I have been continuously supported and mentored by IEEE colleagues and industrial peers. I am looking forward to give back to this great community.
      Data storage technologies are the key components in the future development of information technology. IEEE COMSOC DSTC has an unique role in fostering the growth of data storage technologies. The success of DSTC depends not only on its technical strength, but also on the sustaining financial health of the organization. I am strongly committed to maintain financial integrity, and to improve the financial sustainability of IEEE COMSOC DSTC.
      If I am elected as the Treasurer of DSTC, I shall work closely with Data Storage Society members. I will ensure the financial transparency to allow members to make informed and inclusive decisions.