Liz is Professor and Pro Vice-Chancellor at the University of Newcastle, Australia, and previously Professor of Computing and Dean at the University of Durham, UK. From 2005-2011 Liz was the Director UK’s Centre for Excellence in Computing. Liz is globally recognised having received 5 University awards for enhancing computing education. She has held research collaborations with IBM, Microsoft, BT, BAE and Logica and received $12m in funding. Liz has produced over 80 articles and 40 keynotes.

She has represented the Computer Society BoG for 6 years including taking roles of VP for EAB and MGA, and from 2014-2015 as the Society’s 1st VP. She has also been actively engaged with IEEE activities currently chairing the IEEE EAB Web Portals Committee and previously the Pre-University Coordinating Committees. She has been a member of the IEEE EAB for the last 6 years.

Liz has vast experience of the Board membership and the general business of the IEEE and the Computer Society as shown by the variety and breadth of the activities indicated above. She has worked directly, and by their invitation, with the leaders of TAB, and IEEE president and past and elect. Such good working relations with the senior leadership is essential to support the Computer Society achieve their goals. She has also experience of working with sections in two regions (8 and 10) as well as supporting the British and Australian Computer Socieities.

She is a senior executive in her institution. A large institution of over 40k students, she has sole responsible for managing a number of major strategies including approximately $5 million annually in IT projects, a campus relocation and redesign in Sydney and the creation of a new School teaching and research initiatives in the Creative Industries.

Liz Burd photo



  • VP of CS EAB 2009-2012
  • VP of CS MGA 2013-2015
  • 1st VP 2014-2015
  • 2nd VP 2013
  • Chair of the Pre-University Education Committee – 2010-2013
  • Chair of the Education Portals Committee – 2014-2016
  • Member of the IEEE EAB Awards Board – 2013-2014
  • Member of IEEE EAB Nominations Committee - 2015
  • Member of the IEEE Awards Board, 2016
  • Member of the Society and Council Review Committee 2016+


  • Liz has supported a number of region 8 and region 10 events


  • Liz is an active member of the Sydney branch


  • Member of Computer Society
  • Member of Education Society


  • Supported CS’s TEAL conferences last 2 years
  • Supported CS’s FIE conference for 2 years
  • Been active member (reviewer, steering Committee and program chair) of many IEEE conferences for over 20 years


Demonstrating vision and bringing initiatives to implementation, including:

IEEE TryComputing website

TryComputing –

  • Liz is the creator and editor of this site
  • She submitted and presented to NIC for funding
  • Launched in 2012, Liz has continued to led this initiative
  • Liz worked with CS international Accreditation providers to link accredited programs
  • Obtained new funding from Foundation for enhancements in 2015
  • Currently working with consultants to add new approved lesson plans

IEEE Spark website

Spark –

  • She is the lead editor on this eZine
  • It is a quarterly magazine describing new technology innovation for kids aged 12+
  • She initially got money from NIC to set up the site
  • And after 2 years of petitioning she got IEEE EAB build funding into their baseline funding
  • Currently has 64k unique visitors

IEEE Smarter Planet Competition

Seeking new ways of engaging with the Membership

  • Animation competitions - Led competitions that involved getting members and their friends and family to generate 30 second clips of new technology innovations.
  • Smarter Planet Competition – Initiated this IBM/IEEE competition (with Arthur Winston) with first round between UK and Boston
  • Membership campaigns – Last year Liz went to China to promote the Society. She did this through TAB.
  • Membership training – Ran sessions in China, Germany, Australia (x 3) and UK (x 3)


Leading software engineering research on interdisciplinary and applied projects :

Multitouch classroom

Multi-touch Classroom

  • Multi-touch technologies for future classrooms.


SynergyNet Framework

  • Open source framework for muti-touch interaction and networking.



  • New forms of engaged learning for computer science.



  • Open source tool for multi-stream video annotation and transcription.

Call Graph

Software Maintenance

  • Visuallizing code structures for software maintenance.

3D printing

3D Printing

  • 3D printing for cultural heritage.


The very essence of professional associations is being disrupted and ironically for the IEEE this disruption is due to many of the technologies it has been responsible for creating and nurturing. For instance, the internet has changed the nature of education; no longer is their limited access to learning resources. Now, the challenge is information is so plentiful it’s difficult to identify the quality and reliability of that information. Similar are the challenges with research publications. The "open" community, including MOOCs and new publishing models, continue to pose us many challenges, but they also offer us opportunities. The IEEE has been slow to respond, so we need to act quickly else we will be left behind. If elected I will use this opportunity to get the IEEE to consider how these technologies can be used for the strategic advantage of its members, Societies and generally for its own advancement.

Membership in a wide variety of professional organizations is declining worldwide. Increasingly members are evaluating the value they receive from their membership. The membership value of the IEEE is in the professional networks and communities of practice it helps to create. Thus, the strength of the IEEE is therefore in its Societies, events and networks but the ‘value add’ that these provide is not truly realized, or in fact in many cases, appreciated. The Computer Society has recently led the way in defining new membership models, this is a practice that other Societies and the IEEE in general should consider. However, while shaping personalized membership is an important step forward, collaboration across individual Societies and the IEEE ‘mothership’ is an important next move. We, the members want value for money and access to relevant, high quality materials that is appropriate to our fields of interest that will help us to develop our careers. One important move I believe the IEEE should take, is to better exploit the commonality of interest across its relevant groups. Such collaboration, to benefit members, is something that I will strongly champion using my experience and existing networks.

Furthermore, through my extensive interaction across the regions I am aware that the needs of communities worldwide differ. I believe we must do more to support Regional variation. If elected, I will promote more effective ways to support localized professional development, seek more effective ways members can engage with the IEEE - worldwide, and enable more networking opportunities to support industry, academic, interdisciplinary with local and international community building.

Thus, through this role I intend to demonstrate the value of Societies and help the IEEE capitalize on its strengths so that the value of membership is clearly evident to all.