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UIS Computer Science professor wins outstanding service award

August 31, 2006

SPRINGFIELD – Keith Miller, professor of Computer Science at the University of Illinois at Springfield, is the 2006 recipient of the "Outstanding Service Award" presented by the Association for Computing Machinery and its Special Interest Group on Computers and Society.

Official presentation of the award is tentatively scheduled for October at ACM’s Special Interest Group for Information Technology Education annual conference in Minneapolis, where Miller will be part of a panel presentation on "Introducing Ethical Issues into the I.T. Curriculum."

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The award recognizes Miller's many professional contributions and notes in part that his "active collaboration with computer ethicists from both the philosophy and computer science disciplines has earned him tremendous respect on an international scale, and has led to a prolific publishing and professional service career."  Miller is the author of over 100 journal articles, book chapters, and conference proceedings pieces; has had active membership and service in over 25 professional organizations; and has made hundreds of professional presentations.

Most recently Miller initiated the Computer Ethics and Social Values track at SIGAPP (ACM’s special interest group on applied computing) international meetings and presented the 2005 SIGCAS awards at Ethicomp 2005 in Sweden. He served as vice-chair of SIGCAS from 2001 to 2005, was contributing editor of Computers and Society Education from 1997 to 2002, and was co-editor of the Computers and Society issue that focused on ethics and social impact.  At UIS, much of his teaching focuses on ethics for computing professionals.

Said Miller, "As I think about this award, I am struck by the following irony: so many people in computer ethics have done kindnesses to me, both professional and personal; and yet, I am being honored by SIGCAS with an award for service.

"My chief claim to fame in computer ethics is that so many of the people truly important to the field have been kind enough to work with me on one project or another. They've made me part of the family, and for that I am deeply grateful."

Miller has been a member of UIS' Computer Science faculty since 1993. He previously taught at The College of William and Mary and at Virginia Commonwealth University, has been a software engineering consultant, and has served as an expert witness at trials involving intellectual property and software quality. He earned the Ph.D. at the University of Iowa and the M.S. at William and Mary.

Information about the Association for Computing Machinery is available at http://acm.org/; information about its special interest group on computers and society is available at  www.acm.org/sigs/sigcas/index.html.

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