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The largest professional bodies for computer science

IEEE is a non-profit, technical professional international association of more than 377,000 individual members in 150 countries. The full name is the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc., although the organization is most popularly known and referred to by the letters IEEE. Through its technical publishing, conferences and consensus-based standards activities, the IEEE produces 30 percent of the world's published literature in electrical engineering, computers and control technology, and holds annually more than 300 major conferences and has nearly 900 active standards with 700 under development Through its members, the IEEE is a leading authority in technical areas ranging from computer engineering, biomedical technology and telecommunications, to electric power, aerospace and consumer electronics, among others. IEEE Computer Society (IEEE CS), IEEE Computational Intelligence Society (relating to AI), and IEEE Systems, Man & Cybernetics Society are three societies relating to computer science. IEEE CS is the largest of the three. IEEE online library is called IEEExplore.

The British Computer Society (BCS) was established in 1957. It is the largest UK-based professional body for computing. The BCS has a worldwide membership of over 68,000 members in over 100 countries. The BCS is the only professional body in UK with the ability to grant chartered status to both its Fellows and Professional members. Known as Chartered IT Professional, they are entitled to use the suffix CITP. The BCS keeps a register of current Chartered Members and Fellows.

Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) is the largest USA-based professional body for computing. ACM has a worldwide membership of over 84,000 members in over 140 countries. 20% of ACM members are from academia. ACM has more than 40 publications; nearly 150 Special Interest Group conferences; a searchable Digital Library. ACM Special interest groups are similar to IEEE societies. ACM online library is called ACM Digital Library.

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