Computer Society Connection
NOVEMBER 2005 (Vol. 38, No. 11) pp. 81-86
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Computer Society Connection

Computer Society Magazines Set Coverage for 2006
The IEEE Computer Society—celebrating its 60th anniversary in 2006—is dedicated to advancing the theory, practice, and application of computer and information processing technology. The Computer Society's 14 technical magazines cover topics including hardware, software, test, graphics, multimedia applications, and security. In 2006, Society publications will address broad trends, emerging issues, historical perspectives, and recent developments in all aspects of the computing profession.

In January 2006, Computer, the flagship magazine of the IEEE Computer Society, will continue its tradition of publishing an Outlook issue that highlights emerging technologies that promise to change the face of computing in both the near and distant future. In addition to publishing top academic papers, Computer also offers monthly columns, departments, news articles, and thought-provoking opinion pieces from professionals in computing.
Computer's April 2006 issue looks at emerging issues in software-based medical devices, which pose unique challenges due to their diversity, complexity, and criticality. The August 2006 issue will focus on the future of public computing in urban contexts.
See for recent articles, current highlights, and a complete editorial calendar.

IEEE Distributed Systems Online provides resources on cluster computing, distributed agents, grid computing, middleware, operating systems, parallel processing, and Web systems. In 2006, the online magazine will feature news from magazine sponsors IEEE Internet Computing and IEEE Pervasive Computing, peer-reviewed articles, editorial columns, interviews, debates, and opinion pieces.
DS Online, the IEEE's first online-only publication, offers highlights from related journals, provides updates on university and corporate projects, and supplies information on conferences of interest to the distributed systems research community.
Topic area editors for DS Online review submissions and acquisitions for their relevance and usefulness to working professionals.
See for current highlights, book reviews, and links to other distributed systems Web sites.

IEEE Software publishes peer-reviewed articles on software applications and maintenance as well as the research and practice of software development. For the July/August 2006 issue, Software will publish a special issue on software verification and validation techniques.
Other theme issues throughout 2006 will address software testing, global software development, and requirements engineering—including a May/ June issue containing best papers from the 2005 IEEE Requirements Engineering conference.
Software will also publish a March/ April issue focusing on the state of the practice and future directions for software architecture.
See for a sample issue, calls for papers, and complete editorial calendar.

IEEE Internet Computing targets the technical and scientific Internet user communities as well as designers and developers of Internet-based applications and technologies. A crossroads for academic researchers and software professionals, the magazine presents novel content from academic and industry experts on topics including architectures, data mining, middleware, security, and standards. Internet Computing's January/February 2006 issue will focus on message-oriented middleware. Future themes for the year include sensor nets, Web services for geographic information systems, and malware and spyware.
Key articles from Internet Computing are also available on the Computer Society's Web site through IEEE Distributed Systems Online at
See for an online cache of featured content and a calendar of events.

The Computer Society's IT Professional magazine provides leading coverage of enterprise computing systems. IT Pro offers managers and administrators practical how-to advice on topics such as the impact of emerging regulatory issues and the cost versus benefit considerations that are driving the recent move to widespread outsourcing.
In the January/February 2006 issue, IT Pro will focus on best practices and how they are used in the IT environment. Throughout the year, the magazine will discuss topics such as service-oriented architectures and computing, IT innovation and evolution, and tools for managing networks and systems.
Visit the magazine's Web site at for selected articles, a 2006 editorial calendar, and complete author guidelines.

IEEE Security & Privacy tracks the latest advances in information assurance and security, covering fields that range from digital rights management to the legal, privacy, and policy issues that impact cybercrime prevention.
The magazine will devote its March/ April 2006 issue to exploring security and privacy policies and ways in which they affect companies and consumers. The May/June issue will feature articles that address Web application security.
Security & Privacy's regular departments include Building Security In, which shows developers how to build security into a product—rather than tacking it on after the product is built—and Attack Trends, which examines emerging trends in attacks, phishing, and malware. Next year, the magazine will also address privacy applications, identity theft, and the role of the user in security strategies.
See for Web extras like interviews, exclusive articles, and conference presentations.

Computing in Science & Engineering focuses not on how computers work, but on how scientists and engineers can use computers more effectively. It regularly covers topics ranging from scientific programming, computer simulations, and large-scale visualization to grid computing, computational physics, and educational techniques.
CiSE will devote its January/ February 2006 issue to special-purpose computing; later in the year, special themes will focus on Monte Carlo computational methods as well as interactions of signal and noise detection in complex systems.
See for author guidelines, links to related resources, and Web extras such as useful code and answers to published problems.

In 2006, IEEE Micro will continue its tradition of publishing original works that discuss the design, performance, and application of microcomputers and microprocessor systems. A January/ February "Top Picks" issue will feature Micro's selections of the best papers from the major microarchitecture conferences in 2005. Best papers from the related Hot Chips 17 conference are set to run in the March/April issue.
Later, Micro will explore new developments in architecture, design, and tools for application-specific processors. Micro reaches an international audience of microcomputer and microprocessor designers, system integrators, and users.
See for current highlights and more information on upcoming special issues.

IEEE Computer Graphics and Applications covers leading computer graphics technology, offering research features, regular departments, and columns from professionals in the computer graphics industry. CG&A's January/February 2006 issue highlights interactive narratives and their implications for the future. In its May/June issue, CG&A examines established and emerging technologies for geovisualization, a key technique for exploring data in a geographical context. A November/ December theme issue on medical virtual reality finishes out the year.
See for Web extras like interactive exhibits and movies, as well as detailed calls for papers and a complete editorial calendar.

In 2006, IEEE Intelligent Systems will present a September/ October special issue on intelligent technologies for interactive entertainment. The bimonthly magazine welcomes papers on all aspects of artificial intelligence, focusing on the development of the latest research into practical, fielded applications.
Intelligent Systems is published in technical cosponsorship with the British Computer Society, the European Coordinating Committee for Artificial Intelligence, and the American Association for Artificial Intelligence. Members of these organizations are eligible for a discount on subscriptions to the magazine. IEEE Computer Society members get the lowest rates, at only $30 for a one-year electronic subscription.
See for selected articles and to download a free trial issue.

Users and designers of multimedia hardware, software, and systems read IEEE MultiMedia magazine for articles on issues in multimedia systems and applications. In 2006, the magazine will publish special issues on the future of multimedia audio and images, haptic user interfaces, and the evolution of media over time. MultiMedia will conclude 2006 with an October-December theme issue covering recent advances in the continuous archival and retrieval of personal experiences.
In addition to technical articles, the quarterly magazine also offers new product descriptions, book reviews, and announcements of conferences and workshops. MultiMedia features a Readers' Remarks department that encourages feedback and participation from the multimedia community.
See for a complete editorial calendar and article submission guidelines.

The peer-reviewed articles published in IEEE Pervasive Computing address the latest developments in pervasive, mobile, and ubiquitous computing. Champions of pervasive computing point to many viable commercial technologies, like wearable computers and high-bandwidth wireless services, as ideal building blocks for computer systems to insinuate themselves into everyday life unobtrusively.
In the coming year, Pervasive Computing will publish a January-March issue on RFID, an April-June issue on pervasive computing for emerging economies, and a July-September issue on lessons learned from real-world ubiquitous computing deployments. Closing the year is an October-December issue on pervasive computing in transportation.
Key articles from Pervasive Computing are available on the Web through IEEE Distributed Systems Online. See for submission guidelines and links to related content.

IEEE Design & Test of Computers, published in technical cosponsorship with the IEEE Circuits and Systems Society, focuses on current and near-future practice and includes tutorials, how-to articles, and real-world case studies. For 2006, Design & Test plans theme issues on topics such as system in package, high-speed mixed-signal design, and extreme low-power design and test.
A March/April issue looks at latent defect screening. In the May/June issue, Design & Test will cover embedded multicore chips, while the magazine's September/October issue will highlight error resiliency and design for resilience.
See for selected highlights from past issues, calls for papers, or to volunteer as a reviewer for Design & Test.

Since 1979, IEEE Annals of Computing has been the primary scholarly publication for recording, analyzing, and debating the history of computing. The quarterly magazine regularly calls on computer pioneers to share firsthand accounts of significant historical moments.
The January-March 2006 issue of Annals continues a series titled "BBN: Culture of a Technology Company." Other 2006 issues are set to feature a look at the PC software industry from a historical perspective as well as reflections from several key figures in computing history.
See for selected articles, biographies, and other resources, including an archive of all Annals issues from 1979 to the present.
IEEE Computer Society publications are available to members via print subscriptions and through the online Computer Society Digital Library, available at Member prices for articles online range from $9 for an individual article to $118 for a full-year, all-access subscription. To purchase individual articles, see www.computerorg/subscribe/.
Fred Brooks, Jr. Receives 2004 IEEE/ACM Eckert-Mauchly Award

Fred Brooks made pioneering contributions to instruction set design.

Computer architecture pioneer Frederick P. Brooks, Jr., an early leader of the IBM 360 mainframe project and founder of the Computer Science Department at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, received the 2004 IEEE/ACM Eckert-Mauchly award for outstanding contributions to the field of computer and digital systems architecture. His citation reads, "For the definition of computer architecture and contributions to the concept of computer families and to the principles of instruction set design; for seminal contributions in instruction sequencing, including interrupt systems and execute instructions; and for contributions to the IBM 360 instruction set architecture."
Brooks gained notice for authoring The Mythical Man-Month (1975), a book of essays on software engineering. In it, he made a critical observation, now known as Brooks' law: "Adding manpower to a late software project makes it later." In the 1950s, Brooks was a key member of the original IBM Stretch/Harvest development team. Today, his research focuses on virtual reality applications for real-time, three-dimensional computer graphics.
A Fellow of the IEEE, the ACM, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the Computer History Museum, Brooks has been recognized over the years by a wide variety of organizations in industry, academia, and government. Among his honors are the 1985 National Medal of Technology, the 1999 ACM A.M. Turing Award, the 1993 IEEE John von Neumann Medal, and the 1982 IEEE Computer Society Computer Pioneer Award.
History-Themed Student Web Design Contest Offers $5,000 First Prize
Next year, the IEEE Computer Society will celebrate its 60th anniversary with a year-long string of special events. Inspired by the continuing success of the Computer Society International Design Competition, Society volunteers are organizing a special student Web design competition as part of next year's celebrations.
In the Computer History Competition 60, undergraduate teams will work for a semester to create live Web sites that outline specific aspects of computer history, including the history of computer technology, the role of computers in history, or the impact of computers on a particular field. Teams participating in CHC 60 will select a narrow topic to be explored in detail. The competition emphasizes the skills needed to create a useful, interesting Web site, rather than the ability to handle large volumes of data. Web sites constructed for CHC 60 are expected to be aimed at a typical undergraduate who has a basic knowledge of computer science, but is not an expert in computer history.
Said CHC 60 project leader Alan Clements, of the UK's University of Teesside, "Teams may seek to illustrate any thread in computer history. For example, one team might look at the development of the microprocessor, another team might look at the role of Ada Gordon King in programming, another might look at the history of information representation, and yet another team might review the role of the Soviet Union in computer history. Teams are encouraged to provide depth rather than breadth; that is, quality is more important than quantity."
CHC 60 is an international competition open to any team of full-time undergraduate students currently attending a college or university. Students are eligible to be on a team provided they are not currently working as full-time hardware, software, or system developers in industry or in similar full-time positions at their respective universities. Entries should include the name of a faculty mentor who can offer support and guidance to the team. However, the mentor may not participate in the project's execution.
Judging of CHC 60 projects will take place via the Web; teams must submit a working URL by 1 July 2006. Sites must be complete by 1 September 2006. All teams must register by the starting date of the competition, 1 January 2006.
Members of the first-place CHC 60 team will share a $5,000 cash prize. For more information, or to register for the contest, visit the Computer History Competition 60 Web site at