• As strange as it might sound coming from me, I'd like to bring in a hard-core logical theorist. IEEE Expert, as IEEE Intelligent Systems was originally known, started partly as a reaction to the fact that the logicians had essentially taken over key journals in the field such as Artificial Intelligence ( AIJ) and the IEEE Transactions on Pattern Matching and Machine Intelligence, and there was a strong feeling that the more applied side of AI needed a place to publish. Now, however, we're established enough that we can do more outreach to the rest of the AI community, and doing so requires having one or two hard-core logicians on the board.
• I'd like to bring in someone working squarely on e-commerce issues. New growth is occurring in the relationship between AI and e-commerce (Semantic Web Services, the application of auction-based materials, AI techniques used in search engine technologies, and so on), and I'd like someone on the board explicitly tracking that work.
• I'd like to bring in someone from information assurance—another area where new work is bringing AI and an important application space together. This area needs a special issue, and it needs someone on our board who knows the players and can help us reach out to that community.
• I'd like to get someone from the privacy area onto the board. As much as I love AI and have had a key role in making the Semantic Web happen, the powerful technologies we're bringing into existence create deep threats to privacy. I'd like someone who's connected to the Computer Profession for Social Responsibility or the Electronic Frontier Foundation to help us create a feature, and hopefully a column, on this critical area.
• An emerging area of great interest to intelligent systems is that of "social networks" on the Web. Researchers are investigating using social-networking information in machine learning, in exploring issues of trust and reputation, and even in spam filtering. This is an important area for us to be aware of, and there are strong editorial board candidates we could bring in for this area. In fact, social networks might be one of those emerging areas where we should be establishing a presence—I bet many editorial board members are already connected to LinkedIn or Orkut or a similar community yet haven't thought about the AI opportunities that abound in this space.