EIC's Message
January–March 2010 (Vol. 17, No. 1) pp. 2-3
1070-986X/10/$31.00 © 2010 IEEE

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EIC's Message
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  Passing the Baton with Fond Memories  
  Looking to the Future  
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The outgoing and incoming editors in chief discuss heading the magazine, the future of the magazine, past special issues, and our improved impact factor.

Passing the Baton with Fond Memories
Sethuraman Panchanathan , Arizona State University

It has been a pleasure serving all of you as the editor in chief of our magazine for the past four years. I am happy to report that we have made substantial progress in terms of the quality and impact of our magazine. This is attested to by the significant jump in the impact factor of our magazine from 1.19 in 2007 to 2.258 in 2008.
I am grateful for the dedicated efforts of our past EICs, associate EICs, editors, reviewers, and authors who have helped our magazine grow to become one of the top publications in the field of multimedia. The challenges and opportunities for advancing research and practice in our community are ever greater and the future is certainly promising.
I am delighted to be able to pass on the EIC role of our magazine to a well-recognized leader in multimedia and our past associate EIC, John Smith. John understands the challenges and opportunities before us, and is excited and committed to advance our magazine to the next level. We had our annual editorial board meeting in Phoenix, Arizona, on 11 December 2009 to celebrate our successes and chart the path forward. The enthusiasm, ideas and participation of the editors confirmed that our magazine is going to make an even greater impact and serve our community well.
We had excellent special issues over the past four years, including those that focused on new application areas such as health and biomedicine and assistive and rehabilitative technologies. We have several new ideas that have been put forth for future special issues, which will no doubt enrich our magazine and serve our readers well.
It has been a pleasure working with the editorial staff of IEEE Computer Society and Allen Press. The dedication and professionalism of the staff have made my job seem lot simpler and enjoyable over the past four years. Once again, many thanks to all of you for giving me this wonderful opportunity to learn and serve.
Contact Sethuraman (Panch) Panchanathan at panch@asu.edu.
Looking to the Future
John R. Smith, IBM

Digital multimedia is continuing to grow more popular and become an increasingly valuable and regular part of our everyday lives. At home, we easily share digital family photos, communicate with rich audiovisual interactions over expansive networks, and enjoy immersive home theater experiences. At work, we use multimedia for education and business communication in industries such as healthcare, travel, retail, publishing, arts, and security. At play, multimedia provides 3D gaming, entertainment, and mobile diversions.
Even the way we refer to our interactions with multimedia content is changing from low-level technical descriptions like image acquisition, video conference, and metadata extraction, to labels with a higher level of value like experience capture, telepresence, and augmented reality. We know multimedia technology is succeeding when it becomes invisible, and we refer only to what multimedia enables in everyday terms.
All of these developments attest to the essential research carried out by the great many scientists, engineers, practitioners, and students that make up the multimedia community. Much has been achieved in creating novel techniques and systems for capturing, creating, understanding, accessing, delivering, and adapting multimedia content. However, the challenges and opportunities for breakthrough research are continuing to grow more numerous as multimedia expands in terms of volume, velocity, and variety, and gains new roles in our lives.
As the new editor in chief, I am tremendously excited by what lays ahead for multimedia. I am also thankful for the great leadership of Sethuraman Panchanathan, who with this issue completes his role as editor in chief. Under Panch's direction, IEEE MultiMedia reached superb levels of quality and impact and attained a valuable role within the multimedia community. None of this would have been possible without his exceptional personal dedication, his work building an outstanding editorial board, and his facilitating an excellent partnership with IEEE Computer Society and Allen Press. I thank Panch for his remarkable accomplishments with the magazine and for positioning IEEE MultiMedia so well for achieving even greater impact in the future.
I am inspired by the opportunity to serve as the new editor in chief of IEEE MultiMedia. Building on its strong foundation, the magazine will continue to serve the multimedia community by providing articles, columns, and special issues addressing innovative approaches across a wide range of multimedia subjects. In addition, IEEE MultiMedia will seek new ways to impact the multimedia field by bringing new energy to emerging areas in multimedia and increasing the timeliness, relevance, and focus on critical topics. I look forward to working with the community and magazine going forward and to the many ways IEEE MultiMedia will serve the multimedia community into the future.
Contact John R. Smith at jsmith@us.ibm.com.