Editor's Note
July 2003 (Vol. 52, No. 7) pp. 833-834
0018-9340/03/$31.00 © 2003 IEEE

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Editor's Note
Viktor K. Prasanna
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I would like to introduce Professor Fabrizio Lombardi. He has agreed to be the Associate Editor-in-Chief of TC. He will be handling those papers for which there are difficulties in obtaining timely reviews. In the past, he has served as an Associate Editor as well as the Associate Editor-in-Chief of these transactions. I look forward to working with Dr. Lombardi in this capacity. His brief technical biography is included below.
I am also pleased to welcome Mikhail Atallah, Jürgen Becker, Bella Bose, Çetin Kaya Koç, and Dhiraj K. Pradhan who are now joining the Editorial Board. Their biographical sketches highlight their accomplishments and areas of expertise. They are all internationally recognized in their fields and the journal is fortunate indeed to have these outstanding researchers as members of the Editorial Board. Dr. Atallah will help us handle papers in several important areas, including information security, algorithms and data structures, parallel/distributed computing, and computational geometry. Dr. Becker will help us handle papers in several important areas, including reconfigurable computing and System-on-Chip. Dr. Bose will help us handle papers in several important areas, including error control codes, parallel processing, computer architecture, and computer networks. Dr. Koc will help us handle papers in several important areas, including cryptography, computer arithmetic for cryptography, and security. Dr. Pradhan will help us handle papers in several important areas, including VLSI design, design verification, logic synthesis, VLSI test, low power designs, and fault-tolerant architectures.
Viktor K. Prasanna
Editor-in-Chief

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Fabrizio Lombardi graduated in 1977 from the University of Essex, United Kingdom, with a BSc (Hons) degree in electronic engineering. In 1977, he joined the Microwave Research Unit at University College, London, where he received the Master's degree in microwaves and modern optics (1978), the Diploma in microwave engineering (1978), and the PhD degree from the University of London (1982). He is currently the chairperson on the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and holder of the International Test Conference (ITC) Endowed Professorship at Northeastern University, Boston. Prior to this, he was a faculty member at Texas Tech University, the University of Colorado-Boulder, and Texas A&M University. He has received many professional awards, including the visiting fellowship at the British Columbia Advanced Systems Institute, University of Victoria, Canada (1988), the TEES Research Fellowship twice (1991-1992, 1997-1998), the Haliburton Professorship (1995), and an International Research Award from the Ministry of Science and Education of Japan (1993-1999). Dr. Lombardi was the recipient of the 1985/85 Research Initiation Award from the IEEE/Engineering Foundation, a Silver Quill Award from Motorola-Austin (1996), and was a distinguished visitor of the IEEE Computer Society for the period 1990-1993. He has been involved in organizing many international symposia, conferences, and workshops sponsored by organizations such as NATO and IEEE, as well as a guest editor in archival journals and magazines such as the IEEE Transactions on Computers, IEEE Micro, and IEEE Design and Test. His research interests are fault-tolerant computing, testing and design of digital systems, configurable computing, defect tolerance, and CAD VLSI. He has extensively published in these areas and has edited six books. He is a member of the IEEE.





Mikhail ("Mike") Atallahreceived the PhD degree from the Johns Hopkins University in 1982 and has been on the faculty of the Purdue University Computer Science Department since then. His current research interests are in information security (in particular, software security, secure protocols, and watermarking). He received a Presidential Young Investigator Award from the US National Science Foundation in 1985. A fellow of the IEEE, he has served on many top computer science journal editorial board, and was on the program committees of many international conferences and workshops. He was a keynote and invited speaker at many national and international meetings. In June 2001, he cofounded Arxan Technologies Inc., a startup in the software security products space that has secured funding from top-tier venture capital firms.





Jürgen Beckerreceived the Diploma degree in 1992 and the PhD (Dr-Ing) degree in 1997, both from Kaiserslautern University, Germany. From 1997-2001, he was an assistant professor at the Institute of Microelectronic Systems at Darmstadt University of Technology, Germany, where he taught CAD algorithms for VLSI design with research focus in System-on-Chip (SoC) integration and reconfigurable technologies for mobile communication systems. Since 2001, he has been a full professor for embedded electronic systems and head of the Institute for Information Processing (ITIV) at the Universität Karlsruhe (TH). His actual research is focused on industrial-driven SoCs with emphasis on adaptive embedded systems, e.g., dynamically reconfigurable hardware architectures. This includes corresponding hardware/software codesign and cosynthesis techniques from high-level specifications, as well as low power SoC optimization. He is the managing codirector of the International Department at Universiät Karlsruhe (TH) and vice department director of Electronic Systems and Microsystems (ESM) at the Computer Science Research Center (FZI) at the Universität Karlsruhe (TH). He is the author or coauthor of more than 100 scientific papers, published in peer-reviewed international journals and conferences. He is active in several technical program and steering committees of international conferences and workshops, e.g., also as program chair and workshop chair of the Reconfigurable Architectures Workshop (RAW) and publicity chair of the IEEE Computer Society Annual Symposium on VLSI (ISVLSI). He is a member of the German GI and a senior member of the IEEE. He is chair of the GI/ITG Technical Committee of "Architekturen für hochintegrierte Schaltungen."





Bella Bose(S'78-M'80-SM'94-F'95) received the BE degree in electrical engineering from Madras University, Madras, India, in 1973, the ME degree in electrical engineering from the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, in 1975, and the MS and PhD degrees in computer science and engineering from Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas, in 1979 and 1980, respectively. Since 1980, he has been with Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon, where he is the associate director for academic affairs and a professor in the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. His current research interests include error control codes, fault-tolerant computing, parallel processing, computer networks, and VLSI. Dr. Bose is a member of the ACM and the IEEE Computer Society and a fellow of the IEEE.





Çetin Kaya Koç received the PhD (1988) and MS (1985) degrees in electrical and computer engineering from University of California at Santa Barbara and the MS (1982) and BS (1980, summa cum laude) degrees in electrical engineering from Istanbul Technical University. He is a professor in the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Oregon State University, which he joined in 1992. He is the founder and director of the Information Security Laboratory at Oregon State University. He received the OSU College of Engineering Research Award for Outstanding and Sustained Research Leadership in 2001. His research interests are in security, cryptography, computer arithmetic, finite fields, and mobile computing. He has been working as a consulting engineer for several companies, including Intel and RSA Security. He has made contributions to several significant cryptography and security products, for example, CDSA and BSAFE. He founded and has been chairing the Workshop on Cryptographic Hardware and Embedded Systems (CHES) since 1999. He was also the guest editor of the special issue in April 2003 of the IEEE Transactions on Computers on cryptographic hardware and embedded software development. He is currently on the editorial boards of the IEEE Transactions on Computers and IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing. He is a senior member of the IEEE and a member of the IEEE Computer Society and IEEE Information Theory Society.





Dhiraj K. Pradhan is currently a chair professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Bristol (U.K.). He began his career at the IBM System Development Division in 1972. He started his teaching career at the University of Regina, Canada. His academic career spans 30 years, including a 10-year span at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, where he was a professor as well as the coordinator of computer engineering. Before joining UMass, he held an associate professor position at Oakland University and was a research associate professor at Stanford University. In 1992, he was appointed the Endowed Chair of Computer Science at Texas A&M University, where he founded the Laboratory for Computer and Digital System Research. He holds two patents, one of which is in CAD and provided the foundation for the PROFORMAL (2001) equivalence checker by Mentor Graphics. This work (with his student, W. Kunz) also received the 1996 IEEE Transactions on CAD Best Paper Award. His publications include several books, including Fault-Tolerant Computer Systems Design (Prentice Hall, 1998), and IC Manufacturability: The Art of Process and Design Integration (IEEE Press, 1999). He is a fellow of the IEEE, the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, a recipient of the Humboldt Prize (Germany, 1992) and the Fulbright FLAD Chair in Computer Science (1977).