Editor's Note
JULY/AUGUST 2006 (Vol. 12, No. 4) pp. 417-418
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Editor's Note
David S. Ebert
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As IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics ( TVCG) continues to grow, we are adding Associate Editors to the Editorial Board to provide expertise and help manage the review process. We also replace retiring Associate Editors each year, since the term of an Associate Editor is two years renewable for a second two year term. Therefore, on behalf of the IEEE Computer Society and TVCG's Editorial Board, I am happy to welcome Associate Editors Marie-Paule Cani, Philip Dutré, Aaron Hertzmann, Valerio Pascucci, Sung Yong Shin, Gabriel Taubin, and Matthew O. Ward. Below are biographical sketches listing their accomplishments and areas of expertise.
We wanted to also let you know of the exciting change you'll see in the next issue of TVCG. For many years, we have had a great relationship with the IEEE Visualization and Graphics Technical Committee (VGTC) and the IEEE Visualization Conference and IEEE Symposium on Information Visualization where we have published a special issue featuring extended versions of selected papers from IEEE Visualization and the IEEE Symposium on Information Visualization. This relationship is being expanded to be an issue that contains the entire journal-reviewed conference proceedings of both conferences in one volume. We are doing this as a three year experiment whereby both subscribers and conference attendees will receive the proceedings from the conference as part of a regular issue of TVCG. If our subscribers, editorial board, the IEEE VGTC, and IEEE Computer Society Publications Board consider this a success after three years, I would expect this relationship to continue.
For this issue, the papers will undergo journal-level peer review with the papers receiving an accept, accept pending minor revision, major revision, or reject decision during the first round of reviews. The papers that successfully complete the minor revision and become accepted within the short revision cycle time period, as well as the original accepted papers, will appear in this very large issue of TVCG. The remaining minor revision papers and the major revision papers will enter the normal TVCG peer review process.
This experiment is a response to many requests from our community and will further strengthen our excellent journal in terms of visibility, on-line usage, citations, and journal ranking. We will be seeking your feedback during this process, since community feedback is very important to us. We will start by conducting a reader survey later in the year. Please also feel free to contact me via email or phone with your opinions and suggestions. Visualization is only one aspect of the scope of TVCG and we are increasing our page budget to ensure that we provide timely publication of all areas within our community and to enable special topic issues to support new areas.
David S. Ebert

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Marie-Paule Cani is a graduate from the Ecole Normale Supérieure, received the PhD degree in computer science from the University of Paris Sud in 1990 and the "habilitation" degree from INPG in 1995. She is a professor of computer science at the Institut National Polytechnique de Grenoble (INPG), France. She was awarded membership of the Institut Universitaire de France in 1999. She is the head of the INRIA research group EVASION which she created in 2003, and vice-director of the research lab GRAVIR (Computer GRAphics, Computer Vision, and Robotics), the joint lab of CNRS, INPG, INRIA, and UJF to which EVASION belongs. Her main research interests cover physically-based simulation, implicit surfaces applied to interactive modeling, and animation and the design of layered models incorporating alternative representations and LODs. Recent applications include pattern-based texturing, the animation of natural phenomena such as lava-flows, ocean, vegetation, and human hair, real-time virtual surgery, and interactive sculpting techniques. She cochaired the EUROGRAPHICS Workshops on Implicit Surfaces (1995) and Computer Animation and Simulation (2001), now, respectively, merged into IEEE Shape Modeling International (SMI) and the ACM-EG Symposium on Computer Animation (SCA). She was paper cochair of EUROGRPAHICS 2004, conference cochair of SMI 2005, and will be paper cochair of SCA 2006. She served on the program committees of a number of international conferences, including SIGGRAPH, EUROGRAPHICS, and PACIFIC GRAPHICS. She was on the editorial board of Graphical Models (Academic Press) from 2001 to 2005. She created the French Chapter of EUROGRAPHICS in 2003 and served as president until 2005.

Philip Dutré received the PhD degree in computer science from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium in 1996. His current research interests include real-time global illumination, image-based relighting, simulation of large eco-systems, texture synthesis, and perceptually-based rendering. He is a professor in the Department of Computer Science at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium. Previously, he was a postdoctoral research associate in the program of computer graphics at Cornell University. He is involved in teaching undergraduate and graduate courses covering computer graphics and rendering algorithms. He is coauthor of the book Advanced Global Illumination (A.K. Peters, 2003, together with Kavita Bala and Philippe Bekaert). In 2005, he served as program cochair for the Eurographics Symposium on Rendering, and has served on various other program committees such as SIGGRAPH, EuroGraphics, and EGSR.

Aaron Hertzmann received the BA degree in computer science and art and art history from Rice University in 1996, and the MS and PhD degrees in computer science from New York University in 1998 and 2001, respectively. He is an assistant professor of computer science at the University of Toronto. In the past, he has worked at the University of Washington, Microsoft Research, Mitsubishi Electric Research Lab, Interval Research Corporation, and at NEC Research Institute. He cochaired NPAR 2004, the International Symposium on Non-Photorealistic Rendering. In 2004, he was named to the TR100, a list of the top 100 technology innovators under 35 worldwide. His other awards include an Ontario Early Researcher Award (2005), an Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship (2006), and a Microsoft New Faculty Fellowship (2006). His research interests include computer vision, computer animation, and machine learning.

Valerio Pascucci received the PhD degree in computer science at Purdue University in May 2000, and the EE Laurea (Master) degree from the University "La Sapienza" in Roma, Italy, in December 1993. He has been a computer scientist and project leader at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Center for Applied Scientific Computing, since May 2000 and adjunct professor in the Computer Science Department at the University of California Davis since July 2005. Prior to his CASC tenure, he was a senior research associate at the University of Texas at Austin, Center for Computational Visualization, CS, and TICAM Departments. His current research interests include progressive and multiresolution techniques for scientific visualization, streaming techniques, combinatorial topology, geometric compression, computer graphics, computational geometry, geometric programming, and solid modeling. He is coauthor of more than 70 reviewed book chapters, journal, or conference papers, and served on the program committee of 18 conferences.

Sung Yong Shin received the BS degree in industrial engineering in 1970 from Hanyang University, Seoul, Korea, and the MS and PhD degrees in industrial and operations engineering from the University of Michigan in 1983 and 1986, respectively. He is a professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), Daejeon, Korea. He has been working at KAIST since 1987. At KAIST, he teaches computer graphics and computational geometry. He also leads a computer graphics research group that has been nominated as a national research laboratory by the Government of Korea. His recent research interests include data-driven computer animation and geometric algorithms. He is currently editor of Graphical Models, The Visual Computer, and Computer Animation & Virtual Worlds.

Gabriel Taubin received the Licenciado en Ciencias Matemáticas degree from the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1981, and the PhD degree in electrical engineering from Brown University in 1991. He was named an IEEE fellow for his contributions to the development of three-dimensional geometry compression technology and multimedia standards, won the Eurographics 2002 Günter Enderle Best Paper Award, and was named IBM Master Inventor. Dr. Taubin is the author of 58 reviewed book chapters, journal or conference papers, and coinventor of 43 international patents. Before joining the Division of Engineering at Brown University in the Fall of 2003, he was a Research Staff Member and Manager at the IBM TJ Watson Research Center. At IBM Research, he first belonged to the Exploratory Computer Vision group for five years. Then, he started and managed the Visual and Geometric Computing group for the next five years. During the 2000-2001 academic year, he was a visiting professor of electrical engineering at CalTech. His main line of research has been related to the development of efficient, simple, and mathematically sound algorithms to operate on 3D objects represented as polygonal meshes, with an emphasis on technologies to enable the use of 3D models for Web-based applications. He made many theoretical and practical contributions to 3D capturing and surface reconstruction, modeling, compression, progressive transmission, signal processing, and display of polygonal meshes. The 3D geometry compression technology that he developed at IBM is part of the MPEG-4 standard and of IBM products. At Brown, he has continued with this line of work, and started new initiatives in embedded smart cameras systems and visual sensor networks.

Matthew O. Ward received the PhD degree in computer science from the University of Connecticut in 1981. He is a full professor in the Computer Science Department at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI). Dr. Ward was employed as a member of the technical staff in the Robotics and Computer Systems Research Laboratory at AT&T Bell Laboratories from 1980 to 1984 and as a research scientist at Skantek Corporation until 1986, when he joined the faculty at WPI. His research interests include data and information visualization, visual languages, and exploratory data analysis. He has authored or coauthored more than 70 papers and book chapters in these areas, and is actively involved in the development of a text book on data visualization. Dr. Ward has served many roles on the organizing committee for the IEEE Symposium on Information Visualization (posters cochair, 2003, program cochair, 2004; papers cochair, 2005; program chair, 2006) and on the program committees for many US and international visualization conferences. He was a contributor to the National Visualization and Analytics Center's research agenda for visual analytics and the US National Science Foundation/NIH Visualization Research Challenges report in 2005.