January 2014 (VOL. 63, No. 1) pp. 1-1
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Editorial: A Message from the Outgoing Editor-in-Chief and Associate Editor-in-Chief
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Our three-year term at the helm of the IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing (TMC) ended on 31 December 2013. It has been an honor, a privilege, and a great learning experience for both of us to serve this reputed publication. Being in this position, one gets a unique view of a large and rapidly evolving field of inquiry. We have been fortunate to be in this position during a time of great evolution in mobile computing and have witnessed shifts in the focus of research within the field: subfields that were intensely active when we took over are less so now, and new “hot” topics have emerged that are starting to capture the imagination of the research community. As researchers, it is not often that one gets to obtain this perspective first hand, especially for a large field such as mobile computing, and we are thankful to have been given the chance both to serve the community and experience its evolution.
TMC is the top journal in the field of wireless and mobile computing and enjoys an excellent reputation. For this reason, it also gets a large number of submissions. In 2012 alone, TMC received more than 950 original and revised submissions. The energetic response of our authors is one factor in the continued excellence of the journal, but there are several others. We have a wonderful core of Associate Editors who maintain the high standards of the journal despite the high editorial load, and a dedicated band of nearly 2,000 reviewers whose diligent feedback guides our editorial decisions and shapes the community’s research output. The success of such a large enterprise needs a dedicated team working behind the scenes, and TMC is fortunate to have outstanding staff support, which includes Hilda Carman, Jennifer Carruth, Kathleen Henry, Kimberly Sperka, and Alicia Stickley at the Computer Society, and Tara Delaney and Rachel Murray at Allen Press. Finally, TMC’s continued position as a top journal is due in no small part to our energetic Steering Committee, led by Mani Srivastava, whose vision has driven its evolution and excellence. We owe our deepest gratitude to all of these people, without whose support our stewardship of the journal would have been immeasurably harder.
Finally, it gives us both great pleasure to introduce TMC’s new Editor-in-Chief, Professor Prasant Mohapatra of the University of California, Davis. Prasant is a top-notch researcher, well known for his contributions to a wide range of topics in wireless and mobile computing, including mesh networking, wireless security, multimedia, networked sensing, routing and cross-layer designs, and many more. In addition, he brings experience and wisdom gained from serving in positions of great responsibility at his university and within the mobile computing community. Knowing Prasant personally, we have no doubt that he will excel as Editor-in-Chief, and we wish him success in his effort to guide TMC to ever greater heights of excellence!
Ramesh Govindan, Editor-in-Chief
Ram Ramanathan, Associate Editor-in-Chief
Prasant Mohapatra received the doctoral degree from Pennsylvania State University in 1993. He is a professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of California, Davis, where he currently serves as the interim vice-provost and CIO. He was the department chair of computer science from 2007-2013 and held the Time Bucher Family Endowed Chair Professorship during that period. In the past, he has been on the faculty at Iowa State University and Michigan State University. He has also held visiting scientist positions at Intel Corporation, Panasonic Technologies, the Institute of Infocomm Research (I2R), Singapore, and National ICT Australia (NICTA). He has also been a visiting professor at the University of Padova, Italy, Yonsei University, and KAIST, South Korea. He has served on the editorial boards of the IEEE Transactions on Computers, IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing, IEEE Transactions on Parallel and Distributed Systems, ACM WINET, and Ad Hoc Networks, and on the program or organizational committees of several international conferences. He received an Outstanding Engineering Alumni Award in 2008, an Outstanding Research Faculty Award from the College of Engineering at the University of California, Davis, and HP Labs Innovation awards in 2011, 2012, and 2013. His research interests are in the areas of wireless networks, mobile communications, sensor networks, Internet protocols, and QoS. He has published more than 250 papers in reputed conferences and journals on these topics. His research has been funded through grants from the US National Science Foundation, US Department of Defense, US Army Research Labs, Intel Corporation, Siemens, Panasonic Technologies, Hewlett Packard, Raytheon, Huawei Technologies, and EMC Corporation. He is a fellow of the IEEE and AAAS.
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