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Issue No.01 - January-March (2004 vol.1)
pp: 1
Published by the IEEE Computer Society
It is a great pleasure to welcome everyone to this, the first issue, of the IEEE Transactions on Dependable and Secure Computing. This journal has been anxiously awaited by those interested in the problems associated with having dependable and secure systems without paying the performance problems that are often associated with them. The expansion of both individual and networked systems has driven the rapid growth of this research area and this journal hasbeen badly needed as a mechanism for publishing research results in its foundations, methods, and mechanisms. I am also certain that this publication will be of interest to everyone working in the general area of security and reliability.
Like any such new venture, this transactions has been the result of the dedicated work of a large number of individuals. It takes a good team of both staff and volunteers to start a significant publication. One needs people that have the initial vision, people who will shepherd it through the sometimes bewildering maze of IEEE rules and committees, people who will serve on committees to search for the editor-in-chief, yet others to serve on editorial boards and act as reviewers. The list could be extended further, but we all owe thanks to those who have done the initial work and those that will follow through in the years to come.
A publication like this is headed by a volunteer editor-in-chief. It is not a trivial job but one that takes dedication and anunselfish willingness to put in long hours of work in an attempt to give back to the community some of the help and advantages that they received along the way. The inaugural editor-in-chief of this publication is Ravishankar K. Iyer, the George and Ann Fisher Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Professor Iyer is a fellow of the IEEE and the ACM and has experience in both academia and industry, and in geographical locations from Australia to Germany. It is my pleasure to introduce him to you. Even a simple listing of his achievements would run to several pages but I am afraid space limitations demand we must be satisfied with the short biography that follows.



Ravishankar K. Iyer is the director of the Coordinated Science Laboratory (CSL) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he is a George and Ann Fisher Distinguished Professor of Engineering. He holds appointments in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and the Department of Computer Science and he is the codirector of the Center for Reliable and High-Performance Computing at CSL. His research interests are in the areas of dependable and secure systems. He has been responsible for major advances in the design and validation of dependable computing systems. His research focuses on methods and techniques for designing secure and fault tolerant networked systems and applications. He currently leads the ARMORs project at Illinois, which isdeveloping adaptive architectures for supporting a wide range of dependability and security requirements in heterogeneous networked environments. The goal is to provide hierarchical techniques to mask both reliability failure and security bugs via hardware, operating systems, and middleware in a way that can adapt dynamically to the specific, varying reliability and security requirements of applications. In addition to his strong research record, he also has a broad outreach to industry and government, both nationally and internationally, having worked with several major vendors over the years. He is a fellow of the IEEE and the ACM, and an associate fellow of the American Institute for Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA). He has received several awards including the Humboldt Foundation Senior Distinguished Scientist Award for excellence in research and teaching, the AIAA Information Systems Award and Medal for "fundamental and pioneering contributions towards the design, evaluation, and validation of dependable aerospace computing systems," and the IEEE Emanuel R. Piore Award "for fundamental contributions to measurement, evaluation, and design of reliable computing systems."

For information on obtaining reprints of this article, please send e-mail to: tdsc@computer.org.

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