IEEE Computer Society Transactions Mark Anniversaries

LOS ALAMITOS, Calif., 18 May, 2009 – Three IEEE Computer Society transactions are celebrating their anniversaries this year. IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering (TSE), whose history dates back to the industry’s inception, is marking its 35th year of publishing in 2009. IEEE Transactions on Parallel and Distributed Systems (TPDS) is celebrating its 20th anniversary, and IEEE Transactions on Visualization Computer Graphics (TVCG) is commemorating its 15th year.

The trio is among 13 highly cited peer-reviewed journals the IEEE Computer Society publishes, covering a wide range of subject areas such as artificial intelligence, graphics and multimedia, mobile computing, networking, and software. TSE, TPDS, and TVCG are some of the highest-ranked IEEE publications in their subject areas. A combined 80 years of innovative scientific research have been published between these three titles.

The bi-monthly TSE keeps you up-to-date with well-defined research that influences how the industry constructs, analyzes, and manages software. TSE Editor in Chief Jeff Kramer was inspired when he read early seminal papers such as “On the Design and Development of Program Families” by David Parnas, and “Programming-in-the-Large Versus Programming-in-the-Small” by DeRemer and Kron, as well as papers by David Gries, Harlan Mills, Maurice Wilkes, Barbara Liskov, Leslie Lamport, Donald Knuth, and other software engineering pioneers. He notes, “I am honored to be associated with TSE, both as an author and as editor in chief.”

Professor Mark Harman, director of CREST, King’s College London, offers his opinion about TSE: “For 35 years,” he said, “TSE has been the foremost world leading journal, championing software engineering from the early dark days when many respected commentators seriously questioned whether there even was such a thing as software engineering, to the present, where the well-established field of software engineering underpins the fabric of daily life and the critical infrastructure that supports and protects us.”

Professor Susanna Donatelli of the Università degli Studi di Torino remembers how articles she read in TSE helped her scientific career develop. “I was interested in Petri nets and performance evaluation and TSE was the place where theory and applications met,” she recalled. “Even though I am a bit older now, TSE is still my ideal professional companion, with many papers on the cutting edge between performance evaluation, software engineering, and system verification.”

Heinz Schmidt, a professor at RMIT University in Melbourne, noted that when he graduated from University of Bonn, TSE ran articles on concurrency, testing, modularity, extensibility, or contractibility of software—the most interesting issues of the day. The journal still runs the most relevant articles on software process and the latest theoretical, experimental, and empirical research in software models, methods, and tools, said Schmidt, a former editor.

The monthly TPDS has been a valuable resource to professionals in the constantly changing field of parallel and distributed systems. It publishes a range of papers that deal with research areas of current importance such as security and privacy in distributed systems and Internet computing and distributed applications. “Being published in TPDS always provided the ultimate proof of the quality of research contributions, and the opportunity to attract attention to articles,” said Ivan Stojmenovic, an IEEE Fellow. “It also served as a catapult for new research areas such as wireless ad hoc and sensor networks and mobile computing, leading to new more specialized IEEE journals.”

Kishore Ramachandran, a Georgia Tech professor, said TPDS serves the computer science community’s need for archival publications. Yi Pan, chair of Georgia State University’s computer science department, said he expects TPDS to play an even greater role with the emergence of multicore technology and the revitalization of parallel computing research.

“Even as the field of parallel and distributed computing has grown (and changed) tremendously in the last 20 years, TPDS has stayed the top journal in this area,” said Gagan Agrawal, a professor at Ohio State University and a TPDS associate editor.

The bi-monthly TVCG provides important research results and seminal papers on computer graphics and visualization. University of Wales Swansea Professor Min Chen credits TVCG with transforming “visualization from a ‘cool’ graphics application to a ‘hot’ intellectually-challenging discipline.”

“For 15 years, TVCG has been the foremost world-leading journal in visualization and computer graphics,” said Associate Editor-in-Chief Baining Guo. “It was exciting to read the early seminal papers such as ‘Optical Models for Direct Volume Rendering’ by Nelson Max, ‘Using Line Integral Convolution for Flow Visualization: Curvilinear Grids, Variable-Speed Animation, and Unsteady Flows’ by Lisa K. Forssell and Scott D. Cohen, and papers by many pioneers in visualization and computer graphics.”

To read more comments about the journals’ anniversaries or to submit your own thoughts and reflections about the journal, visit the TSE, TPDS, and TVCG anniversary pages.

About the Computer Society

With nearly 85,000 members, the IEEE Computer Society is the world’s leading organization of computing professionals. Founded in 1946, and the largest of the 39 societies of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the Computer Society is dedicated to advancing the theory and application of computer and information-processing technology, and is known globally for its computing standards activities.

The Computer Society serves the information and career-development needs of today’s computing researchers and practitioners with technical journals, magazines, conferences, books, conference publications, and online courses. Its Certified Software Development Professional (CSDP) program for mid-career professionals and Certified Software Development Associate (CSDA) credential for recent college graduates confirm the skill and knowledge of those working in the field. The CS Digital Library (CSDL) is an excellent research tool, containing more than 250,000 articles from 1,600 conference proceedings and 26 CS periodicals going back to 1988.

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