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Issue No. 06 - Nov.-Dec. (2013 vol. 33)
ISSN: 0272-1716
pp: 6-8
It’s an honor to follow in the footsteps of so many distinguished colleagues in computer graphics and visualization by assuming the role of IEEE Computer Graphics and Applications editor in chief. I thank departing EIC Gabriel Taubin for his leadership in maintaining CG&A’s role as a premier high-quality magazine in computer graphics technologies, methods, and techniques for academics and practitioners alike.
Taking on this new role at CG&A, although daunting at first, is greatly eased by the fact that I can count on the support of a strong, responsive, and creative leadership team of associate editors in chief. Besides long-time editorial board member Mike Potel and the recently introduced Pak-Chung Wong, we welcome our colleague Kwan-Liu Ma as the associate editor in chief for general submissions.
Kwan-Liu Ma is a professor of computer science and the chair of the Graduate Group in Computer Science at the University of California, Davis. He leads the VIDi research group and directs the UC Davis Center for Visualization. Ma received his PhD in computer science from the University of Utah in 1993. His research interests include visualization, high-performance computing, computer graphics, and user interface design. Owing to his outstanding research contributions and service, he was elected an IEEE Fellow in 2012 and received the 2013 IEEE VIS/VGTC Technical Achievement Award. Ma was a paper chair of the 2008 and 2009 IEEE Visualization Conference and an associate editor of IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Graphics from 2007 to 2011. He’s a founding member of the IEEE Pacific Visualization Symposium and the IEEE Symposium on Large Data Analysis and Visualization. He also serves on the editorial boards of Computational Science & Discovery and the Journal of Visualization.
Any “promotion” on the editorial board leads to a domino effect in which we need to replenish the board with new associate editors who can quickly step into vacated roles. However, CG&A’s reputation as a high-quality magazine and its popularity among academic and industry researchers made this rejuvenation surprisingly easy. This has led to a smooth transition between responsibilities for the board members involved, ensuring minimal discontinuities for our readership.
Consequently, I am happy to welcome new board members Lisa Sobierajski Avila (the US), Mike Bailey (the US), Hrvoje Benko (the US), Yung-Yu Chuang (Taiwan), Jörn Kohlhammer (Germany), Joe LaViola (the US), André Stork (Germany), Melanie Tory (Canada), and Wenping Wang (Hong Kong). (For more information on these people, see the sidebar.) Although we still have some positions to fill, these distinguished colleagues’ acceptance of editorial board roles emphasizes the magazine’s continued popularity among a new generation of computer graphics, visualization, and interaction researchers. It also reflects CG&A’s leadership reacting to the increased interest in the magazine outside the US and specifically in Asia and Europe by inviting representatives from those locations to be on the board.
Please join me in welcoming these new board members and thanking them for their commitment to serve the magazine and the computer graphics, visualization, and interaction community at large.
L. Miguel Encarnação is the chief innovation officer at ACT, Inc. a nonprofit organization that provides assessment, research, and program management solutions in education and workforce development. Contact him at
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