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Digital Computer: The Next-Generation Flagship Publication

Ron Vetter, Editor in Chief

Pages: pp. 8-9

Abstract—Computer's new digital publication option is a multimedia-enhanced PDF version that offers supplemental audio, video, slide presentations, and Web extras in a portable and environmentally friendly format.

Welcome to the first issue of Computer for the New Year!

The past year was filled with considerable activity, including editorial planning to implement a new magazine for the next generation. Editorial board members and Computer Society staff have been working together to develop an exciting new digital publication option for Computer.

Although the Computer Society has offered a digital edition of Computer delivered as a PDF file since 2007, the new publication is a multimedia-enhanced PDF version with supplemental audio, video, slide presentations, and Web extras. Computer's digital version is an effort to offer readers enhanced content in a portable and environmentally friendly format. In addition to the new format, the multimedia content is available on the Web (

I invite you to visit to access the digital version of this issue. We're interested in getting your feedback on the multimedia-enhanced features offered as well as any recommendations you might have for future improvements. There's a survey link to use in providing your input. I hope you will consider making Computer's digital edition your preferred delivery choice in 2012.


Several changes were made to the editorial board over the past year. In mid-2011, Tom Conte became an area editor for computer architectures. We also welcomed Hal Berghel as a member of the Advisory Panel and Chris Huntley as the editor for the In Development column.

In December, Neville Holmes retired as editor of The Profession after several years of having written and managed one of the most successful columns ever to appear in Computer. His wit and unique take on information technology and the profession will no doubt be missed by many of our readers. Neville will continue to serve on the editorial board as editor of the monthly 32 & 16 Years Ago column.

Ralph Calvin retired from the Advisory Panel at the end of 2011 after many years of dedicated service to Computer. During his tenure as a member of the editorial board, he provided not only considerable expertise but also steady and thoughtful advice. We thank Ralph for his time and numerous contributions—he will be greatly missed.

A few additional board changes took place at the beginning of this year.

Although Jean Bacon has retired as the area editor for distributed systems, she agreed to continue her involvement by serving in a new capacity as a member of the Advisory Panel.

Charles Severance, Computer's multimedia editor, is taking on an additional role as the editor of Computing Conversations, a new monthly column. This multimedia-enhanced column intends to put a more human face on the technologies we're using in computer science by providing both full interviews and edited video segments featuring the founders and leaders in our field.

Hal Berghel adds the role of editor for Out of Band, a new bimonthly column that focuses on the unusual, anomalous, and threatening aspects of our digital world, challenging and expanding our understanding about the implications of digital technology on society.

Although retiring as the editor of his popular The Known World column, David Alan Grier will be joined by Erin Dumbacher as a coeditor for Forward Slash, a new monthly column that profiles the lives, trials, and accomplishments of the rising generation of computing professionals, describing the challenges they face and the character they draw upon to do their daily work. An associated multimedia podcast will accompany each column.

Two new area editors are joining the editorial board in 2012. Ying-Dar Lin with the National Chiao Tung University is an area editor for networking, and Jean-Marc Jézéquel from IRISA/University of Rennes is an area editor for software.




Hal Berghel is a professor and founding director of both the School of Computer Science and the School of Informatics at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and serves as codirector of the Identity Theft and Financial Fraud Research and Operations Center ( His research interests include digital security and forensics, digital crime, information warfare, and cyber publishing. He is the author of more than 200 publications, and his research has been supported continuously by business, industry, and government for more than 30 years.

Berghel's career includes academic and administrative appointments at major universities, public and private sector research positions, and an active consultancy, Berghel.Net, that specializes in technology management services for government and industry. He received a PhD in computational logic and linguistics from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Berghel is a Fellow of both IEEE and ACM, and has served both societies in many professional capacities over the years.



Chris Huntley is the chair of the Department of Information Systems and Operations Management at the Charles F. Dolan School of Business at Fairfield University, where he has worked on numerous curriculum development projects, including redevelopment of the department's graduate and undergraduate programs.

Huntley received a PhD in systems engineering from the University of Virginia. His research interests include organizational learning, software development processes, and system analysis and design. He has published several articles in various business and engineering journals.



Ying-Dar Lin, a professor in the Department of Computer Science at the National Chiao Tung University, Hsinchu, Taiwan, received a PhD in computer science from the University of California, Los Angeles. Lin, a senior member of IEEE, has served on the editorial boards of several publications, is the author of 80 journal papers and 45 conference papers, and holds 24 patents. He recently coauthored a textbook, Computer Networks: An Open Source Approach (, with Ren-Hung Hwang and Fred Baker (McGraw-Hill, 2011).



Jean-Marc Jézéquel is a professor at the University of Rennes, France, and is the leader of Triskell, an INRIA research team. His research interests include model-driven software engineering for software product lines, specifically component-based, dynamically adaptable systems with quality-of-service constraints, including reliability, performance, and timeliness.

Jézéquel received a PhD in computer science from the University of Rennes. He is the author of several books and more than 150 publications in international journals and conferences and is a member of the steering committees of the AOSD and MODELS conference series. He has served on the editorial boards of IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering, the Journal on Software and System Modeling, the Journal of Systems and Software, and the Journal of Object Technology.


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About the Authors

Ron Vetter is a professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of North Carolina Wilmington and cofounder of Mobile Education LLC, a technology company that specializes in developing interactive short message service applications. He has served on numerous journal editorial boards and conference committees, including his current appointment as associate editor for Computing Now. Vetter received a PhD in computer science from the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis. Contact him at
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