• Recruiting the best active associate editors for the editorial board, evaluating their performance, and interacting with them on a regular basis. I encourage young researchers to contact me if they are interested in working with our magazine. The good news is that I have already received a few enthusiastic applications.
• Enhancing our current departments or even replacing some. During our last two editorial meetings, we have extensively discussed this topic, and we need some concrete action now. For example, we have talked about a new department on cyber-physical systems (CPS), and we should move quickly and boldly on this proposal. Our CPS department should go far beyond the next generation of networked embedded systems. We should focus more on intelligent systems that integrate the physical world and cyberspace, real and virtual societies, and human and artificial intelligence.
• Soliciting and selecting special-issue topics that would bring in high-impact and cutting-edge theory and applications that could set the trend for AI R&D. Our quota for special issues has been filled for 2009; we are looking forward to receiving proposals for special issues for 2010 and 2011. In addition to special-issue proposals, I would like to receive suggestions for regular contributions that break new ground, set trends in research and applications, or survey new and significant methods and technologies. For those contributions, we will expedite the review process.
• Promoting our magazine outside US and Europe, especially in China, Japan, and Korea. This is a task I was specifically asked to do when I was appointed editor in chief. There are many ways for such promotion: for example, our last issue was jointly published with the Communications of the China Computer Federation, which is widely circulated among Chinese IT professionals. The project was quite a success, and we are looking forward to finding new ways to collaborate with other national publications.