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EIC's Message: The Journey Ahead

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It's a delight to have the opportunity to serve you as the Editor in Chief of IEEE MultiMedia magazine.

As we embark

Our magazine has been filled with inspiring vision, dedication, and excellence. As we continue to advance on our journey forward, I would like to express my sincere gratitude to Forouzan Golshani for his outstanding leadership as our Editor in Chief for the past four years. As you will all agree, he has steered our magazine to new heights through his clear vision, tireless work, and dedication.

Forouzan has handed over the magazine in good shape, which lets us focus on its bright future. I have requested Forouzan's continued participation in our magazine. He will be the editor of the Media Vision department and will continue to contribute periodically.

I would also like to take this opportunity to thank our founding Editor in Chief, Ramesh Jain, for his pioneering vision and leadership; and our past Editor in Chief, Bill Grosky, for his leadership and contributions that have made our magazine strong and relevant.

The success of our magazine largely depends on the hard work of all our editors. I am appreciative of the work of our editorial board—they ensure that our magazine is focused on reporting cutting-edge research and development activities. In addition, our reviewers and our editorial office (Robin Baldwin, Tammi Titsworth, Alkenia Winston, and Kristine Kelly) help maintain high quality.

I would like to express my gratitude to all our past and present members of the editorial board. In particular, my thanks go out to recent editors completing their terms, including Associate Editor-in-Chief Nevenka Dimitrova, Chang Wen Chen, and Tiziana Catarci. They have all contributed much to make our magazine better.

Looking ahead

The pervasive nature of multimedia as well as its ubiquitous application across multidisciplinary, interdisciplinary, and transdisciplinary domains presents us unique opportunities for innovation and creativity. I believe that we will have much to contribute through IEEE MultiMedia by taking a leadership stance in defining the future of multimedia and its role in the context of the convergence of the cogno-nano-info-bio technologies.

We have a great team committed to delivering a high-quality dissemination venue for trendsetting ideas and solutions. It's a pleasure to welcome our colleague, John Smith, as our new Associate Editor in Chief. John has contributed much to the magazine and will be responsible for handling special issues. Frank Nack will continue as the Associate EIC who deftly handles all other issues in our magazine. We're pleased to have his continued dedication and contributions.

Around the corner

I would like to draw your attention to our upcoming special issues. The first is on Haptic User Interfaces in Multimedia Systems, slated for the July–September 2006 issue. The second, Continuous Archival and Retrieval of Personal Experiences (CARPE), is focused on lifeblogging and will appear in the October–December 2006 issue. We're pleased to bring to you the latest developments in these exciting fields.

This magazine is yours and we need to make sure it serves us well. In keeping with this spirit, I request your active participation in defining its future. Please feel free to send your ideas and suggestions as to how we can better serve our community. As always, please make sure to contribute your ideas and articles to enrich our magazine.

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