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I am very pleased to introduce the first issue of the IEEE Transactions on Learning Technologies. Although information technology in general is having a profound impact on society, including on education, there are specific learning technologies that have impacted or promise to impact education even more. While there are many publications that cover computers in education, many members of the community recognized a void regarding the coverage of cutting-edge learning technologies by a transactions-level archival publication. The new journal will help to fill this void, publishing high-quality, peer-reviewed papers covering such topics as the design of educational games, collaborative learning systems, intelligent tutoring agents, advanced tools for assessment of learning, educational data mining, and techniques for authoring computer-based educational materials. We believe that this publication will have a high value to professionals and researchers involved with or interested in learning technologies.

The IEEE Transactions on Learning Technologies is the result of a collaboration between the IEEE Computer Society, the IEEE Education Society, and the IEEE Circuits and Systems Society (the first two serving as financial cosponsors and the third as a technical cosponsor). In addition to its editorial board, the journal has a steering committee whose job it is to appoint the Editor-in-Chief and to administer the journal, reporting to the sponsoring societies. Many individuals too numerous to name here were involved in the development and approval of the journal, and without their efforts, this new publication would not be coming out. The members of the EIC search committee, the steering committee, IEEE Computer Society Vice President for Publications, Jon Rokne, the IEEE Computer Society president at the time, Mike Williams, Education Society president, Joe Hughes, the editorial board, and the former IEEE Computer Society publisher (now Executive Director), Angela Burgess, and her staff all deserve recognition.

This particular journal also pioneers the use of a “delayed open-access” business model within its cosponsoring societies. This means that paying subscribers receive access to all published material including material less than 12 months old, while the general public receives access without charge to those articles that have been published for more than 12 months. Although the subscription policies for any IEEE journal can change, it is our hope that this approach will be sustainable.

It is a pleasure to introduce the first Editor-in-Chief for the journal, Professor Wolfgang Nejdl, from the University of Hannover and head of the L3S Research Center, as well as his Associate-Editor-in-Chief, Peter Brusilovsky, from the University of Pittsburgh. Both are acknowledged leaders in the development of innovative learning technologies. Their curriculum vitae follow.

Steven Tanimoto

Chair, Transactions Operations Committee, IEEE Computer Society

About the Authors

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Wolfgang Nejdl received the MSc degree in 1984 and the PhD degree in 1988 from the Technical University of Vienna, was an assistant professor in Vienna from 1988 to 1992, and was an associate professor at the Rheinisch-Westfälische Technische Hochschule Aachen (RWTH) from 1992 to 1995. He worked as a visiting researcher/professor at the Xerox Palo Alto Research Center (PARC), Stanford University, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), and the Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio). He has been a full professor of computer science at the University of Hannover, Germany, since 1995. Dr. Nejdl heads the Distributed Systems Institute/Knowledge Based Systems (, as well as the L3S Research Center (, and does research in the areas of technology-enhanced learning, semantic Web technologies, peer-to-peer information systems, search and information retrieval, databases, and artificial intelligence. He coordinated the European Network of Excellence PROLEARN on Technology Enhanced Learning and is participating in the GRAPPLE project started this year, which develops advanced personalized learning environments for students and life-long learners. Other recent projects in the L3S context include the PHAROS Integrated Project on audio-visual search, the OKKAM IP focusing on entities on the Web, and the Digital Library EU project LiWA, coordinated by L3S, which investigates Web archive management and advanced search in such an archive. Dr. Nejdl has published more than 180 scientific articles, as listed at DBLP, and has been a program chair, program committee member, or editorial board member of numerous international conferences and journals. See for more information.
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Peter Brusilovsky has been working in the area of e-learning and adaptive systems since 1993. He was a codeveloper of several adaptive Web-based educational systems, including ISIS-Tutor, the first adaptive educational hypermedia system, and ELM-ART, a winner of the 1998 European Academic Software Award. He was also involved in developing practical e-learning courses and systems as a director of computer managed instruction at Carnegie Technology Education (now iCarnegie), one of the first e-learning companies in the United States. Dr. Brusilovsky is currently an associate professor of information science and intelligent systems at the University of Pittsburgh, where he directs the Teaching and Learning Research (TALER) lab and the Personalized Adaptive Web Systems (PAWS) lab. He also held visiting faculty appointments at Moscow State University, Russia, Sussex University, United Kingdom, Tokyo Denki University, Japan, the University of Trier, Germany, the Free University of Bolzano, Italy, the National College of Ireland, and Carnegie Mellon University, United States. He is a recipient of the Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship and a US National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER award. Dr. Brusilovsky has published numerous research papers and several books on adaptive systems and e-learning. He is a board member of several journals. He is also the current president of User Modeling Inc., a professional association of user modeling researchers.
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