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My four-year term as the Editor-in-Chief of TCBB is reaching its end. I want to thank all of the authors, editors, reviewers, Steering Committee members, and IEEE Computer Society staff who together have made TCBB a top venue for high-quality research in computational biology and bioinformatics. I thank the associate editors in particular for volunteering so much of their time and energy to TCBB, and the reviewers for their time and for the dedication they have shown together with the associate editors in keeping the review process as fair and useful to the authors as possible. I also thank the authors for the confidence they have kept putting in TCBB all through these years. Foremost, I would like to thank Dan Gusfield, who served as Editor-in-Chief for five years before me, and who with his vision, set a standard for TCBB that I hope to have been able to preserve. Thanks to him also for all of the help he provided at the time of transition—I still remember fondly the afternoon in Paris when he started explaining to me what I had in store for the next few years—and for his unfailing support as Chair of the Steering Committee since. The support and work of the IEEE Computer Society staff has also been crucial all through these four years, in particular but not exclusively, of those who have accompanied me since the beginning, Alicia Stickley, Hilda Carman, Jennifer Carruth, Pilar Hawthorne, and Kathleen Henry, as well as of the administrators of TCBB who have helped so much on a day-to-day basis. It has indeed been a great pleasure and honor working with all of you.
As one of my last official tasks, I am pleased to welcome seven new associate editors to TCBB, who are experts in a wide range of topics from biological networks, computational structural biology, computational proteomics, data mining and information retrieval, genomics, microarray data analysis, systems biology, machine learning, sequence and high-throughput biological data analysis, phylogenetics, and more: Alexander Bockmayr, Bruce Randall Donald, Mehmet Koyutürk, Hagit Shatkay, Russell Schwartz, Jean-Philippe Vert, and Lusheng Wang. Bios for each of these new editors can be found below.
In parallel to this, I announce the retirement of Dannie Durand, Bertram Ludäscher, Tao Jiang and Jörg Stelling. Dannie and Tao have been on the editorial board of TCBB since the beginning in 2004, Bertram since 2007 and Jörg since 2010. They have all contributed so much to making TCBB function and thrive. I would like to express my great appreciation for their service and support. Tao was also a member of the Steering Committee of TCBB from 2009 to 2011. His support of TCBB has been unfailing and I am most grateful to him for this.
New members have joined the Steering Committee recently. I extend my warm welcome to them: Mario Figueiredo, Stefano Lonardi, and Jeffrey S. Vitter from the IEEE Computer Society, Stephen Wong and Samuel K. Sia from the IEEE Engineering in Medicine & Biology Society, Clare Bates Congdon from the IEEE Computational Intelligence Society, Aidong Zhang from the ACM, and Francis J. Doyle III from the IEEE Control Systems Society. Bios for each of these new members can be found below.
Finally, I warmly welcome the incoming Editor-in-Chief, Ying Xu. Ying shares the conviction Dan and I have that the high quality and level of rigor of the papers in TCBB are its greatest asset. I know that TCBB is in excellent hands with Ying.
Thank you all again for your support of me and of TCBB during these four years.