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Guest Editorial: Special Issue on Reliable Distributed Systems

Shambhu J. Upadhyaya, IEEE
Andrea Bondavalli, IEEE Computer Society

Pages: pp. 97-98

About the Authors

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Shambhu J. Upadhyaya is an associate professor of computer science and engineering and director of the Center of Excellence in Information Systems Assurance Research and Education at the State University of New York at Buffalo. Prior to July 1998, he was a faculty member in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department. His research interests are information assurance and security in distributed systems, fault diagnosis, fault-tolerant computing, and VLSI testing. His current projects involve information assurance techniques, system level test scheduling, and analog circuit diagnosis. His research has been supported by the US National Science Foundation, Rome Laboratory, and the US Air Force Office of Scientific Research. In May 1999, IBM Corporation sponsored a new Electronic Test and Design Automation Lab to support his teaching and research on VLSI testing. He has been awarded an IBM Faculty Partner Fellowship for the year 2000-2001 in recognition of his research accomplishments in the area of testing and fault tolerance. He served as the USA program chair of the IEEE Symposium on Reliable Distributed Systems, 2000, at Nuernberg, Germany. He was a coguest editor of a book entitled Mobile Computing: Implementing Pervasive Information and Communication Technologies by Kluwer Academic Publishers which was released in July 2002. He is an associate editor of the IEEE Transactions on Computers and a member of the editorial board of the International Journal on Reliability, Quality, and Safety Engineering published by the World Scientific Publishers. He is a senior member of the IEEE and a member of the IEEE Computer Society.
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Andrea Bondavalli is an associate professor of the Faculty of Science at the University of Firenze, Italy. Previously, he was a researcher at the Italian National Research Council, working at the CNUCE Institute at Pisa where he was responsible for the Dependable Computing Group. Since 1989, he has been working on dependable computing and has participated in many national projects and in the ESPRIT BRA 3092 PDCS, 6362 PDCS-2, and ESPRIT 27439 HIDE Projects funded by the European community. He has been scientifically responsible for the PDCC partnership in the ESPRIT 20716 GUARDS. He has authored or coauthored more than 80 papers which have appeared in international journals and proceedings of international conferences. He served as European program chair of the IEEE Symposium on Reliable Distributed Systems, 2000, at Nuernberg, Germany, and of IEEE HASE 2001 at Boca Raton, Florida. Currently, he is serving as program chair of EDCC-4 European Conference on Dependable Computing, 2002, Toulouse, France, of IEEE ISADS (International Symposium on Autonomous Decentralized Systems), 2003, Pisa, Italy. He will serve as the general chair of IEEE SRDS 2003, Florence, Italy. His current research interests include the design of dependable computing systems, software, and system fault tolerance and the modeling and evaluation of dependability attributes like reliability and performability. He is a member of the IEEE Computer Society, the IFIP W.G. 10.4 Working Group on Dependable Computing and Fault-Tolerance, ENCRESS Club Italy, and the AICA Working Group on Dependability in Computer Systems.
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