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Editor's Note


Pages: 849-850

One year ago, TVCG started to publish all papers that were accepted after a rigorous journal-style review to the IEEE Visualization Conference and to the IEEE Information Visualization Symposium. This increased the number of published papers from 65 in 2005 to 164 in 2006. Besides the 87 papers in the conference issue, the number of papers in the five regular issues grew to 77. We conducted a subscriber survey right after the publication of the 2006 conference issue that showed overwhelming support for this change. Subscribers consider the additional conference papers to be a significant increase in value to the journal and they welcome the improved paper quality at the conference due to the journal-style review process. A concern that the conference issue could take away publication space from regular submissions was raised. However, based on an enlarged page budget, we were able to increase the number of papers in the five regular issues of 2007 to 89. The conference issue that will be the November/December 2007 issue will contain the VIS and Infovis papers similarly to last year. Thus, I am glad to report that TVCG continues to grow in its 13th year and I am looking forward to your constructive comments for further improvements.

Starting with 2007, the IEEE Computer Society transactions adopted an online first publication model, meaning that an accepted manuscript will be posted online shortly after all of the publication materials have been received. The PDF is stamped as a preprint and is made accessible through IEEE Xplore and through the IEEE Computer Society Digital Library. After the paper has been edited, it will then be restamped as a Rapid Post, indicating that the paper is complete with the exception of pagination. As we constantly try to improve the average time from submission to print, the new model significantly reduces the time from submission to publication, with many benefits for the authors and readers of the journal. I encourage you to browse through the preprints and rapid posts in the CSDL and through the forthcoming articles in Xplore.

The authors and reviewers of TVCG may have noticed that the Manuscript Central system for online submission and peer review went through a major version upgrade in March 2007. I apologize for any delays you may have experienced during this phase and I am very grateful to the entire staff at the IEEE Computer Society for making this transition as smooth as possible.

Finally, I am happy to introduce Helwig Hauser, Alan M. MacEachren, Jos Stam, and Ross Whitaker, who have recently joined TVCG as Associate Editors. Below are biographical sketches listing their accomplishments and areas of expertise. The Editorial Board is pleased to welcome these outstanding individuals to their new role.


Thomas Ertl


About the Authors

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Helwig Hauser graduated in 1995 from the Vienna University of Technology (TU Wien), Austria. In 1998, he finished his PhD project on the visualization of dynamical systems. In 2003, he finished his Habilitation at TU Wien entitled Generalizing Focus+Context Visualization (awarded the Heinz-Zemanek Preis in 2006). Until now, he has (co)authored more than 80 papers, mostly in visualization research. After working for TU Wien as assistant and assistant professor from 1994 on, he changed to the newly founded VRVis Research Center in mid-2000. There, he first led the basic research group on interactive visualization (until mid-2003) before he became the Scientific Director of all VRVis. Since March 2007, he is a full professor of visualization at the University of Bergen in Norway.
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Alan M. MacEachren (PhD, University of Kansas, 1979) is the 2004-2007 E. Willard and Ruby S. Miller Professor of Geography and Director of the GeoVISTA Center ( at the Pennsylvania State University. His research foci include: visual analytics, geovisualization, geocollaboration, interfaces to geospatial information technologies, spatial cognition, human-centered systems, and user-centered design. He served as chair of the International Cartographic Association Commission on Visualization and Virtual Environments (1999-2005) and was named an honorary fellow of that organization in 2005. He was a member of the US National Research Council, Computer Science and Telecommunications Board Committee on the Intersections between Geospatial Information and Information Technology (2001-2002), and of the US National Visualization and Analytics Center R&D Agenda panel (2004-2005). He is the author of more than 100 publications, including How Maps Work: Representation, Visualization, and Design (Guilford Press, 1995) and Some Truth with Maps (Association of American Geographers, 1994), and he is coeditor of additional books (including Exploring Geovisualization (Elsevier, 2005)) and multiple journal special issues (including a theme issue of IEEE Computer Graphics and Applications on geovisualization, July/August 2006, and a forthcoming special issue of the International Journal of Geographical Information Science on visual analytics and spatial decision support).
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Jos Stam received dual bachelor's degrees in computer science and pure mathematics from the University of Geneva in Switzerland. In 1989, he received the master's and PhD degrees in computer science from the University of Toronto. After that, he pursued postdoctoral studies as an ERCIM fellow at INRIA in France and at VTT in Finland. In 1997, he joined the Alias Seattle office as a researcher and stayed there until 2003 to relocate to Alias' main office in Toronto. He is now employed by Autodesk as a senior scientist as part of Autodesk's acquisition of Alias in 2006. His research spans several areas of computer graphics: natural phenomena, physics-based simulation, rendering, and surface modeling, especially subdivision surfaces. He has published papers in all of these areas in journals and at conferences, most notably at the annual SIGGRAPH Conference. In 2005, he was awarded one of the most prestigious awards in computer graphics: the SIGGRAPH Computer Graphics Achievement Award. And, for the impact his work on subdivision surfaces has had on the movie industry, he was awarded the 2005 Technical Achievement Award (Academy certificate) from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
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Ross Whitaker received the BS degree in electrical engineering and computer science from Princeton University in 1986. From 1986 to 1988, he worked for the Boston Consulting Group, entering the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC) in 1989. At UNC, he received the Alumni Scholarship Award and completed the PhD degree in computer science in 1994. From 1994-1996, he worked at the European Computer-Industry Research Centre in Munich, Germany, as a research scientist in the User Interaction and Visualization Group. From 1996-2000, he was an assistant professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering at the University of Tennessee. Since then, he has been at the University of Utah, where he is an associate professor in the College of Computing and a faculty member at the Scientific Computing and Imaging Institute. He teaches scientific visualization, computational geometry, image processing, computer vision, and pattern recognition. His research interests include computer vision, image processing, medical imaging, and the analysis of image and geometry with applications to computer graphics and scientific visualization.
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