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EIC Editorial

J. Edward

Pages: pp. 229-230

The IEEE Transactions on Haptics (ToH) began operations with the formation of an Editorial Board three years ago. Three years is an awfully short time in research, but when I reflect on the fall of 2007, it seems long, long ago. I suppose—I hope—that is because a lot has happened in three years. Hundreds of papers have been submitted and reviewed, and with this issue we have printed 61 papers. Many more are available on our website as preprints. Two special issues have been produced and papers for two more are under review. This year, Associate Editor Federico Barbagli began producing podcasts: interviews with authors and guest editors that provide a great introduction to ToH content and that you can enjoy in the gym, on the drive to work, or wherever and whenever you have a few free moments. You can find these on our website.

Our three-year anniversary has been a time of transitions for ToH. For example, this year ToH came due for “periodical review.” The review provided an excellent opportunity to step back and think through every aspect of our journal, and to ask how well we are serving our community, including readers, authors, industry, and academia. I think that the answer turned out to be “pretty well,” but not without some lessons learned. More importantly, passing the review marked a transition from probationary to full-fledged status as an IEEE journal.

The biggest changes I have to report, however, concern our editorial board. Three years ago with the help of our two AEICs, I set out to assemble the strongest possible board, offering the new AEs three year terms. In retrospect, it might not have been my smartest move to set up a mass board retirement for the fall of 2010! As things have worked out, a number of AEs have agreed to continue for another year so that we may stagger board terms. Nonetheless, a number of terms have come to a close, and it is with great gratitude that I would like to recognize the following individuals, all of whom contributed richly to the development of ToH: Martin Buss, Marc Ernst, Antonio Frisoli, Brent Gillespie, Abderrahmane Kheddar, Ming Lin, Brian Miller, Haruo Noma, Allison Okamura, Marcia O’Malley, Jeha Ryu, and Yasuyoshi Yokokohji.

In addition, I would like to thank a very special person, Susan Lederman, for her three years of hard work and leadership as an Associate Editor in Chief. It is difficult to overstate the value that Susan has brought to this journal, not just because of her extraordinary grasp of the field, but also because of her work ethic, her collegiality, and her commitment to the cause. Even in stepping down, Susan has offered a gift: a personal interview including her reflections on the field that you will find in this issue.

Of course, a major reason for term limits is to ensure a steady flow of new people having fresh energy and ideas. Accordingly, I am pleased to introduce five new Associate Editors: Seungmoon Choi, Martha Flanders, Keyvan Hashtrudi-Zaad, Miguel A. Otaduy, and Hiroyuki Shinoda.

Finally, I am pleased to introduce Lynette Jones, who served three years as a ToH Associate Editor, edited (with Matthias Harders and Yasuyoshi Yokokohji) a special issue, and who has now transitioned into the role of Associate Editor-in-Chief. We are fortunate indeed to have a scholar of Lynette’s caliber and experience succeed Susan Lederman.

J. Edward Colgate


About the Authors

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Seungmoon Choi received the BS and MS degrees in control and instrumentation engineering from Seoul National University in 1995 and 1997, respectively, and the PhD degree in electrical and computer engineering from Purdue University in 2003. He is an associate professor of computer science and engineering at Pohang University of Science and Technology (POSTECH). He has authored more than 70 academic publications related to haptics, virtual reality, human-computer interaction, and robotics. He has been serving on the editorial board of Virtual Reality and on the program committee of a number of premium conferences. His general research interests lie in haptic rendering and perception, emphasizing on kinesthetic rendering of hardness and texture, tactile rendering, sensorimotor skill modeling and transfer, haptic augmented reality, mobile haptic interface, data haptization, and associated applied perception. His basic research has been applied to mobile devices, automobiles, virtual prototyping, and motion-based remote controllers.
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Martha Flanders received the PhD degree in neuroscience/zoology from Michigan State University. She is a professor in the Neuroscience Department at the University of Minnesota, USA, and a visiting professor in the Biophysics Department at Radbound University, Nijmegen, The Netherlands. From 2007-2009, she served as program director at the US National Science Foundation (NSF), where she coordinated funding for neurobiology and computational neuroscience. Her ongoing research is supported by the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. The initial focus of this research on neuromuscular control of arm and hand movement has shifted toward the somatosensory guidance of these movements. She and her collaborators use computational and theoretical approaches to understand the biological basis of haptic processing algorithms.
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Keyvan Hashtrudi-Zaad received the BSc degree from Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, Iran, in 1991, the MASc degree from Concordia University, Montreal, Canada, in 1994, and the PhD degree from the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada, in 2000, all in electrical and computer engineering. He held a consulting position with Motion Metrics International Corp., Vancouver, on the development of a dynamic payload monitoring system for heavy-duty hydraulic machines. He then joined the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Queen’s University in 2001, where he is now an associate professor. Dr. Hashrudi-Zaad’s research interests include control systems design for telerobots and haptic interfaces, medical applications of haptics and virtual environments, system dynamics modeling and identification, and biomedical robotics. He has been a co-organizer of IEEE sponsored conferences CCA, ICMA, and CCECE, and is currently the chair of the EMB/RA/CS Societies Joint Chapter of IEEE Kingston Section.
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Miguel A. Otaduy received the BS degree in electrical engineering from Mondragon Unibertsitatea, Spain, in 2000, and the MS and PhD degrees in computer science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC) in 2003 and 2004, respectively. He completed his PhD thesis in the field of haptic rendering under the advisory of Professor Ming Lin, and supported by fellowships from the Government of the Basque Country and the UNC Computer Science Alumni. Since February 2008, he has been an associate professor (profesor titular) at the Universidad Rey Juan Carlos (URJC Madrid), where he works in the Modeling and Virtual Reality Group (GMRV), in the Department of Computer Science. Between 1995 and 2000, he was a research assistant in the Ikerlan Research Lab, and between August 2000 and December 2004 he was a research assistant with the Gamma group at UNC. In the Summer of 2003, he worked at Immersion Medical. From February 2005 to February 2008, he worked as a research associate (oberassistent) in the Computer Graphics Laboratory at ETH Zurich, with Professor Markus Gross. At ETH, he lead the involvement of the CGL in the Swiss NCCR CoMe (Computational Medicine).His main research areas are physically-based simulation, haptic rendering, collision detection, virtual reality, and geometric algorithms, and he is particularly interested in the simulation and interaction with virtual objects in contact, with application to virtual prototyping, computational medicine, animation, or videogames.
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Hiroyuki Shinoda received the BS degree in applied physics, the MS degree in information physics, and the PhD degree in electrical engineering from the University of Tokyo, Japan, in 1988, 1990, and 1995, respectively. He was a lecturer from 1995 and an associate professor from 1997, both in the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology, Japan. He was a visiting researcher at UC Berkeley in 1999. Since 2000, he has been an associate professor in the Graduate School of Information Science and Technology at the University of Tokyo, Japan. His research interests include information physics, tactile/haptic interfaces, sensor systems and devices, sensor networks, 2D communication, human interfaces, and optical/acoustic measurement. He and his students have won eight international conference awards and a lot of Japanese academic awards. He is a board member of the SICE and a member of the IEEJ, the RSJ, the VRSJ, and the JSME.
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