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EIC Editorial

J. Edward

Pages: pp. 385-386

In my life, I’ve had the good fortune to be in on the start of quite a few things: a research lab, the Segal Design Institute at Northwestern University, a master’s program, three companies, and of course, this journal. One thing these experiences have taught me is that the joy of starting things relates directly to the team with which one works. Great teams make for great experiences. From its beginning, the IEEE Transactions on Haptics (ToH) has been blessed with a great team, and serving as Editor-in-Chief has been a great joy. This issue is my last in that role, and I’d like to take the opportunity to share some news, and thank a few people.

First and foremost, I’d like to welcome Lynette A. Jones as the next Editor-in-Chief. Lynette is a senior research scientist in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and she is by any measure a leading researcher in the field of haptics. Among her extensive list of contributions to the field are fundamental studies on the perception of dynamic primitives such as stiffness and damping, development and characterization of vibrotactile displays for the torso, models to support the design of thermal displays, and most recently, a wonderful set of studies on skin mechanics (including a study of surface wave propagation along the skin that was published in a previous issue of ToH). Lynette has also authored a number of widely read review articles on topics such as thermal displays and tactile illusions. She has been a member of the ToH editorial board since the journal’s beginning, and has served as an Associate Editor-in-Chief for the past three years. In having worked alongside her, I can attest that Lynette has a remarkable ability to keep on top of administrative minutiae while thinking deeply about the field and each submission’s contributions to it. She will most assuredly be an outstanding Editor-in-Chief.

In other exciting news, ToH is now indexed in MEDLINE. This has the effect of making ToH content more accessible and useful to medical researchers across the world. Given the large fraction of ToH papers that address medical applications, this is certainly a welcome development.

I’d also like to remind everyone that each issue of ToH is accompanied by a spoken digest in podcast form. This podcast is produced by Will Provancher, who is now assisted by Ilana Nisky, Vincent Lévesque, and Michaël Wiertlewski. In addition to being available on the journal webpage, the podcast will soon be available on iTunes.

Also of note, this will be the final paper issue of ToH. Following the path taken by most other Computer Society titles, ToH will be published in the OnlinePlus format. I am excited about this development, as it has produced high satisfaction scores with other titles and offers many benefits to the subscriber, including access to the full archive of ToH via the Computer Society Digital Library, and a semi-annual abstract book and CD containing papers in PDF and ePub. In a previous editorial I predicted that ToH would one day be read only on haptic-enabled e-book devices. We are one step closer!

There are also a few other changes to the Editorial Board to announce. Roberta Klatzky, Allison Okamura, and Sandra Hirche have reached the end of their terms, and I thank them both for contributing their energy and expertise to this effort. Also reaching the end of his term is Domenico Prattichizzo. Domenico, with Susan Lederman, was one of the first two Associate Editors-in-Chief, and he has continued in that capacity to this day. I asked Domenico to join the team because I was confident that his upbeat energy and always-fresh perspective would serve to elevate the journal. If I say so myself, it was an excellent decision. In fact, it turned out that Domenico was not only energetic and thoughtful, but also a talented strategic thinker. Over the years, he has worked closely with me to make many of the key decisions that shaped the journal. I thank him, and will always be indebted.

Finally, I would like to return to the idea of the team. So many people have served on the ToH team over the past six years (and even before), that I cannot possibly thank them all. Nonetheless, I want to recognize the efforts of the Computer Society staff, especially Alicia, Hilda, Pilar, and Joyce, of the Allen Press and their excellent administrators, of the Management Committee led first by Peter Luh and more recently by Reinhard Moeller, and of the hard-working members of the Editorial Board as well as the many reviewers who have so carefully scrutinized each submission. Together, we have served the haptics community and given it an archival journal of which we can all be proud.

J. Edward Colgate

Outgoing Editor-in-Chief

About the Authors

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Lynette A. Jones received the PhD degree from McGill University. She is currently a senior research scientist in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at MIT. Her research is focused on tactile communication systems and the development of vibrotactile displays that can be used for navigation and communication in real and simulated environments. As part of this research, she studies the mechanical properties of skin and the sensory processes involved in transducing mechanical information. An additional area of study is thermal displays and understanding how changes in skin temperature can be used as a channel of communication in multisensory displays. She is a member of the Society for Neuroscience and a senior member of the IEEE.
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