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Editor-In-Chief's Editorial: Seven Join TKDE Editorial Board

Farokh B. , IEEE Transactions on Knowledge and Data Engineering

Pages: pp. 833-835


Seven new editors have been appointed to the Editorial Board of IEEE Transactions on Knowledge and Data Engineering ( TKDE) this year. In alphabetical order, they are Prathima Agrawal, Ming-Syan Chen, Caroline C. Hayes, Christian S. Jensen, Niki Pissinou, Calton Pu, and David J. Taylor. More editors are being appointed to the board to reduce the paper-handling delay and to replace retiring editors.

Dr. Agrawal will be responsible for papers in the emerging area of mobile information systems. She is currently with AT&T Laboratories, and her research interests include developing innovative network technologies such as wireless ATM LANs, multimedia systems, mobility management, and inter- and intra-networking.

Dr. Chen was with the IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center until last year when he joined Taiwan National University. He has done research in parallel databases and multimedia systems. He will be responsible for parallel and distributed database topics, as well as database mining and other database areas.

Dr. Hayes is with the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her research areas include artificial intelligence, planning and design automation, intelligent agents, human-computer interaction, visualization, as well as application of these techniques to manufacturing, planning, analysis, and data filtering. She will be responsible for knowledge-based systems and intelligent agents.

Dr. Jensen is with Aalborg University in Denmark. His research interests include database systems architecture, query processing and optimization, temporal data models and query languages, object-oriented database design, database modeling, and incomplete information. He will be responsible for temporal database topics and other related database areas.

Dr. Pissinou is with the University of Southwestern Louisiana. Her research interests include database system modeling, design, and evolution; information management and object management support for emerging applications; information sharing and integration; and distributed object management and multidatabases. She will be responsible for topics bordering data and knowledge engineering, as well as spatial information systems.

Dr. Pu is with the Oregon Graduate Institute of Science and Technology. He is doing research in a variety of database topics, including modular transaction processing systems, adaptive resource management, update monitoring, and survivable systems. He will be responsible for a broad range of database papers.

Dr. Taylor is with the University of Waterloo in Canada. He pioneered the area of robust data structures. His current research interests include replication, highly available distributed systems, and debugging and monitoring distributed applications. He will be mainly responsible for papers related to data structures, algorithms, and fault-tolerant information systems.


I would like to thank four editors who have retired from the TKDE Editorial Board: Professors Daniel Barbara, Elisa Bertino, Nick Cercone, and Vipin Kumar. They have each served on the Editorial Board for four years, currently the maximum term allowed under IEEE Computer Society policy. On behalf of the TKDE Editorial and Advisory Boards, I would like to convey our deepest appreciation for their support, and I hope that they will continue to support TKDE in the future.


Because of unexpected delays associated with my transition to the University of Texas at Dallas, the processing of papers for the planned special issue of TKDE in honor of Professor C.V. Ramamoorthy has been delayed. The special issue will appear early next year and will include several short state-of-the-art articles by leading researchers worldwide. Each article has undergone a rigorous review process to ensure high quality for inclusion in this special issue.


We have established agreements with several conferences to consider their best papers for possible publication in TKDE. These include the International Conference on Data Engineering (ICDE), the International Conference on Tools with Artificial Intelligence (ICTAI), the IEEE Knowledge and Data Engineering Exchange Workshop (KDEX), the Conference on Software Engineering and Knowledge Engineering (SEKE), and the Workshop on Multimedia Information Systems (MMIS). Additional information is available for some of these conferences by following the links in the TKDE home page.


On behalf of all of us involved with TKDE, including the authors, editors, and readers, I would like to express our deepest gratitude to all the reviewers of TKDE manuscripts for helping maintain the high standards of this journal. A list of TKDE reviewers for 1997 follows this editorial. I would also like to thank Brad Terry for coordinating the TKDE production process, Chuck Governale for editing each issue, and Holly Strickland, without whose help the processing of papers would come to a halt.



Prathima Agrawal (S'74-M'77-SM'85-F'89) received her BE and ME degrees in electrical communication engineering from the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India; and her PhD degree in electrical engineering from the University of Southern California. Dr. Agrawal is now head of the Networked Computing Technology Department at AT&T Laboratories in Whippany, New Jersey. Prior to her present assignment, she headed the Networked Computing Research Department at Bell Laboratories in Murray Hill, New Jersey.

Dr. Agrawal's research interests are computer networks, mobile computing, parallel processing, and VLSI CAD. She has published more than 150 papers and has received, or applied for, 22 U.S. patents. She was the guest editor for the special issue on mobile computing published by Wireless Personal Communications, An International Journal (March 1997). She is a fellow of the IEEE and a member of the ACM. She is chair of the 1998 IEEE Fellow Committee.



Ming-Syan Chen (S'87-M'88-SM'93) received the BS degree in electrical engineering from National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan in 1982; and the MS and PhD degrees in computer, information and control engineering from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, in 1985 and 1988, respectively. Dr. Chen is currently a professor in the Electrical Engineering Department at National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan, Republic of China. He is also leading the Teaching and Research Group in Computer and Network Center in National Taiwan University, mainly in charge of distance learning activities that are being held across many universities.

Dr. Chen was a research staff member at the IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center, Yorktown Heights, New York, from 1988 to 1996, primarily involved in projects related to parallel databases, multimedia systems, and internet applications. His research interests include multimedia networking, database systems, data mining, and internet technologies. He has published more than 75 refereed international journal/conference papers in the above-mentioned research areas. In addition to serving as a program committee member in many conferences, Dr. Chen was a tutorial speaker on parallel databases at the 11th IEEE International Conference on Data Engineering in 1995 and was a guest co-editor for IEEE Transaction on Knowledge and Data Engineering on the special issue on data mining in December 1996.

Dr. Chen holds, or has applied for, 17 U.S. patents in the areas of interactive video playout, video server design, and concurrency and coherency control protocols. He received the Outstanding Innovation Award from IBM Corporate in 1994 for his contribution to parallel transaction design and implementation for a major database product, and has received numerous awards for his inventions and patent applications. Dr. Chen is a senior member of the IEEE and a member of the ACM.



Caroline C. Hayes received her BS degree in 1983 in mathematics, her MS degree in 1987 in knowledge-based systems, and her PhD degree in 1990 in robotics, all from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Her doctorate was the first PhD ever awarded from a robotics department. Since 1991, she has been a member of the Department of Computer Science at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and at the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology, which is also located in Urbana.

In February of 1998, she will be assuming a position as associate professor in the University of Minnesota's Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering. Her awards and honors include a Carnegie Mellon postdoctoral fellowship in 1990, the University of Illinois Incomplete list of Teachers Rated as Excellent, the W.C. Gear Outstanding Junior Faculty Award in 1996, and the Richard and Barbara Nelson chair in 1998. Her research focus is in creating tools for decision support and automation in complex domains such as manufacturing planning, architectural and mechanical design, and military planning.



Christian S. Jensen received the BS degrees in mathematics and computer science, and the MS and PhD degrees in computer science, all from Aalborg University, Denmark, in 1985, 1986, 1988, and 1991, respectively. He is currently an associate professor in the Department of Computer Science at Aalborg University, where he heads the database systems group. Prior to joining Aalborg University, he conducted graduate studies at the University of Maryland, and he has been a visitor at the University of Arizona during three sabbatical stays, most recently as a visiting associate professor.

Dr. Jensen's research interests are in the areas of database systems architecture, query processing and optimization, temporal and spatial data models and query languages, data warehousing, database design, and data modeling. Dr. Jensen serves as a consultant and a lecturer for industrial audiences, and with the database systems group, he receives substantial national and international funding for research in these areas.

In addition to serving on the Editorial Board of TKDE, Dr. Jensen was general chair of the 1995 International Workshop on Temporal Databases. He is a vice program committee chair for the 1998 IEEE International Conference on Data Engineering. Among other scientific service, he continues to serve on program committees for a number of conferences, including VLDB, ACM SIGMOD, EDBT, CAiSE, and IEEE Data Engineering, and he serves regularly as a reviewer for all the major database journals. He is a senior member of the IEEE, and a member of the IEEE Computer Society and the ACM.



Niki Pissinou received her PhD degree in computer science from the University of Southern California, her MSc degree in computer science from the University of California at Riverside, and her BSISE. in industrial and systems engineering from Ohio State University. She is currently a tenured associate professor at the Center for Advanced Computer Studies at the University of Southwestern Louisiana. She is also the director of the Advanced R&D Laboratory in Information and Knowledge Management partially funded by NASA, and the co-director of the NOMAD: A Wireless and Nomadic Laboratory partially funded by the National Science Foundation.

Dr. Pissinou is active in the fields of information and knowledge management, distributed systems, and computer communications, and has numerous refereed publications in these areas. Her current technical research interests include dynamic and adaptive information systems, distributed object and change management, information sharing and fusion, mobile and wireless information systems, and database issues in telecommunication networks for newly emerging applications.

Dr. Pissinou has served as a chair and member of program and organizational committees for numerous IEEE- and ACM-sponsored technical conferences and workshops, including the steering committee, general chair, and program chair of the ACM International Conference on Information and Knowledge Management; the steering committee, general chair, and program committee member of the NSF/ARPA International Workshop on an Infrastructure for Temporal Databases; and a program committee member of the IEEE International Conference on Data Engineering.

Dr. Pissinou has also refereed for a wide variety of conferences and journals, particularly in the database field, and has served as a reviewer on NSF and NASA panel reviews. She has been the editor and guest editor of several journals, including a member of the editorial board of GeoInformatica, the International Journal on Artificial Intelligence Tools, the IEEE Computer Science & Engineering Practice Board, and guest co-editor of the Mobile Networks and Applications Journal.



Calton Pu received his PhD degree in computer science from the University of Washington in 1986. He was with the Department of Computer Science at Columbia University from 1986 to 1992, where he reached the rank of associate professor. He has been with the Oregon Graduate Institute (OGI) since 1993, where he is currently a professor.

Dr. Pu is currently leading two research projects. First, the Synthetix operating system project investigates the migration of the existing operating system kernel to a highly modular and high-performance kernel using incremental specialization; i.e., the staff uses runtime generated specialized code to speed up frequently used kernel paths. Specialization techniques and tools have been demonstrated on production code such as HP-UX file system and Sun RPC. A complementary idea is the use of software feedback mechanisms to provide kernel level fine-grain adaptation for distributed and parallel processing. Software feedback techniques and tools have been demonstrated in a multimedia Internet video/audio player. Both the specialization toolkit and the software feedback toolkit were released on the Net in August 1997. Second, the Tactix project is aimed at extending database and transaction processing technology for new applications and environments such as the Internet.

Since 1987, Dr. Pu has been working in heterogeneous and autonomous transaction processing systems, e.g., introducing the Superdatabase architecture and the concept of Epsilon Serializability. The extended transaction processing system is being implemented on Transarc Encina, a commercial transaction monitor. A new project is called Continual Queries, to implement a unified framework for update monitoring of open environments, including databases, web pages, and push technology.

An additional area of interest to Dr. Pu is the collaboration with scientists to apply state-of-the-art computer science techniques to other scientific disciplines. He has been involved in the development of an object-oriented verification tool for the Protein Data Bank (released in 1996), as well as the Crystallographic Information File format (for released in 1997). He is an affiliate scientist of the Center for Coastal and Land-Margin Research at OGI, where he participates in the development of scientific software and scientific data management techniques for environmental sciences. Considering all three areas, Dr. Pu is working with eight other faculty members at OGI and actively collaborating with researchers in the United States, France, Japan, and Germany.

Professor Pu has presented his work at the major database conferences, such as VLDB, SIGMOD, and ICDE. He has served on many conference and workshop program committees, and has reviewed many papers for ACM and IEEE Computer Society journals, as well as proposals for funding agencies such as the National Science Foundation. His work has been funded by government agencies such as the National Science Foundation and Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, and by such industrial organizations as Intel, Tektronix, Boeing, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Sun Microsystems, Digital, AT&T Foundation, Sony Computer Science Lab., and Oki Electric Industries.



David J. Taylor (S'76-M'77) received the BSc degree in mathematics from the University of Saskatchewan in 1972, and the MMath and PhD degrees in computer science from the University of Waterloo in 1974 and 1977, respectively. Since 1977, he has been a faculty member in the Computer Science Department at the University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, where he now holds the rank of professor. While on sabbatical leave, he has held visiting positions at the Computing Laboratory, the University of Newcastle upon Tyne, and the Center for Advanced Studies, IBM Canada, Toronto.

Dr. Taylor's research interests include fault-tolerant computing and distributed systems. In fault-tolerant computing, his research has been primarily concerned with the use of redundancy in data structures to allow the detection and possibly correction of errors. His work in distributed systems has included several areas, such as replication-control protocols for distributed data and the use of atomic actions in the structuring of distributed systems. A current emphasis is the development of tools and techniques for visualizing events occurring in the execution of distributed applications to complement the use of conventional debuggers in such environments. Dr. Taylor has published numerous papers related to this research in various journals and conferences, including IEEE Transactions on Computers, IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering, IEEE Transactions on Knowledge and Data Engineering, the Proceedings of the Fault-Tolerant Computing Symposium, and the Proceedings of the International Conference on Distributed Computing Systems. He also holds a U.S. patent related to his work on event visualization.

Dr. Taylor has served on program committees for several conferences, including the Fault-Tolerant Computing Symposium, the International Conference on Distributed Computing Systems, and the Symposium on Reliable Distributed Systems. He has also served as program chair and general chair for SRDS.

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