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Editorial: Introducing the New AEs

Philip S.

At the beginning of last year, the IEEE Transactions on Knowledge and Data Engineering (TKDE) had a sizable backlog of accepted papers. I am pleased to inform our readers that we have received approval from the IEEE Computer Society for an additional 368 pages this year. This represents a 35 percent increase from the regular page budget of 1,048 pages. The page increase will clear out most of the backlog by the end of the year.

It is my great pleasure to introduce two new members of the Editorial Board of TKDE: Professor Padhraic Smyth and Professor Kyu-Young Whang. They are internationally known and highly regarded for their work on knowledge and data engineering. We are very fortunate to have their services for the journal.

At the same time, I would also like to thank the four retiring TKDE editors who have dedicated their time to manage papers over the past few years: Professor Ming-Syan Chen, Professor Christian Jensen, Professor Niki Pissinou, and Professor David Taylor.

Philip S. Yu


About the Authors

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Padhraic Smyth received a first-class honors Bachelor of Engineering degree from the National University of Ireland in 1984 and the MSEE and PhD degrees from the Electrical Engineering Department at the California Institute of Technology in 1985 and 1988, respectively. From 1988 to 1996, he was a technical group leader at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) and has been on the faculty at the University of California, Irvine, since 1996. Currently, he is an associate professor in the Department of Information and Computer Science, UC Irvine. He is also a visiting principal researcher at JPL, and a member of the Institute for Mathematical Behavioral Sciences and the Center for Biomedical Engineering (both at UC Irvine). Dr. Smyth's research interests include machine learning, data mining, statistical pattern recognition, applied statistics, and information theory. He was a recipient of a US National Science Foundation Faculty CAREER award in 1997 and received the Lew Allen Award for Excellence in Research at JPL in 1993. He is coauthor of a graduate text in data mining, Principles of Data Mining (MIT Press, 2001), with David Hand and Heikki Mannila. He was coeditor of Advances in Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining, published by MIT Press in 1996 (the most widely cited text in data mining research). He is currently an associate editor for the Journal of the American Statistical Association, has served as an action editor for the Machine Learning Journal, is a founding associate editor for the Journal on Data Mining and Knowledge Discovery, and is a founding editorial board member of the Journal of Machine Learning Research. He was program chair for the 33rd Symposium on Computer Science and Statistics, 2001, and served as general chair for the Sixth International Workshop on AI and Statistics in 1997.
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Kyu-Young Whang graduated (summa cum laude) from Seoul National University in 1973 and received the MS degrees from the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology(KAIST) in 1975, and Stanford University in 1982. He earned the PhD degree from Stanford University in 1984. From 1983 to 1991, he was a research staff member at the IBM T.J. Watson Research Center, Yorktown Heights, New York. In 1990, he joined KAIST, where he currently is a full professor at the Department of Computer Science and the director of the Advanced Information Technology Research Center (AITrc). His research interests encompass database systems/storage systems, object-oriented databases, multimedia databases, geographic information systems (GIS), data mining/data warehouses, and XML databases. He is an author of more than 70 papers in refereed international journals and conference proceedings.Dr. Whang served as an IEEE Distinguished Visitor from 1989 to 1990, received the Best Paper Award from the Sixth IEEE International Conference on Data Engineering (ICDE) in 1990, served the ICDE five times as a program cochair and vice-chair from 1989 to 1995, and served on program committees of more than60 international conferences, including ICDE, VLDB, and ACM SIGMOD. He was the program chair (Asia and Pacific Rim) for COOPIS '98 and the program chair (Asia, Pacific, and Australia) for VLDB2000. He twice received the External Honor Recognition from IBM. He was an associate editor of the IEEE Data Engineering Bulletin from 1990 to 1993 and an editor of Distributed and Parallel Databases Journal from 1991 to 1995. He is on the editorial boards of the VLDB Journal and International Journal of GIS. He is currently a trustee of the VLDB Endowment and a steering committee member of the DASFAA Conference. He served the IEEE Computer Society Asia/Pacific Activities Group as the Korean representative from 1993 to 1997. Dr. Whang is a senior member of the IEEE and a member of the ACM and IFIP WG 2.6.
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