My term as Editor-in-Chief (EIC) of IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing is over and its my pleasure to introduce Nitin Vaidya who will be the new EIC. He has been an active associate editor since the inception of TMC, and we have been working closely on the EIC transition. Dr. Vaidya will formally introduce himself in this issue. For now, I will state that he is one of the top experts on mobile networking and computing and will continue the tradition of excellence characterized by TMC.
Over the past three years, I have enjoyed the privilege of being the EIC of TMC. It was an honor to serve this community. Thanks to the untiring efforts of the Editorial Board and IEEE Computer Society staff, along with the many reviewers and authors, we have been able to successfully launch TMC and in a short period, establish it as the premier journal in mobile computing. Over the years, the number of submissions to TMC has grown dramatically. The Editorial Board and staff at the IEEE Computer Society have worked very hard, even under this increased load, to maintain our fast review cycles in an effort to keep TMC current, and provide excellent service to our readers and authors. I would like to thank them all for their hard work in making this journal successful.
With the increase in paper submissions, we have worked hard to maintain the high quality of TMC. The acceptance rate to TMC is about 25 percent. Due to the success of the journal, we will increase the number of issues from four/year to six/year in 2005. As usual, papers accepted to TMC appear on the Web site two months before they appear in print, making them available to readers as soon as possible.
I would like to thank two Associate Editors who are retiring from the board, Wade Shaw and Venkat Padmanabhan. They were both instrumental in the launch of TMC and I appreciate their service. Also, in the past two months we have added two members to the Editorial Board.
Sergio Palazzo is a professor of telecommunications networks at the University of Catania and an associate professor at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. He is the recipient of the 2002 Best Editor Award for the Computer Networks Journal. His current research interests include mobile systems, wireless and satellite IP networks, intelligent techniques in network control, multimedia traffic modeling, and protocols for the next generation of the Internet.
Luca Salgarelli is with the Universita' degli Studi di Brescia. His activities cover design, development, and evaluation of systems and protocols for data networks, in particular when they involve mobility, QoS provisioning, and security.
Once again, I would like to thank all those involved that made serving as EIC of TMC such a rewarding experience, and have made the journal a success. I would specifically like to thank the IEEE Computer Society Staff—Angela Burgess, Alicia Stickley, Suzanne Werner, Pilar Hawthorne, and most of all Jennifer Carruth, the TMC Transactions Assistant. Their hard work enabled us to meet very aggressive schedules without compromising quality. I would like to thank the many Associate Editors that helped launch TMC and keep it running smoothly. I would like to thank the many reviewers that honored their commitments and performed an invaluable community service by providing timely, thorough reviews to the authors of submitted papers. I would like to thank the authors of submitted papers for considering TMC as an outlet for their work, and for contributing their best research results to this publication. Finally, I would like to thank all the readers that make this journal important.
I hope you enjoyed TMC over the past three years. I, with you, am looking forward to its continued growth and success.
Tom La Porta