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I am pleased to announce that the President of the IEEE Computer Society has appointed Professor David J. Kriegman as the next Editor-in-Chief (EIC) of the IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence ( TPAMI). Professor Kriegman takes over as EIC beginning with the January 2005 issue. Dr. Kriegman brings to the EIC position a great deal of technical and managerial leadership experience. He has served as an Associate Editor of TPAMI and as the Associate EIC during 2001-2004. As the Associate EIC, Dr. Kriegman was of tremendous help to me and to TPAMI. I am very confident that he will provide excellent leadership for TPAMI. Please join me in congratulating David J. Kriegman on his appointment. His brief biography appears below.
My term as TPAMI EIC comes to end on December 31, 2004. I would like to take this opportunity to express my sincere gratitude and appreciation to many who made my tenure as TPAMI EIC enjoyable. First and foremost, I would like to thank David Kriegman who supported me as the Associate EIC. I could always depend on David as a sounding board and, more importantly, as a trouble shooter, always willing to chase the associate editors, reviewers, and authors reminding them of their deadlines, etc. I was very fortunate to have Ms. Hilda Hosillos as the TPAMI assistant during the first three years and a few months. All (authors, reviewers, and associate editors) who came into contact with Hilda have admired her professional and personal work skills. I will forever be grateful to Hilda for making my job easier. I am thankful to Ms. Elaine Stephenson, who has replaced Hilda and has been on the job for about six months. The transition from Hilda to Elaine has been almost seamless.
Many others at the IEEE Computer Society Publications office helped me as well. Ms. Suzanne Werner, the Peer Review Manager, made sure that the rules governing the handling of manuscripts were followed and always helped in sorting out issues related to troublesome manuscripts. Ms. Alicia Stickley guided me in matters related to publications of the Transactions. Ms. Julie Hicks showed tremendous patience in waiting for last minute editorial pieces. I would like to thank Ms. Angela Burgess for her leadership and guidance on TPAMI matters. Professor Jake Aggarwal and Professor Steve Tanimoto, in their jobs as Transactions Operations Chairs of CS Transactions, provided valuable service and guidance during my tenure as TPAMI EIC. I would also like to thank Professor Rangachar Kasturi for his encouragement and moral support during the past four years.
Last, but not least, I would like to sincerely thank all the authors, reviewers, and associate editors who have sustained TPAMI during the past four years and significantly contributed to making it one of the best Transactions of the IEEE.
With best wishes to TPAMI and signing off,
Rama Chellappa, Past Editor-in-Chief