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This issue contains extended versions of six of the best papers from the ACM SIGSOFT 2002 Conference on the Foundations of Software Engineering, held in lovely Charleston, South Carolina, in November 2002. The selection of papers to invite for extended submissions was made by the FSE 2002 Program Committee at the completion of the conference. Thus, the PC had seen the final, published versions of the papers, as well as seen the talks and participated on the ensuing discussions at the conference. Serving as a guest associate editor, each paper's review process was overseen by a member of the PC. Each submission was reviewed anonymously by three peers in the research community, selected by the associate guest editor.
The high quality of the papers published here is the result of the authors' hard work, the dedication of the guest associate editors:

    • Matthew Dwyer, Kansas State University;

    • Michael Ernst, MIT Laboratory for Computer Science,

    • John Field, IBM T.J. Watson Research Center;

    • Martin Glinz, University of Zurich;

    • André van der Hoek, University of California, Irvine;

    • Atif Memon, University of Maryland;

and the selfless reviewing of the anonymous referees. To all of them, I offer my my greatest thanks.
I also thank Mary Lou Soffa, the general chair of FSE 2002, for her assistance in establishing the selection and review process for this special issue. Finally, I thank John Knight, TSE's Editor-in-Chief for soliciting this special issue and ensuring its ultimate success.

    The author is with the Computer Science and Engineering Department, University of California at San Diego, 9500 Gilman Drive, La Jolla, CA 92093. E-mail:

For information on obtaining reprints of this article, please send e-mail to:, and reference IEEECS Log Number 118759.

William G. Griswold is an associate professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of California, San Diego. He received the PhD degree in computer science from the University of Washington in 1991, and the BA degree in mathematics from the University of Arizona in 1985. He is the program cochair for the upcoming 2003 International Conference on Softare Engineering, and recently chaired the Second International Conference on Aspect Oriented Software Development. He is a principal of the University of California at San Diego division of Cal-(IT)2, the UCSD/UCI California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology. His research interests include ubiquitous computing, software evolution and design, software tools and visualization, and program analysis.
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