Issue No. 10 - October (2007 vol. 33)
It is my pleasure to introduce and welcome three new members of the Editorial Board, Antonia Bertolino, Ross Jeffery, and Patrick McDaniel. Dr. Bertolino will assist us in the areas of software testing and software dependability, as well as other nonfunctional properties, Professor Jeffery in the areas of software engineering process and product modeling and improvement, and in software quality, metrics, and management, and Professor McDaniel in various aspects of software security, such as in network and systems, programming languages, telecommunications, digital rights, and policies. The brief biographies of these new AEs can be found below. I look forward to working with our new AEs.
I would also like to thank the following people who have retired from the Editorial Board so far this year: Tom Ball, Bill Frakes, Pankaj Jalote, Robyn Lutz, and Avi Rubin. These colleagues have voluntarily given their time and effort to the task of paper management and peer review, helping to maintain the reputation of the IEEE Transactions on Software Engi-neering as a first-class journal. I am very grateful for their support.
Finally, I would like to use this opportunity to give you news of some changes at TSE.
It has been decided that, beginning in January 2008, TSE should go from 12 monthly issues per year to 6 bimonthly issues. The result will be fewer but healthier issues with more papers and content per issue, which will be easier for the IEEE CS to produce and which will help us to reduce our costs. Bimonthly issues will not penalize authors: We already have electronic publication (Rapid Posting) on acceptance and the maximum increase in paper publication delay will be a month. Readers will also not suffer as all subscriptions include both online access and printed copies of the journal.
Although this will mean fewer issues per year, the intention is not to reduce the content. On the contrary, TSE has the capacity to publish more papers of the required quality. Despite receiving around one paper submission every day, we continue to provide rigorous review and relatively fast turnaround, with average times from submission to first decision of 4 months and to publication of around 13 months.
I encourage all authors in the software engineering field to submit their best work to TSE.
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Antonia Bertolino received the Laurea degree summa cum laude in electronic engineering from the University of Pisa in 1985. She is a research director with the Italian National Research Council (CNR), in Pisa, where she leads the Software Engineering Research Laboratory. She is also the scientific coordinator of the Pisatel initiative, a collaboration agreement for joint research and education activity between ISTI-CNR and Ericsson Lab Italy. Her research interests span the fields of software testing and software dependability. Currently, she is investigating approaches for rigorous and automated model-based integration and system testing, for architecture-based, service-oriented, and component-based test methodologies, as well as methods for evaluation of nonfunctional properties, by extending traditional performance engineering techniques. Application domains of interest are e-Learning and Telecommunications. At CNR, she is currently responsible for the FP6 Strep PLASTIC, and TAROT, a Marie Curie RTN, and was previously responsible for the FP6 STREP TELCERT and HCM network OLOS. She is a member of the Scientific Council of the Italian National Research Council; has performed as the EC appointed expert referee for the FP5 RTD Project AGEDIS, and is also as an international referee for the Research Grants Council of Honk Kong and the Swedish Research Council. She acted as the Knowledge Area Specialist for Software Testing in the ACM/IEEE project Guide to the SWEBOK. She is an associate editor of the Elsevier Journal of Systems and Software, and of the Springer Empirical Sw Engineering Journal, and previously served as an associated editor for the IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering (2000-2004). She is the program chair for the flagship conference ACM/SIGSOFT ESEC/FSE, to be held in September 2007. Previously, she was the general chair of the International Symposium on Software Testing and Analysis (ISSTA '02) and of the Second International Conference on Achieving Quality in Software (AquIS '93). She serves regularly on the program committees of international conferences, including ICSE, ISSTA, Joint ESEC-FSE, and Testcom. She has (co)authored more than 80 papers in international journals and conferences.
Ross Jeffery is the research program leader for empirical software engineering at NICTA and a professor of software engineering in the School of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of New South Wales. His research interests are in software engineering process and product modeling and improvement, electronic process guides and software knowledge management, software quality, software metrics, software technical and management reviews, and software resource modeling and estimation. His research has involved more than 50 government and industry organizations over a period of 20 years and has been funded by industry, government, and universities. He has coauthored four books and more than 140 research papers. He was elected a fellow of the Australian Computer Society for his contribution to software engineering research.
Patrick McDaniel received the PhD degree from the University of Michigan in 2001, where he studied the form, algorithmic limits, and enforcement of security policy. He has been the Hartz Family Career Development Assistant Professor in the Computer Science and Engineering Department at the Pennsylvania State University since August 2004 and is codirector of the Systems and Internet Infrastructure Security Laboratory. Prior to joining Penn State, he was a senior technical staff member of the Secure Systems Group at AT&T Labs-Research and an adjunct professor in the Stern School of Business at New York University.