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Editorial: New Associate Editors Introduction


Pages: pp. 721-722

It is my pleasure to introduce and welcome three new members of the Editorial Board, Elisabetta Di Nitto, Carlo Ghezzi, and Tetsuo Tamai. Dr. Di Nitto will assist us in the areas of software engineering process support systems, service-centric systems, and autonomic systems; Professor Ghezzi in the areas of software engineering and programming languages, software architectures, and ubiquitious and pervasive computing; and Professor Tamai in requirements engineering, component-based software engineering, collaboration and role modeling, and software evolution. The brief biographies of these new AEs can be found below. I look forward to working with them.

I would also like to thank the following people who have retired from the Editorial Board so far this year: Paul Clements, Karama Kanoun, Neil Maiden, Harold Ossher, Barbara Ryder, and Richard Schlichting. 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 Engineering as a first-class journal. I am very grateful for their expert advice and support.

Some potential authors may not be clear about what makes a paper suitable for TSE. This is not a question of scope—topic guidelines appear on the website and on the inside back cover of each issue of the journal—but rather one of contribution and quality. I would therefore like to use this opportunity to try to provide some guidelines.

To be accepted for publication, all papers must make a significant software engineering contribution, be scientifically sound and clear, be critically evaluated against related work, and be clearly expressed. The contribution can be in one or more of the following ways:

the validation of current software engineering approaches and techniques through critical assessment, formal argument, or experiment;

the extension of current software engineering knowledge by the provision of new underlying theory, formalisms, methods, and techniques that would potentially improve practice;

the opening of new avenues of software engineering research through the identification and precise description of critical problems and applications.

I believe that these are a fair reflection of our criteria for publication and encourage all authors in the software engineering field to submit their best work to TSE.

Jeff Kramer


About the Authors

Elisabetta Di Nitto is an associate professor in the Dipartimento di Elettronica e Informazione at the Politecnico di Milano, where she also earned the PhD degree in computer science. She is teaching software engineering for graduate students and foundations of computer science for undergraduate students. Her current research interests are mainly in software engineering, in particular in process support systems, service-centric applications, dynamic software architectures, and autonomic systems. She was a researcher at CEFRIEL (a research consortium among technical universities and industry in the Milan area) and a visiting professor at the University of California, Irvine. She has published and presented various papers in the most important international journals and conferences and has served on the program committees of various international conferences such as ICSE, ASE, and FSE. She is currently a member of the IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering Editoral Board and was program cochair of the Fifth International Workshop on Software Engineering and Middleware (SEM ’05), of the First and Second International Workshop on Service Centric Engineering of Software (IW-SOSE ’06 and ’07), of the workshops at ICSOC ’07, and of the demo track at ICSE ’07. She has also been responsible for various EU projects, in particular, at the moment she is scientific coordinator of SeCSE, principal investigator for the Politecnico of CASCADAS, and is involved in ARTDECO, S-CUBE, SOA4All, and SLA@SOI.
Carlo Ghezzi is a professor and chair of software engineering in the Department of Electronics and Information of the Politecnico di Milano. He is the Rector’s delegate for research, a past member of the Academic Senate and of the Board of Governors, and a past department chair. He held temporary positions at the University of California, Los Angeles, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the University of Padova, ESLAI-Buenos Aires, the University of California, Santa Barbara, the Technical University of Vienna, the University of Klagenfurt, and the University of Lugano. He is an ACM fellow, an IEEE fellow, and a member of the Italian Academy of Sciences. He was awarded the ACM SIGSOFT Distinguished Service Award (2006). He has been a member of the ACM Nominating Committee and is presently a member of the committee for the ACM Software Systems Award. He has been on the evaluation board of several international research projects and institutions in Europe, Japan, and the USA. He is a regular member of the program committee of important conferences in the software engineering field, such as ICSE and ESEC/FSE, for which he also served as program and general chair. He was general cochair of the International Conference on Service Oriented Computing. Professor Ghezzi has been the Editor-in-Chief of the ACM Transactions on Software Engineering and Methodology (from 2001 till 2006) and an associate editor of the IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering. He is currently an associate editor of Science of Computer Programming, Service Oriented Computing and Applications, and Software Process Improvement and Practice. His research has been focusing on software engineering and programming languages. Currently, he is especially interested in methods and tools to improve the dependability of adaptable and evolvable distributed applications, such as service-oriented architectures and ubiquitous/pervasive computer applications. He has coauthored more than 160 papers and eight books. He coordinated several national and international (EU funded) research projects.
Tetsuo Tamai received the BS, MS, and DrS degrees in mathematical engineering from the University of Tokyo. He joined Mitsubishi Research Institute, Inc., in April 1972 and was the manager of the Artificial Intelligence Technologies Section from October 1985 to March 1989. He became an associate professor in the Graduate School of Systems Management at the the University of Tsukuba in 1989. He then became a professor in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at the University of Tokyo in 1994 and has been in that position ever since. His research interests include requirements engineering, high reliability component-based software engineering, collaboration and role modeling, formal analysis of software architectures, and software evolution process.
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