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Editorial: And in Conclusion


Pages: pp. 735-736

As 2010 draws to an end, I reflect with some relief that my first year as Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering ( TSE) has passed without any adverse consequences. I am also aware of opportunities for further development of the journal in ways that continue to attract the very best software engineering research and that present this research in ways that are accessible and useful to readers. I thank all of you who took the time to write to me during the year with suggestions, comments, and questions.

You may recall that in a previous issue I wrote about the need to recognize authors of high quality papers, and to recognize colleagues who have produced high quality reviews. To this end, in 2011, I would like to introduce a TSE “Best Research Paper” award (selected from papers published in TSE in 2010) and a “Reviewer of the Year” award (for papers reviewed—but not necessarily published—in 2010). I am happy to do much of the groundwork for selecting winners myself, with the help of the journal’s editorial board, however, I would very much like to receive your nominations of outstanding candidates for these awards. So please do e-mail me your nominations before 10th January 2011.

Your nominations should provide the reference for the paper you wish to nominate as best paper, including a short statement of why you think the paper deserves recognition in this way. If you would like to nominate a reviewer, then you can do so if you are the author or editor of the paper submitted to TSE in 2010. Again, just send me the details of the paper that was reviewed and indicate which of its reviewers you are nominating. Since reviews are anonymous, I will have access to reviewer identities and performance that I will also take into account, and will take particular care that reviewer identities are not divulged to authors. I contemplated setting some very precise criteria for nomination, however, on reflection I felt that, at least this year, I would leave it to readers to decide. Obviously, for “best research paper,” criteria such as novelty, significance, impact, and presentation of the research are important, and for “reviewer of the year,” quality and timeliness of feedback are important. My aim is to announce the award winners in the second issue of 2011, so please e-mail me at soon!

This particular issue of TSE is a special issue on Search Based Software Engineering, guest edited by Professor Mark Harmen and Dr. Afshin Mansouri. I would like to thank them both for putting together such a rich special issue, which they introduce comprehensively in their guest editorial.

I'd like to conclude with a welcome to three new Associate Editors who have recently joined the TSE Editorial Board. They are Professor Betty Cheng, Dr. Frank Tip, and Professor Murray Woodside. Each has a distinguished record of research and leadership in our community. Their short biographies are provide below.

Finally, for many of you, the end of 2010 marks a holiday season. My best wishes to you all for a happy holiday and for the New Year.

Bashar Nuseibeh


About the Authors

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Betty H.C. Cheng received the BS degree from Northwestern University in 1985 and the MS and PhD degrees from the University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign in 1987 and 1990, respectively, all in computer science. She is a professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at Michigan State University. Her research and teaching interests include requirements engineering, automated software engineering, model-driven development, embedded systems development, patterns, adaptive systems, and distributed computing, all in the context of high-assurance systems. Recently, she has embarked on an exciting new area of interdisciplinary research exploring how digital evolution can be harnessed to support the modeling and development of adaptive and autonomic computing systems. She collaborates with industrial partners for both her class projects and research in order to facilitate technology exchange between academia and industry. She was awarded a NASA/JPL Faculty Fellowship to investigate the use of new software engineering techniques for a portion of the shuttle software. Her research has been funded by several US government funding agencies including the National Science Foundation, Office of Naval Research, Army, Air Force, and numerous industrial organizations. She serves on the editorial boards for the Requirements Engineering Journal and Software and Systems Modeling. Each year, she serves on numerous program and organizational committees for international conferences and workshops, including the IEEE International Conference on Software Engineering (ICSE), IEEE Requirements Engineering Conference (RE), and IEEE UML/MoDELS.
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Frank Tip received the PhD degree from the University of Amsterdam in 1995. Since then, he has been with IBM Research, where he is currently managing the Program Analysis and Transformation Group. His current research interests include refactoring, test generation and fault localization for Web applications, data-centric synchronization and declarative object identity for object-oriented programming languages, and change impact analysis. He is currently on sabbatical with the Programming Tools Group at the University of Oxford.
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Murray Woodside does research in software performance engineering, especially on performance models for software systems. His work includes developing appropriate models, methods for obtaining models from designs and from run-time measurements, and the use of models for capacity planning and to improve software designs and run-time configurations. His contributions include the use of layered queueing models, efficient model solution techniques, performance annotations in software modeling languages (UML), system and design optimization, and statistical parameter estimation by Kalman filters. Earlier work includes the vertex allocation theorem (with S. Tripathi) and many results in autocorrelation of queues and their use for prediction (with B. Pagurek). Since 1970, he has done his research at Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada, where is now a Distinguished Research Professor. He is a fellow of the IEEE and a past chairman of ACM Sigmetrics, and until recently an associate editor of Performance Evaluation.
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