Automatica, July, 1996, Volume 32, No. 7


New Editorial Appointments

Constancy has been a characteristic of Automatica's editorial policy during the period when George Axelby first was Editor and later Editor-in-Chief. Among other things this steadiness expressed itself in long terms of appointment of the Editors and many of the Associate Editors. It took me personally 25 years since I joined Automatica as an Associate Editor in 1968 to reach the position of Editor-in-Chief in 1993...

When George retired as Editor-in-Chief of Automatica some of the original editors resigned at about the same time: Martin Larsen, Austin Spang, Patrick Parks, and Bill Levine. In the past year the remaining "old-timers" decided to step back and make place for new people.

Karl Åström was Editor for Survey Papers since 1984. This is one of the many roles in which Karl has contributed to the control field since 35 years.

Andrew P. Sage became Associate Editor when in 1968 Automatica became an IFAC journal, and Editor in 1980. As another nestor in the systems and control area he attended for many years to the "soft" side of control as Editor for Large Scale Systems, Management and Decision Sciences. I cannot count the number of papers he handled wisely and efficiently.

Also a more recently appointed Editor decided to relinquish her position to find more time for other activities. After having been an Associate Editor for several years Ruth Curtain became Editor for System Theory in 1993. She took on a large workload and probably realized the shortest turnaround times of all editors.

IFAC, Automatica's publisher Elsevier Science and I are immensely grateful to the retiring editors for their invaluable contributions to Automatica in particular and the control field in general.

The triennial IFAC Congress is the time when IFAC changes guard. Also the Automatica team of Associate Editors is being reviewed on this occasion. A number of Associate Editors are handing over to others. The Associate Editors' work in acquiring reviews and providing recommendations for acceptance, revision or rejection is vital for the Automatica editorial process. IFAC, Elsevier Science and I express profound thanks to the retiring and continuing Associate Editors.

I conclude this editorial by introducing the three new Editors.

Roberto Tempo and Christine Mitchell previously were Associate Editors of Automatica. Manfred Morari acquired his editorial experience elsewhere.

Short descriptions of the professional activities of the new editors activities follow this editorial.

Huibert Kwakernaak, Editor-in-Chief

Christine M. Mitchell

Christine M. Mitchell was born in Chicago, Illinois, USA in 1950. She received the BA degree in mathematics and English in 1972 from the University of Dayton, Dayton, Ohio, the MS in mathematics in 1975 from John Carroll University, Cleveland, Ohio, and the PhD in industrial and systems engineering in 1980 from The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio. She is Professor of Industrial and Systems Engineering and Adjunct Professor of Computer Science at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Dr. Mitchell is a senior faculty member with the Georgia Tech Center for Human-Machine Systems Research, and a faculty-affiliate of both Georgia Tech's Cognitive Sciences Program and the Graphics, Visualization, and Usability Center. She joined the Georgia Tech faculty in 1984; from 1980 until 1984, she was a member of Decision Sciences faculty at George Mason University, Fairfax, VA. Dr. Mitchell's research and teaching interests are in the areas of modeling and design of operator interaction in the control of complex dynamic systems. With an emphasis in aerospace, advanced aviation, air traffic control, and automated manufacturing systems, she explores the development of operator models and the use of such models as the "intelligence" in context-sensitive, dynamic displays, operator associates, and tutors for operators of dynamic systems.

Manfred Morari

In 1994 Manfred Morari was appointed head of the Automatic Control Laboratory at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich. Before that he was the McCollum-Corcoran Professor of Chemical Engineering and Executive Officer for Control and Dynamical Systems at the California Institute of Technology. He obtained the diploma from ETH Zurich and the Ph. D. from the University of Minnesota, both in chemical engineering. His interests are in the areas of process control and design, robust control and predictive control. In recognition of his research contributions he received numerous awards, among them the Donald P. Eckman Award of the Automatic Control Council, the Allan P. Colburn Award and the Professional Progress Award of the AIChE, the Curtis W. McGraw Research Award of the ASEE and was elected to the National Academy of Engineering (US). Professor Morari has held appointments with Exxon R & E and ICI and has consulted internationally for a number of major corporations. He is an Associate Editor of Computers & Chemical Engineering and serves on the editorial boards of several other journals.

Roberto Tempo

Roberto Tempo was born in Cuorgné, Italy, in 1956. In 1980 he graduated in Electrical Engineering at Politecnico di Torino, Italy. From 1981 to 1983 he was with the Dipartimento di Automatica e Informatica, Politecnico di Torino. In 1984 he joined the National Research Council of Italy (CNR) at the research center CENS, Torino, where he is currently a Director of Research of Systems and and Computer Engineering. Dr. Tempo has held visiting and research positions at Columbia University, New York, German Aerospace Organization, Oberpfaffenhofen, and University of Wisconsin, Madison. His main fields of interest include robust identification and control of uncertain systems and continuous computational complexity. Dr. Tempo is currently an Editor for Automatica and an Associate Editor for Journal of Complexity and Systems and Control Letters. In 1993 he received the Outstanding Paper Prize Award from the International Federation of Automatic Control for a paper published in Automatica.

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