Two Editorial Appointments
Editors David Limebeer and Peter Dorato are relinquishing their positions. They are
succeeded by Raphael Sivan and Paul Van den Hof.
The Editor for Book Reviews, David Limebeer of Imperial College, London, was appointed
in 1993, and is now handing over to Raphael Sivan of the Technion at Haifa. Francis Bacon
- Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and
Joseph Brodsky (b. 1940) said
- There are worse crimes than burning books. One of them is not reading them.
Substituting ''reviewing'' for ''reading'' makes the obligations of a self-respecting
learned journal clear. An author and reader of books himself, Rafi Sivan knows these
truths, and we look forward to the book and software reviews he plans to acquire in the
tradition of his predecessors.
Peter Dorato (who is with the University of New Mexico at Albuquerque) has been
associated with Automatica for a long time. He first was an Associate Editor from 1969 to
1982. In 1993 he returned as Associate Editor and in 1994 was appointed Editor for Rapid
Publication and Technical Communiques. His dedication did much to enhance Automatica's
reputation, and during his Editorship considerably more Technical Communiques were
published than before. Peter sees the time fit to hand over to a person of a younger
generation, and I am most pleased that Paul M. J. Van den Hof is willing to take over.
Paul has worked for Automatica as an Associate Editor since 1992.
Automatica owes a great deal to the retiring Editors. I thank them warmly, and welcome
the three new editors most cordially.
Editor for Book and Software Reviews
Raphael Sivan was born in Germany in 1935, and emigrated to Israel in 1945. He received
the B.Sc. degree in electrical engineering from the Technion - Israel Institute of
Technology - Haifa, Israel in 1957, and the Ph. D. degree from the University of
California, Berkeley, CA, in 1963. He was an Assistant Professor at the California
Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA, during 1963-1964. In 1964 he joined the academic
staff of the Technion, and since 1974 he is Professor of Electrical Engineering, holding
the Shirley and Burt Harris Chair.
During 1970-1971 he was a Senior Research Associate in the Flight Control Division of
Langley Research Center, Hampton, VA. During 1991-1992 he was a Visiting Scientist at the
RAFAEL - Israel's Ministry of Defence Laboratories - working in Radar and ECM. During
1978-1979 he was a Visiting Professor at the Man-Vehicle Laboratory, Department of
Aeronautical Engineering, MIT, Cambridge, MA. During 1986-1987 he was a Visiting Professor
at the Department of Electrical Engineering, University of Massachusetts, MA. Finally,
during 1990-1991 he was a Visiting Professor at the Department of Electrical Engineering,
Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine, London, UK.
He served as Chairman of the Department of Electrical Engineering, Technion, and in
December, 1998, he completed a seven year term as Dean of Undergraduate Studies, Technion.
He is the author, jointly with H. Kwakernaak, of two books: Linear Optimal Control
Systems, Wiley-Interscience, 1972, and Modern Signals and Systems, Prentice-Hall,
Paul M. J. Van den Hof
Editor for Fast Publication and Technical Communiques
Paul Van den Hof was born in Maastricht, The Netherlands, in 1957. He obtained the M.
Sc. and Ph. D. degrees both from the Department of Electrical Engineering, Eindhoven
University of Technology, The Netherlands, in 1982 and 1989, respectively. Since 1986 he
has been working in the Mechanical Engineering Systems and Control Group at Delft
University of Technology, The Netherlands, where since 1991 he holds a position as
Associate Professor. In 1992 he held a short term visiting position at the Centre for
Industrial Control Science, The University of Newcastle, NSW, Australia.
Dr. Van den Hof's research interests are in issues of system identification,
parametrization, and the interplay between identification and robust control design, with
applications to mechanical servo systems and industrial process control systems.
From 1992 to 1998 he as acted as an Associate Editor of Automatica. Dr. Van den Hof is
a Senior Member of IEEE.