Automatica, January 2004, Volume 40, No. 1
Attentive readers will notice two changes in the list of editors
on the inside front cover of this issue of Automatica, other than that of the
name of the Editor-in-Chief. The two new names who have joined the team of
editors this year are Ian Petersen, who is with the University of New South
Wales, Australia, and Berç Rüstem, who is with Imperial College, England.
Their brief biographies and pictures appear at the end of this editorial, and
can also be accessed through PAMPUS. I
welcome them both to Automatica.
Ian is already intimately familiar with Automatica, as he has served earlier as Associate Editor. He will be taking over the editorship of the subject area Control and Estimation Theory, which I used to cover for the last twelve years.
Berç is familiar particularly with IFAC, as he has served for three terms as chair of the IFAC Technical Committee on Computation in Economics and Finance; he has also considerable editorship experience in economics, control, and finance, as can be seen from his bio below. He is taking over the stewardship of the editorial area Systems Engineering, Economics and Finance, which was known as System Engineering and Management. The change in the name of this editorial area, starting with this issue, reflects a shift in its focus and scope, in line with the increasing intensity of activities at the intersection of economics, finance and control. Its scope now includes (as can be seen from the description on the inside front cover) the topics: Control and optimization of management, financial and dynamic economic systems, including: decision making and management in engineering; macro- and micro-economic dynamics, robust policies; finance models, derivative pricing, real options, risk management, stochastic programming and related methods; models of production and manufacturing; conflict resolution, game theory methods and applications; modeling, decomposition and parallelization of large scale systems; energy, environmental and resource problems; and social impact of control.
The Systems Engineering and Management area has been handled ably by Editor Alain Haurie for the last six years. I want to take this opportunity to thank Alain for his service to Automatica during this period, and for rejuvenating this editorial area after he took it over.
Before concluding this editorial, I am pleased to announce that the position of Deputy Editor-in-Chief will now be held by Roberto Tempo, who is of course also continuing as Editor of System and Control Theory.