Automatica, January 2004, Volume 40, No. 1


Two new editors, and a revised editorial area

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.

Tamer Basar

Ian R. Petersen
Editor for Control and Estimation Theory

Ian R. Petersen was born in Victoria, Australia in 1956. He received a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering in 1984 from the University of Rochester. From 1983 to 1985 he was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Australian National University. In 1985 he joined the School of Electrical Engineering, University of New South Wales at the Australian Defence Force Academy and he is currently a Full Professor. He was seconded to the Australian Research Council from 2002 to 2003 where he served as Executive Director for Mathematics, Information and Communication Sciences. He has served as an Associate Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control, Systems and Control Letters, Automatica and SIAM Journal on Control and Optimization. He was made a Fellow of the IEEE in 1999. His research interests include optimal control theory, robust control theory, stochastic control theory, robust state estimation and applications of control theory.

Berç Rüstem
Editor for Systems Engineering, Economics and Finance

Berç Rüstem, FIMA, CMath, received BSME from Robert College, Istanbul, and MSc, PhD from University of London. During 1977-80, he was research officer, Department of Economics at LSE. Subsequently, he was EPSRC Advanced Fellow, Senior Lecturer and Reader at Department of Computing, Imperial College, London, where he is currently Professor of Computational Methods in Operations Research. He has researched optimization and minimax algorithms and software, robust decision making under uncertainty in computational economics, finance and process systems engineering. He is currently President of the Society for Computational Economics, Co-Editor of Computational Management Science, Advisory Editor of Journal of Economic Dynamics & Control (JEDC). He was editor of JEDC, 1987-2002, and chair of IFAC TC on Computation in Economics & Finance, 1992-2000. He has published extensively, edited journal special issues, book volumes and is the author of three research monographs on optimization algorithms, multiple-objective decisions, minimax worst-case-robust decision making and risk management.