Automatica, April 2007, Volume 43, No. 4

Editorial

A Retirement and a New Editor: Book and Software Reviews

Raphael Sivan, who has been the Editor for Book and Software Reviews since January 1999, is retiring from his position with Automatica effective with this issue. During his over eight-year long tenure with Automatica, Raphael Sivan was instrumental in rejuvenating this department of the journal and putting it on a healthy track. I thank him for his dedicated service and contributions to Automatica, and wish him well in his future endeavors.

As Raphael Sivan’s successor, I am pleased to announce that Edmond A. Jonckheere is taking over the Editorship of Book and Software Reviews, again effective with this issue. Edmond has a broad spectrum of interests, and has had ample editorial experience through his associations with a number of journals in the systems and control field.

I welcome to Automatica the new editor Edmond A. Jonckheere (whom I introduce below), and again express our appreciation to the retiring editor, Raphael Sivan.

Tamer Başar
Editor-in-Chief

Edmond A. Jonckheere, Editor for Book and Software Reviews

Edmond A. Jonckheere was born in Belgium, in 1950. He received the Electrical Engineer degree from the Université de Louvain, Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium, in 1973; the Doctor in Engineering degree in Aerospace Engineering from the Université Paul Sabatier, Toulouse, France, in 1975; and the Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, in 1978.

From 1973 to 1975, he was with the Laboratoire d'Analyse et d'Architecture des Systčmes, Toulouse, France, as a Research Fellow of the European Space Agency. From 1975 to 1978, he was a Fulbright/Hays Fellow and a Teaching and Research Assistant in the Department of Electrical Engineering--Systems and subsequently a Research Associate in the same department. From 1978 to 1979 he was with the Royal Military Academy, Brussels, Belgium. From 1979 to 1980, he was with the Philips Research Laboratory, Brussels, Belgium. In 1980, he returned to the University of Southern California (USC), where he is currently a Full Professor of Electrical Engineering and Mathematics, an Associate Member of the Center for Applied Mathematical Sciences (CAMS), and a member of the newly established Center for Computer Systems Security (CCSS) of the Information Sciences Institute (ISI) of USC.

Dr. Jonckheere has had short term Visiting Professor appointments with the Research School of Information and Systems Engineering of the Australian National University, Canberra, ACT, Australia and the Department of Mathematics of the Facultés Universitaires Notre Dame de la Paix, Namur, Belgium. He held other short term appointments with the European Molecular Biology Laboratory, Heidelberg, Germany, the Max-Planck-Institut für Biophysikalische Chemie, Göttingen, Germany, and the Institute for Mathematics and Its Applications (IMA), Minneapolis, NM. He has had consulting affiliations with the Department of Radiology of Memorial Medical Center, Long Beach, California, the Honeywell Systems and Research Center, Minneapolis, MN, Lockheed Martin, the Aerospace Corporation, El Segundo, the Association for Network Care, and the American GNC Corporation. In the course of his consulting work for Memorial Medical Center in Long Beach, CA, he was a member of the team that developed the first robot for brain surgery, a work that is cited in the Medicine and Virtual Reality knowledge base.

 Dr. Jonckheere is the (sole) author of the book, Algebraic and Differential Topology of Robust Stability, Oxford University Press, New York, 1997. His past research interests included topological methods in robust control, "complicated" non-linear dynamics, and propulsion control of aerospace vehicles. Still active among these past research activities are control of hovercraft and control of a spacecraft to a rendez-vous with a Trojan asteroid in libration around the Jupiter Lagrange L4 point. His currently active and long term biomedical projects are motor failure rehabilitation and cardiac dynamics. Dr. Jonckheere's most recent research interests are in Cyber security, network traffic modeling, and coarse hyperbolic geometry of networks. From 2003 until 2006, he was an Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control.

Dr. Jonckheere was elected a Fellow of IEEE in 1991, for Contributions to the spectral theory of linear-quadratic and H-infinity control. In 1999, he was listed in the Marquis Who's Who in Science and Engineering.