Aerospace and Electronic Systems Magazine April 2017 - 3
From the Associate Editor-in-Chief
DOI. No. 10.1109/MAES.2017.174001
've just got back from the annual IEEE Panel of Editors meeting, this year in Montreal; AESS VP Pubs
Dale Blair, Magazine EIC (i.e., my boss) Maria Sabrina Greco, and AES Transactions Associate EIC
Michael Rice were also there. The PoE is a big deal, with lots of chance to interact with IEEE staff, learn
from our peers and see what's new. I always enjoy it, and I think it's time well spent.
This year I'll report a few things that may be of interest to you. First, IEEE now has automated checking tools for each finalized Transactions submission to make certain that there be no significant changes
(especially in the bibliography - more on this next time you hear from me) relative to the version that
was accepted. Another item of interest was from Clarivate Analytics, which is what used to be ThomsonReuters' Intellectual Property and Science business unit. A key concern for Clarivate is the "indexing" of
journals and assignment of metrics (such as impact factor) thereto. The news is that there is a new category,
the Essential Science Citation Index (ESCI) that - and I know I am over-simplifying - allows emerging
journals early consideration, earlier than the traditional three-year history mark. Finally, I'll mention the
renewed emphasis on "reproducibility" in IEEE publications. I have discussed that before, but what I do
want to mention now is that IEEE is teaming with small company "Code Ocean" to facilitate the effort.
Specifically, an author can upload his / her code (e.g., Matlab & data files) to the Code Ocean site, and that
becomes linked to the author's paper on IEEEXplore. It hence provides readers a way to test the ideas and maybe to improve on them. I'll try
Code Ocean soon and get back to you with my experience; but I think it will be great.
This month we have another issue jammed with great papers. The first is by former AESS Board of Governors member and AFRL eminence Erik Blasch with a strong team from RPI, and the thesis is that while safety exceptions are by their exceptional nature difficult to model,
a structured programming approach can help extract them by their deviation from norm. This is followed by another article aimed at failure
detection, again by a researcher from AFRL (Quinn Leland) and this time with a good team from UCF and NC State. This is a focused study
that applies fault-tree analysis to cooling fan assemblies. A third article, this one by a team from Egypt, applies machine-learning techniques
to spacecraft attitude determination, with the goal, again, of exception-reporting and system health monitoring. The last article is by a team
from Lamar, CalTech and several Chinese universities, and is the only one not focused on fault detection. But it does relate, since it explores
the use of a Reed-Solomon code to a deep-space communication protocol to resist outages, drops and difficulties in retransmission due to the
latency and harsh conditions found.
Last, and very much not least, we have two more features. First, there is a
fun interview of Paul Rosen by Riccardo Lanari. JPL's Dr. Rosen has been at the
forefront of radar research as applied to mapping from space. And he seems to
be a very nice man, I'd like to meet him. Second, we have Larry Stone's incisive
review of "Bayesian Methods in the Search for MH370" by Davey, Gordon,
Holland and Williams from Australia. Dr. Stone, from Metron, is an expert in
search theory (and many other areas too) and is the perfect reviewer for what
seems to be a fascinating and highly relevant research effort. While Dr. Stone offers minor criticism for the level of detail on the update procedure, he is largely
very positive: "I highly recommend this book to anyone who performs or intends
to perform Bayesian search analysis. Another virtue of this book is that anyone
with a 'theory' as to what happened to MH370 will have to square their theory
Visa Koivunen, Tuomas Aittomaki, EIC Sabrina Greco, and
with [the book's] detailed evidence".
EIC Sabrina Greco and I were "opponents" at a thesis ("Transmitter and Re- Assoc. EIC, Peter Willett at Aalto Univeristy in Finland.
ceiver and Optimization for Agile MIMO Radars") by Visa Koivunen's student
Tuomas Aittomaki a few weeks ago at Aalto University in Finland (photo). Dr. Aittomaki bears watching as a promising young researcher;
and we were enthralled by Finland in the springtime. Part of my reason for mentioning this is as an excuse to show you the photo at left:
Visa, Tuomas, Sabrina then me. Aalto is very formal with their PhD defenses, and both opponents and candidates are required to be properly
attired. It's rather fun.
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