January 2013: Editor Message

By: 
Dina Papagiannaki
Appears in: 
CCR January 2013

A new year begins and a new challenge needs to be undertaken. Life is full of challenges, but those that we invite ourselves have something special of their own. In that spirit, I am really happy to be taking on as the editor for ACM Computer Communications Review. Keshav has done a tremendous job making CCR a high quality publication that unites our community. The combination of peer reviewed papers and editorial submissions provides a ground to publish the latest scientific achievements in our field, but also position them within the context of our ever changing technological landscape.

With that in mind, I would like to continue encouraging the submission of the latest research results to CCR. I would also like to try to broaden its reach. A little less than two years ago, I changed jobs, and took the position of the scientific director responsible for Internet, systems, and networks at Telefonica Research in Barcelona, Spain*. I am now part of one of the most diverse research groups I have ever known. The team comprises researchers expert in multimedia analysis, data mining, machine learning, human computer interaction, distributed systems, network economics, wireless networking, security and privacy. One could see this as a research team that could potentially address problems at all layers of the stack. As such, I am learning so much from the team on an every day basis.
 
I would love to bring that broader perspective to CCR and enrich the way we see and use telecommunications infrastructure. I would like to encourage the submission of editorials from other disciplines of computer science that build and deploy technologies over the Internet.
There are so many questions that need to be addressed when you start thinking about networking fueling smart cities, smart utilities, novel services that will enable our younger generation to learn the skills they need and  put them in practice in a world that suffers from large
unemployment rates. Having three young children makes me wonder about ways we could use all the work that we have done in the past 20 years to enable sustainable societies in the future. And the Internet will be the skeleton that makes this possible, leading to true globalization. We have so much more to offer.
 
In parallel, I would love to use CCR as a vehicle to disemminate lessons learnt and current best practices. With the help of the editorial team, we are going to include an interview section in CCR, where we will be asking prominent members of our community for their perspective on what they think have been the main lessons they learnt from their past work, as well as their outlook for the future.
 
In this January issue, you are not only going to find technical contributions, but also reports from workshops that took place in the recent months. In addition, I have invited an editorial covering the Mobile World Congress 2012. Recent trends in technology influence and enrich
our research. This is the first step in trying to bridge those two worlds. If you do happen to attend venues such as MWC, CES, or standardization bodies, please do send me your editorial notes on your impressions from those events.
 
Finally, I would like to extend my sincerest thank you to Prof. David Wetherall that has decided to step down from the editorial board, and welcome Dr. Katerina Argyraki, Dr. Hitesh Ballani, Prof. Fabián Bustamante, Prof. Marco Mellia, and Prof. Joseph Camp, that are becoming part of our editorial team. With their expertise and motivation we are bound to do great things in 2013! With all that, I sincerely hope that you will enjoy this issue and I am looking forward to hearing any further suggestions to make CCR as timely and impactful as possible.