Systems, Man & Cybernetics - April 2016 - 3

Editorial

by M.E. El-Hawary

T

his issue of IEEE Systems,
Man, and Cybernetics Magazine was being finalized
when the IEEE and Systems, Man,
and Cybernetics Society (SMCS)
communities, among others, were
saddened by the passing of our
friend, mentor, and colleague Bill
A. Gruver (SMCS president 2004-
2005) on 29 February 2016. Earlier
indications of his health conditions
did not prepare us for the unex-
pected shocking news, as we had
met at t he IEEE I nt er n at ion a l
Conference on Systems, Man, and
Cyber netics, hosted by the City
University of Hong Kong in Octo-
ber 2015. It is somewhat ironic that
Bill's picture featured prominently
in the preceding issue of this maga-
zine. In this issue, you can read the
complete "In Memoriam" column,
which was prepared with care and
attention by our SMCS past presi-
dents Ljiljana Trajkovic (2014-2015)
and Michael H. Smith (2002-2003).
At this point, I want to share with
you our plan to publish a special
section in IEEE Systems, Man, and
Cybernetics Magazine reflecting on
Bill's technical, professional, and
volunteer contributions.
Digital Object Identifier 10.1109/MSMC.2016.2557465
Date of publication: 23 August 2016

Riverworld and
Other Thoughts

island inhabited by others who share
Like many of our generation,
the same values and enjoy the same
in our younger years, we were keen
pleasures and eth-
fantasy/science fic-
ics. A measure of a
tion readers who fol-
good individual is
lowed many book
I want to share
the number of people
series with wonder
with you our plan
who want to be in the
and fascination.
to publish a special
same environment
Philip José Farmer
(island) inhabited by
(1918-2009) created
section in IEEE
those who share the
a series based on
Systems, Man,
same values.
a planet named
and Cybernetics
Hav i ng got t en
Riverworld (http://
Magazine reflecting
this far in the narra-
www.pjfarmer.com/
tive, I imagine that
riverwld.htm). Riv-
on Bill [Gruver's]
Bill is on his way to
erworld is an imagi-
technical, profesone of the largest is-
nary setting where
sional, and volunlands in Riverworld
humans from dif-
teer contributions.
to meet with those
ferent backgrounds
who care for the
and eras are resur-
same things, have
rected to find them-
the same values, and share the same
selves on a river boat that transports
ethics as he enjoyed.
them to their desired environment (in
this case, islands). I recall that, to be
rewarded for past positive deeds, an
individual is allowed to travel to an

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http://http:// http://www.pjfarmer.com/

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