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Editorial

by M.E. El-Hawary

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eaders of the IEEE Systems,
Man, and Cybernetics Society
(SMCS) conceived IEEE Systems, Man, & Cybernetics Magazine
as a vehicle to communicate to its
readers the activities and actions
of the governing body, its technical
committees, and Chapters. Furthermore, the magazine offers educational material, such as technical review
papers, and publishes contributions
on educational activities, industrial
and university profiles, conference
news, book reviews, and a calendar
of important events. It also provides
information on the activities of sister,
non-IEEE, Systems, Man, and Cybernetics (SMC) bodies.
The first issue's editorial column offered a brief synopsis of the
work done by senior volunteers of
the Society to create this publication,
beginning with Dr. P. Chen's request
to IEEE Strategic Research to canvass Society members to establish
the interest in and the viability of the
concept of a new SMCS magazine.
Society members were sur veyed
using a self-administered online
questionnaire. Participants indicated
that the magazine should be intellectually interesting, and they would
likely read it; they also said the subject matter covered by the magazine
is a growing field that is personally interesting to them. The SMCS
publications team worked with IEEE
Technical Activities periodicals staff
and senior volunteers to secure the
appropriate approvals and guide the
Society through the process.
As we conclude the first publication year of the magazine, it is useful
to look back on this and the past three
issues. Our earlier technical feature
articles were selected from the 2014

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contribute to the
In the first issue
the transactions of
state of technolof this magazine
SMC and this magaogy in our fields
(January 2015), we
zine. This issue was
said goodbye to a
discussed in the
of interest.
pioneering founding
editorial in the April
father of the Soci2015 issue, "Discussety and a mentor to many of us. Dr.
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Andrew P. Sage, Jr., passed away 31
and Transactions."
October 2014. He served as editor-inA vital part of the magazine's conchief (EIC) of IEEE Transactions on
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interest articles that are intended to
years, from 1972 to 1998, and was presioffer historical accounts of key develdent of the Society from 1984 to 1985.
opments  at the foundation of the
He served on the seminal committee
SMCS's scope of interest. In addition,
that created the SMCS. The six page "In
our first year of publication included
Memoriam" column included testimoautobiographical articles covering the
nials from leading colleagues whose
careers of leading volunteers  of our
careers were influenced by this leadSociety. The articles are intended to
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inspire those who are new to areas of
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