Editor in Chief

Irena BojanovaIrena Bojanova is a computer scientist at NIST. Previously, she was a program chair at University of Maryland University College (UMUC), an academic director at Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth (JHU-CTY), and a co-founder of OBS Ltd. (now CSC Bulgaria). She earned a PhD in mathematics/computer science from the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences. Bojanova is a Senior Member of IEEE and serves as editor in chief (EIC) of IT Professional, co-chair of the IEEE Reliability Society’s Internet of Things Technical Committee, and a founding member of the IEEE Special Technical Committee (STC) on Big Data. Previously, she was the founding chair of the IEEE CS Cloud Computing STC, interim EIC of IEEE Transactions on Cloud Computing, and Member at Large and Integrity Chair of the IEEE CS Publications Board.

Column and Department Editors


Rick KuhnRick Kuhn is a computer scientist in the Computer Security Division at NIST. He has authored three books and more than 150 publications on information security, empirical studies of software failure, and software assurance, and is an IEEE Fellow. He co-developed the role based access control model (RBAC) used throughout industry, and currently leads research in the application of combinatorial methods to software testing and analysis. Kuhn received an MS in computer science from the University of Maryland College Park, and an MBA from William & Mary. For further details, see csrc.nist.gov/staff/Kuhn/kuhn_rick.html.

Tim WeilTim Weil is a network project manager at Alcohol Monitoring Systems and has more than 25 years’ experience in the areas or data processing, communications engineering, and information assurance. His areas of interest include identity management, IT service management, cloud security architecture, and enterprise risk management for federal agencies. He is an author and editor of the 2012 ANSI standards for Role-Based Access Control (RBAC). He has received several IEEE Distinguished Service awards for his contributions as Chair of the IEEE GREENTECH conference and the IEEE Washington DC/Denver sections. For further details, see securityfeeds.com.

Data Analytics

Seth EarleySeth Earley is CEO at Earley Information Science. His interests include knowledge strategy, information architecture, search-based applications, and accelerating the value of analytics solutions. Earley has worked with a diverse roster of Fortune 1000 companies, helping them achieve higher levels of operating performance. He is founder of the Boston Knowledge Management Forum, a former adjunct professor at Northeastern University, where he taught graduate courses in knowledge management infrastructure and business strategy. Earley is also an Outreach Editor for IT Professional. For further details, see www.earley.com.

Extreme Automation

Jinan FiaidhiJinan Fiaidhi is a full professor and the Graduate Coordinator at the Department of Computer Science, Lakehead University. She is also an adjunct research professor with the University of Western Ontario. She is the editor in chief of the new IGI Journal on Extreme Connectivity and Automation in Healthcare. Her research is focused on mobile and ubiquitous learning using emerging technologies (such as cloud computing, calm computing, mHealth, social networking, and learning analytics and IoT ). Her research is supported by the major research granting associations in Canada (NSERC and CFI). Fiaidhi is a Professional Software Engineer of Ontario (PEng), a Senior Member of IEEE, a member of the British Computer Society (MBCS), and  a member of the Canadian Information Society (CIPS) holding the designate of ISP. For more information, see flash.lakeheadu.ca/~jfiaidhi.

Internet of Things

Phil LaplantePhillip A. Laplante is a professor of software and systems engineering at The Pennsylvania State University. He received a PhD from Stevens Institute of Technology and an MBA from the University of Colorado. Laplante is a Fellow of the IEEE and SPIE and has won several international awards for his teaching, research, and service. He has worked in avionics, CAD, and software testing systems and has published 34 books and more than 250 scholarly papers. Laplante’s research interests include software testing, software security, requirements engineering, the Internet of Things, and software quality and management. He is a licensed professional software engineer in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
Ben AmabaBen Amaba is the IBM Global executive for the IBM Hybrid Cloud Division. He received a PhD in industrial and systems engineering. Amaba is a registered and licensed professional engineer in several states with international registry; certified in production, operations, and inventory management by APICS; LEED Accredited Professional (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design); and certified in Corporate Strategy by Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Amaba holds a copyright for Process Activity Flow Framework, the foundation for IBM’s Business Driven Development framework for requirements, design, architecture, simulation, and application development techniques. Amaba is prominently featured in “Giving 2.0” by Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen with Stanford Business School, which details contributions to bolster and promote STEM education and careers, and is an Alexis de Tocqueville Society/United Way Member, which recognizes local philanthropic leaders. Amaba has published globally on best practices and robust approaches to drive market innovation, economic development and private public partnerships.

IT Economics

Nir Kshetri is a professor at the University of North Carolina–Greensboro and a research fellow at Kobe University. He is also a consultant for the Asian Development Bank and has participated as a lead discussant at the peer review meeting of the UN’s Information Economy Report. Kshetri received a PhD in business administration from the University of Rhode Island. He is the author of seven books and more than 110 articles in various publications. His book Global Entrepreneurship: Environment and Strategy (Routledge, 2014) was selected as an Outstanding Academic Title by Choice magazine. Kshetri is the winner of 2016 Bryan School Senior Research Excellence Award, and a two-time winner of the Pacific Telecommunication Council’s Meheroo Jussawalla Research Paper Prize.

IT and Future Employment and

George StrawnGeorge Strawn, also an Advisory Board member, is the director of the National Coordination Office for the Federal interagency program Networking and IT R&D (NITRD). His interests include IT research policy and management, big data, networking, and history. He has previously been the NSF CIO; program officer, division director, executive officer, and acting assistant director in the NSF CISE directorate; the director of the Iowa State University Computation Center; and a faculty member and chair of the Iowa State computer science department. He is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. For further details, see www.nitrd.gov.

IT Trends

Jeffrey VoasJeffrey Voas is a computer scientist at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and an IEEE Fellow. He also edits the Cybertrust column for Computer. Voas has served as the IEEE Reliability Society President (2003-2005, 2009-2010), as the IEEE Computer Society’s Second VP (2010), and as IEEE Division VI’s Director-Elect (2010). He co-authored Software Assessment: Reliability, Safety, and Testability (Wiley, 1995) and Software Fault Injection: Inoculating Software Against Errors (Wiley, 1998). He was also an associate EIC of IT Professional and is on the editorial board of Computer. He was one of two people named IEEE Reliability Engineer of the Year in 2000. Voas received a PhD in computer science from the College of William and Mary. He is an IEEE Fellow.

Life in the C-Suite

Steve AndrioleStephen J. Andriole is the Thomas G. Labrecque Professor of Business Technology in the Villanova School of Business at Villanova University, where he teaches courses in strategic technology and innovation and entrepreneurialism. He conducts applied research on technology management best practices, social media, big data analytics, cloud computing, and emerging (“ready”) technology adoption. Andriole is the recipient of the US Department of Defense Meritorious Civilian Service Award for his work at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), and is a Charter Member of the US Senior Executive Service (SES). For more information, visit www.andriole.com.

Student Forum

Gustavo RossiGustavo Rossi is a full professor at Universidad Nacional de La Plata, Argentina and a principal researcher at Conicet. His area of interest is Web engineering. Rossi holds a PhD from PUC-Rio, Brazil. He’s an editorial board member of IEEE Internet Computing, the Journal of Web Engineering, the World Wide Web Journal and other important magazines and journals. For further details, see www.lifia.info.unlp.edu.ar/lifia/en/files/gustavo-rossi/.

María José EscalonaMaría José Escalona Cuaresma is a lecturer and researcher in the Department of Computer Languages and Systems at the University of Seville. She is the also the director of the Web Engineering and Early Testing research group. Her research interests include  requirements engineering, web system development, model-driven engineering, early testing, and quality assurance. She also has managed important research and transference projects, both national and international. She received a PhD in computer science from the University of Seville.

Associate Editors in Chief

Reza DjavanshirRegular Papers: Reza Djavanshir is an associate professor of information systems at Johns Hopkins University. His research interests include system-of-systems and metasystems design, technology strategy, and global sourcing. Djavanshir received a PhD in system engineering from George Washington University.


Linda WilbanksColumns and Departments: Linda Wilbanks serves as the Senior Cyber Risk Advisor at Federal Student Aid (FSA) in the US Department of Education. She’s responsible for developing the program to identify and manage the cyber risks to FSA’s networks and data. She formerly served as the command information officer (CIO) at the US Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS), where she successfully built a common IT backbone and green datacenter with virtualized servers supporting all five Department of Defense law enforcement/security agencies occupying a new campus. She is recognized internationally as an expert in software metrics and quality assurance and has published more than 125 articles in referred journals.

Charalampos Z. Patrikakis headshotSpecial Issues: Charalampos Z. Patrikakis is an associate professor in the Department of Electronics Engineering at Piraeus University of Applied Sciences. He has 20+ years’ experience in international research projects, having participated in more than 32 national, European, and international programs, in 16 of which he has been involved as a technical/scientific coordinator or principal researcher. Patrikakis has more than 100 publications in book chapters, international journals, and conferences, and has two contributions to national legislation. He is a senior member of IEEE and a counselor of the IEEE student department at Piraeus University of Applied Sciences.

Editorial Board

Saeid AbolfazliAwards Chair: Saeid Abolfazli is a big data scientist at TELUS Canada. His interests include big data analytics and business intelligence, enterprise IT, the Internet of Things, and mobile cloud computing. Abolfazli has authored more than 40 research articles in prestigious international venues and is collaborating with several research labs across the globe. His work has been cited more than 450 times and his h-index reached 10 in less than three years. For more, see mobilecloudfamily.com.

Morris ChangPublishing Assistant: Morris Chang is an associate professor at Iowa State University. His research interests include cybersecurity, wireless networks, and energy-efficient computer systems. His current research projects on cybersecurity are funded by DARPA. Chang received his PhD from the North Carolina State University. His past industrial experiences include positions at Texas Instruments, Microelectronic Center of North Carolina, and AT&T Bell Labs. He received the University Excellence in Teaching Award at Illinois Institute of Technology in 1999. He is a senior member of IEEE. For further details, see www.ece.iastate.edu/~morris.

Outreach Editor and Conference Liaison: Fulvio Corno, Politecnico di Torino

Claudio Giovanni DemartiniRegular Papers Editor: Claudio Giovanni Demartini is a full professor of computer engineering at Politecnico di Torino and head of the Control and Computer Engineering Department, where he works on Industry 4.0, analytics for big data, and education. His interests include computing systems, software engineering, innovation management, and product development. Demartini co-chairs the COMPSAC Symposium on Computer Education and Learning Technologies (CELT) 2015/2016. For more, see www.dauin.polito.it/personale/scheda/(nominativo)/claudio.demartini.

Haluk DemirkanRegular Papers Editor: Haluk Demirkan is a professor of digital service innovation and business analytics, and he’s the founder and executive director of the Center for Information-Based Management at the Milgard School of Business, University of Washington—Tacoma. His interests include business analytics, digital innovation, service innovation, and service-oriented-X. In 2014, he was ranked fifth in the Top-100 World-Wide Researchers according to the Association for Information Systems sanctioned Research Rankings. He is a co-founder and on the board of directors of the International Society of Service Innovation Professionals (www.issip.org).

G.R. GangadharanConference Liaison: G.R. Gangadharan is an associate professor in the Institute for Development & Research in Banking Technology (IDRBT), Hyderabad, India. His research interests include energy informatics, cloud computing, and enterprise information systems. Gangadharan received a PhD degree in information and communication technology from the University of Trento, Italy. He is a senior member of IEEE and ACM. For further details, see www.idrbt.ac.in/grganga.html.
Vladimir Getov headshotConference Liaison: Vladimir Getov is a professor of distributed and high-performance computing (HPC) and leader of the Distributed and Intelligent Systems research group at the University of Westminster. His research interests include parallel architectures and performance, energy-efficient computing, autonomous distributed systems, and HPC programming environments. Getov received a PhD and DSc in computer science from the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences. He is a senior member of IEEE, a member of ACM, a fellow of the British Computer Society, and Computer’s area editor for HPC.

Bin GuoRegular Papers Editor: Bin Guo is a professor at Northwestern Polytechnical University. His research interests include ubiquitous computing, mobile phone sensing, mobile social networks, and human-computer interaction. He is a senior member of IEEE. He won the 2nd Class of Natural Scientific Award of the State Education Ministry of China in 2014. For further details, see www.guob.org/activities.html.

George HurlburtRegular Papers Editor: George Hurlburt is the chief scientist at STEMCorp. His interests include architecture, network science, and graph theory. He has received patent recognition, a Meritorious Civil Service Award, and an industrial innovation award for his work on networks and architectures. He is currently pursuing an architectural approach to accommodate nonlinear systems.

Samee KhanSecretary: Samee U. Khan is an associate professor at North Dakota State University. His research interests include the optimization, robustness, and security of cloud, grid, cluster, and big data computing; social, wired, and wireless networks; power systems, smart grids, and optical networks. In these areas, his work appears in over 250 publications. He maintains the GreenCloud simulator and the CloudNetSim++ simulator. He is a Fellow of the British Computer Society and a Fellow of the Institute of Engineering and Technology. For further details, see sameekhan.org.

Kincho LawRegular Papers Editor: Kincho H. Law is a professor of civil and environmental engineering at Stanford University. His research interests include the innovative use of computational and information science in engineering. Law received a PhD in civil engineering from Carnegie Mellon University. He has authored and co-authored more than 400 articles in journals and conference proceedings and has received best research paper awards from the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), the American Society of Mechanical Engineering (ASME), IEEE, and the Digital Government Society. Law received the ASCE Computing in Civil Engineering Award in 2011, and was elected as a Distinguished Member of the ASCE and as a Fellow of the ASME in 2017.

Maria LeeRegular Papers Editor: Maria R. Lee is a full professor in the Department of Information Technology and Management at Shih Chien University, Taiwan. Her research interests include big data analytics, artificial intelligence, e-commerce, and knowledge management. Lee received a PhD in computer science and engineering from the University of New South Wales, Australia. For further details, see www.im.usc.edu.tw/maria.lee.

Sunil MithasRegular Papers Editor: Sunil Mithas is a professor in the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland. His research focuses on strategies for managing innovation and excellence for corporate transformation, and provides insights on the role of technology and other intangibles, such as customer satisfaction, human capital, and organizational capabilities. He has worked on research or consulting assignments with organizations such as Johnson & Johnson, Lear, A.T. Kearney, the Tata group, the Social Security Administration, and the US Census Bureau. He is the author of the books Digital Intelligence (Finerplanet, 2012) and Dancing Elephants and Leaping Jaguars (CreateSpace, 2014). For further details, see scholar.rhsmith.umd.edu/sunilmithas.

Zeljko Obrenovic headshotHistory and Analytics Editor: Zeljko Obrenovic is a consultant at the Software Improvement Group (SIG), which conducts detailed technical analyses of software-intensive systems, translating technical findings into actionable advice for management. He’s also on SIG’s team that develops tools to analyze and visualize software systems. His interests revolve around human-computer interaction and human factors in software systems. Obrenovic aims to bridge software design research and practice, trying to get the best of both worlds. He received a PhD in computer science from the University of Belgrade. For more, see obren.info.

Arpan PalWeb Editor: Arpan Pal is a principal scientist and research head at Innovation Lab, Tata Consultancy Services, India. His interests include mobile-phone and camera-based sensing and analytics, physiological sensing, M2M communications, and Internet-of-Things-based platforms and systems. He is on the editorial board for ACM Transactions on Embedded Computing Systems and IEEE Transactions on Emerging Topics in Computing. He is a Senior Member of IEEE. For further details, see www.tcs.com/about/research/researchers/Pages/Pal-Arpan.aspx.

Gianfranco PolitanoWeb Editor: Gianfranco Politano is an assistant professor in the department of Control and Computer Engineering at Politecnico di Torino. His research contributions include complex biological networks analysis, data fusion, biostatistics, and machine learning. He has been part of the program and organizing committee of several IEEE conferences and also serves on several IEEE/CS technical committees. He received a PhD in computer engineering and information technology from Politecnico di Torino.

Rajiv Ranjan headshotRegular Papers Editor: Rajiv Ranjan is a reader in computing science at Newcastle University. His areas of interest include cloud computing, big data, and the Internet of Things. Ranjan has more than 165 publications and secured competitive research grants from both public and private agencies. He serves on the editorial boards of IEEE Transactions on Computers, IEEE Transactions on Cloud Computing, IEEE Cloud Computing, IET Cyber-Physical Systems: Theory & Applications, and Future Generation Computer Systems. He received the 2009 Outstanding Paper on New Communications Topic Award from the IEEE Communications Society and the Best Paper Award from IEEE HPCC 2013 for his seminal work on extending traditional data analysis algorithms to detect access patterns for massive data processing applications.

Hiroyuki SatoConference Liaison: Hiroyuki Sato is an associate professor at the University of Tokyo. His interests include digital identity technologies, information security, and programming language design and implementation. Sato is accredited as a Level of Assurance 1 (LoA 1) assessor by the Kantara initiative (kantarainitiative.org), established to accelerate the adoption of digital identity relationship solutions to support and simplify our connected world. He received a PhD from the University of Tokyo. For more, see www-sato.cc.u-tokyo.ac.jp/SATO.Hiroyuki.

Jilei TianRegular Papers Editor: Jilei Tian is a research manager at BMW Technology Chicago. His interests include machine learning, big data processing and rich context modeling, personalized services, and spoken-language processing. Tian has authored more than 100 publications, and has about 100 patents and applications. He has chaired or served as a member of technical committees in international conferences and on the editorial boards of journals, and has received 10-plus years of Nokia invention awards and best paper awards. For more, see jileitian.wix.com/jileitian.

Student Members

"MonikaMonika Singh is a PhD student at the Indraprastha Institute of Information Technology, Delhi. She is currently working as a Guest Researcher in NIST’s Software and Systems Division. Singh’s research interests include information security, privacy, cryptography, and digital forensics.


GayathriGayathri Sugumar is a PhD student at the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD). Her research interests include cyber-physical security for critical infrastructure, computer networks, and automata. Sugumar’s work focused on modelling and verification of secure CPS systems using formal methods and also developing attack detection techniques and attacker models.