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Editorial: Many thanks to Wim Sweldens and welcome to the new, revamped Wavelet Digest
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Michael Unser

Joined: 12 Dec 2002
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Location: Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne

PostPosted: Tue Jan 14, 2003 10:25 am    
Subject: Editorial: Many thanks to Wim Sweldens and welcome to the new, revamped Wavelet Digest
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Summary: The Wavelet Digest has a new Editor-in-Chief. It got a facelift (or lifting?) and will start publishing again on a regular basis. Be ready to submit using its new WEB interface.

For more than a decade now, the Wavelet Digest (WD) has fulfilled a crucial role of linking together the wavelet community, thanks to the efforts and foresight of its founding editor, Wim Sweldens. There is no question that Wim has done a fantastic job, and the entire wavelet community is deeply indebted to him. We cannot fully express our appreciation to him for creating this electronic medium and keeping up with the submissions for more than 10 years.

Unfortunately, Wim has been less available for this task since he was promoted to Vice President Computing Sciences Research at Lucent, and consequently, the publication rate of the WD suffered a slow down. The responsibility of the WD was clearly too much for a single individual, and we were in danger of losing the only truly cross-disciplinary medium that connected the wavelet community at large. Thus, some prominent wavelet friends reacted by forming a steering committee to establish the basis for a long-term solution that would ensure the survival of the WD.

I was appointed to the position of Editor-in-Chief as a result of this effort, and am working closely with Wim Sweldens to ensure a smooth transition. Together with a team of dedicated waveleteers (in particular, Dimitri Van De Ville) and the support from EPFL, we have made the commitment to start publishing again on a regular basis, while modernizing the interface to make it more WEB-based.

The present issue is rather substantial because it represents a one-year backlog. The WD will be leaner again in the upcoming issues. We will do our best to rekindle the process and ensure its survival; I will tell you more in future editorials.

Of course, the dynamism and quality of the WD is entirely dependent on you. We are counting on you, the readers, to contribute by submitting to, using the new WEB interface, which accepts both plain text and HTML postings. Please, let us know of your latest wavelet research findings (preprints), of upcoming conferences, job offers, etc., and don't be afraid to ask specific wavelet questions to the experts. I am committed to ensuring that your contributions are published within two months of submission.

I wish you a happy, peaceful and productive new year. Let it be a good year for wavelets as well.

Michael Unser
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