Two and a half years, 37 conference calls, and 5,452 emails—this was the raw material of my tenure at XRDS. However, as I reflect on the experience of being editor-in-chief, I think not of the time spent or emails sent, but of the people I’ve worked with. Forging cohesive and compelling issues required the talents of more
than 30 people. Not only have I learned a great deal from them, but I also consider many
to be close friends. This makes my departure bittersweet. However, the future of XRDS
is bright, having matured from an eclectic student journal to a premier student-oriented
computer science magazine. The best is yet to come!
By the time you read this, I should have
proposed my dissertation research
and be hard at work wrapping up my
Ph.D. at Carnegie Mellon University.
Not only is my time becoming scarcer,
but with eight issues behind us since
the relaunch, I also feel it is time for a
fresh face at the helm of XRDS. Like the
field of computer science, this maga-
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zine needs new perspectives, directions, contacts, and backgrounds to
continue to be relevant and engaging.
Otherwise we run the risk of losing
contact with ACM’s most important
Although professionals and academics are the lifeblood of our field,
students are the future. XRDS is a significant investment in that future. I’m
grateful to ACM for giving us incredible backing to relaunch and reimagine
what a student publication should be.
I’m extremely proud of what we’ve accomplished and look for ward to where
the next editor-in-chief takes XRDS.
The obligatory “thank you’s” are
no easy task given the scores of people I’ve interacted with over the past
30 months. Foremost is the volunteer
XRDS team—I sort of feel like the conductor taking a bow, but the real praise
goes to the orchestra. Thank you all
for of your diligence and hard work! In
particular I must thank Malay Bhattacharyya, Inbal Talgam, Erin Carson,
and Michael Bernstein who make up
the bulk of my 5,452 emails. There is
also James Stanier and Tom Bartin-dale, Department Chiefs, who were my
There are also several individu-
als at ACM who operate behind the
scenes, but really make it all happen.
is a Ph.D. student
in the Human-Computer Interaction
Institute at Carnegie Mellon University. Before coming to CMU, Harrison
worked at IBM Research and AT&T
Labs. He has since worked at Microsoft
Research and Disney Imagineering.
Currently, Harrison is investigating
how to “interact with small devices in
big ways” through novel sensing technologies and interaction techniques.