Journal of Intelligent & Robotic Systems (2018) 91:3–4
EDITORIAL FROM THE FOUNDING EDITOR
From the Founding Editor, Dr. Spyros G. Tzafestas
Year Anniversary of JINT
Spyros G. Tzafestas
Published online: 2 June 2018
© Springer Science+Business Media B.V., part of Springer Nature 2018
I am really very pleased to write this editorial for the
Year Anniversary Special Issue of the Journal of Intelli-
gent and Robotic Systems (JINT). The Journal was founded
and launched in 1988 with the aim to provide a forum for
exchange of ideas, concepts, and techniques merging sys-
tems, control, and robotics science and engineering with
AI and other related Computer Science concepts such as
intelligent agent theory, distributed intelligence, compu-
tational intelligence, etc. Specifically, the motivation for
founding the Journal was to provide a common forum for
all fields where ‘system intelligence’ plays a central role,
and to stimulate fruitful interaction among researchers and
practitioners in the field of intelligent and robotic systems
(mechatronic systems, manufacturing systems, automation
systems, bioengineering systems, knowledge-based sys-
I acted as editor of JINT up to August 2006, passing this
task to the present Editor-in-Chief, Prof. Kimon Valavanis,
an enthusiastic educator and eminent researcher in the
field with an extraordinary contribution to the control and
robotics societies. He gave immediately a new shape to the
journal including a section dedicated to Unmanned Systems
with special issues on this subject, and a classification of
the submitted papers as Regular, Technical Correspondence,
Survey Papers, Invited Papers, and Special Issue Papers. At
that time the submission of papers started to be done through
the Editorial Manager, an advanced manuscript handling
Spyros G. Tzafestas
Emeritus Professor National Technical University of Athens,
and processing software tool that assists the Editor-in-Chief
and the Editors in their work. One of the Journal’s best
current features is that the Editor-in-Chief and the Editors
are able to check for ‘duplicate’ or ‘similar’ papers making
sure that all papers included in JINT are truly original.
The Journal has received over the years increasing numbers
of high quality submissions and it enjoys a continuously
increasing impact factor. I would like to congratulate Kimon
for his excellent, dedicated and efficient editorial work
which, supported by the efforts of the Editorial Board
(renewed and enhanced regularly) and Springer’s Editorial
Team coordinated by Ms. Nathalie Jacobs, has established
JINT as one of the major journals in the field.
I feel obliged to mention here the first few names of
intelligent systems and robotics workers that have strongly
supported the idea of creating JINT, and organized special
issues or submitted papers during the initial steps of the
journal; it is unfortunate that some of them are not with
us any more...Regardless, their names are: G. N. Saridis
(RPI), A. Meystel (Drexel), T. Fukuda (Nagoya Univ), M.
Jamshidi (UT San Antonio), F. Lewis (UT Arlington), P.
Coiffet (Univ. Paris 6), P. Borne (EC Lille), G. Schmidt (TU
Munich), H. E. Stephanou (UT Arlington), P. D. Roberts
(City Univ., London), U. Rembold (Karlsrue Univ.), G. J.
Vachtsevanos (Georgia Tech.), P. Kopacec (TU Vienna),
R. Lumia (NIST), I. Troch (TU Vienna), B. P. Zeigler
(Arizona Univ.), H. Sunahara (Kyoto Inst. Tech.), R.
Tomovic (Belgrade Univ.), and M. Vukobratovic (Mihailo
Pupin Inst., Belgrade).
I wish to JINT a long life receiving in the future a stronger
acceptance by the scientific community, and publishing
even more papers of the highest quality and originality.
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