Reliability Society Newsletter


Vol. 57, No. 3. August 2011

President's Message

Reliability Society Members,

2011 is past mid-year already. Time is passing fast, and the Reliability Society has been active. My message will cover some of our major activities since our May RS Newsletter.

The Reliability Society was recognized for additional Best Practices within the IEEE Sentinel. Thanks to Bob Loomis (RS VP Publications), Way Kuo (RS T-Rel Editor in Chief), and Jason Rupe (RS T-Rel Managing Editor) for a very good Pubs Review report when TAB PRAC (Periodicals Review and Advisory Committee) was conducted last year (Ref. Best Practices - IEEE Reliability Society Publications article).

The Reliability Society (RS) was the sponsor for the 2011 IEEE Rapid System Prototyping Symposium (the 22nd RSP Symposium) which took place at the Karlsruhe Institute for Technology (KIT) in Karlsruhe, Germany, on May 24-27, 2011. The RSP aim is to bring together researchers to share their experiences and to foster collaboration of new and innovative science and technology in Rapid Product Development of Computer Based Systems. The RS became the financial sponsorship of RSP a number of years ago, but was a technical sponsor in 2009 and 2011 when the French and German governments through their universities hosted the RSP Symposium.

The Reliability Society held its 2011 IEEE International Conference on Prognostics and Health Management (PHM) at the Hyatt Regency Denver Tech Center in Denver, Colorado, starting with tutorials on June 20 and final sessions on June 23, 2011. The conference was very well received by the attendees (Ref Well received 2011 IEEE International Conference on Prognostics and Health Management article).

Our 2011 IEEE 2nd CLOUD Forum for Practitioners (ICFP 2011) was held at the Washington Marriott in Washington DC on July 7-9, 2011. The ICFP 2011 was held as part of the combined IEEE 2011 International Conference on Cloud Computing, International Conference on Services Computing, International Conference on Web Services, and IEEE World Congress on Services which were held on July 4-9, 2011.

In addition to our financially sponsored conferences, the Reliability Society was a technical co-sponsor for the following conferences during May to July of this year.

  • 5th International Electrostatic Discharge Workshop, May 16-19, in Lake Tahoe, USA
  • International Conference on Reliability, Maintainability, and Safety, June 12-16, in Guiyang, China
  • 5th International Conference on Secure Software Integration and Reliability Improvement, June 27-27, Jeju Island, Korea
  • 6th International Conference on Systems of Systems Engineering, June 27-30, in Albuquerque, NM
  • International Conference on Quality Software, July 13-15, in Madrid, Spain
  • Asia Symposium on Quality Electronic Design, July 19-20, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Received a nice picture and write-up from Tom Fagan, who was a former RS President and a former RAMS General Chairman, and who is one of our RS representatives on the RAMS BOD. A number of the past RAMS General Chairmen who are in the metropolitan Washington DC area, gathered on Friday, May 20, at King's Contrivance Restaurant in Columbia, Maryland, for lunch and a picture of them was taken. Almost all of the past RAMS General Chairmen were also active in IEEE / Reliability Society (ref RAMS "PAST GREATS" GATHER FOR LUNCHEON article).

The RS website has been completely redone and rehosted and is now available to you. There are a lot of cool new features, as well as updated or completely rewritten content. Our new URL is For additional information, please reference the V.P. Publications report in this Newsletter.

As I stated in the May Newsletter, the Reliability Society covers the broad aspects of reliability. Thus, the RS is seen as the IEEE Specialty Engineering organization. We are covering those aspects through broad topic conferences, publications, technical activities, standards development, and training. As a RS member (or your interest in becoming a member), please let us know about your involvement interest. Please consider your interests, how they relate to your Society, and get active and involved. The RS Technical Activities is a good area for technical involvement and to expand your technical contacts.

I appreciate your membership. Let's continue to have a well received RS 2011!

Best regards,

Dennis Hoffman
2011 RS President


From the Editor

The August issue of Reliability Society Newsletter is now ready online. In this issue, President Dennis Hoffman highlights recent activities in our society and VP Robert Loomis reports some good news regarding publications. You may also find society news that may be of your interests. In particular, a wonderful news to share with you is that our flagship journal, Transaction on Reliability, recently is awarded "Best Practice" among IEEE publications. Details can be found in IEEE Sentinel. Also in this issue, the winners of the 2010 IEEE Reliability Society Chapters Award are announced. Congratulations to the award winning chapters for their great contribution to our society.

The August issue features "The "Game" of Intrusion Detection," by Professor Doug Tygar of University of California at Berkeley. It brings you a very interesting viewpoint on intrusion detection. The paper considers intrusion detection as a game where adversarial machine learning competes with intrusion detection mechanisms using traditional machine learning algorithms. It's fun to read and I'm sure you will like it. Other articles in this issue cover software reliability, smart grid, and thoughts on Six Sigma.

The Newsletter has been the society's primary media for sharing thoughts on reliability related issues and announcements of events of interest to our members. This newsletter will publish content deemed appropriate for and of interest to members of the IEEE Reliability Society and members of the reliability profession in general. Accepted content includes announcements and reports of activities sponsored by the Reliability Society including chapter meetings, workshops and conferences. Technical papers including reviews, opinions, case studies or new ideas for the reliability professional are welcomed and accepted without external review. Authors are solely responsible for the correctness of results presented and proper citation of work by others. For submissions to Prognostic Health Management (PHM) section, please contact Dr. Pradeep Lall who is the editor handling the PHM section. For further information please contact Dr. Lall.

Deadlines for submission of content:

Nov. 10 (Issue No. 4/2011)
Feb. 10 (Issue No. 1/2012)
May 10 (Issue No. 2/2012)
Aug. 10 (Issue No. 3/2012) 

I would like to thank the RS Officers, AdCom members, Chapter chairs and members at large who have contributed to this issue. I sincerely hope our members can continue sharing your thoughts through our newsletter.

If you have any suggestions or comments on the newsletter, please feel free to contact me at your convenience.

Best wishes to all of you. Enjoy the reading.

Shiuhpyng Shieh, PhD
Newsletter Editor-in-Chief

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