IEEE Transactions on
Circuits and Systems
for Video Technology

Message from the Editor-in-Chief

It has been one year since I assumed my current role as Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems for Video Technology (CSVT). It has been an exciting year for me and the CSVT community and I would like to take a moment to recap some of the major milestones for the transactions over the past year.

I would like to begin by thanking the CSVT Editorial Board. Last year we had 26 new associate editors and this year we have an additional seven new associate editors who have joined the CSVT Editorial Board. (See this issue of CSVT for Introduction to New Associate Editors.) We have an outstanding editorial board consisting of some of the world leaders and preeminent scholars in image and video technology. (See Together, we have taken various steps to cement CSVT as the premier journal in the area of video technology and video systems.

We began by reorganizing and expanding the scope of CSVT to cover all aspects of visual information relating to video or that have the potential to impact future developments in the field of video technology and video systems. (See

We recruited several outstanding teams of guest editors to organize several special issues/sections on new and emerging topics within the scope of CSVT. Our initial focus was on a series of special issues/sections on visual computing in the cloud (i.e., fundamentals and applications, cloud gaming and virtualization, and mobile computing). We then concentrated on special issues/sections related to recent developments in HEVC (i.e., extensions of the HEVC standard and efficient HEVC implementations), which further elevate CSVT as the paramount source for developments in image and video compression. Finally, we explored a special issue on augmented video. We are currently pursuing new special issue/section proposals on new and emerging topics in the area of visual information. For the latest approved special issues/sections, please consult the CSVT website. (See

Another major effort has been devoted to the recently approved updated list of EDICS categories. The new EDICS categories reflect the reorganized and expanded scope of CSVT, allow us to more efficiently process paper submissions to CSVT, and inform readers of the full scope of the transactions. (See

We have also started a new bimonthly CSVT Newsletter to disseminate the latest news and events in CSVT to the video technology community. For a list of recent CSVT Newsletters, please refer to the CSVT webpage. (See

These and other changes in CSVT have led to a dramatic increase in the number and quality of paper submissions to the transactions. Specifically, the number of new paper submissions to regular issues of CSVT has risen from 955 to 1237 papers during the past year.

Further, the impact factor of CSVT has also increased over the past year. (See And, according to Google Scholar, CSVT is now the top ranked publication - journal or conference - in the area of Multimedia. (See

I would like to express my gratitude to the Deputy Editor-in-Chief, Dr. Shipeng Li, for his enormous effort in coordinating the special issue/section proposal evaluation process and for spearheading the updating of the EDICS categories.

I would once again like to thank the CSVT Editorial Board for their dedicated and invaluable service to the transactions. I would also like to thank the guest editors of the special issues/sections for their important contribution to our community.

The success and reputation of CSVT is a reflection of the outstanding work by our reviewers and authors who are dedicated to publication of only the best quality papers in these transactions.

I look forward to an exciting new year of interesting papers in the area of video technology and exploring the frontiers of emerging new areas in visual information.

Dan Schonfeld, Editor-in-Chief
Multimedia Communications Laboratory
University of Illinois at Chicago
Chicago, IL 60607-7053

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