Computer Magazine's Outlook Issue Features Cutting-Edge Articles, Plus the Launch of Two New Columns

Computer magazine's annual Outlook issue includes cutting-edge articles on using wearable wireless sensor systems for health monitoring.

Online PR News – 01-February-2013 – Washington – LOS ALAMITOS, Calif., 29 January 2013 – Computer magazine's annual Outlook issue includes cutting-edge articles on using wearable wireless sensor systems for health monitoring, creating cyber-physical systems to help humans interact with the world, integrating knowledge to create more compelling experiential media technologies, and assessing the ethics of robot surgery. In addition, the issue marks the launch of new columns on cloud computing and using science fiction to design the future.

The annual Outlook issue provides a glimpse of emerging technologies that promise to have a major impact on computing in both the near and distant future. In this month's issue:

• Researchers from the University of Memphis, US National Institutes of Health, Oregon Health and Science University, and University of California Los Angeles discuss how mobile health, in the form of wearable wireless sensors, can be used to rapidly diagnose medical conditions and render timely interventions;
• A group of computer scientists and engineers from Northeastern University and Worcester Polytechnic Institute report on the creation of a design framework and platform to augment human interaction with the physical world;
• Researchers from Carnegie Mellon University and Arizona State University propose a hybrid physical-digital culture to solve complex societal problems;
• A team from University of Sheffield discusses the ethical considerations of autonomous surgery as robots are becoming increasingly common in medical facilities.

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"A primary goal for Computer over the past two years has been to focus on improving mobile access to digital content," said Ron Vetter, editor in chief of Computer. "This goal has been achieved by augmenting traditional print content with multimedia to produce an enhanced digital version of Computer."

During 2013, the magazine plans to augment more articles with embedded multimedia content, including not only slide show presentations, audio, and video, but also interactive content such as animations and visualizations.

Two new column editors are beginning their editorial board tenure in 2013. San Murugesan, of BRITE Professional Services, is the editor of Cloud Cover, a column that covers all aspects of cloud computing and its adoption and applications, including new developments, best practices, challenges, strategies, standards, regulations, trends, and perspectives. The column is intended to feature contributions from researchers, developers, cloud services providers and users, and executives. Brian David Johnson from Intel is the editor of Science Fiction Prototyping, a column written as science fiction narrative to capture ethical, behavioural, economic, and other implications to provide insights into new and evolving technologies.

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