Featured Journal Interview
According to a recent analysis of
Essential Science IndicatorsSM data
Reuters, the journal Integrated
Computer-Aided Engineering (ICAE) is having a growing
impact on the field of Computer Science. The journal's
record in this field includes 274 papers cited a total of
449 times between January 1, 1999 and October 31,
ICAE was founded in 1993 by Dr. Hojjat Adeli
and is published by IOS Press. Dr. Adeli is the Abba G.
Lichtenstein Professor of Civil Engineering at The Ohio
State University, a Distinguished Member of ASCE, and
author of 14 pioneering and trend-setting books.
In the interview below, ScienceWatch.com talks with Dr. Adeli
about ICAE's publication history and citation record.
Did you expect ICAE to become
highly cited, or is this surprising to you?
Yes, I did expect that. It was just a matter of time.
How would you account for the increased citation
rate of ICAE?
The research in this area is becoming increasingly more interdisciplinary
and ICAE is an interdisciplinary journal. Also, I am rejecting
more papers and publishing more quality papers.
What historical factors have contributed to the
success of Integrated Computer-Aided Engineering?
"...now the value of multidisciplinary research is
being increasingly recognized."
I founded the international journal ICAE "based on the premise
that interdisciplinary thinking and synergistic collaboration of
disciplines can solve complex problems, open new frontiers, and lead to
true innovations and breakthroughs" as noted in my Editorial in the
inaugural issue of the journal published in July 1993. At that time there
was a lot of lip service. But now the value of multidisciplinary research
is being increasingly recognized.
Have there been specific developments in the
fields served by ICAE that may have contributed?
I have been advocating a multi-paradigm and multidisciplinary approach to
complicated problem solving which is what ICAE as well as my 1995
book Machine Learning—Neural Networks, Genetic Algorithms, and
Fuzzy Systems (John Wiley and Sons) pioneered. My forthcoming book
Automated EEG-based Diagnosis of Neurological Disorders—Inventing
the Future of Neurology (CRC Press, February, 2010) is an outstanding
example of the multi-paradigm and multidisciplinary approach.
What, in your view, is this journal's main
significance or contribution in the field of Computer
There are many journals that focus on one intelligent-system
problem-solving approach such as artificial intelligence (symbolic
processing), neural networks, fuzzy logic, and evolutionary computing. This
journal has an integrated approach. Complicated and seemingly intractable
problems are best solved through this integrated approach. This is what I
have been advocating and advancing since the early 1990s.
How do you see your field(s) evolving in the next
A) Increasingly more multidisciplinary research, and
B) integration of computer science and engineering. ICAE advances
What role do you see for your journal?
The leading journal for integration of various computing and intelligent
system paradigms and IT for solution of complicated engineering
Integrated Computer-Aided Engineering
Adeli, Founder and Editor-in-Chief
IOS Press, publishers
Integrated Computer-Aided Engineering is a
Entrant in Computer Science for February 2010.
KEYWORDS: MULTIDISCIPLINARY RESEARCH, COMPUTER-AIDED ENGINEERING, MACHINE
LEARNING, NEURAL NETWORKS, GENETIC ALGORITHMS, FUZZY SYSTEMS, ARTIFICIAL
INTELLIGENCE, EVOLUTIONARY COMPUTING.