This will be my second sabbatical at S&T in 25 years. The first was in NY back in the 90s and I stayed at one place. Now, it’s time to travel and meet people, get different perspectives on research, particularly in security of cyber-physical systems, make contacts, initiate joint work, and coalesce this into the written word. The Hemingwayesque theme reflects this and I hope to be inspired by writing in cafes, in our house in Burgundy, working in Gjovik, and working in Auckland. My darling wife, Lorie and I will be traveling together for the next 4 months. I expect she will blog about churches, fiords, perfume, and many other things. I may blog about work, but, for those of you that know me, comments about wine and food are not unexpected.

But, for now, off to Japan and Taiwan for the IEEE 2014 COMPSAC conference. I seem to have landed the position of Steering Committee chair for this long-running major IEEE forum. I look forward to working with a talented group of people. I have some pretty big shoes to fill in this role, following in the footsteps of Stephen Yau and Carl Chang.

Signing off as Mark Twain did..

Bruce McMillin, Rolla MO, July 2013