Andy Wilson, EDI TOR IN CHIEF
ANDY W@PENN WELL.COM
Good-Bye to All That
In his autobiographical novel of 1929 entitled “Good-Bye to All That,” Robert
Graves writes of World War I, his experiences in the trenches and the societal
changes that occurred during this period. Presented from a personal and historic perspective, the book propelled Graves into fame and fortune.
Three years before Graves died in 1985, I was fortunate to be employed by
Morgan-Grampian publishers in Boston to spearhead a magazine entitled Electronic Imaging. The
idea was rather simple - the paper promises of the past would be replaced by electronic systems that
would revolutionize medical, industrial, consumer, automotive and military applications.
Just as Graves’ book documented the changes that occurred during the first half of the last
century, trade publications such as Electronic Imaging and Vision Systems Design have mirrored
the technological developments that have occurred along the way.
In one editorial, my then supervisor on Electronic Imaging, Dr. Leonard Ravich, foretold of
the future to follow. He complained that there was not a standards organization for the industry,
that there was a lack of courses in universities about machine vision and that some organizations
fail to change as technology and competition increases.
During the past 30 years, things have changed. The AIA is now firmly established as one of
the leading standards organizations in the world. Others such as the EMVA, the JIAA and the
BMVA have also taken up the challenge. Today, many university courses teach image processing theory and programming and many open-source code packages are available for students.
Unfortunately, there still remains a lack of syllabuses that provide practical hands-on information.
One thing is certain however - as technology changes more rapidly, those that do not embrace
change will fail. Embracing change, however, can be difficult. If the appropriate personnel are
not placed in charge of a project, then it may be doomed to failure. If a single programmer leaves
a team, then someone with the same experience may be difficult to replace. I should know.
When I decided to retire from Penn Well last month as Editor of Vision Systems Design magazine, I was glad to discover that the same was not true of the stewardship of this magazine. Alan
Bergstein, our Publisher, has employed John Lewis to fill my role. John has a technical degree,
excellent writing and management skills, and over 20 years of experience in machine vision and
image processing. Needless to say, I was delighted when I heard that he had accepted the position of Editor-in-Chief.
Of course, many of you who know me will realize that, for me, this will not be “Goodbye to All
That.” If you want to see me, send me a message - I’ll meet you any place, any time, and when
we do meet - it’s you I want to see, not the police.
With best wishes,
Alan Bergstein: Group Publisher
Andrew Wilson: Founding Editor
John Lewis: Editor-in-Chief
James Carroll Jr.: Senior Web Editor
Winn Hardin: Contributing Editor
Kelli Mylchreest: Art Director
Mari Rodriguez: Production Director
Dan Rodd: Senior Illustrator
Debbie Bouley: Audience Development Manager
Marcella Hanson: Ad Services Manager
Joni Montemagno: Marketing Manager
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