Bill Buckles, University of North Texas. Dr. Buckles received his graduate degrees, including the Ph.D, from the University of Alabama in Huntsville in Computer Science and in Operations Research. He is presently Professor of Computer Science in the Computer Science and Engineering Department at University of North Texas. He has published almost 150 papers in national and international journals and has authored a book. His research has been supported by NASA, NSF, the State of Louisiana, and the Missile Defense Agency. Twice he has been honored with national technical achievement awards from NASA. He has been a visiting professor at the Techhochshule in Aachen Germany, the GMD (Germany's counterpart to the NSF), the Free University of Brussels, and National Central University of Taiwan. His research focuses on image understanding and related problems in search, optimization, and pattern recognition. Nearly all of the graduate students he has advised have embarked upon academic careers leading often to distinguished service or research. Thus, his students have been the Department chairs at Loyola University, University of Dayton, and Middle Eastern Technical University. Two graduate students with whom he has worked have become Associate Directors of NASA centers. He has been an associate editor of the IEEE Trans on Parallel and Distributed Systems, Chair of the IEEE Computer Society Technical Committee on Distributed Processing, and General Chair of the IEEE International Conference on Distributed Computing Systems. He belongs to several professional societies that set high technical standards.