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Performability engineering offers a framework to incorporate dependability and sustainability, not only to optimize the technical performance of the products, systems, and services but also to optimize the processes that produce them. As we move in to 21st Century, it becomes obvious that the problems of dependability and sustainability cannot be considered in isolation as they are closely interlinked and they must be fine-tuned at every stage of life cycle activities which include design, manufacture, use and disposal.
More so, since dependability, in fact, is strongly influenced by the raw materials, fabrication techniques and manufacturing processes employed, waste and affluent control and usage of products, systems and services. The aim of the journal is to provide a common forum for researchers, scientists, engineers, designers, manufacturers and users to share the ideas, problems and their solutions. This new perspective performability (of dependability and sustainability) offers an opportunity for nations to improve the products, systems and services economic prosperity and to all concerned and involved to learn from one another.
International Journal of Performability Engineering (IJPE) was started as a quarterly journal in 2005 (400 printed pages in a year) and now being published as a bimonthly journal (six times in a year, totalling over 600 printed pages) from 2010 onwards in January, March, May, July, September and November, every year. Of these six issues, one or two may be special issues on research areas of current contemporary interest related to performability engineering to keep its readers well-informed about the latest developments taking place around the world in the area of performability engineering by inviting experts, specialists, and leading researchers to plan and guest edited Special Issues on topical issues.
The Editorial Board of IJPE comprises some of the most distinguished professionals in the world who are well-known in their respective areas and bring in their rich experience and expertise to IJPE from various realms of performability engineering. The Journal is supported by Regional Editors, Group Editors and Associate Editors. All papers published in IJPE are subjected to a review process and are published only when they satisfy the reviewers' expectations of excellence.
The IJPE also encourages publication of Short Communications within three months of their submission to help publicize new ideas, concepts or results. To update the information of our readers on the availability of new useful literature in the area of performability engineering, IJPE provides reviews of latest books on the “Review of Latest Books” webpage. Further, to provide an update on the current events of interest to its readers, IJPE maintains a webpage News Updates on its website.
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About Professor K. B. Misra - Founding Editor-in-Chief
Inspired by Phenomenal improvement of quality and reliability of Japanese products during 20th Century, K. B. Misra (born 1943) took to reliability engineering as his career in 1967 and tried to emulate the same success in India to improve India manufactured products. He is an engineering graduate from M.S.Unversity of Baroda and M.E., Ph.D. of University of Roorkee (now IIT Roorkee) where he became a full professor in 1976. He delivered lectures in industries to popularise the reliability concepts and moved Government in 1976 to set up a NCST working Group on Reliability Implementation programme in India. This DST group brought out two reports in 1978, which somehow due to lack of support from the then Central Government didn't progress beyond setting up of a task force committee. He then turned to academics to advance the discipline in institutions and published extensively in international journals besides having distinction of serving on the editorial boards of several reputed international journals on quality, reliability and safety, including IEEE Transactions on Reliability for several years. Reliability Society of IEEE USA honoured him by awarding him a plaque for his contributions to research and education in the area of Reliability.
In 1980, he shifted to IIT Kharagpur where he started the first ever postgraduate programme on Reliability Engineering in India in 1982 and established Reliability Engineering Centre at Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, India in 1983. This centre has the distinction of producing several illustrious postgraduates in Reliability Engineering, who are contributing their best in various prestigious organizations in India and abroad. After his retirement from IIT Kharagpur in 2005, RAMS Consultants, was founded by Professor Krishna B. Misra at Jaipur, India and started publishing International Journal of performability Engineering from Jaipur as a part of RAMS Consultants activities.
Prof. Misra has had four decades of teaching, consultancy and research experience in reliability and has published extensively. He has five books to his credit. Having had such a rich experience, he began to perceive a need for a more integrated way of looking at reliability and related performance attributes. Performability engineering offers a structure envisioned by him to solve the performance related problems of products, systems and services that we shall face in 21st Century (what Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has called upon nation in order to improve economy of the country by improving of Indian products with " Zero defect" and "Zero environment effect" in his speech to Nation on August 15, 2014).
Prof. Misra's recent book of 1316 pages, Handbook of Performability Engineering published by him in 2008 is a tribute to this vision.
. Misra, K.B. Reliability Analysis and Prediction: A Methodological Oriented Treatment, 1992, Elsevier Science, Amsterdam.
. Misra, K.B. New Trends in System Reliability Evaluations , 1993, Elsevier Science, Amsterdam.
. Misra, K.B. Clean Production: Environmental and Economic Perspectives, 1996, Springer Verlag, Heidelberg.
. Misra, K.B. Inaugural Editorial. International Journal of Performability Engineering, July 2005; 1(1): 1-3.
. Misra, K.B. Handbook of Performability Engineering. 2008, Springer Verlag, London
. Misra, K.B. Sustainable Design of Products and Systems: A Possibility, International Journal of Performability Engineering, 2013, 9(2): 175-190.
. Misra, K.B. Performability to Lead towards Sustainability, Modern Manufacturing India, 2013: 34-36.