For over a decade, this journal has supported and advanced the research and applications at the intersection of information science and mechanical engineering. In that process, it has established itself as a premier outlet for cutting edge research in the field of engineering information systems, covering such areas as computer-aided design and manufacturing. The intersection of information science and mechanical engineering has just grown bigger thanks to the emergence of cyber-physical systems (CPS). It is already attracting national and international attention because of the recognition that CPS products and services will continue to account for an increasingly large fraction of a country's gross domestic product. It has not escaped this journal's attention either—it created an associate editorship for CPS in 2013.

To understand the emerging importance of CPS, we only need to look around us. Physical products that have long been primarily designed and manufactured...

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