We are pleased to bring out this special issue of JCISE to provide both a retrospective and a snapshot of key areas in computing and information science as they relate to electro-mechanical product development. We invited some of the leading researchers from areas of current interest to write survey articles about their respective fields. While this issue does not cover all of the areas encompassed by CIE, either from a historical perspective or at the current evolutionary point of the Division, it offers a unique view of what is quintessential to the technical domain of CIE.

Over the past 25 years, computers have revolutionized not only all types of products and services, but also the way engineering products are designed and produced. This has created a societal transformation of a magnitude not seen since the industrial revolution. Twenty-five years ago, visionaries...

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