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International Journal of Performability Engineering likes to keep its readers well-informed about the latest developments and trends taking place around the world in the area of performability engineering by inviting experts, specialists, and leading researchers to contribute to Special Issues of IJPE on topical concern related to performability engineering. In this section, we present the information about the special issues that have been already brought out as well the special issues that are due to appear in future. Further suggestions are welcome from the scientific community.

Summary of Special Issues Published

Year Vol. , Issue Theme Area of Performability Guest Editors
2006 Vol.2, No. 3 Dependability Dependability of Software/ Computing Systems Ajit K. Verma, Parmod K. Kapur, India and Shunji Osaki, Japan
2007 Vol.3, No. 1
Part I and Part II
Risk and Safety Risk Management And Safety Engineering Vincent Ho, Hong Kong  and Takehisha Kohda, Japan
2008 Vol.4, No. 1 Reliability Reliability and Quality in Design Hoang Pham and Suprasad V. Amari, USA
2008 Vol.4, No. 3 Maintainability Reliability and Condition-based Maintenance Uday Kumar, Sweden
2008 Vol.4, No. 4 Sustainability Sustainability Implications for Product Design: Some UK Perspective Rod Barratt, U.K.
2009 Vol.5, No. 1 Survivability System Survivability and Defense against External Impacts Gregory Levitin, Israel
2009 Vol.5, No. 3 Reliability Reliability Research in India Suprasad V. Amari, USA
2010 Vol.6, No. 3 Reliability and Maintainability Developments in Mechanical System Reliability in China Liyang Xie, Northeastern University, China
2010 Vol.6, No. 5 Reliability and Maintainability Prognostics and Health Management (PHM) Daniel K. LAU Hong Kong and Sony Mathew, Maryland, USA
2011 Vol.7, No. 3 Reliability Multi-State System Reliability Mustapha Nourelfath, Université Laval, Quebec, Canada
2011 Vol.7, No. 5 Dependability and Performability Performance and Dependability Modeling of Dynamic Systems Salvatore Distefano, Antonio Puliafito, University of Messina, Engineering Faculty, Italy and Kishor S. Trivedi, Duke University, Dept. of Electrical Engineering USA
2011 Vol.7, No. 6

Maintenance Engineering

including e-maintenance

Current Trends in Maintenance Engineering Udai Kumar, Ramin Karim and Aditya Parida, Luleå Technical University, Sweden
2012 Vol.8, No. 2 Dependability Dependability of Wireless Systems and Networks Liudong Xing, University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth, MA 02747, USA and Prof. Suresh Rai, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA 70803, USA
2012 Vol.8, No. 6 Quality New Trends in Qulaity Engineering and Management V.N.A.Naikan, Reliability Engineering Centre, IIT Kharagpur, India
2013 Vol.9, No. 3



Best Practices in RAMS and Asset Management

Timothy R. Collins, G.E., U.S.A.

Bhupesh K.Lad, IIT-I, India

Jagmeet Singh, Citi, Boston, U.S.A.

2013 Vol.9, No.6 Aerospace Engg. Performance Analysis of Space Vehicles William E. Vesely, NASA Headquarters, U.S.A.
2014 Vol.10, No.4 Sustainability Balancing Technology, Environment and Life Style Maddalena Ripa, Sergio Ulgiati, Parthenope University of Napoli, Italy and Hans Schnitzer, Graz University of Technology, Austria
2014 Vol.10,No.7 Nuclear Safety Assessment of Human Performance under Abnormal Operating Conditions in Nuclear Power Plants Bernhard Reer, Federal Nuclear Safety Inspectorate ENSI, Switzerland
2015 Vol.11, No.2
Transport System Safety
Transport System Safety, Risk, Asset Management
John D. Andrews, Rasa Remenyte Prescott, Nottingham Transport Engg. Centre, Nottingham University and Lisa  Johnson, Aeronautical and Automotive Engg., Department, Loughborough University, U.K.

Summary of Special Sections Published

Sometimes, we publish a number of papers organized in the form of a section of an issue of IJPE if we receive sufficient number of papers on any single topic of current interest or importance.


Year Vol. , Issue Theme Area of Performability Guest Editors
2010 Vol. 6, No. 6 Quality and Reliability Integration of Six Sigma with Reliability Thimmiah Gurunatha, U.S.A.
2011 Vol. 7, No. 1 Data Mining Data Mining in Reliability, Availability, Maintainability, and Risk Management Claudio M. Rocco S. Facultad de Ingeniería, Universidad Central de Venezuela
2014 Vol.10, No.1 Life Testing Accerated Life Testing and Degradation Models

Jean-Francois DUPUY Insitut de Recherche Mathematique de Rennes et INSA de Rennes, France

2014 Vol.10, No.6 Sustainability Design for Sustainability of Engineering Systems

Claver Diallo, Vekatadri, department of Industrial Engg., Dalhousie University, Halifax,Canada and

Daoud Ait-Kadi, Dept. of Mechanical Engg., Laval University, Québec, Canada


Summary of Forthcoming Special Issues


Risk Governance and  Communication Iterface of Society and Technology with regard to Risk Governance and Risk Communication Pia-Johanna Schweizer and Ortwin Renn, ZIRIUS, University of Stuttgart, Germanyl


Special Issue


         Interface of Society and Technology with regard to Risk Governance and Risk Communication

Many of the most pressing problems of modern societies are posed by systemic risks. These risks are characterized by complexity, uncertainty and social ambiguity. Furthermore, these risks lie at the heart of societies as they affect various social systems such as the economy, politics, and civil society. Systemic risks especially highlight the interdependency of technological development, engineering and society. Therefore, innovative approaches are essential for governing the co-evolution of technology and society. These governance processes are based on a continuous coordination and mutual exchange of science, politics and civil society.

This call for papers invites contributions that will explore the complex interface of society and technology with regard to risk governance and risk communication. Risk governance is a broad concept that refers to coordinating and regulating processes of decision making under conditions of complexity, uncertainty and social ambiguity. The special issue investigates risk governance against the backdrop of policy-making for systemic risks. Policy-making for systemic risk is particularly challenging because scientific uncertainty and social ambiguity regarding values and attitudes requires an essential broadening of the risk debate to include major stakeholders and affected publics. Various kinds of information, such as scientific research, local knowledge, values, public preferences and attitudes, need to be collected and taken into account. Furthermore, these different inputs need to be deliberated and channeled into the governance process. Risk communication is therefore a vital element of the risk governance process including not only experts but also stakeholders, public interest groups, and affected publics in the deliberation process.

Drawing on these premises, we invite contributions for a special issue in the International Journal of Performability and Engineering published by RAMS Consultants.  The special issue aims to provide an up-to-date overview of potential and limitations of risk governance and risk communication for competent, effective and socially acceptable policy-making. Our objective is to solicit articles that explore the various aspects of risk governance and risk communication. In particular, we would like to invite contributions focusing on:

  • Characteristics of systemic risks, highlighting implications for risk governance and risk communication;
  • Political ambiguity, especially with regard to policy-making that suggest solutions of how to govern plurality, diversity and conflict;
  • Complex risk governance problems and lessons learnt for risk management and governance.

Besides contributed articles from authors belonging to various scientific disciplines ranging from engineering, natural science and social science, there shall be a few invited articles from actively involved experts.

The papers should be sent to the following Guest Editor:

Dr. Pia-Johanna Schweizer
Senior Researcher
Stuttgart Research Center for Interdisciplinary Risk and Innovation Studies

University of Stuttgart
Seidenstraße 36
70174 Stuttgart


The deadline for submission of an extended abstract of the papers is January 31, 2015 and final manuscripts is March 1, 2015. The special issue is likely to be published by July/September 2015.




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