Recipients of the 2017 Medals and Awards

Find out who received IEEE’s highest honors

3 February 2017

Here are the recipients of the 2017 IEEE medals, service awards, honorary membership, corporate recognition, and technical field awards. The awards are presented on behalf of the IEEE Board of Directors.

IEEE Medal of Honor

Sponsor: IEEE Foundation

Kees Schouhamer Immink

Turing Machines, Inc.

Rotterdam, Netherlands

“For pioneering contributions to video, audio, and data recording technology, including compact disc, DVD, and Blu-ray.”

IEEE Alexander Graham Bell Medal

Sponsor: Nokia Bell Labs

H. VINCENT POOR

Princeton

“For innovations enabling efficient, wideband, wireless access to the Internet, that is central to all third-generation cellular networks.”

IEEE Edison Medal

Sponsor: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.

M. GEORGE CRAFORD

Lumileds LLC

San Jose, Calif.

“For a lifetime of pioneering contributions to the development and commercialization of visible LED materials and devices.”

IEEE Medal for Environmental and Safety Technologies

Sponsor: Toyota Motor Corporation 

ALBERTO BROGGI

VisLab,

Parma, Italy

“For leadership in vehicular environmental perception, and for setting worldwide milestones in safe and reliable intelligent vehicles.”

IEEE Founders Medal

Sponsor: IEEE Foundation

TAKEO KANADE

Carnegie Mellon

“For pioneering and seminal contributions to computer vision and robotics for automotive safety, facial recognition, virtual reality, and medical robotics.”

IEEE Richard W. Hamming Medal

Sponsor: Qualcomm, Inc.

SHLOMO SHAMAI

Technion-Israel Institute of Technology

Haifa, Israel

“For fundamental contributions to information theory and wireless communications.”

IEEE Medal for Innovations in Healthcare Technology

Sponsor: IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society

YULUN WANG

InTouch Health

Goleta, Calif.

“For pioneering contributions to remotely operated surgical robots and telemedicine devices.”

IEEE Jack S. Kilby Signal Processing Medal

Sponsor: Texas Instruments, Inc.

MARTIN VETTERLI

École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL)–Audiovisual Communications Laboratory

Switzerland

“For fundamental contributions to advanced sampling, signal representations, and multirate and multiresolution signal processing.”

IEEE James H. Mulligan, Jr. Education Medal

Sponsor: MathWorks, Pearson, and the IEEE Life Members Fund

STEPHEN P. BOYD

Stanford

“For inspirational education of students and researchers in the theory and application of optimization.”

IEEE Jun-ichi Nishizawa Medal

Sponsor: The Federation of Electric Power Companies, Japan

Corecipients:

CHING W. TANG

Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

Kowloon

University of Rochester

New York

STEPHEN R. FORREST

University of Michigan

Ann Arbor

MARK THOMPSON

University of Southern California

Los Angeles

“For their pioneering work on organic devices, leading to organic light-emitting diode displays.”

IEEE Robert N. Noyce Medal

Sponsor: Intel Foundation

HENRY I. SMITH

MIT

“For contributions to lithography and nanopatterning through experimental advances in short-wavelength exposure systems and attenuated phase-shift masks.”

IEEE Dennis J. Picard Medal for Radar Technologies and Applications

Sponsor: Raytheon Co.

HUGH GRIFFITHS

University College London

“For technical leadership and exceptional contributions to multistatic radar.”

IEEE Medal in Power Engineering

Sponsors: IEEE Industry Applications, IEEE Industrial Electronics, IEEE Power Electronics, and IEEE Power & Energy societies

MARIAN P. KAZMIERKOWSKI

Warsaw University of Technology

“For leadership in and pioneering contributions to the development of power electronic converters and electric drive control systems.”

IEEE Simon Ramo Medal

Sponsor: Northrop Grumman Corp.

JOHN S. BARAS

University of Maryland

College Park

“For exceptional contributions to the conception and commercialization of internet-over-satellite systems, and for leadership in model-based engineering, systems science, and engineering research.”

IEEE John von Neumann Medal

Sponsor: IBM Corp.

VLADIMIR VAPNIK

Columbia University

Facebook AI Research

New York City

“For the development of statistical learning theory, the theoretical foundations for machine learning, and support vector machines.”

IEEE Corporate Innovation Award

Sponsor: IEEE

Corecipients:

ANALOG DEVICES, INC.

Norwood, Mass.

“For sustained innovation and leadership in the development of high-performance data converter technology and products.”

IEEE Richard M. Emberson Award

Sponsor: IEEE Technical Activities Board

DAVID A. HODGES

Retired

University of California, Berkeley

“For effective leadership in advancing IEEE's goals for excellence in publications, conferences, and awards.”

IEEE Haraden Pratt Award

Sponsor: IEEE Foundation

JOHN T. BARR, IV 

Retired

Agilent Technologies/Hewlett-Packard

Santa Rosa, Calif.

“For sustained leadership and service across IEEE and Society levels.”

IEEE Honorary Membership

Sponsor: IEEE

SIR JAMES DYSON

Dyson Co.

Wiltshire, U.K.

“For achievements in industrial design, entrepreneurship, and manufacturing technology, and for services to the engineering profession.”


TECHNICAL FIELD AWARDS

IEEE Biomedical Engineering Award

Sponsors: IEEE Circuits and Systems and IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology societies

BIN HE

University of Minnesota

Minneapolis

“For contributions to neuroengineering and neuroimaging.”

IEEE Cledo Brunetti Award

Sponsor: Brunetti Bequest

GUIDO GROESENEKEN

University of Leuven and IMEC

Leuven, Belgium

“For contributions to the characterization and understanding of the reliability physics of advanced MOSFET nanodevices.”

IEEE Components, Packaging, and Manufacturing Technology Award

Sponsor: IEEE Components, Packaging, and Manufacturing Technology Society

Corecipients:

PAUL S. HO

University of Texas

Austin

KING-NING TU

University of California

Los Angeles

“For contributions to the materials science of packaging and its impact on reliability, specifically in the science of electromigration.”

IEEE Control Systems Award

Sponsor: IEEE Control Systems Society

RICHARD M. MURRAY

Caltech

“For contributions to the theory and applications of nonlinear and networked control systems.”

IEEE Electromagnetics Award

Sponsors: IEEE Antennas and Propagation, IEEE Electromagnetic Compatibility, IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing, and IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques societies

WENG CHO CHEW

University of Illinois

Urbana-Champaign

“For contributions to electromagnetic solutions of complex multiphysics problems and inverse scattering methods.”

IEEE James L. Flanagan Speech and Audio Processing Award

Sponsor: IEEE Signal Processing Society

MARK YOFFE LIBERMAN

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia

“For pioneering contributions to and continued leadership in robust, replicable, and data-driven speech and language science and engineering.”

IEEE Fourier Award for Signal Processing

Sponsors: IEEE Circuits and Systems and the IEEE Signal Processing societies

RUSSELL MERSEREAU

Georgia Tech

“For sustained technical contributions to multidimensional digital signal processing.”

IEEE Andrew S. Grove Award

Sponsor: IEEE Electron Devices Society

SORIN CRISTOLOVEANU

Institute of Microelectronics, Electromagnetism, and Photonics–LAHC

Grenoble, France

“For contributions to silicon-on-insulator technology and thin body devices.”

IEEE Herman Halperin Electric Transmission and Distribution Award

Sponsor: The Robert and Ruth Halperin Foundation in memory of Herman and Edna Halperin, and the IEEE Power & Energy Society

GEORGE D. ROCKEFELLER

Retired

Consolidated Edison Company of New York

New York City

“For pioneering development and practical demonstration of protective relaying of electric power systems with real-time digital computer techniques.”

IEEE Masaru Ibuka Consumer Electronics Award

Sponsor: Sony Corp.

Corecipients:

JOHN O’ SULLIVAN

Retired

Taggle Systems

Everleigh, Australia

DAVID SKELLERN

CMCRC Ltd.

Sydney

TERENCE PERCIVAL

Retired

NICTA

Northbridge, Australia

“For pioneering contributions to high-speed wireless LAN technology.”

IEEE Internet Award

Sponsor: Nokia Corp.

DEBORAH ESTRIN

Cornell Tech

New York City

“For formative contributions and thought leadership in Internet routing and in mobile sensing techniques and applications, from environmental monitoring to personal and community health.”

IEEE Richard Harold Kaufmann Award

Sponsor: IEEE Industry Applications Society

ERLING HESLA

Hesla & Associates

Camano Island, Wash.

“For leadership in establishing the fundamentals for the protection and safe operation of industrial power systems.”

IEEE Joseph F. Keithley Award in Instrumentation and Measurement

Sponsors: Keithley Instruments, Inc. and the IEEE Instrumentation and Measurement Society

JEROME BLAIR

Keystone International, Inc.

Albuquerque

“For contributions to test procedures for analog-to-digital and digital-to-analog converters and to enhanced-accuracy gamma-ray spectrometry.”

IEEE Gustav Robert Kirchhoff Award

Sponsor: IEEE Circuits and Systems Society

MARCEL J.M. PELGROM

Retired

Pelgrom Consult

Helmond, Netherlands

“For seminal contributions to systematic analysis of random offsets in semiconductor devices and their impact on circuits.”

IEEE Koji Kobayashi Computers and Communications Award

Sponsor: NEC Corp.

KANNAN RAMCHANDRAN

University of California

Berkeley

“For pioneering contributions to the theory and practice of distributed source and storage coding.”

IEEE William E. Newell Power Electronics Award

Sponsor: IEEE Power Electronics Society

SEUNG-KI SUL

Seoul National University

South Korea

“For contributions to the sensorless control of rotating field electrical machines.”

IEEE Daniel E. Noble Award for Emerging Technologies

Sponsor: Motorola Solutions Foundation

MIGUEL A.L. NICOLELIS

Duke University

Durham, N.C.

"For seminal contributions to brain-machine interfaces."

IEEE Donald O. Pederson Award in Solid-State Circuits

Sponsor: IEEE Solid-State Circuits Society

Corecipients:

TAKAO NISHITANI

LAISIP

Kanagawa, Japan

JOHN S. THOMPSON

Retired

Technology Pathways

Tucson

“For pioneering real-time programmable digital signal processor architectures.”

IEEE Frederik Philips Award

Sponsor: Philips Electronics N.V.

GARY L. PATTON

GLOBALFOUNDRIES

Malta, N.Y.

“For industry influence and leadership in the development of leading-edge microelectronics technology and collaborative research.”

IEEE Photonics Award

Sponsor: IEEE Photonics Society

JOHN E. BOWERS

University of California

Santa Barbara

“For pioneering research in silicon photonics, including hybrid silicon lasers, photonic integrated circuits, and ultra-low-loss waveguides.”

IEEE Robotics and Automation Award

Sponsor: IEEE Robotics and Automation Society

OUSSAMA KHATIB

Stanford

“For contributions to the development of robot control and human-centered and humanoid robotics, and leadership in the robotics community.”

IEEE Frank Rosenblatt Award

Sponsor: IEEE Computational Intelligence Society

STEPHEN GROSSBERG

Boston University

“For contributions to understanding brain cognition and behavior and their emulation by technology.”

IEEE Marie Sklodowska-Curie Award

Sponsor: IEEE Nuclear and Plasma Sciences Society

CHANDRASHEKHAR JOSHI

University of California

Los Angeles

“For groundbreaking contributions to and leadership in the field of plasma particle accelerators.”

IEEE Innovation in Societal Infrastructure Award

Sponsors: Hitachi, Ltd. and the IEEE Computer Society

ANTONELLO MONTI

Aachen University

Germany

“For accelerating innovation of energy, information, and communication technologies for the urban environment.”

IEEE Charles Proteus Steinmetz Award

Sponsor: IEEE Standards Association

DAVID JOHN LAW

Hewlett Packard Enterprise

Oban, Scotland

“For leadership of and contributions to the development of IEEE Standards with global impact, particularly 802.3 Ethernet Standards.”

IEEE Eric E. Sumner Award

Sponsor: Bell Labs, Nokia

WILLIAM C. LINDSEY

University of Southern California

Los Angeles

“For contributions to synchronization and digital communication technologies.”

IEEE Nikola Tesla Award

Sponsors: Wolong Electric Group Co., Ltd., and the IEEE Industry Applications and IEEE Power & Energy societies

ADEL RAZEK

Retired

The National Center for Scientific Research

Gif Sur Yvette, France

CentraleSupélec

Châtenay-Malabry, France

“For contributions to coupled multiphysics modeling and design of electromagnetic systems.”

IEEE Kiyo Tomiyasu Award

Sponsors: Dr. Kiyo Tomiyasu, IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing and the IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques societies

EMILIO FRAZZOLI

MIT

“For contributions to planning, control, and fleet operation algorithms for autonomous vehicles.”

IEEE Transportation Technologies Award

Sponsors: IEEE Industry Applications, IEEE Industrial Electronics, IEEE Intelligent Transportation Systems, IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques, IEEE Power Electronics, IEEE Power & Energy, and IEEE Vehicular Technology societies

CLAIRE J. TOMLIN

University of California

Berkeley

“For contributions to air transportation systems, focusing on collision avoidance protocol design and avionics safety verification.”


TEACHING AWARDS

IEEE Leon K. Kirchmayer Graduate Teaching Award

Sponsor: Leon K. Kirchmayer Memorial Fund

C.-C. JAY KUO

University of Southern California

Los Angeles

“For inspirational guidance of graduate students and curriculum development in the area of multimedia signal processing.”

IEEE Undergraduate Teaching Award

Sponsor: IEEE Education Society

BONNIE H. FERRI

Georgia Tech

“For pioneering mobile hands-on learning and flipped classroom techniques for undergraduate engineering education.”


For additional information on the recipients and the awards process, visit the IEEE Awards website.

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