Achievements: July 2015

Several IEEE members were recently recognized by other organizations and the IEEE Computer Society

20 July 2015

Fellow Alberto Broggi received an honorary doctorate from the National Institute of Applied Sciences, in Rouen, France. He was awarded the doctorate for his research in computer vision, intelligent vehicles, and vehicular robotics.

Broggi is a professor of information engineering at the University of Parma, Italy, and CEO of VisLab, a company that specializes in computer vision applications, also in Parma.

He is a member of the IEEE Computer and IEEE Robotics and Automation societies.


Member Tessy Thomas received the Yelavarthy Nayudamma Memorial Award from India’s Council on Scientific and Industrial Research. Thomas was honored for her work in missile technology and remote sensing. The award, which recognizes recipients for outstanding contributions to science and technology, is named for a former director general of the council.

Thomas is director of the Advanced Systems Laboratory of the India Defense Research and Development Organization, in Hyderabad. She is also project director for the Agni-V, the country’s long-range intercontinental ballistic missile.


Senior Member Besma Smida received the U.S. National Science Foundation’s 2015 Faculty Early Career Development Award. The award is presented annually to someone who “exemplifies the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education, and the integration of education and research within the context of their organizations.” Smida was recognized for her work in wireless communications.

Smida is an assistant professor of electrical engineering at Purdue University, in West Lafayette, Ind. The award will fund a five-year project to explore a new paradigm for two-way wireless networks that enhances spectrum efficiency for cellphones and other wireless devices.

She is a member of the IEEE Communications and IEEE Information Theory societies as well as IEEE Women in Engineering.


The IEEE Computer Society presented three of its members with awards.

The society’s Computer Pioneer Award went to two recipients this year.

Member Michael Flynn received the award for more than 50 years of service to the IEEE Computer Society and for basic contributions to computer arithmetic, microarchitecture and multiprocessing, and quantitative analysis of microstructures.

Flynn is chairman of the board of Maxeler Technologies, a high-performance computer maker with headquarters in Palo Alto, Calif. He is also a former vice president of the society and founding chair of its Technical Committee on Computer Architecture.

The other recipient, Fellow Peter M. Kogge, was cited for his pioneering work in developing computer architectures, parallel algorithms, and the multicore microprocessor chip, as well as for formalizing methods for designing the control of a computer pipeline.

He is a professor of computer science and engineering and associate dean of research at the University of Notre Dame’s College of Engineering, in South Bend, Ind. Kogge is also chief scientist of Emu Solutions, a company that develops computer architectures for big data, also in South Bend.

Fellow Rangachar Kasturi received the society’s Richard E. Merwin Distinguished Service Award. He was cited for “exemplifying true volunteer spirit and commitment to excellence, and for significant and continuing contributions that support the vision and mission of the IEEE and the Computer Society.”

He is a professor of computer science and engineering at the University of South Florida, in Tampa. Kasturi, the society’s 2008 president, is editor in chief of IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence. He has also served as general cochair of the IEEE Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition.

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