Society Recognitions: August 2010

These IEEE members recently were recognized for their work by IEEE societies

2 August 2010

Senior Member Ali Abdi received the IEEE Region 1 Award for his leadership and contributions to underwater acoustic communications. The award recognizes a professional achievement that is technical or educational or that results in an important service to IEEE. Abdi was cited for research published in 2009, "System and Method for Using Acoustic Field Parameters for Communication," which described a method for conveying data using the vector components of the acoustic field.

Abdi is an associate professor in the department of electrical and computer engineering at the New Jersey Institute of Technology, in Newark. His research focuses on digital-communication and propagation modeling in underwater and terrestrial channels, channel estimation techniques, space-time processing and interference cancellation, blind-modulation recognition, systems biology, and molecular networks.

Fellow Bill Dally was presented with the Eckert-Mauchly Award by the IEEE Computer Society and the Association for Computing Machinery. The joint award recognizes contributions to digital systems and computer architecture. It is named for John Presper Eckert and John William Mauchly, who in 1947 collaborated on the design and construction of ENIAC, the first large-scale electronic computing machine. Dally was recognized for his "innovative contributions to the architecture of interconnection networks and parallel computers."

Dally is chief scientist and senior vice president of research at NVIDIA, in Santa Clara, Calif. In 1996 he was principal investigator for the Imagine Project at Stanford University, where he invented the first stream processor chip, a C programmable signal and image processor that provides the performance density and efficiency of a special-purpose processor. Prior to that, he led a research team at MIT that built the J-Machine and the M-Machine, computers for testing architectural concepts and that provide fast user-to-user messaging without the use of software. Dally's developments are today being applied in most large parallel computers.

He is a member of the IEEE Computer Society.

Fellow Stephen Dyer received the Career Excellence Award of the IEEE Instrumentation and Measurement Society. The award is given to individuals who have made outstanding technical contributions to the field of instrumentation and measurement. He is being honored for his dedication to science and engineering education and to the society, and for his research in instrumentation and Hadamard transform spectrometry, which is used in many signal-processing and data-compression algorithms.

Dyer is a professor of electrical and computer engineering at Kansas State University, in Manhattan. His areas of research include signal processing, instrumentation and measurement, numerical methods, and electroacoustics. A member and former president of the society, he also served as editor in chief of IEEE Transactions on Instrumentation and Measurement and was founding editor in chief of the IEEE Instrumentation and Measurement journal.

Life Fellow James Huddle was presented with the Kershner Award by the Position Location and Navigation System (PLANS) executive committee of the IEEE/Institute of Navigation (ION) PLANS Symposium. The recognition is given to individuals who have made a substantial contribution to the technology of navigation and positioning equipment, systems, or practices. Huddle was recognized for his work on inertial and multisensor navigation and referencing systems. The symposium, cosponsored by the IEEE Aerospace and Electronics Systems Society and ION, is a forum for the latest research in navigation technology. The award honors the memory of Richard B. Kershner, who led the development of Transit, the first satellite navigation system, while working at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, in Laurel, Md.

Huddle is director of advanced projects in the advanced technology and strategic applications department at Northrop Grumman's Navigation Systems Division, in Woodland Hills, Calif. His research interests are in the use of inertial systems for geodetic-position and gravity-disturbance-vector surveying.

He is a member of the IEEE Aerospace and Electronic Systems Society.

Fellow Masataka Nakazawa received the 2010 Quantum Electronics Award of the IEEE Photonics Society "for seminal contribution and leadership in the advancement of optical communications and fiber lasers through the invention of the compact erbium-doped fiber amplifier." The award honors individuals for outstanding technical contributions to quantum electronics.

Nakazawa is director of the Research Institute of Electrical Communication at Tohoku University, in Sendai, Japan, where he oversees work on ultra-high-speed transmission, multilevel coherent transmission, and new fiber lasers. He first demonstrated the erbium-doped fiber amplifier in 1989 while working as group leader for the nonlinear optical transmission group at NTT Laboratories, in Tokai, Japan. The invention allowed for the development of high-capacity undersea and terrestrial fiber-optic links and networks.

He is a member of the IEEE Photonics Society.

The IEEE Computer Society's Technical Council on Software Engineering has selected Fellow Mary Shaw as the first recipient of its Distinguished Educator Award. She is recognized for her work developing innovative curricula in computer science from the undergraduate to the doctoral level.

Shaw is a professor of computer science at Carnegie Mellon University, in Pittsburgh. Her interests are in the areas of software engineering and programming systems, including value-driven software design, technical support for users, software architecture, programming languages and specifications, and abstraction techniques. She has published many papers on computer science and software engineering education, software architecture, value-based software engineering, and the history and character of software engineering.

She is a member of the IEEE Computer Society.

Senior Member Ashok N. Srivastava received the 2010 Technical Achievement Award of the IEEE Computer Society for "pioneering contributions to intelligent information systems." The award recognizes innovative contributions in the fields of computer and information science, and engineering or computer technology.

Srivastava is principal investigator for the NASA Integrated Vehicle Health Management Project at Moffett Field, Calif. His research focuses on the development of data-mining algorithms for anomaly detection in massive data streams, text-mining algorithms, and kernel methods in machine learning. He is also leader of the Intelligent Data Understanding group at NASA's Ames Research Center, also at Moffett Field, where he develops advanced machine-learning and data-mining algorithms for the agency's various missions. He developed the virtual sensors method, which estimates the value of one sensor measurement given other related sensor measurements, and has applied it to various programs including Earth sciences, space shuttles, jet engines, and universe-related questions.

He is a member of the IEEE Computer and IEEE Systems, Man, and Cybernetics societies.

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