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Edwin Howard Armstrong Achievement Award 2009 - H. Vincent Poor

"For fundamental contributions to signal processing for communications"

H. Vincent Poor received the Ph.D. degree in EECS from Princeton University in 1977. In that year he joined the faculty of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, becoming Professor of Electrical & Computer Engineering and Research Professor in the Coordinated Science Laboratory in 1984.  In 1990, he returned to Princeton, where he is currently the Michael Henry Strater University Professor of Electrical Engineering, and Dean of the School of Engineering and Applied Science.  He has also held visiting appointments at a number of other institutions, including most recently at Imperial College (London), Harvard and Stanford. He serves regularly as a consultant or advisor to industry and government, primarily in the areas of communications, networking and signal processing. His research interests lie in the applications of statistical signal processing, stochastic analysis and information theory to wireless networking and related fields. Among his many publications in these areas is the book MIMO Wireless Communications (Cambridge University Press, 2007), coauthored with Ezio Biglieri, et al.

Dr. Poor is a Fellow of the IEEE and is a member of the U. S. National Academy of Engineering. He is also a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, an International Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering of the U. K., and has been similarly recognized by several other scientific and technical organizations. A COMSOC member for 34 years, he has served in many volunteer roles within the Society and the IEEE more generally, including as a member of the IEEE Board of Directors in 1991-92. In recent years, he has received the IEEE Education Medal, the NSF Director’s Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and the Distinguished Alumnus Award of Tau Beta Pi, and has been named an Eminent Member of Eta Kappa Nu. Among other recognition of his work are a number of paper awards, including recently the 2007 IEEE Marconi Prize Paper Award in Wireless Communications, and Best Paper Awards at the 2008 IEEE International Conference on Communications (Beijing), the 2008 IEEE Global Communications Conference (New Orleans), and the 2009 Symposium on Personal Indoor and Mobile Radio Communications (Tokyo).