IEEE Fellow and Communications Society member Erol Gelenbe has received the prestigious "In Memoriam Dennis Gabor Award" for outstanding research with important impact in innovation.
The award ceremony was held on 19 December 2013 around 11:00 a.m. in the Hungarian Parliament, facing the President of the Parliament, the Education and Science Ministers of Hungary, and the President of the Hungarian Innovation Office.
The In Memoriam Dennis Gabor Award is awarded by the NOVOFER Foundation of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences for outstanding scientific achievements with practical applications. It is named after Dennis Gabor, who received the 1971 Nobel Prize in Physics and was the inventor of holography. Selection of the awardee is extremely competitive.
Erol Gelenbe is a long time member of the IEEE Communications Society and a ComSoc Distinguished Lecturer. On 23rd May 2013, he was also elected a Foreign Member of the Science Academy of Poland.
Gelenbe's practical inventions include the design of the first random access fibre-optics local area network, a patented admission control technique for ATM networks, a neural network based anomaly detector for brain magnetic resonance scans, and the "cognitive packet network" routing protocol to offer quality of service to users. He is known for contributing fundamental results on stability and control of random access communications, for inventing G-Networks an important generalisation of queuing networks, and the random neural network model.
Also Fellow of ACM, he won the 2008 ACM SIGMETRICS Life-Time Achievement Award for being “the single individual who over a span of thirty years has made the greatest overall contribution” to computer and communication system performance. He was elected to the French National Academy of Engineering (2007) and to the Hungarian (2010) and Turkish (2007) Science Academies. From 1984 to 1986 he served as the Science and Technology Advisor to the French Secretary of State for Universities. He founded the ISCIS (International Symposium on Computer and Information Sciences) series of conferences that since 1986 are held annually to bring together Turkish computer engineers and scientists with their international counterparts. According to the Mathematics Genealogy project, Gelenbe has graduated 57 PhD students.