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Congratulations to 2011 IEEE Communications Society Fellows

Congratulations to 2011 IEEE Communications Society Fellows

Election to the grade of IEEE Fellow is one of the highest honors that can be bestowed upon an individual by the Institute, and recognition of a member’s technical, educational, and leadership achievements is one of its major goals. Only a select few IEEE members earn this prestigious honor. 

The IEEE Grade of Fellow is conferred by the Board of Directors upon a person with an extraordinary record of accomplishments in any of the IEEE fields of interest.

Congratulations to all the 58 ComSoc IEEE Fellows in 2011!

Mark Bell for contributions to signal design and processing in radar and communication systems

Qi Bi  for contributions to code division multiple access

Holger Boche for contributions to signal processing and multi-user wireless communications

Klaus Brand for contributions to substation automation and power system protection, control and operation

Guohong Cao for contributions to algorithm and protocol design for mobile ad hoc and sensor networks

Jonathon Chambers for contributions to adaptive signal processing and its applications

Marco Chiani for contributions to wireless communication systems

Horia Chiriac for contributions to technology of amorphous glass-coated magnetic microwires and nanowires

Debabani Choudhury for contributions to millimeter wave enabling technologies

Keith Chugg for contributions to adaptive and iterative data detection and decoding

Tolga Duman for contributions to coding and modulation for wireless, recording and underwater acoustic channels

Elza Erkip for contributions to multi-user and cooperative communications

Dennis Goeckel for contributions to wireless communication systems and networks

Piyush Gupta for contributions to wireless networks

Mounir Hamdi for contributions to design and analysis of high-speed packet switching

Robert Heath for contributions to multiple antenna wireless communications

Yunghsiang S. Han for contributions to decoding techniques

Douglas Jacobson for contributions to information assurance education and practice

Kiho Kim for contributions to high-speed next-generation orthogonal frequency division multiplexed multiple-antenna wireless networks

Visa Koivunen for contributions to statistical signal processing for multichannel signals and sensor arrays

Thomas Kolze for contributions to physical layer architecture in communication systems

Jae Lee for contributions to wireless communication systems

Kwang Bok Lee for contributions to high-speed wireless communication systems

Bo Li for contributions to content distribution via the internet

Shipeng Li for contributions to the advancement of image and video coding

Ying-Chang Liang for contributions to cognitive radio communications

Jean-Paul Linnartz for leadership in security with noisy data

Rainer Martin for contributions to speech enhancement for mobile communications and hearing aids

Paul Morton for contributions to optical transmitters

Sanjiv Nanda for contributions to algorithm design for wireless in wide area and local area network systems

Yasutaka Ogawa for contributions to estimation techniques and antenna signal processing

Sakae Okubo for contributions to video coding and multimedia communication systems

Shivendra Panwar for contributions to design and analysis of communication networks

James Ritcey for contributions to bit-interleaved coded modulation with iterative decoding

Catherine Rosenberg for contributions to resource management in wireless and satellite networks

Bill Ryan for contributions to channel coding for reliable data transmission and storage

John Sadowsky for contributions to commercial and military wireless communications

Jawad Salehi for contributions to fundamental principles of optical code division multiple access

Anna Scaglione for contributions to filterbank precoding for wireless transmission  and signal processing for cooperative sensor networks

Jane Simmons for contributions to optical network architecture and algorithms

Morris Sloman for contributions to adaptive policy based management of distributed and pervasive systems

Ray Simar Jr. for leadership in digital signal processor architecture development

Qibin Sun for contributions to multimedia security

Chinthananda Tellambura for contributions to physical layer wireless communication theory

Vinay Vaishampayan for contributions to error-resilient compression systems

Emanuele Viterbo for contributions to coding and decoding for wireless digital communications

Li-Chun Wang for contributions to cellular architectures and radio resource management in wireless networks

Stephen Wicker for contributions to wireless information systems

Indra Widjaja for contributions to switching and traffic engineering in communication networks

Thomas Wiegand for contributions to video coding and its standardization

Guoliang Xue for contributions to survivability and quality of service in computer networks

Yu-Dong Yao for contributions to wireless communications systems

Hirosuke Yamamoto for contributions to source coding and information-theoretic secure coding

Roy Yates for contributions to wireless network resource allocation

Herbert Zirath for contributions to microwave and millimeter wave integrated circuits and device technology

Ellen Zegura for contributions to disruption tolerant networking

Liang-Jie Zhang for contributions to service-oriented technologies and applications

Tao Zhang for contributions to wireless and infrastructure networking protocols for applications


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Paul Baran, IEEE ComSoc Fellow, Pioneer of Internet, Dies at 84

Paul Baran, IEEE ComSoc Fellow, Pioneer of Internet, Dies at 84

Paul Baran, an IEEE Communications Society Fellow, long time member of ComSoc, one of the founding fathers of the Internet, has passed at the age of 84.

Mr. Baran was born in Poland on April 29, 1926 in Grodno, and moved with his parents to the US in 1928. He grew up in Philadelphia and later graduated from Drexel Institute of Technology in 1949 with a B.S. degree in electrical engineering, and an M.S. in Engineering from the University of California, LA in 1959.

One of his first jobs was working on the first commercial computer, the UNIVAC. Mr. Baran joined the RAND Corporation in 1959, where he remained until 1968. Mr. Baran's  work in the 1960s at the RAND Corporation formed the foundation for what became the Internet. At the time, Paul Baran, as a young engineer at the Rand Corporation, began thinking about how to build a communications network which could survive a buclear first strike. In 1960, Baran described a technique he called "distributed communication" in which each communication node would be connected to several other communication nodes. Switching was thus distributed throughout the network, giving it a high degree of survivability. To move data through this network, Baran adopted message switching, which digitized the information to be sent, broke it into chunks of 1024 bits, and provided a header containing routing information. A message would then be reconstructed at the receiving node. Baran described his proposed system in great detail in the summer of 1964 in an eleven-volume Rand publication entitled "On Distributed Communications." Baran and another engineer conceived of "packet switching" as the best means to transfer data in a computer network. A few years later, their ideas were incorporated into the ARPANET.
After leaving RAND, Mr. Baran co-found the Institute for the Future, a nonprofit research group specializing in long-range forecasting. He was also an entrepreneur. He started seven companies, five of which eventually went public.

In 2000, Mr. Baran jointly received the IEEE Internet Award "for their early, preeminent contributions in conceiving, analyzing and demonstrating packet-switching networks, the foundation technology of the Internet."

As an IEEE member from student to Life Fellow, Mr. Baran served as session chairman for a number of IEEE Communications Society events along the way. His first publication outside of RAND about packet switching was a 1964 paper published in the Transactions of the Communications Society. 

Among many career awards, in 1987, Mr. Baran received IEEE Communications Society’s Edwin Howard Armstrong Achievement Award. In 1990, he received IEEE Alexander Graham Bell Medal "For pioneering in Packet Switching."

Mr. Baran reportedly died Saturday 26 March 2011 at his home in Palo Alto, California, from complications caused by lung cancer. He was married to Evelyn Baran who died in 2007. He is survived by his son David, three grandchildren; and his companion of recent years, Ruth Rothman.

Paul will be deeply missed.




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March SuperFan Awards Winners Announced

March SuperFan Awards Winners Announced

Congratulations to March 2011 Super Fans for their outstanding participations and support on IEEE Communications Society social media.

We have four winners this month: Eltijani Osman Elrayah, Alejandro Ortiz Vega, Abdulaziz Mohammed AlYami, Ana Maria Ospina Bolanos. Their ComSoc SuperFan Awards Certificates will soon be ready for download from the IEEE ComSoc Facebook page. 

2011 ComSoc membership is required to receive the award certificates.

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Online Only Publication Opens to All

Online Only Publication Opens to All

IEEE Communications Surveys & Tutorials, an online publication from IEEE Communications Society, offers free access to all IEEE and ComSoc members, as well as all who follow their interests in communications technologies. The publication provides researchers and other communications professionals with the ideal venue for publishing online tutorials and surveys that are exposed to an unlimited global audience. 

Surveys & Tutorials aims to be a premier source of peer-reviewed, comprehensive tutorials and surveys, and pointers to further sources. Readers can search for in-depth information about a familiar area or an introduction into a new area. It is available online through the IEEE Xplore Digital Library

The publication is currently looking for contributions for all future issues. Topics of interest include all areas of communications and networking, including but not limited to:

Networking and Networking Technology
Telecommunications Switching
Wireless Networks, including Ad Hoc and Sensor Networks
Personal Communications
Radio and Satellite Communications
Lightwave Technologies and Optical Networking
Security, Trust, and Privacy in Networking
Networking in Grids
Peer-to-Peer Networking
Transmission Systems
Coding, Equalization and Modulation for Transmission
Multimedia Services
Coding, Equalization, Detection, and Timing Recovery for Digital Data Storage Channels
Network Management
Residential Networks and Services
Traffic Engineering
Performance Modeling

Submission Instructions:
Please submit manuscripts via the ManuscriptCentral website at

Please email any questions to the Editor-In-Chief: 
Nelson L. S. da Fonseca 
State University of Campinas
Institute of Computing
P.O. Box 6176
13084-971 Campinas, SP, Brazil
tel: 55-19-37885878
fax: 55+19+37885847



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