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About ComSoc

Plaque and honorarium of US$500 per author (up to a maximum total of US$2000).

Papers that open new lines of work, envision bold approaches to communication, formulate new problems to solve, and essentially enlarge the field of communications engineering. Given to an outstanding paper published in any IEEE Communications Society publication in the previous 15 calendar years. The author(s) need not be an IEEE member.

Basis for Judging
Quality, originality, novelty, and impact.

Nominee Solicitation
Nominations solicited by Editors-in-Chief to the Editorial Boards and Guest Editors of all IEEE Communications Society publications. After screening, each Editor-in-Chief shall submit at least one nomination. Nominations will also be solicited from ComSoc Technical Committee chairs and readership (through published notices).

Selection Process
All nominations shall be submitted to the IEEE Communications Society Awards Committee for final selection by March 1 of each year. The selection process shall comply with procedures and regulations established in IEEE and ComSoc governing documents, in particular with IEEE Policy 4.4 on Award Limitations.

Administration and Funding
The IEEE Communications Society will administer the award covered out of annual Society operating expenses until a suitable endowment is established.

Annually at the IEEE International Conference on Communications (IEEE ICC) or IEEE GLOBECOM.  If in any year no eligible paper is deemed to be of sufficient quality, no award will be given. 

The award recipient will be published in the awards luncheon brochure and posted on the IEEE Communications Society website.

Nominations due 15 February unless otherwise noted.


2024 Award Recipients

Angela Sara Cacciapuoti, Marcello Caleffi, Francesco Tafuri, Francesco Saverio Cataliotti, Stefano Gherardini and Giuseppe Bianchi

Quantum Internet: Networking Challenges in Distributed Quantum Computing,” IEEE Network, vol. 34, no. 1, pp. 137-143, January/February 2020.



Mohammad Mozaffari, Walid Saad, Mehdi Bennis and Merouane Debbah

"Unmanned Aerial Vehicle with Underlaid Device-to-Device Communications: Performance and Tradeoffs," IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications, vol. 15, no. 6, pp. 3949-3963, June 2016.

Ying-Chang Liang, Yonghong Zeng, Edward C.Y. Peh, and Anh Tuan Hoang
Sensing-Throughput Tradeoff for Cognitive Radio Networks,” IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications, vol. 7, no. 4, pp. 1326-1337, April 2008.

Fadel F. Digham, Mohamed-Slim Alouini, and Marvin K. Simon
"On the Energy Detection of Unknown Signals Over Fading Channels," IEEE Transactions on Communications, Vol. 55, No. 1, pp. 21-24, January 2007.

Simon Haykin
Cognitive Radio: Brain-Empowered Wireless Communications”, IEEE Journal On Selected Areas In Communications, Vol. 23, No. 2, pp. 201-220, February 2005.

Wei Yu, Raymong Lui
"Dual Methods for Nonconvex Spectrum Optimization of Multicarrier Systems"IEEE Transactions on Communications, Vol. 54, Issue: 7, pp. 1310-1322, July 2006.

Melissa Duarte, Chris Dick, Ashutosh Sabharwal
“Experiment-Driven Characterization of Full-Duplex Wireless Systems”, IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications, Vol. 11, No. 12, pp. 4296 - 4307, December 2012.

Yan Chen, Shunqing Zhang, Shugong Xu, Geoffrey Ye Li
“Fundamental Trade-offs on Green Wireless Networks”IEEE Communications Magazine, Vol. 49, No. 6, pp. 30 – 37, June 2011.

2016 - No Award

Cem U. Saraydar, Narayan B. Mandayam, David J. Goodman
“Efficient Power Control via Pricing in Wireless Data Networks”IEEE Transactions on Communications, Vol. 50, No. 2, February 2002, pp. 291-303.

Vahid Tarokh, Hamid Jafarkhani, Robert Calderbank
"Space-Time Block Coding for Wireless Communications: Performance Results,” IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications, Vol. 17, No. 3, March 1999, pp. 451-460.

Andrew Sendonaris, Elza Erkip, Behnaam Aazhang
"User Cooperation Diversity—Part I: System Description," IEEE Transactions on Communications, Vol.51, No. 11, November 2003, pp.1927- 1938.

Siavash M. Alamouti
"A Simple Transmit Diversity Technique for Wireless Communications," IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications, Vol. 16, No. 8, October 1998, pp. 1451-1458.

Maria Gorlatova, Peter Kinget, Ioannis Kymissis, Dan Rubenstein, Xiaodong Wang, Gil Zussman
"Energy Harvesting Active Networked Tags (EnHANTs) for Ubiquitous Object Networking," IEEE Wireless Communications, Vol. 17, No. 6, pp. 18-25, December 2010

2010 - No Award

Rajiv Ranjan, Aaron Harwood, Rajkumar Buyya
"Peer-to-Peer-Based Resource Discovery in Global Grids: A Tutorial", IEEE Communications Surveys & Tutorials, Vol. 10, No. 2, pp. 6-33, Second Quarter 2008

John M. Cioffi, Sumanth Jagannathan, Mehdi Mohseni, George Ginis
"CuPON: The Copper Alternative to PON 100 Gb/s DSL Networks", IEEE Communications Magazine, Vol. 45, No. 6, pp. 132 – 139, June 2007