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About ComSoc

Named in honor of a former editor-in-chief of the IEEE/ComSoc Communications Magazine, the Fred W. Ellersick Prize recognizes excellence in paper submission. Ellersick’s work emphasized system engineering or planning for military or space command, control, and communications systems. He published numerous technical papers and reports, and was awarded several patents for his work in space communications. This prize is awarded to original papers published in any IEEE Communications Society magazine in the previous three calendar years.

Up to $500 and Plaque per author (total prize not to exceed $1,000). Maximum number of awards will be two (up to two papers per year), but only if a suitable number of recipients are identified.

Publication of an original paper in any IEEE Communications Society magazine in the previous 3 calendar years; author need not be an IEEE member.

Nominee Solicitation
Nominations solicited by the Chair of Magazines Paper Awards Selection Committee in consultation with Magazines Editors-in-Chief.

Selection Process
Nominations screened and shortlist prepared by the Magazines Paper Awards Selection Committee with the approval of the Magazines Editors-in-Chief. The shortlist is submitted to the IEEE Communications Society Awards Committee for final selection.

Annually at ICC. If in any year no eligible paper is deemed to be of sufficient quality, no award will be given.

Nominations due 15 February unless otherwise noted.


2023 Award Recipients

Chongwen Huang, Sha Hu, George Alexandropoulos, Alessio Zappone, Chau Yuen, Rui Zhang, Marco Di Renzo, and Mérouane Debbah

"Holographic MIMO Surfaces for 6G Wireless Networks: Opportunities, Challenges, and Trends," IEEE Wireless Communications, vol. 27, no. 5, pp. 118-125, October 2020.

Qingqing Wu and Rui Zhang

Towards Smart and Reconfigurable Environment: Intelligent Reflecting Surface Aided Wireless Network,” IEEE Communications Magazine, vol. 58, no. 1, pp. 106-112, January 2020.



Zhijin Qin, Hao Ye, Geoffrey Ye Li, and Biing-Hwang (Fred) Juang
Deep Learning in Physical Layer Communications,” IEEE Wireless Communications, vol. 26, no. 2, pp. 93-99, April 2019.

Walid Saad, Mehdi Bennis, and Mingzhe Chen
A Vision of 6G Wireless Systems: Applications, Trends, Technologies, and Open Research Problems,” IEEE Network, vol. 34, no. 3, pp. 134-142, May 2020.

Mohamed Faraj Alzenad, Muhammad Zeeshan Shakir, Halim Yanikomeroglu, and Mohamed-Slim Alouini
"FSO-Based Vertical Backhaul/Fronthaul Framework for 5G+ Wireless Networks," IEEE Communications Magazine, Vol.56, No. 1, pp 218-224, January 2018.

Xingqin Lin, Vijaya Yajnanarayana, Siva D. Muruganathan, Shiwei Gao, Henrik Asplund, Helka-Liina Maattanen, Mattias Bergström, Sebastian Euler, and Y-P. Eric Wang
"The Sky Is Not the Limit: LTE for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles," IEEE Communications Magazine, Vol.56, No. 4,  pp 204-210, April 2018.

Wonjae Shin, Mojtaba Vaezi, Byungju Lee, Jungwoo Lee, David J. Love, H. Vincent Poor
Non-Orthogonal Multiple Access in Multi-Cell Networks: Theory, Performance, and Practical Challenges”, IEEE Communications Magazine, Vol. 55, No. 10, pp, 176-183, October 2017.

Emil Björnson, Erik G. Larsson, Thomas L. Marzetta
"Massive MIMO: Ten Myths and One Critical Question"IEEE Communications Maganzine, Vol.54, Issue: 2, pp. 114-123, February 2016.

Shuangfeng Han, Chih-Lin I, Zhikun Xu, Rowell Corbett
“Large-Scale Antenna Systems with Hybrid Analog and Digital Beamforming for Millimeter Wave 5G”, IEEE Communications Magazine, Vol. 52, Issue 1, Page 186-194, January 2015.

Xiaofei Wang, Min Chen; Tarik Taleb, Adlen Ksentini, Victor C.M. Leung
“Cache in the Air: Exploiting Content Caching and Delivery Techniques for 5G Systems”IEEE Communications Magazine, Vol. 52, Issue 2, Page 131-139, February 2014.

Federico Boccardi, Robert W. Heath Jr., Angel Lozano, Thomas L. Marzetta, Petar Popovski
“Five disruptive technology directions for 5G”IEEE Communications Magazine, Volume 52, Issue 2, pp. 74 – 80, February 2014. 

Mehdi Bennis, Meryem Simsek, Andreas Czylwik, Walid Saad, Stefan Valentin,  Merouane Debbah
“When Cellular Meets WiFi in Wireless Small Cell Networks”IEEE Communications Magazine, Vol.51, No. 6, June 2013, pp.44 - 50. 

Gunther Auer, Vito Giannini, Claude Desset, Istvan Godor, Per Skillermark, Magnus Olsson, Muhammad Ali Imran, Dario Sabella, Manuel J. Gonzalez, Oliver Blume, Albrecht Fehske
“How much energy is needed to run a wireless network,” IEEE Wireless Communications,Vol.18, No. 5, October 2011, pp. 40-49. 

Markus Fiedler, Tobias Hossfeld, Phuoc Tran-Gia
A Generic Quantitative Relationship between Quality of Experience and Quality of Service," IEEE Network, Vol. 24, No. 2, March/April 2010, pp.36-41.

Moe Z. Win, Andrea Conti, Santiago Mazuelas, Yuan Shen, Wesley M. Gifford, Davide Dardari, Marco Chiani
"Network Localization and Navigation Via cooperation," IEEE Communications Magazine, Vol. 49, No.5, May 2011, pp. 56-62.

Dusit Niyato, Ekram Hossain, Zhu Han
"Dynamic Spectrum Access in IEEE 802.22-Based Cognitive Wireless Networks: A Game Theoretic Model for Competitive Spectrum Bidding and Pricing," IEEE Wireless Communications Magazine, Vol. 16, No 2, pp 16-23, April 2009 

Irwin Dorros
"Retrospective  — 25 Years Later", IEEE Communications Magazine, Vol 47, No 6, pp 14-20, June 2009  

Omer Ileri, Narayan B. Mandayam
"Dynamic Spectrum Access Models: Toward an Engineering Perspective in the Spectrum Debate", IEEE Communications Magazine, Vol. 46, No. 1, pp. 153-160, January 2008  

Reaz Ahmed, Noura Limam, Jin Xiao, Youssef Iraqi, Raouf Boutaba
"Resource and Service Discovery in Large-Scale Multi-Domain Networks", IEEE Communications Surveys & Tutorials, Vol. 9, No. 4, pp. 1 – 30, October 2007

Arvind Giridhar, P. R. Kumar
"Toward a Theory of In-Network Computation in Wireless Sensor Networks", IEEE Communications Magazine, Vol. 44, No. 4, pp. 98-107, April 2006 

Mohammed Atiquzzaman, Shaojian Fu, William Ivancic
"Evaluation of SCTP for Space Networks", IEEE Wireless Communications, Vol. 12, No. 5, pp. 54 - 62, October 2005  

Simon Haykin, Mathini Sellathurai, Yvo de Jong, Tricia Willink
"Turbo-MIMO for Wireless Communications", IEEE Communications Magazine, Vol. 42, No. 10, pp.48-53, October 2004  

Debanjan Saha, Bala Rajagopalan, Greg Bernstein
"The Optical Network Control Plane: State of the Standards and Deployment", IEEE Communications Magazine, Vol. 41, No. 8, IEEE Optical Communications Design, Technologies, and Applications, Vol. 1 No 3, pp. S29-S34, August 2003  

W. David Sincoskie
"Broadband Packet Switching: A Personal Perspective", IEEE Communications Magazine, Vol. 40, No. 7, pp. 54-66, July 2002  

Per Johansson, Manthos Kazantzidis, Rohit Kapoor, Mario Gerla
"Bluetooth: an Enabler for Personal Area Networking", IEEE Network Magazine, Sept/Oct 2001, pp. 28-37   

Cyriel Minkenberg, Ton Engbersen
“A Combined Input and Output Queued Packet-Switched System Based on PRIZMA Switch- on- a- Chip Technology”, IEEE Communications Magazine, Vol. 38, No. 12, pp. 70 –77, December 2000  

Mark E. Perkins, Charles A. Dvorak, Barry H. Lerich, Joseph A. Zebarth
"Speech Transmission Performance Planning in Hybrid IP/SCN Networks", IEEE Communications Magazine, Vol. 37, No. 7, July 1999, pp. 126-131  

Vijay P. Kumar, T.V. Lakshman, Dimitrios Stiliadis
"Beyond Best Effort: Router Architectures for the Differentiated Services of Tomorrow's Internet", IEEE Communications Magazine, Vol 36, No 5, May 1998, pp. 152-164   

Kevin Thompson, Gregory Miller, Rick Wilder
"Wide-Area Internet Traffic Patterns and Characteristics", IEEE Network, Nov/Dec 1997   

T. M. Chen, S. S. Liu, V. K. Samalam
"The Available Bit Rate Service for Data in ATM Networks", IEEE Communications Magazine, May 1996, Vol. 34, No. 5, pp. 56-71 

J.C. Bellamy
"Digital Network Synchronization", IEEE Communications Magazine, April 1995 

Anthony S. Acampora
"The Scalable Lightwave Network", IEEE Communications Magazine, Vol. 32, No 12, December 1994

Jack H. Winters, Richard D. Gitlin, Sanjay Kasturia
"Reducing Effects of Transmission Impairments in Digital Fiber Optic Systems", IEEE Communications Magazine, Vol 31, No 6, June 1993