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About ComSoc

A plaque and an honorarium up to US$500 for each author (total will not exceed US$1,000 for each paper).

For outstanding papers published in any publication of the IEEE Communications Society or the Information Theory Society within the previous three calendar years. The authors do not have to be a member of IEEE. 

Basis for Judging
Quality, originality, utility, timeliness, and presentation. The paper should cover the interests and achieve the values of both the IEEE Communications Society and the Information Theory Society.

Jointly sponsored by IEEE Communications Society and Information Theory Society.

Evenly funded by the two sponsoring societies.

Selection Process

  1. Each year a joint papers evaluation subcommittee of six members will be formed with three from each of the awards committees of the two societies. ComSoc's members are appointed by the Chair of the ComSoc Awards Committee.
  2. This subcommittee considers ranked nominations from the Publications Boards in both societies and selects one or two papers as the award recipients. Papers that have already been selected for a ComSoc paper award will not be eligible. The processes and timelines will follow the same as all other paper awards.

Annually at any event sponsored by either of the two sponsoring societies selected by the recipient(s).

Nominations due 15 February unless otherwise noted.


2024 Award Recipients

Justin Kang and Wei Yu

"Minimum Feedback for Collision-Free Scheduling in Massive Random Access," IEEE Transactions on Information Theory, vol. 67, no. 12. 8094-8108, December 2021.



Xingran Chen, Konstantinos Gatsis, Hamed Hassani, and Shirin Saeedi Bidokhti
Age of Information in Random Access Channels,” IEEE Transactions on Information Theory, vol. 68, no. 10, pp. 6548-6568, October 2022.

Vamsi K. Amalladinne, Jean-Francois Chamberland, and Krishna R. Narayanan
"A Coded Compressed Sensing Scheme for Unsourced Multiple Access," in IEEE Transactions on Information Theory, vol. 66, no. 10, pp. 6509-6533, October 2020.

Sung-En Chiu, Nancy Ronquillo, and Tara Javidi
"Active Learning and CSI Acquisition for mmWave Initial Alignment," IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications, vol. 37, no. 11, pp. 2474-2489, November 2019.

Kangwook Lee, Maximilian Lam, Ramtin Pedarsani, Dimitris Papailiopoulos and Kannan Ramchandran
"Speeding up Distributed Machine Learning Using Codes", IEEE Transactions on Information Theory, vol. 64, no. 3, pp. 1514-1529, March 2018.

Yuyi Mao, Jun Zhang, Khaled B. Letaief
Dynamic Computation Offloading for Mobile-Edge Computing With Energy Harvesting Devices,” IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications, vol. 34, no. 12, pp. 3590-3605, Dec. 2016

Arash Gholami Davoodi, Syed Ali Jafar
"Aligned Image Sets Under Channel Uncertainty: Settling Conjectures on the Collapse of Degrees of Freedom Under Finite Precision CSIT"IEEE Transactions on Information Theory, Oct. 2016

Ido Tal, Alexander Vardy
"List Decoding of Polar Codes" IEEE Transactions on Information Theory, Vol. 61, No. 5, pp 2213 – 2226, May 2015.

Angel Lozano, Robert W. Heath Jr., Jeffrey G. Andrews
"Fundamental Limits of Cooperation" IEEE Transactions on Information Theory,Vol. 59, No. 9, March 2013, pp. 5213 - 5226.

Mohammad Ali Maddah-Ali, David Tse
"Completely Stale Transmitter Channel State Information is Still Very Useful," IEEE Transactions on Information Theory, Vol. 58, No. 7, July 2012.

Parikshit Gopalan, Cheng Huang, Huseyin Simitci, Sergey Yekhanin
"On the Locality of Codeword Symbols," IEEE Transactions on Information Theory, Volume 58, No.11, pp. 6925 - 6934, November 2012.

A.Salman Avestimehr, Suhas N. Diggavi, David N. C. Tse
"Wireless Network Information Flow: A Deterministic Approach," IEEE Transactions on Information Theory, Vol. 57., No. 4, April 2011, pp.1872-1905.

Bobak Nazer, Michael Gastpar
"Compute-and-Forward: Harnessing Interference Through Structured Codes,"  IEEE Transactions on Information Theory, Vol. 57, No. 10, October 2011, pp. 6463-6486.

Alexandros G. Dimakis, P. Brighten Godfrey, Yunnan Wu, Martin J. Wainwright, Kannan Ramchandran
"Network Coding for Distributed Storage Systems," IEEE Transactions on Information Theory, Vol. 56, No. 9, pp. 4539 - 4551, September 2010

Michael Lentmaier, Daniel J. Costello Jr., Arvind Sridharan, and Kamil Sh. Zigangirov
"Iterative Decoding Threshold Analysis for LDPC Convolutional Codes," IEEE Transactions on Information Theory, Vol. 56, No. 10, pp. 5274 - 5289, October 2010

Matthieu Bloch, João Barros, Miguel R. D. Rodrigues, Steven W. McLaughlin
"Wireless Information-Theoretic Security," IEEE Transactions on Information Theory, Vol. 54, No. 6, pp. 2515-2534,  June 2008

Giuseppe Caire, Nihar Jindal, Mari Kobayashi, Niranjay Ravindran
"Multiuser MIMO Achievable Rates With Downlink Training and Channel State Feedback,"IEEE Transactions on Information Theory, Vol. 56, No. 6, pp.2845-2866, June 2010

Ralf Kötter, Frank Kschischang
"Coding for Errors and Erasures in Random Network Coding," IEEE Transactions on Information Theory, Vol. 54, No. 8, pp. 3579-3591, August 2008

Tracey Ho, Muriel Medard, Rolf Kotter, David Karger, Michelle Effros, Jun Shi, Ben Leong
"A Random Linear Network Coding Approach to Multicast," IEEE Transactions on Information Theory, Vol. 52, No. 10, pp. 4413 - 4429, October 2006

Aliazam Abbasfar, Dariush Divsalar, Kung Yao
"Accumulate-Repeat-Accumulate Codes," IEEE Transactions on Communications, Vol. 55, No. 4, pp. 692 - 702, April 2007

Amin Shokrollahi
"Raptor Codes," IEEE Transactions on Information Theory, Vol. 52, No. 6, pp. 2551 - 2567, June 2006

Tsachy Weissman, Eric Ordentlich, Gadiel Seroussi, Sergio Verdu, Marcelo J. Weinberger
"Universal Discrete Denoising: Known Channel," IEEE Transactions on Information Theory, Vol. 51, pp. 5-28, January 2005

Nihar Jindal, Sriram Vishwanath, Andrea Goldsmith
"On the Duality of Gaussian Multiple-Access and Broadcast Channels," IEEE Transactions on Information Theory, Vol. 50, No. 5,  pp. 768-783, May 2004

Guiseppe Caire, Shlomo Shamai
"On the Achievable Throughput of a Multiantenna Gaussian Broadcast Channel," IEEE Transactions on Information Theory, Vol. 49, No. 7, pp. 1691-1706, July 2003

Shlomo Shamai (Shitz), Igal Sason
"Variations on the Gallager Bounds, Connections, and Applications,"IEEE Transactions on Information Theory, Vol. 48, No. 12, pp. 3029-3051, December, 2002

Michael L. Honig, Weimin Xiao
"Performance of Reduced-Rank Linear Interference Suppression,"IEEE Transactions on Information Theory, Vol. 47, No. 5, pp.1928-1946, July, 2001

David Tse, Stephen Hanly
"Linear Multiuser Receivers: Effective Interference, Effective Bandwidth and User Capacity,"IEEE Transactions on Information Theory, Vol. 45, No. 2, pp. 641-657, March 1999

Xiaodong Wang, Vincent Poor
"Iterative (Turbo) Soft Interference Cancellation and Decoding for Coded CDMA," IEEE Transactions on Communications, Vol. 47, No. 7, pp.1046-1061, July 1999