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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.


2017 Award Recipients

Ido Tal and 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., and 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 and 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, and 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, and 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 and 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, and 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, and 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, and 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 and 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, and 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, and 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, and Marcelo J. Weinberger
"Universal Discrete Denoising: Known Channel," IEEE Transactions on Information Theory, Vol. 51, pp. 5-28, January 2005

Nihar Jindal, Sriram Vishwanath, and 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 and 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) and 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 and 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 and 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 and 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