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About ComSoc

This award is named in honor of Stephen O. Rice, a pioneer in information theory, communications theory, and telecommunications. The award recognizes outstanding papers published in IEEE Transactions on Communications.

Plaque and honorarium up to US$500 for each author (total award not to exceed US$1000).

Publication of an original paper published in the IEEE Transactions on Communications in the previous three calendar years. The author(s) need not be an IEEE member.

Basis for Judging
Quality, originality, utility, timeliness, clarity of presentation.

Nominee Solicitation
Nominations solicited by Transactions Editor-in-Chief from the Editorial Board, Guest Editors, and readership (through published notice).

Selection Process
Nominations screened and reduced to a shortlist by a committee of the Editorial Board and submitted to the IEEE Communications Society Awards Committee for final selection.

Annually (as soon as possible after recommendation). 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

Fan Liu, Christos Masouros, Athina Petropulu, Hugh Griffiths, Lajos Hanzo

"Joint Radar and Communication Design: Applications, State-of-the-Art, and the Road Ahead," IEEE Transactions on Communications, vol. 68, no. 6, pp. 3834-3862, June 2020.



Yan Sun, Dongfang Xu, Derrick Wing Kwan Ng, Linglong Dai, and Robert Schober
Optimal 3D-Trajectory Design and Resource Allocation for Solar-Powered UAV Communication Systems,” IEEE Transactions on Communications, vol. 67, no. 6, pp. 4281-4298, June 2019.

Gang Yang, Ying-Chang Liang, Rui Zhang, and Yiyang Pei
"Modulation in the Air: Backscatter Communication Over Ambient OFDM Carrier,"  IEEE Transactions on Communications, Vol. 66, No. 3, pp. 1219-1233, March 2018.

Thinh Quang Dinh, Jianhua Tang, Quang Duy La, Tony Q. S. Quek
Offloading in Mobile Edge Computing: Task Allocation and Computational Frequency Scaling”, IEEE Transactions on Communications, Vol. 65, No. 8, pp. 3571-3584, August 2017.

Junil Choi, Jianhua Mo, Robert W. Heath Jr.
"Near Maximum-Likelihood Detector and Channel Estimator for Uplink Multiuser Massive MIMO Systems with One-Bit ADCs"IEEE Transactions on Communications, Vol. 64, Issue: 5, pp. 2005-2018, May 2016.

Hossein Shokri-Ghadikolaei, Carlo FIschione, Gabor Fodor, Petar Popovski,  Michele Zorzi
“Millimeter Wave Cellular Networks: A MAC Layer Perspective”, IEEE Transactions on Communications, Vol. 63, No. 10, pp.  3437- 3458, October 2015.

Gaurav Nigam, Paolo Minero, Martin Haenggi
“Coordinated Multipoint Joint Transmission in Heterogeneous Networks”IEEE Transactions on Communications, Vol. 62, No. 11, pp. 4134 - 4146, November 2014.

Sooyoung Hur, Taejoon Kim, David J. Love, James V. Krogmeier, Timothy A. Thomas, Amitava Ghosh
“Millimeter Wave Beamforming for Wireless Backhaul and Access in Small Cell Networks”IEEE Transactions on Communications, Volume 61, No. 10, pp. 4391-4403, October 2013.

Hien Quoc Ngo, Erik G. Larsson, Thomas L. Marzetta
“Energy and Spectral Efficiency of Very Large Multiuser MIMO Systems”IEEE Transactions on Communications, Vol. 61, No. 4, April 2013, pp. 1436-1449.

Jeffrey G. Andrews, François Baccelli, Radha Krishna Ganti
“A Tractable Approach to Coverage and Rate in Cellular Networks,” IEEE Transactions On Communications, Vol. 59, No. 11, November 2011, pp. 3122-3134.

Changho Suh, Minnie Ho, David N. C. Tse
"Downlink Interference Alignment", IEEE Transactions on Communications, Vol. 59, No. 9, September 2011, pp. 2616-2626.

Andrea Conti, Wesley M. Gifford, Moe Z. Win, Marco Chiani
“Optimized Simple Bounds for Diversity Systems," IEEE Transactions on Communications, Vol. 57, No. 9, September 2009, pp. 2674-2685.

Shi Jin, Matthew R. McKay, Xiqi Gao, Iain B. Collings
"MIMO Multichannel Beamforming: SER and Outage Using New Eigenvalue Distributions of Complex Noncentral Wishart Matrices," IEEE Transactions on Communications, Vol. 56, No. 3, pp. 424-434, March 2008

Guocong Song, Geoffrey Ye Li, Leonard J. Cimini
"Joint Channel- and Queue-Aware Scheduling for Multiuser Diversity in Wireless OFDMA Networks", IEEE Transactions on Communications, Vol. 57, No. 7, pp. 2109-2121, July 2009

Angel Lozano, Antonia Tulino, Sergio Verdu
"Optimum Power Allocation for Multiuser OFDM with Arbitrary Signal Constellations", IEEE Transactions on Communications, Vol. 56, No. 5, pp. 828–837, May 2008

Bongyong Song, Rene L. Cruz, Bhaskar D. Rao
"Network Duality for Multiuser MIMO Beamforming Networks and Applications", IEEE Transactions on Communications, Vol. 55, No. 3, pp. 618 – 630, March 2007

Ying Yu Tai, Lan Lan, Lingqi Zeng, Shu Lin, Khaled A. S. Abdel-Ghaffar
"Algebraic Construction of Quasi-Cyclic LDPC Codes for the AWGN and Erasure Channels", IEEE Transactions on Communications, Vol. 54, No. 10, pp. 1765-1774, October 2006

Bertrand M. Hochwald, Christian B. Peel, A. Lee Swindlehurst
"A Vector-Perturbation Technique for Near-Capacity Multiantenna Multiuser Communication- Part I: Channel Inversion and Regularization", IEEE Transactions on Communications, Vol. 53, No.1, pp. 195-202, January 2005

"A Vector-Perturbation Technique for Near-Capacity Multiantenna Multiuser Communication- Part II: Perturbation", IEEE Transactions on Communications, Vol. 53, No.3, pp. 537-544, March 2005

Stephan ten Brink, Gerhard Kramer, Alexei Ashikhmin
"Design of Low-Density Parity-Check Codes for Modulation and Detection", IEEE Transactions on Communications, Vol. 52, No. 4, pp. 670-678, April 2004

Andrew Sendonaris, Elza Erkip, Behnaam Aazhang
"User Cooperation Diversity - Part I: System Description" and "User Cooperation Diversity - Part II: Implementation Aspects and Performance Analysis", IEEE Transactions on Communications, Vol. 51, No. 11, pp. 1927-1948, November 2003

2003 - No Award

Casey L. Miller, Desmond P. Taylor, Peter T. Gough
"Estimation of Co-Channel Signals with Linear Complexity", IEEE Transactions on Communications, Vol. 29, No. 11, pp. 1997-2005, November, 2001

Sirikiat Lek Ariyavisitakul
"Turbo Space-Time Processing to Improve Wireless Channel Capacity", IEEE Transactions on Communications, Vol. 48, No. 8, pp. 1347-1359, Aug. 2000

Nick McKeown, Adisak Mekkittikul, Venkat Anantharam, Jean Walrand
"Achieving 100% Throughput in an Input-Queued Switch", IEEE Transactions on Communications, Vol. 47, No. 8, August 1999, pp. 1260-1267

Theodore S. Rappaport, Greg Durgin, Hao Xu
"Measurements and Models for Radio Path Loss and penetration Loss In and Around Homes and Trees at 5.85 GHz", IEEE Transactions on Communications, Vol 46, No 11, Nov 1998, pp. 1484-1496 

1998 - No Award

Claude Berrou, Alan Glavieux
"Near Optimum Error Correcting Coding and Decoding: Turbo-Codes", IEEE Transactions on Communications, October 1996, Volume 44, Number 10, pp 1261-1271

G. Golden, J. Mazo, J. Salz
"Transmitter design for data transmission in the presence of data-like interferer", IEEE Transactions on Communications, Volume 43, Feb/Mar/Apr 1995

Ender Ayanoglu, Israel Bar-David, Chih-Lin I, Richard D. Gitlin
"Analog Diversity Coding to Provide Transparent Self-Healing Communication Networks", IEEE Transactions on Communications, Volume 42, No. 1, January 1994

A.J. Viterbi, A.M. Viterbi, E. Zehavi
"Performance of Power-Controlled Wideband Terrestial Digital Communications", IEEE Transactions on Communications, Volume 41, No. 4, April 1993

H. Heffes, D.M. Lucantoni
"A Markov Modulated Characterization of Packetized Voice and Data Traffic and Related Statistical Multiplexer Performance", IEEE J. on Selected Areas in Communications, Special Issue on Network Performance Evaluation, Vol. SAC-4, No. 6, 856-68, 1986