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This award is named in honor of Guglielmo Marconi, an Italian inventor and electrical engineer known for his creation of a practical radio wave-based wireless telegraph system.He is known as the inventor of radio. The award recognizes outstanding papers in the field of wireless communications published in IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications.

Plaque, an honorarium of up to US$1000, and travel reimbursement of up to US$3000.

The IEEE Guglielmo Marconi Best Paper Award is an annual award, sponsored by Qualcomm Inc., for an original paper in the field of wireless communications published in the IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications.

NOTE:  IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications is co-sponsored by the IEEE Communications Society and IEEE Signal Processing Society.

Author(s) of an original paper in the field of wireless communications, published in the IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications in the previous three calendar years, are eligible for the Award. There are no restrictions as to IEEE membership, nationality, race, creed, age, or gender.

Basis for Judging
Originality, utility, timeliness, and clarity of presentation.

Nominee Solicitation
Nominations are solicited by the Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications from the Editorial Board, Guest Editors, and readership (through published notices).

Selection Process
Annually solicitations are sought from 1 January through 15 February.  The process is completed by 10 April; the Chair of the IEEE Communications Society Awards Committee notifies recipients no later than 20 April.

In addition to the US$1000 honorarium, a travel reimbursement of up to US$3000 is provided for travel expenses to enable recipients to attend the Awards Luncheon. The honorarium and travel reimbursement is sponsored by Qualcomm Inc.

Term of Commitment:
It is expected that Qualcomm Incorporated will fund the presentation of the IEEE Guglielmo Marconi Paper Prize Award in Wireless Communications for the years 2003 through 2017.  In the event that Qualcomm Incorporated determines that it no longer wishes to sponsor the IEEE Guglielmo Marconi Paper Prize Award in Wireless Communications beyond the year 2017, Qualcomm Incorporated will provide, in writing, a minimum of eighteen months advance notice of withdrawal of sponsorship. In order to prevent any further publicity regarding this Award, notification must be given no later than 15 June of any year during the sponsorship. In this case, the sponsorship would end on 31 December of the year following the notice of withdrawal.

Presented annually by the IEEE Communications Society Awards Committee Chair, in the name of the IEEE Communications Society, the IEEE Signal Processing Society, and the external sponsor of the award, at the IEEE International Conference on Communications (IEEE ICC).

Nominations due 15 February unless otherwise noted.


2023 Award Recipient

Mingzhe Chen, Zhaohui Yang, Walid Saad, ChangChuan Yin, H. Vincent Poor, and Shuguang Cui

"A Joint Learning and Communications Framework for Federated Learning over Wireless Networks," IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications, vol. 20, no. 1, pp. 269-283, January 2021.



Emil Björnson and Luca Sanguinetti
Making Cell-Free Massive MIMO Competitive with MMSE Processing and Centralized Implementation,” IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications, vol. 19, no. 1, pp.77-90, January 2020.

Chongwen Huang, Alessio Zappone, George C. Alexandropoulos, Mérouane Debbah, and Chau Yuen
"Reconfigurable Intelligent Surfaces for Energy Efficiency in Wireless Communication," IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications,  Vol. 18, No. 8, pp. 4157-4170, August 2019.

Yong Zeng, Rui Zhang
Energy-Efficient UAV Communication with Trajectory Optimization”,
IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications, Vol. 16, No. 6, pp. 3747-3760, June 2017.

Meixia Tao, Erkai Chen, Hao Zhou, Wei Yu
"Content-Centric Sparse Multicast Beamforming for Cache-Enabled Cloud RAN"IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications, Vol. 15, No. 9, pp. 6118-6131, September 2016.

Emil Björnson, Luca Sanguinetti, Jakob Hoydis, Mérouane Debbah
“Optimal Design of Energy-Efficient Multi-User MIMO Systems: Is Massive MIMO the Answer?”IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications, Vol. 14, No. 6, pp. 3059-3075,  June 2015.

Omar El Ayach, Sridhar Rajagopal, Shadi Abu-Surra, Zhouyue Pi, Robert W. Heath
"Spatially Sparse Precoding in Millimeter Wave MIMO Systems"IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications, Vol. 13, No. 3, pp 1499 - 1513, March 2014.

Yuanming Shi, Jun Zhang, Khaled B. Letaief
“Group Sparse Beamforming for Green Cloud-RAN”,  IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications, Volume 13, No. 5, pp. 2809-2823, May 2014.

Rui Zhang, Chin Keong Ho
“MIMO Broadcasting for Simultaneous Wireless Information and Power Transfer” IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications, Vol. 12, No. 5, May 2013, pp.1989-2001.

Kaya Tutuncuoglu, Aylin Yener
“Optimum Transmission Policies for Battery Limited Energy Harvesting Nodes,” IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications, Vol. 11, No. 3, March 2012, pp. 1180-1189.

Thomas L. Marzetta
"Noncooperative Cellular Wireless with Unlimited Numbers of Base Station Antennas," IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications, Vol. 9, No.11, November 2010, pp. 3590-3600.

Eric Torkildson, Upamanyu Madhow, Mark Rodwell
"Indoor Millimeter Wave MIMO: Feasibility and Performance," IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications, Vol.10, No.12, December 2011, pp. 4150- 4160.

Li Ping Qian, Angela Yingjun Zhang, Jianwei Huang
"MAPEL: Achieving Global Optimality for a Non-Convex Wireless Power Control Problem,"IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications, Vol. 8, No. 3, pp. 1553-1563, March 2009

Yan Zhu, Dongning Guo, Michael L. Honig
"A Message-Passing Approach for Joint Channel Estimation, Interference Mitigation, and Decoding", IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications, Vol.8, No. 12, pp. 6008-6018, December 2009

Wei Chen, Lin Dai, Khaled Ben Letaief, Zhigang Cao
"A Unified Cross-Layer Framework for Resource Allocation in Cooperative Networks", IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications, Vol.7, No. 8, pp. 3000-3012, August 2008

Aggelos Bletsas, Hyundong Shin, Moe Z. Win
"Cooperative Communications with Outage-Optimal Opportunistic Relaying", IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications, Vol. 6, No. 9, pp. 3450 – 3460, September 2007

Cristina Comaniciu, H. Vincent Poor
"On the Capacity of Mobile Ad-Hoc Networks with Delay Constraints", IEEE Transactions On Wireless Communications, Vol. 5, No. 8, pp. 2061 2071, August 2006

Yun Zhu, Hamid Jafarkhani
"Differential Modulation Based On Quasi-Orthogonal Codes", IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications, Vol. 4, No. 6, pp. 3018 – 3030, November 2005

Yan Xin, Zhengdao Wang, Georgios B. Giannakis
"Space-Time Diversity Systems Based on Linear Constellation Precoding", IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications, Vol. 2, No. 2, pp. 294-309, March 2003

Christopher Rose, Sennur Ulukus, Roy D. Yates
"Wireless Systems and Interference Avoidance", IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications, Vol. 1, No. 3, pp. 415-428, July 2002