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About ComSoc

Certificate, plaque, and an honorarium of US$1,000.

Basis for Judging
Exemplary service to the IEEE Communications Society meetings and conferences over a sustained period of time.

Annually (as appropriate)

Nominations due 1 September unless otherwise noted.


2020 Award Recipient

For long lasting contributions to the technical management of IEEE Communications Society flagship conferences and leadership in the creation of new regional events

Nelson Fonseca, University of Campinas, Brazil
Nelson Fonseca, University of Campinas, Brazil

Nelson Fonseca received his Ph.D. degree in Computer Engineering from The University of Southern California in 1994. He is a Full Professor at Institute of Computing of the University of Campinas, Brazil. He has published 400+ papers and supervised 70+ graduate students. Currently, He served as ComSoc’s Vice President Technical and Educational Activities, VP Publications, Vice President Member Relations, Director for Conference Development, Director of Latin America Region and Director of On-Line Services.

He served as ComSoc Distinguished Lecturer. He is the recipient of the 2012 ComSoc Joseph LoCicero Award for Exemplary Service to Publications, the Medal of the Chancelor of the University of Pisa (2007) and the Elsevier Computer Network Journal Editor of Year 2001 award. He is a Past EiC of IEEE Communications Surveys & Tutorials. He is Senior Editor for IEEE Communications Surveys & Tutorials and Senior Editor for the IEEE Communications Magazine. He created the ComSoc Student Competition Program, IEEE LATINCOM, IEEE Latincloud, IEEE NFV_SDN, and the series of Multimedia Communications Symposia in GLOBECOM/ICC. He has been technical chair for over 10 IEEE conferences, including IEEE ICC 2016. He chaired the Multimedia Communications TC and the Communications Systems Integration and Modeling TC.


2019 - Zhisheng Niu
2018 - Xuemin (Sherman) Shen
2017 - Chengshan Xiao
2016 - Merrily W. Hartmann 
2015 - Mehmet Ulema
2014 - Stefano Bregni
2013 - Gerhard Fettweis 
2012 - Hikmet Sari
2011 - Khaled B. Letaief
2010 - Abbas Jamalipour
2009 - Heinrich Stüttgen

2008 - Roberto de Marca
2007 - Raouf Boutaba
2006 - Paul R. Hartmann
2005 - Jaafar M.H. Elmirghani 
2004 - No Award
2003 - Doug Lattner 
2002 - Douglas N. Zuckerman
2001 - Harvey A. Freeman
2000 - Ross C. Anderson