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About ComSoc

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

Basis for Judging
Exemplary service to IEEE Communications Society publications over a sustained period of time.

Annually (as appropriate)

Nominations due 1 September unless otherwise noted.

Joseph LoCicero
Joseph L. LoCicero

Joseph L. LoCicero was born on September 18, 1947 in the Borough of The Bronx, New York City, New York, USA. He received his academic training at the City College of New York (BSEE 1970 and MSEE 1971) and the City University of New York (Ph.D. 1977). He performed his doctoral thesis research under Donald L. Schilling. Upon receipt of his doctoral degree he joined Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) as a faculty member in what is now the Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Department, where he served for over 30 years as Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, Professor, and Motorola Chair Professor, as well as undertaking the position of Acting Chair of the ECE Department for two years. He was one of the co-founders of the Wireless Network and Communications (WiNCom) Research Center.While at IIT, Dr. LoCicero worked on problems in signal processing and communications, focusing particularly in the areas of speech processing, video systems, and wireless communications. He specialized in low bit rate voice, computer generated holography for photonic switching, pitch detection, automatic speech recognition, and nonlinear power amplifiers, among other research topics. 

He authored more than ninety technical articles, three book chapters, and co-edited Tutorial in Modern Communications and the IEEE Press Book Television Technology Today. Dr. LoCicero was advisor to many doctoral students and several students who received the Master of Science in Electrical Engineering degree under his guidance.

2020 Award Recipient

For exemplary services to IEEE Communications Society publications

Michele Zorzi
Michele Zorzi

MICHELE ZORZI [F'07] received the Laurea and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Padova, Italy, in 1990 and 1994, respectively. During the academic year 1992–1993, he was on leave at the Universityof California at San Diego (UCSD). In 1993, he joined the Faculty of the Dipartimento di Elettronica e Informazione, Politecnico di Milano, Italy. After spending three years with the Center for Wireless Communications, UCSD, in 1998 he joined the School of Engineering, University of Ferrara, Italy, where he became a Professor in 2000. Since November 2003, he has been a Faculty Member at the Department of Information Engineering, University of Padova. His current research interests include performance evaluation in mobile communications systems, WSN and the Internet of Things, cognitive communications and networking, 5G mmWave cellular systems, vehicular networks, and underwater communications and networks. He has served the IEEE Communications Society as a Member-at-Large of the Board of Governors from 2009 to 2011, as the Director of Education in 2014 and 2015, and as the Director of Journals since 2020. He was a recipient of several awards from the IEEE Communications Society, including the Best Tutorial Paper Award in 2008 and 2019, the Education Award in 2016, the Joseph LoCicero Award for Exemplary Service to Publications in 2020, and the Stephen O. Rice Best Paper Award in 2018. He was the Editor in Chief of IEEE WIRELESS COMMUNICATIONS from 2003 to 2005, the IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON COMMUNICATIONS from 2008 to 2011, and the IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON COGNITIVE COMMUNICATIONS AND NETWORKING from 2014 to 2018.


2019 - Dong In Kim
2018 - Robert Schober
2017 - Sarah Kate Wilson
2016 - Leonard J. Cimini Jr. 
2015 - Xuemin (Sherman) Shen
2014 - Chengshan Xiao
2013 - David Daut 
2012 - Nelson Fonseca
2011 - Vijay Bhargava
2010 - Larry Greenstein
2009 - Raouf Boutaba 

2008 - Andrzej Jajszczyk
2007 - Khaled Ben Letaief
2006 - James F. Kurose
2005 - Yeheskel (Zeke) Bar-Ness 
2004 - Desmond P. Taylor 
2003 - No Award
2002 - Curtis Siller
2001 - Bill Tranter
2000 - No Award
1999 - Joseph L. LoCicero
1998 - Paul Green