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Edwin Howard Armstrong Achievement Award 2003 - Hikmet Sari

"For outstanding contributions to the theory and design of digital communications systems"

Hikmet Sari received his Diploma (M.S.) and Ph.D. in Telecommunications Engineering from the ENST, Paris, France, and the Habilitation degree from the University of Paris XI. He was with Philips Research Laboratories from 1978 to 1989, first as Researcher and then as Group Supervisor. From 1989 to 1996, he was R&D Department Manager at SAT (SAGEM Group), and from 1996 to 2000, he was Technical Director at Alcatel. In May 2000, he became Chief Scientist of the newly-founded Pacific Broadband Communications, which was acquired by Juniper Networks in December 2001. Since April 2003, he has been a Professor and Chair of the Telecommunications Department at SUPELEC, an electrical engineering school located near Paris. His technical contributions over the past 25 years have covered adaptive equalization, interference cancellation, synchronization, bandwidth-efficient coded-modulation, multi-carrier transmission, and multiple access techniques, with applications to digital microwave radio, digital satellite and cable TV, broadband wireless access, and broadband cable networks.

Dr. Sari has published over 135 technical papers and holds over 25 patents. He was an Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Communications from 1987 to 1991, Guest Editor of the European Transactions on Telecommunications (ETT) in 1993, Guest Editor of the IEEE JSAC in 1999, Associate Editor of the IEEE Communications Letters from 1999 to 2002, and Chair of the Communication Theory Symposium of ICC 2002. In 1995, he was elevated to the IEEE Fellow Grade for his contribution to Advanced Signal Processing in Digital Microwave Radio Systems and he received the Andre Blondel Medal from the SEE (France). Presently, he is serving as a Distinguished Lecturer of the IEEE Communications Society and he is the Technical Program Chair of the forthcoming ICC 2004.