"For fundamental, sustained contributions to Communication Theory"
Sergio Benedetto received the "Laurea in Ingegneria Elettronica" (summa cum laude) from Politecnico di Torino, Italy, in 1969. From 1970 to 1979 he was with the Istituto di Elettronica e Telecomunicazioni, first as a Research Engineer, then as an Associate Professor. In 1980, he was made a Professor in Radio Communications at the Università di Bari. In 1981 he returned to Politecnico di Torino as a Professor in Digital Transmission Theory at the Electronics Department, where he is currently the Director of the Center of Excellence in Multimdeia Wireless Communication. He has been a Visiting Professor at several universities, including Christchurch University (New Zealand) as a winner of the Erskine Fellowship.
Professor Benedetto coauthored two books Italian-language books in signal theory and probability and random variables and the books “Digital Transmission Theory” (Prentice Hall, 1987), “Optical Fiber Communications Systems” (Artech House, 1996), and “Principles of Digital Communications with Wireless Applications” (Plenum, 1999), as well as 290 papers in leading conferences and journals. He made pioneering contributions to communication theory including computationally efficient performance evaluation of digital transmission systems subject to intersymbol interference; an improved Kalman filter design of an adaptive equalizer; and evaluation of nonlinear amplifiers using Volterra series.
Professor Benedetto has been Chair of the Communication Theory Technical Committee. He was instrumental in organizing many IEEE conferences, was Technical Program Chair of the Communication Theory Symposium at ICC 2000 and ICC 2006, and General Chair of the Communication Tehoy Workshop in 2004. He has been Area Editor for IEEE Transactions on Communications and a Distinguished Lecturer of ComSoc. He was Vice President of Technical Activities of the IEEE Communications Society in 2006-07, and is currently (2008-09) our Vice-President for Publications.
Professor Benedetto is an IEEE Fellow and a member of the Science Academy of Torino. He received the "Premio Siemens per le Telecomunicazioni" at the International Conference on Communications of Genova in 1973, the "Premio Bianchi" of AEI in 1974, the "Premio Bonavera dell'Accademia delle Scienze di Torino" in 1976, the "Gold medal Award of Siemens Telecomunicazioni" for the years 1993 and 1995, the "Italgas International Prize for Research and Technological Innovation" in 1998, and the Cristoforo Colombo International Award for Communications in 2006.