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The IEEE Communications Society Charles Kao Award for Best Optical Communications & Networking Paper

Plaque and honorarium of $500 per author (up to a maximum total of $2,000). If more than four authors, the maximum of $2,000 would be split between each author.

Award to recognize a best paper award published in OSA/IEEE Journal on Optical Communications & Networking.

This award will be given to papers published in the OSA/IEEE Journal on Optical Communications & Networking (JOCN) that open new lines of research, envision bold approaches to optical communication and networking, formulate new problems to solve, and essentially enlarge the field of optical communications and networking.  Papers published in the prior three calendar years of JOCN are eligible for the award.  Author need not be an IEEE member.

Basis for Judging
Quality, exposition, novelty and impact.

Nominee Solicitation
Nominations will be solicited by the Editor-in-Chief of OSA/IEEE Journal on Optical Communications & Networking from the Editorial Board.  Each associate editor may submit no more than one paper to the Editor-in-Chief for consideration.   Nominations will also be solicited from ComSoc Technical Committee chairs and readership (through published notices).

Selection Process
A sub-committee comprised of the Editor-in-Chief and five Associate Editors will screen the nominated papers. Selection will be based on rankings given to each nominated paper by each member of the sub-committee.  Each paper submitted to the Awards Committee will be accompanied by a summary statement.  The selection process complies with procedures and regulations established in IEEE and Communications Society governing documents, in particular with IEEE Policy 4.4 on Award Limitations.

Awards Committee
The IEEE Communications Society Awards Committee will be responsible for the final selection.  The committee consists of a chair (appointed by the president for a two-year term) and at least 12 members (appointed by the chair for a three-year term).

No more than five manuscripts will be submitted to the IEEE Communications Society Awards Committee for final selection by February 15 of each year.

Annually; if, in any year, no eligible paper is deemed to be of sufficient quality, no award will be given.

Administration and Funding
The IEEE Communications Society will administer the award covered in part by an endowment established by the IEEE Foundation and the remaining out of annual Society operating expenses. The Society's budget includes the amount for this award and the Society budget is net positive with the inclusion of the award.

The winner is announced at the IEEE ICC conference. The winner can choose to receive the award at IEEE ICC, IEEE GLOBECOM, or OFC.

The award and recipients’ names will be published in IEEE Communications Magazine and posted on the Communications Society web site.

(approved 6/2014)



Divya Chitimalla
Koteswararao Kondepu
Luca Valcarenghi
Massimo Tornatore
Biswanath Mukherjee

“5G Fronthaul–Latency and Jitter Studies of CPRI Over Ethernet, IEEE Journal of Optical Communications & Networking, Vol. 9, No. 2, pp. 172-182, February 2017.


Nicola Sambo
Antonio D’Errico
Claudio Porzi
Valeria Vercesi
Muhammad Imran
Filippo Cugini
Antonella Bogoni
Luca Potì
Pietro Castoldi

“Sliceable Transponder Architecture Including Multiwavelength Source, IEEE Journal of Optical Communications & Networking, Vol. 6, No. 7, pp. 590 - 600, July 2014.


Mayur Channegowda
Reza Nejabati
Dimitra Simeonidou

“Software-Defined Optical Networks Technology and Infrastructure: Enabling Software-Defined Optical Network Operations [Invited]”, IEEE Journal of Optical Communications and Networking, Volume 5, No. 10, pp. A274-A282, October 2013.


D. Hillerkuss, R. Schmogrow, M. Meyer, S. Wolf, M. Jordan, P. Kleinow, N. Lindenmann, P. C. Schindler, A. Melikyan, X. Yang, S. Ben-Ezra, B. Nebendahl, M. Dreschmann, J. Meyer, F. Parmigiani, P. Petropoulos, B. Resan, A. Oehler, K. Weingarten, L. Altenhain, T. Ellermeyer, M. Moeller, M. Huebner, J. Becker, C. Koos, W. Freude, and J. Leuthold

“Single-laser 32.5 Tbit/s Nyquist WDM Transmission”, Journal of Optical Communications and Networking, Volume 4, No. 10, October 2012, pp. 715-723.