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Harold Sobol Award for Exemplary Service to Meetings & Conferences 2005 - Jaafar M.H. Elmirghani

"For 10 years of outstanding service as a member of IEEE GLOBECOM/ICC Technical Program Committees and Organizer/Chair of many technical sessions and symposia."

Jaafar M. H. Elmirghani received the PhD for work on optical receiver design in 1994, is Fellow of IEE and InstP. He spent January to September 1999 as a Royal Society (UK) sponsored visiting Professor at Queen’s University, Canada. He was appointed to a chair at the University of Wales Swansea in 2000. He currently leads the Institute of Advanced Telecommunications (IAT) at the University of Wales Swansea, a £30M strategic project to create a world class centre for telecommunications research in Wales with 40 full time staff and about 200 researchers, commenced August 2005.

Jaafar is Chair of the IEEE UK&RI Communications Chapter and assumed the Vice Chair and Secretary positions of the Chapter between 1996 and 2003. He is Chair of IEEE ComSoc Transmission, Access and Optical Systems Technical Committee and was Secretary of the committee during 2002 and 2003. He is/was a member of IEEE ComSoc Technical Activities Council. Between 1996 and 2001 he served as Secretary, Vice Chair and Chair of the IEEE ComSoc Signal Processing and Communications Electronics Technical Committee. He was a member of IEEE ComSoc Nominations and Elections Committee (2001-03).

Jaafar has been Technical Editor and member of the editorial board of the IEEE Communications Magazine since 1995 and since 2004 is an Associate Technical Editor of the IEEE Optical Communications Magazine. He is and has been on the technical program committee of eleven IEEE ICC/GLOBECOM conferences between 1995 and 2005 including seven times as Symposium Chair. In particular, he was founding Chair of the Advanced Signal Processing for Communication” Symposium which started at IEEE GLOBECOM’99 and has continued since at every ICC and GLOBECOM. He has chaired this Symposium at ICC’03, ICC’04 and GLOBECOM’04.

Dr. Elmirghani was also founding Chair of the first IEEE ICC/GLOBECOM optical symposium at GLOBECOM’00, the Future Photonic Network Technologies, Architectures and Protocols Symposium. He chaired this Symposium, which continues to date under different names, at GLOBECOM’01. He acted as session organizer and chair at numerous ICC and GLOBECOM events since 1995. He currently serves as technical editor of Journal of Optical Communications (JOC). He has published over 200 technical papers, co-edited “Photonic Switching Technology- Systems and Networks”, IEEE Press 1998 and has research interests in optical communication systems, signal processing and communication theory.