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Harold Sobol Award for Exemplary Service to Meetings & Conferences 2007 - Raouf Boutaba

"For envisioning and implementing a converged strategy for the Society's network operations and management events that significantly increased their value to the industry and academic community in this field."

Raouf received his M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees from Pierre & Marie Curie University (France) in 1990 and 1994 respectively. He is currently a Professor of Computer Science at the University of Waterloo. Before that he was the Director of the Telecommunications and Distributed Systems Division of the Computer Science Research Institute of Montreal. Raouf held Visiting Professor Positions at the University of Toronto (Canada), the University of Pierre & Marie Curie (France), the University of Versailles (France), POSTECH (Korea), and ENST-Paris (France). His research interests include network, resource and service management in wired and wireless networks. He has published more than 230 papers in refereed journals and conference proceedings and received several journal and conference Best Paper awards and other recognitions such as the Premier's Research Excellence Award, two Nortel research excellence Awards, a fellowship of the Faculty of Mathematics at the University of Waterloo and a David R. Cheriton faculty fellowship.

Raouf has been active within ComSoc in many capacities: Kitchener-Waterloo Chapter Chair, Information Infrastructure Technical Committee Program Chair, Vice-Chair and Chair, and founding Chair of the Autonomic Communications Subcommittee. He is currently the Director of the Related Societies Board, a member of the Standards board and a member of the Meetings & Conferences Board. He is a Past Director of the standards board and an on-Line Content Board member.

Raouf is founding EIC of the IEEE Transactions on Network & Service Management, and has been editor for other journals.  He chairs the IM/NOMS steering committee, has organized many conferences, and is a ComSoc Distinguished Lecturer.