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Joseph LoCicero Award for Exemplary Service to Publications 1999 - Joseph L. LoCicero

"For outstanding service to the IEEE Transactions on Communications as Editor-in-Chief and as Publications Editor."

Joe LoCicero is a Professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago, Illinois. He is a product of the City University of New York, where he earned a Ph.D. in electrical engineering in 1976, following a BEE (Magna Cum Laude) and a MEE from the same institution in 1970 and 1971. In addition to teaching communications at IIT, he has conducted research in speech and video. His current research activity is in high speed wireline communications, and ultra-wideband transmission techniques. Professor LoCicero served as Assistant Chairman of the ECE Department at IIT from 1982 till 1986, as Acting Chairman from 1986 to 1988, and as Interim Chairman from 1997 to 1998. He was awarded IIT's prestigious Excellence in Teaching Award in 1987. He is a member of Eta Kappa Nu, Tau Beta Pi, Sigma Xi, the New York Academy of Sciences, and the American Society of Engineering Education.

Joe LoCicero has authored over 75 technical articles including several book chapters, co-edited a ComSoc book (Tutorials in Modern Communications), and was an Associate Editor of an IEEE Press book (Television Technology Today). He holds four patents in the HDTV and video communications, as well as one in the area of speech recognition.

Joe has been very active in ComSoc, chairing and organizing technical sessions at ICCs and Globecoms, and serving as the Assistant TPC Chair of ICC'85. He was Chairman of the Communication Theory Committee from 1989 to 1992, and General Chair of the first Communication Theory Mini-Conference at Globecom'92. Joe was a member of the ComSoc Board of Governors from 1994 through 1996. He is currently a member of the ComSoc Nominations and Elections Committee.

Professor LoCicero was Publications Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Communications from 1976 to 1988. During his long tenure as the Publications Editor, the Transactions enjoyed an exemplary status among the many publications of the IEEE, attracting excellent papers, publishing special issues, and becoming a widely cited journal in the field of telecommunications. The special issues of the Transactions were so popular that a new publication, the Journal on Selected Areas in Communications, was launched during this period.

Joe served as Editor-in-Chief of Transactions on Communications from 1992 through 1995. When he took over as EIC, the Transactions had a three-year backlog of almost 500 papers waiting to be published and was on the verge of becoming a marginal technical journal (authors no longer wanted to submit papers). He formulated an ingenious solution to this problem by publishing two three-month special issues of the Transactions - Printoff'94 and Printoff'95. Close to 2000 pages of camera-ready papers were published in each issue. After publication of these issues, the Transactions backlog returned to an acceptable few months.

During his tenure as the Editor-in-Chief, Professor LoCicero assembled a hard-working team of editors and established ground rules and processes with which a paper is handled (such as monitoring and reducing the time it takes for a paper to get a first review). The Transactions once again attracts excellent papers and enjoys its leading status among technical journals in the field of telecommunications, despite the presence of a large number of newer journals. Currently, the Transactions is the most widely cited technical journal in the field of telecommunications.

In summary, Joe has devoted a large part of his professional career, his talent and energy (over a period of 23 years) to the growth, development, and success of the Communications Society. He was honored with the McLellan Award for Meritorious Service in 1993. The bold changes he introduced during his term as its EIC of the Transactions on Communications resolved many problems – benefiting ComSoc members even after his term ended. Professor LoCicero is uniquely qualified to be the recipient of the IEEE ComSoc Publications Exemplary Service Award.