"For for enhancing quality and expanding content of Communications Society publications, for improving publications operations and review processes, and for outstanding performance as Director of Journals and Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Transactions on Communications and IEEE Communications Letters."
Desmond P. Taylor was born in Noranda, Quebec, Canada on July 5, 1941. He received the B.Sc.(Eng.) and M.Sc.(Eng.) degrees from Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada in 1963 and 1967 respectively, and the Ph.D. degree in 1972 in Electrical Engineering from McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. From July 1972 until June 1992, He was with the Communications Research Laboratory and Department of Electrical Engineering of McMaster University. In July 1992, he joined the University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand where he is now the Tait Professor of Communications. His research interests are centred on digital wireless communications systems with a primary focus on the development of robust, bandwidth-efficient modulation and coding techniques, and the development of iterative algorithms for joint equalisation and decoding of the fading, dispersive channels typical of mobile radio communications. Secondary interests include problems in synchronisation, multiple access and networking. He is the author or co-author of approximately 180 published papers and holds two U.S. patents in spread spectrum communications. One paper won the S.O. Rice Award for the best Transactions paper in Communication Theory of 2001.
He is a Fellow of the IEEE, a Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand, and a Fellow of both the Engineering Institute of Canada and the Institute of Professional Engineers of New Zealand.