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Joseph LoCicero Award for Exemplary Service to Publications 2008 - Andrzej Jajszczyk

"For outstanding service to IEEE Communications Society publications as Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Communications Magazine, founding Editor of Global Communications Newsletter, and Director of Magazines."

Andrzej Jajszczyk is a Professor at AGH University of Science and Technology in Krakow, Poland.  He received M.S., Ph.D., and Dr Hab. degrees from Poznan University of Technology in 1974, 1979 and 1986, respectively.  He spent a year at the University of Adelaide in Australia and two years at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada, as a visiting scientist.  Prof. Jajszczyk is the author or co-author of seven books, including Multimedia Broadcasting and Multicasting in Mobile Networks published by Wiley, and more than 230 papers, as well as 19 patents in the areas of telecommunications switching, high-speed networking, and network management.  His current research interests focus on control plane architectures for transport networks, quality of service and network reliability.  He has been a consultant to industry, telecommunications operators, and government agencies in Poland, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, India, and the USA.

Prof. Jajszczyk was the founding editor of the IEEE Global Communications Newsletter (1994 – 1996), editor of IEEE Transactions on Communications (1993 – 1997), and Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Communications Magazine (1998 – 2000).  At the end of his three-year term, the magazine reached the top position of the impact factor list among all publications in the telecommunications area, the first time in the magazine’s history.

In 2004 – 2005 he was ComSoc’s Director of Magazines.  In 2006 – 2007 he was Director of the Europe, Africa, and Middle East Region.  Since January 2008 he is Vice-President  – Technical Activities.  He has been involved in the organization of numerous technical and scientific conferences.  He was an IEEE Communications Society Distinguished Lecturer.  He is a member of the Association of Polish Electrical Engineers and an IEEE Fellow.  Professor Jajszczyk is also Vice-President of the Kyoto-Krakow Foundation, fostering cultural and technical relations between Asia and Poland.

Andrzej Jajszczyk was awarded the 2008 Foundation for Polish Science (FNP) Prize for achievements in technical sciences for his research in the area of high-speed switching networks for the next generation Internet. The FNP Prize is an individual prize for eminent researchers for their outstanding achievements or discoveries, awarded in four main areas of study: exact sciences, medicine and life sciences, humanities and social sciences, and technical sciences. Regarded as the most prestigious of its kind in Poland, the prize honorarium is 200,000 Polish zloty (app. US$ 75,000). The award ceremony will be held on December 5, 2008 in the Royal Caste in Warsaw.

The FNP prize for Professor Jajszczyk recognizes his outstanding contribution to the development of new technologies for the next generation Internet. The areas of a paramount  importance here include techniques for designing core networks of extremely high capacities along with a variety of access networks. These technologies, invisible to the end users, are responsible for effective, fast, and reliable operation of the entire network. In the work of thousands of researchers and engineers throughout the world, some important role was also played by the recipient of the FNP Prize. He contributed to the switching network theory by his pioneering work in the area of interconnecting network design, including photonic networks, and in particular by development of methods used in the design of networks composed of integrated Digital Switching Matrices as well as new control algorithms for switching networks and identification of a new network class (repackable networks). The importance of his achievements are reflected by the fact that the notions of Jajszczyk’s network and Jajszczyk’s algorithm are used in the technical literature. Also, his research considerable impacts telecommunications practice, especially in the areas of optical network reliability and survivability, the control plane for automatically switched optical networks, as well as quality of service in IP networks.