"For contributions to the journals of the Communications Society, fostering new publications and improving effectiveness of the processes of existing ones."
Vijay Bhargava is the Communications Society’s President-Elect assuming the office of President in January 2012. An IEEE volunteer for three decades, he is Professor at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. As a senior level IEEE volunteer, he has lectured in 66 countries and assisted IEEE Presidents in negotiating sister society agreements in India, Japan and Russia. He is fluent in Hindi, English, has a working knowledge of French and is an eager student of different cultures and societies.
An active researcher, Vijay has been leading a major R&D program in Cognitive and Cooperative Wireless Communication Networks. In 1984 he founded Binary Communications Inc. and served as its President until 1997. He received his Ph.D. from Queen's University in 1974. Vijay has held visiting appointments at Ecole Polytechnique, NTT Research Lab, Tohuku University and the Hong Kong University of Science & Technology.
Vijay is co-author of Digital Communications by Satellite (Wiley: 1981) which was translated into Chinese and Japanese. He is co-editor of Reed-Solomon Codes and Their Applications (IEEE Press: 1994), Cognitive Wireless Communication Networks (Springer: 2007) and Cooperative Cellular Wireless Networks, a forthcoming Cambridge University press Book.
Vijay has served on the Board of Governors of the IEEE Information Theory Society and the IEEE Communications Society. He has held numerous positions in these societies and organized and chaired conferences such as ISIT’95, ISITA’96, ICC’99, VTC 2002 Fall. He has served as an Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Communications. He played a major role in the creation of WCNC and IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications, for which he has served as Editor-in-Chief. Before become President-Elect, he was ComSoc’s Director of Journals. He is a Past President of the IEEE Information Theory Society.
Vijay received IEEE Haraden Pratt Award for meritorious Service to the Institute, particularly in regional and section activities, and for his efforts to improve relationships with technical and professional organizations worldwide. This citation reflects the approach he will take as assumes the role of President of the IEEE Communications Society.