Nei Kato is a full professor (Deputy Dean) with Graduate School of Information Sciences(GSIS) and was the Director(2015-2019) of Research Organization of Electrical Communication(ROEC) and the Strategic Adviser to the President, Tohoku University(2013). He has been engaged in research on computer networking, wireless mobile communications, satellite communications, ad hoc & sensor & mesh networks, UAV networks, smart grid, AI, IoT, Big Data, and pattern recognition. He has published more than 400 papers in prestigious peer-reviewed journals and conferences. He is the Vice-President (Member & Global Activities) of IEEE Communications Society(2018-2021), the Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology(2017-), and the Chair of IEEE Communications Society Sendai Chapter. He served as the Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Network Magazine (2015-2017), a Member-at-Large on the Board of Governors, IEEE Communications Society(2014-2016), a Vice Chair of Fellow Committee of IEEE Computer Society(2016), and a member of IEEE Communications Society Award Committee (2015-2017). He has also served as the Chair of Satellite and Space Communications Technical Committee (2010-2012) and Ad Hoc & Sensor Networks Technical Committee (2014-2015) of IEEE Communications Society. His awards include Minoru Ishida Foundation Research Encouragement Prize(2003), Distinguished Contributions to Satellite Communications Award from the IEEE Communications Society, Satellite and Space Communications Technical Committee(2005), the FUNAI information Science Award(2007), the TELCOM System Technology Award from Foundation for Electrical Communications Diffusion(2008), the IEICE Network System Research Award(2009), the IEICE Satellite Communications Research Award(2011), the KDDI Foundation Excellent Research Award(2012), IEICE Communications Society Distinguished Service Award(2012), IEICE Communications Society Best Paper Award(2012), Distinguished Contributions to Disaster-resilient Networks R&D Award from Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications, Japan(2014), Outstanding Service and Leadership Recognition Award 2016 from IEEE Communications Society Ad Hoc & Sensor Networks Technical Committee, Radio Achievements Award from Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications, Japan (2016), IEEE Communications Society Asia-Pacific Outstanding Paper Award(2017 and 2019), Prize for Science and Technology from the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, Japan(2018), Award from Tohoku Bureau of Telecommunications, Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications, Japan(2018), IEEE Transactions on Computers 2018 Best Paper Award, IEEE Communications Society Green Communications and Computing Technical Committee Distinguished Technical Achievement Recognition Award(2019), Clarivate Analytics Highly Cited Researchers(2019) and Best Paper Awards from IEEE ICC/GLOBECOM/WCNC/VTC. Nei Kato is a Distinguished Lecturer of IEEE Communications Society and Vehicular Technology Society. He is a fellow of The Engineering Academy of Japan, Fellow of IEEE, and Fellow of IEICE.
Vice President, Member and Global Activities