IEEE Honors Ceremony: Those we recognize here tonight had the vision, the ingenuity, and the persistence to make their dreams a reality. The first year that the IEEE Vision, Innovation, and Challenges and Honors Ceremony was held. The event consisted of visionary talks by technical experts and the highlight was the award recognitions at the evening event - The Honors Ceremony. There were 23 Award recipient's recognized, and there were 10 technical talks and two MC's. It was held on Thursday, 25 May at The Palace Hotel, San Francisco, California, USA.
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The 2017 IEEE Honors Ceremony — recognizing those who had the vision, the ingenuity, and the persistence to make their dreams a reality.
To view individual award presentations and acceptance speeches, visit: https://ieeetv.ieee.org/event-showcase/2017-ieee-honors-ceremony
IEEE Life Fellow Kees Schouhamer Immink accepts the most prestigious award of the evening, the IEEE Medal of Honor for pioneering contributions to video, audio and data recording technology, including compact disc, DVD and Blu-ray. Immink’s inventions have impacted people all over the world, and is regarded as the most prolific contributor to consumer electronics of the late 20th century.
Read: Kees Immink: The Man Who Put Compact Discs on Track on IEEE Spectrum
H. Vincent Poor, an IEEE Life Fellow and member of the U.S. National Academies of Engineering and Sciences, is being recognized for fundamental contributions to signal processing and its application to digital communications. Poor’s work eased the early transition of mobile networks and plays a key role in facing today’s communications challenges, such as bandwidth limitations.
IEEE Life Fellow M. George Craford is being recognized for a lifetime of pioneering contributions to the development and commercialization of visible LED materials and devices. An innovator of light-emitting diode (LED) technology for 45 years, Craford led the development of the world’s highest performance red, orange and amber LEDs using MOCVD (metal organic chemical vapor deposition) technology.
IEEE Life Fellow Takeo Kanade, also a member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering, receives recognition for pioneering and seminal contributions to computer vision and robotics for automotive safety, facial recognition, virtual reality and medical robots. Kanade’s work in the 1980’s paved the way for the technology in today’s driverless cars.
Sir James Dyson, developer of the world’s first bagless vacuum cleaner and many other novel devices pervasive to our society, is being recognized for achievements in industrial design, entrepreneurship, and manufacturing technology. The award is also given for Sir Dyson’s services to the engineering profession, and those who have rendered meritorious service to humanity in the IEEE’s designated fields of interest and who are not members of the IEEE.
Yulun Wang, a member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering, is honored for his pioneering contributions to remotely operated surgical robots and telemedical devices. Wang created the first remote-presence robotic system, enabling a clinician to be in two places at once to perform medical-triaging, diagnosis and consultations at a distance.
IEEE Fellow Martin Vetterli is being honored for his contributions advanced sampling, signal representations, and multirate and multiresolution signal processing. Vetterli’s work in algorithms and architectures for signal processing have helped advance audio coding, image compression and wireless technologies critical to today’s communication systems.
Vladimir Vapnik, a member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering, is being recognized for the development of statistical learning theory, the theoretic foundation for machine learning, and support vector machines. In the field of machine learning, Vapnik is considered a living legend who shaped the way modern researches address its challenges.
Stephen P. Boyd, an IEEE Life Fellow and member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering, is being recognized for inspirational education of students and researchers in the theory and application of optimization. Among Boyd’s influential textbooks, his 2004 Convex Optimization (with L. Vandenberghe) has become one of the most highly cited books on optimization.
2017 IEEE Honors: IEEE Dennis J. Picard Medal for Radar Technologies and Applications - Hugh Griffiths
Hugh Griffiths, an IEEE Fellow and Fellow of the U.K. Royal Academy of Engineering, is a world-renowned radar researcher and is being recognized for technical leadership and exceptional contributions to multistatic radar. Griffith’s work spurred further research into passive radar, the results which can be experienced through today’s high-performance computers.
IEEE Life Fellow, John T. Barr, IV, has served as a volunteer both at the Society level and for the IEEE Board of Directors, being instrumental to changing the IEEE in making it a better organization. Barr contributed to many invaluable changes across several aspects of the IEEE, and served as President and General Chair to the MTT-S.
IEEE Fellow Shlomo Shamai is being recognized for fundamental contributions to information theory and wireless communications, which have been integral to its continued progress. Shamai was one of the first to study cellular communications in the fading regime and also presented the concept of block-fading channels.
IEEE Life Fellow Marian P. Kazmierkowski, also a Full member of the Polish Academy of Sciences, is being honored for leadership in and pioneering contributions to the development of power electronic converters and electric drive control systems.
ADI (Analog Devices, Inc.) receives the IEEE Corporate Innovation Award for sustained innovation and leadership in the development of high-performance data converter technology and products. Since 1965, ADI has pushed to connect real-world analog systems with state-of-the-art digital processing.
2017 IEEE Honors: IEEE Jun-Ichi Nishizawa Medal - Ching W. Tang, Stephen R. Forrest & Mark E. Thompson
Three honorees, Ching W. Tang, Stephen R. Forrest and Mark E. Thompson, together accept recognition for their pioneering work on organic devices, leading to organic light-emitting diode displays. By developing, advancing and commercializing light-emitting diodes (OLEDs), they have created a multibillion-dollar industry for advanced lighting and display applications.
IEEE Fellow Alberto Broggi is being honored for leadership in vehicular environmental perception, and for setting worldwide milestones in safe and reliable intelligent vehicles. In 2010, Broggi organized the VisLab Intercontinental Autonomous Challenge, which was the longest-ever test, at 1300 km, for driverless vehicles.
SpaceX (Space Exploration Technologies) is recognized by IEEE Spectrum for creating and demonstrating a suite of technologies capable of returning a rocket-booster safely to Earth. Under contract with NASA since 2012, one of the company’s long-term objectives is to return and reuse an entire rocket within 24 hours of the first launch.
A dedicated IEEE volunteer and IEEE Life Fellow, David A. Hodges is being recognized for effective leadership in advancing IEEE’s goals for excellence in publications, conferences and awards. Hodges was instrumental in changing the formula for distributing income among IEEE societies, and also led the creation of IEEE Access for publications.
Henry I. Smith, an IEEE Life Fellow and member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering, is honored for contributions to lithography and nanopatterning for experimental devices in short-wavelength exposure systems and attenuated phase-shift masks. Smith’s work has been critical to the semiconductor industry, and has contributed five decades of inventions that were “well before their time”.
2017 IEEE Honors: IEEE Spectrum Technology in the Service of Society Award - Indian Institute of Technology Madras
Following the Honors Ceremony introductions with 2017 IEEE President Karen Bartleson and 2017 President-Elect Jim Jeffries, the IIT-M (Indian Institute of Technology Madras) accepts the Spectrum Technology in the Service of Society Award for bringing solar powered micro-grid access to about one thousand homes without electricity in three cities and multiple villages in India.
IEEE Life Fellow John S. Baras, also a fellow of the U.S. National Academy of Inventors, is being recognized for exceptional contributions to the conception and commercialization of Internet-over-Satellite systems (IoS), and for leadership in model-based engineering, systems science and engineering research. Baras’ development of secure IoS operation using layered encryption security is now an international standard.