In 2015, the IEEE ComSoc Young Professionals Committee established the
IEEE ComSoc Best YP Award. There are two categories of this award:

  1. Academia
  2. Industry

The purpose of the IEEE ComSoc Best YP Award is two-fold:

  • To acknowledge and promote the remarkable achievements of Young
    Professionals in Academia and Industry;
  • To encourage participation of YPs in IEEE, ComSoc and the IEEE Young
    Professionals community.

Nominations for 2020 Awards will open in June 2020. Check here for other IEEE ComSoc Awards.

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Congratulations to all the past recipients

Shahid Mumtaz
Senior Researcher, Instituto de Telecomunicações, Portugal

2019 IEEE ComSoc Best YP Award in Academia

For the contribution in terms of innovative wireless communication Research and Development especially in the area of Physical and MAC layer technologies

Shahid Mumtaz is an ACM Distinguished Speaker, IEEE Senior member, founder and EiC of IET "journal of Quantum communication," Vice-Chair: Europe/Africa Region- IEEE ComSoc: Green Communications & Computing society and Vice-chair for IEEE standard on P1932.1: Standard for Licensed/Unlicensed Spectrum Interoperability in Wireless Mobile Networks. He is the founder of two Journals. He has more than 12 years of wireless industry/academic experience. He has received his Master's and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical & Electronic Engineering from Blekinge Institute of Technology, Sweden, and University of Aveiro, Portugal in 2006 and 2011. He is the author of 4 technical books, 12 book chapters, 180+ technical papers (150+ Journal/transaction, 80+ conference, 2 IEEE best paper award- in the area of mobile communications.  He is serving as Scientific Expert and Evaluator for various Research Funding Agencies. He was awarded an "Alain Bensoussan fellowship "in 2012. He is the recipient of the NSFC Researcher Fund for Young Scientist in 2017 from China.

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Fatemeh Jalali
Research Scientist,
IBM Research

2019 IEEE ComSoc Best YP Award in Industry

For the contribution in IoT and Edge computing

Dr. Fatemeh Jalali is a research scientist with IBM Research since 2015. Fatemeh received the Ph.D. degree from Centre for Energy-Efficient Telecommunications at The University of Melbourne. She holds a MSc and BS in Computer Engineering.Her main research interests include IoT, Edge/Fog computing, machine learning and energy consumption, in which she has authored several papers and patents. Fatemeh is a strong advocate of diversity, equality and wellbeing within the workplace and is actively involved in encouraging and inspiring young people, especially women, in the engineering and ICT through collaborations with non-profit professional organizations. Both her technical activities and STEM promotion activities are recognized by various professional organizations such as Engineer Australia (one of Australia's Most Innovative Engineers in 2018) and Heidelberg Laureate Forum (one of the 200 Most Qualified Young Researchers in 2017), EU-Australia Leadership Forum (one of the Emerging Leaders 2018) ,and IBM (Outstanding Technical Achievement Award).

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Marco Di Renzo
CNRS Research Director, CentraleSupelec, Paris-Saclay University

2018 IEEE ComSoc Best YP Award in Academia

In recognition of his outstanding contributions to academia, in terms of innovative Communications Research and IEEE ComSoc Services, especially in the area of emerging physical-layer technologies.

 

Dr. Marco Di Renzo was born in L’Aquila, Italy, in 1978. He received the Laurea (cum laude) and the Ph.D. degrees in Electrical and Information Engineering from the Department of Electrical and Information Engineering, University of L’Aquila, Italy, in April 2003 and in January 2007, respectively. In October 2013, he received the Habilitation à Diriger des Recherches (Doctor of Science) degree from the University Paris-Sud, Paris, France. He has held various research and academic positions in Italy at the University of L’Aquila, in the USA at Virginia Tech, in Spain at CTTC, and in the UK at The University of Edinburgh. Since 2010, he has been a CNRS Associate Professor (Chargé de Recherche Titulaire CNRS) in the Laboratory of Signals and Systems of Paris-Saclay University - CNRS, CentraleSupélec, Univ Paris Sud, France. He is a Distinguished Visiting Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, UK. He is a co-founder of the university spin-off company WEST Aquila s.r.l., Italy. He is the Project Coordinator of the European-funded projects 5G-WIRELESS and 5G-AURA and a Principal Investigator of the European-funded projects GREENET, CROSSFIRE, WSN4QoL, SmartNRG, CASPER and of the French National Agency funded project SpatialModulation.

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George C. Alexandropoulos
Assistant Professor, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens

2018 IEEE ComSoc Best YP Award in Industry

In recognition of his outstanding contributions to industry, in terms of innovative Communications Research and Development, especially in the area of emerging architectures.

 

George C. Alexandropoulos (S’07-M’10-SM’15) received the Engineering Diploma, M.A.Sc. (Hons), and Ph.D. degrees (best thesis award) in computer engineering and informatics from the University of Patras, Greece in 2003, 2005, and 2010, respectively. He has held research positions at various Greek universities and research institutes, as well as at the Mathematical and Algorithmic Sciences Lab, Paris Research Center, Huawei Technologies France delivering RAN solutions for 4G, 5G NR and beyond, and mainly for full duplex and massive MIMO, hybrid A/D beamforming management, and reconfigurable metasurfaces. He is currently an Assistant Professor with the Department of Informatics and Telecommunications, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece. His research interests span the general areas of algorithmic design, optimization, and performance analysis for wireless networks with emphasis on transceiver hardware architectures, millimeter wave communications, and distributed machine learning approaches. He received the IEEE Communications Society Best Young Professional in Industry Award 2018, and currently serves as an Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications, IEEE Communications Letters, and Elsevier Computer Networks. More information is available at www.alexandropoulos.info.

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Walid Saad
Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, Virginia Tech.

2017 IEEE ComSoc Best YP Award in Academia

In recognition of his outstanding contributions to academia, especially, in innovative Communications Research and IEEE ComSoc volunteering activities

 

Walid Saad (S'07, M'10, SM’15, F’19) received his Ph.D degree from the University of Oslo in 2010. Currently, he is a Professor at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Virginia Tech where he leads the Network sciEnce, Wireless, and Security (NEWS) laboratory. His research interests include wireless networks, machine learning, game theory, cybersecurity, unmanned aerial vehicles, cellular networks, and cyber-physical systems. Dr. Saad was the author/co-author of eight conference best paper awards and of the 2015 IEEE ComSoc Fred W. Ellersick Prize. He is an IEEE Fellow and an IEEE Distinguished Lecturer. He is also the recipient of the 2017 IEEE ComSoc Best Young Professional in Academia award, of the 2018 IEEE ComSoc Radio Communications Committee Early Achievement Award, and of the 2019 IEEE ComSoc Communication Theory Technical Committee.

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Ioannis Krikidis
Associate Professor, University of Cyprus

2016 IEEE ComSoc Best YP Award in Academia

In recognition of his outstanding contributions to the academia in terms of innovative Communications Research and IEEE ComSoc  Services, especially in the area of Wireless Communications.

 

Ioannis Krikidis received the diploma in Computer Engineering from the Computer Engineering and Informatics Department (CEID) of the University of Patras, Greece, in 2000, and the M.Sc and Ph.D degrees from Ecole Nationale Sup\'erieure des T\'el\'ecommunications (ENST), Paris, France, in 2001 and 2005, respectively, all in electrical engineering. From 2006 to 2007 he worked, as a Post-Doctoral researcher, with ENST, Paris, France, and from 2007 to 2010 he was a Research Fellow in the School of Engineering and Electronics at the University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK. He has held also research positions at the Department of Electrical Engineering, University of Notre Dame; the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Maryland; the Interdisciplinary Centre for Security, Reliability and Trust, University of Luxembourg; and the Department ofElectrical and Electronic Engineering, Niigata University, Japan. He is currently an Associate Professor at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Cyprus, Nicosia, Cyprus. His current research interests include wireless communications, cooperative networks, 5G communication systems, wireless powered communications, and secrecy communications. Dr. Krikidis serves as an Associate Editor for IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications, IEEE Transactions on Green Communications and Networking, and IEEE Wireless Communications Letters. He was the recipient of the Young Researcher Award from the Research Promotion Foundation, Cyprus, in 2013, and the recipient of the IEEEComSoc Best Young Professional Award in Academia, 2016. He has been recognized by the Web os Science as aHighly Cited Researcher for 2017, 2018, and 2019. He is an IEEE Fellow (class 2019) and he has received the prestigious ERC consolidator grant.

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David López-Pérez
Distinguished Member of Technical Staff, Nokia Bell Labs

2016 IEEE ComSoc Best YP Award in Industry

In recognition of his outstanding contributions to the industry in terms of innovative Communications Research and Development, especially in the area of networking techniques for cellular networks.

 

Dr. David López-Pérez (www.dlopez.org) is a telecommunications engineer, who has devoted most of his career to the study of both cellular and Wi-Fi networks, where his main research interests are in network performance analysis,both theoretical and simulation-based, network planning and optimisation, as well as technology and feature development. David's main contributions are around the understanding of small cells and ultra-dense networks. He has also pioneered work on cellular and Wi-Fi inter-working, and investigated both multi-antenna capabilities and ultra-reliable low latency features for future indoor networks. David was recognised as Bell Labs Distinguished Member of Staff in 2019, has authored 1 book on small cells, and has published more than 150 research manuscripts on a variety of related topics. David has filed 52 patents applications with more than 25 granted as of today, and has received a number of prestigious awards. He is an editor of IEEE TWC.

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Other Awards

  • Dr. Neetesh Saxena, recipient of the IEEE ComSoc YPs and WICE Best Paper Award in recognition of his technical paper titled:Secure and Privacy-Preserving Concentration of Metering Data in AMI Networks”
    (given at ICC’17) – interview with Neetesh can be accessed here
  • Dr. Josep Miquel Jornet, recipient of the IEEE ComSoc YPs and WICE Best Innovation Award in recognition of his innovative application of Nano-biosensors to Health Monitoring and Diagnosis Smart Health Monitoring and Diagnosis System based on Wearable Nano-biosensing Networks”
    (given at ICC’17) – interview with Josep can be accessed here
  • Shreyasee Mukherjee, recipient of the IEEE ComSoc YPs and WICE Best Abstract Presentation Award (given at ICC’17) – interview with Shreyasee can be accessed here
  • Dr. Ahmed Bader from King Abdullah University of Science and Technology has been awarded the IEEE ComSoc YPs Best Innovation Award in recognition of his innovative mobile ad-hoc network design, development and commercialisation (given at WCNC’17)
  • Dr. Kazuki Komatsu from Toyohashi University of Technology has been awarded the IEEE ComSoc YPs Best Paper Award in recognition of his technical paper: Frequency-Domain Hammerstein Self-Interference Canceller for In-Band Full-Duplex OFDM Systems” (given at WCNC’17)
  • Guocheng Liao and Xu Chen has been awarded the IEEE ComSoc YP Best Paper Award in recognition of their technical paper titled: ”Optimal Privacy-Preserving Data Collection: A Prospect Theory Perspective”  (given at GLOBECOM’17)