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Rising Stars of ComSoc: Winners of Best YP Awards 2020

We are delighted to share the ComSoc Best YP Award winners for this year. Before we move forward, we are thankful to the 2020 jury members for their hard work and careful review of every nomination we received.  This year we received a total of 39 nominations, out of which 32 were eligible nominations, followed by two round reviews and a conference call to award the winners. Congratulations to all of winners and participants for your valuable contribution. 


There were two review rounds and a conference call of the jury to vote on final winners. In Round 1, Academic and Industry nominations were evaluated separately by individual jury members.

Each jury then nominated two candidates for Round 2. In Round 2, all jury members reviewed all candidates and scored based on the submitted data. Finally, the jury made a conference call to vote on one winner from Academia and one from the Industry. Besides, this year, the jury decided on three outstanding nominees who can apply again for the Best YP Awards next year.

The Winners

Jiajia Liu is a Professor at School of Cybersecurity, Northwestern Polytechnical University.  His research interests cover wireless mobile communications, FiWi, IoT, and more. He has published more than 100 peer reviewed papers in many prestigious IEEE journals and conferences, and currently serves as an associate editor for IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications and IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology, an editor for IEEE Network, and a guest editor of IEEE TETC and the IEEE Internet of Things Journal. He is a Distinguished Lecturer of the IEEE Communications Society.

Xingqin Lin is a Master Researcher, Team Leader, and Standardization Delegate at Ericsson Research Silicon Valley, leading 5G/6G research and standardization in the areas of non-terrestrial communications and networking (satellites/HAPS/airplanes/drones). He is a member of the Ericsson NextGen Advisory Board, collaborating with Ericsson Executive Team to drive strategic projects. He is a key contributor to 5G NR, NB-IoT, and LTE standards. His pioneering work on cellular-connected UAVs helped establish the 3GPP Rel-15 work on enhanced LTE support for aerial vehicles. He is an expert in wireless communications and technology strategy.

Outstanding Nominees

Behrooz Makki works as a Senior Researcher in Ericsson Research, Gothenburg, Sweden. His current research interests include integrated access and backhaul, millimeter-wave communications, free-space optical communication, and wireless backhauling. Behrooz is the recipient of various research grants including the VR Research Link grant, Sweden, 2014, Ericsson’s Research grant, Sweden, 2013, 2014, and 2015, the ICT SEED grant, Sweden, 2017, as well as the Wallenbergs research grant, Sweden, 2018.  He was a member of European Commission projects “mm-Wave based Mobile Radio Access Network for 5G Integrated Communications” and “ARTIST4G” as well as various national and international research collaborations.

Haijun Zhang is currently a Full Professor at the University of Science and Technology in Beijing, China, where he is the Associate Dean in the Graduate School of Artificial Intelligence. He was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, the University of British Columbia (UBC), Canada. He serves/served as an Editor of IEEE Transactions on Communications, IEEE Transactions on Green Communications Networking, and IEEE Communications Letters. He received the IEEE CSIM Technical Committee Best Journal Paper Award in 2018, IEEE ComSoc Young Author Best Paper Award in 2017, and IEEE ComSoc Asia-Pacific Best Young Researcher Award in 2019.

Namyoon Lee is an Associate Professor of the Electrical Engineering Department at POSTECH. He received his Ph. D. in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin in 2014. From February 2008 to June 2011, he was with Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology (SAIT) in Korea, where he designed next-generation wireless communication systems and involved standardization activities of the 3GPP LTE-A. He was also with Nokia Research Center at Berkeley as a Senior Researcher, where he participated in the design of future WLAN systems (e.g., IEEE 802.11ax and 802.11ay) from December 2014 to May 2015. He was with Wireless Communications Research (WCR) at Intel Labs, Santa Clara, CA from May 2015 to Feb. 2016. His primal research interest is to develop and analyze future wireless communication systems using tools including multi-antenna network information theory, stochastic geometry, and machine learning algorithms. Award, the 2014 Student Best Paper Award (IEEE Seoul Section), and the Recognition Award in Intel Labs 2015.


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