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2014 IEEE TECHNICAL FIELD AWARDS

IEEE Joseph F. Keithley Award in Instrumentation and
Measurement

IEEE Gustav Robert Kirchhoff Award
Sponsored by the IEEE Circuits and Systems Society

Sponsored by Keithley Instruments, Inc. and the IEEE Instrumentation
and Measurement Society

Thomas E. Linnenbrink

C.L. Liu

For pioneering charge-mode analogto-digital converters and for developing
IEEE-standard converter terminology
and test methods

For seminal, long-lasting contributions
to design automation for circuits and
systems

Thomas E. Linnenbrink's development of high-speed devices for
data acquisition/conversion and passion for crafting industry standards have greatly impacted the signal processing field. Linnenbrink
created high-speed charge-couple device (CCD) technology that
set the state-of-the-art for data acquisition and signal processing
electronics during the 1970s, when his analog and digital converters
realized significant power savings over other converters. He has also
contributed to the IEEE Instrumentation and Measurement Society's Waveform Generation, Measurement, and Analysis Committee
(TC-10) since its inception in 1977. Serving as TC-10's chair from
1997 through October 2013, Linnenbrink has expanded its scope
from two standards to six by establishing terminology and test standards for digital waveform recorders, dataconverters, circuit probes,
pulse measurements, and jitter.
An IEEE Fellow, Mr. Linnenbrink is the Principal of Teqnovations, LLC, Colorado Springs, which he founded in 2013.

A circuits and systems design visionary, C.L. Liu reshaped the
electronic design automation (EDA) field by providing the tools
that make today's complex integrated circuits possible. EDA tools
provide a more efficient and reliable means of creating and testing chips. To overcome the limitations that ad-hoc EDA methods
faced as circuit integration became more complex, Prof. Liu pioneered the use of formal, mathematically rigorous tools for design
automation. Prof. Liu's algorithm-based EDA tools paved the way
to solving complex design problems with techniques such as dynamic programming, linear programming, and simulated annealing. Prof. Liu is also particularly known for his work in floorplanning algorithms for realistic circuit design as well as scheduling
algorithms for real-time tasks.
An IEEE Fellow, Dr. Liu is a professor with the Computer Science Department at National Tsing Hua University, Hsinchu,
Taiwan.

IEEE Leon K. Kirchmayer Graduate Teaching Award

IEEE Koji Kobayashi Computers and
Communications Award

Sponsored by the Leon K. Kirchmayer Memorial Fund

Sponsored by NEC Corporation

John M. Cioffi

George Varghese

For educating a stellar array of graduate
students in digital communications and
for inspiring them to make a difference

For contributions to the field of network
algorithmics and its applications to highspeed packet networks

Known as the father of digital subscriber line technology, John M.
Cioffi also applied his expertise in the classroom at Stanford University. He created some of the most popular yet most demanding
electrical engineering graduate courses at Stanford. He was one
of the first to present topics such as multicarrier communications,
which today is the most widely used transmission technique. Being accepted to Dr. Cioffi 's research group was considered by
many of his students to be an accomplishment on par with being
accepted to graduate school. He taught his students to believe in
themselves and to strive for their goals with determination and
perseverance. His guidance created a close-knit community of
digital communications experts now representing many facets of
industry and academia.
An IEEE Fellow, Dr. Cioffi is the Hitachi America Professor of
Engineering (Emeritus) at Stanford University, Calif.

George Varghese's powerful algorithms for packet-switching networks are an integral part of Internet routers, enabling data transfer that is safer, faster, and more reliable. Dr. Varghese pioneered
the development of network algorithmics, which has enabled the
proliferation of packet-switched networks. Network algorithmics
involves changing hardware and operating systems and applying
efficient algorithms to reduce Internet bottlenecks. Dr.Varghese's
Deficit Round Robin packet scheduling algorithm supports realtime audio and video over the Internet and has been incorporated
into practically every Internet router used. His algorithms for fast
Internet protocol lookups overcame the perception that route
lookup was slow.
An Association for Computing Machinery Fellow, Dr.Varghese
is currently a principal researcher with Microsoft Research, Mountain View, Calif. He was formerly a professor at University of
California, St Louis and earlier at Washington University, St. Louis.

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