IEEE Awards Booklet - 2014 - 20

2014 IEEE TECHNICAL FIELD AWARDS

IEEE Photonics Award

IEEE Robotics and Automation Award

Sponsored by the IEEE Photonics Society

Sponsored by the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society

James G. Fujimoto

Shigeo Hirose

For pioneering the development and
commercialization of optical coherence
tomography for medical diagnostics

For contributions to the design and
construction of multiple nonconventional robotic systems such as snakelike,
quadruped walking, wall climbing, and
swarm robots

Considered the father of optical coherence tomography (OCT),
James G. Fujimoto provided the medical industry with a powerful imaging tool for diagnosis and monitoring treatment response
in ophthalmology and intravascular and endoscopic imaging. His
group and collaborators are credited with the invention and development of OCT. His group has made many advances in OCT technologies including photonic sources, systems, medical devices, and
signal processing. Working in collaboration with leading physicians,
they performed the first studies demonstrating many of the technology's medical imaging applications. OCT became the standard of
care in diagnostic ophthalmology worldwide and is an emerging
imaging modality in interventional cardiology and endoscopy.
An IEEE Fellow, Dr. Fujimoto is the Elihu Thomson Professor
of Electrical Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge. Dr. Fujimoto is a member of the National
Academy of Science, National Academy of Engineering, and
American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Shigeo Hirose's unique approach to robot development has positioned him as a leading designer of snakelike and multilegged
robots. Dr. Hirose is considered the founder of "biologically inspired" robots that demonstrate the types of movement found in
naturally occurring biological systems. His pioneering work in
snakelike locomotion began in 1972 when he was the first to
demonstrate smooth, undulating motion of a snakelike robot. He
developed the first terrain-adaptive quadruped walking robot,
which can walk on stairs by using tactical sensors on its soles.
Dr. Hirose's snakelike and crawler-type robots are suited for areas
deemed too dangerous for humans. His robots have been used for
search and rescue missions, detecting and clearing landmines, and
inspecting high-voltage power lines.
An IEEE Fellow, Dr. Hirose is professor emeritus of Tokyo Institute of Technology and chief technology officer of HiBot Corporation, Tokyo, Japan.

IEEE Frank Rosenblatt Award

IEEE David Sarnoff Award

Sponsored by the IEEE Computational Intelligence Society

Sponsored by the Sarnoff Award Fund

Geoffrey E. Hinton

Larry A. Coldren

For contributions to neural networks and
deep learning

For contributions to semiconductor lasers
and photonic integrated circuits

Geoffrey E. Hinton helped establish the field of machine learning
and has dedicated his research to understanding how the human
brain works and how this knowledge can be applied to provide
machines with brainlike capabilities for performing complex tasks.
Prof. Hinton pioneered backpropagation learning algorithms for
training neural networks and has revolutionized machine learning
several times over. His work on deep learning provides a better
model of biological learning than previous methods. By employing multiple levels, it is capable of producing the type of deep
hierarchy of abstract representations that are known to exist in
the brain. His work has provided revolutionary changes in speech
recognition technology and his algorithms have been applied to
collaborative filtering and object recognition.
Dr. Hinton is a University Professor with the Department of
Computer Science at the University of Toronto, Canada and a
Distinguished Researcher at Google, Inc.

Larry A. Coldren's development and commercialization of key laser and photonics technologies have been integral to enhancing
the capacity and spectral efficiency of high-capacity optical transmission systems. Perhaps his most outstanding innovation was the
conception, development, and commercialization of the sampledgrating distributed-Bragg-reflector laser. Containing a modulator
and amplifier fabricated on the same chip as a widely tunable laser,
this device is the workhorse transmitter for high-capacity lightwave transmission systems in many of today's telecom networks.
He also made seminal contributions to the design of vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers, which are integral to routing e-mail and
Internet traffic. He is a technical authority on photonic integrated
circuits, whose functionality, low cost, and small footprint will play
an important role in ultra-high-speed optical systems.
An IEEE Life Fellow, Dr. Coldren is the Fred Kavli Professor
of Optoelectronics and Sensors, University of California, Santa
Barbara.

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