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2014 IEEE TECHNICAL FIELD AWARDS

IEEE PRIZE PAPERS

IEEE Undergraduate Teaching Award

IEEE Donald G. Fink Award

Sponsored by the IEEE Education Society

Sponsored by the IEEE Life Members Committee

Dipankar
Raychaudhuri
and Narayan
B. Mandayam

Hsi-Tseng Chou

For inspirational teaching and
innovations in undergraduate
engineering education

For the paper "Frontiers
of Wireless and Mobile
Communications"

Hsi-Tseng Chou's innovative course development and teaching
methods have quickly grown Yuan Ze University's College of Electrical and Communication Engineering (CECE) into an awardwinning program in Taiwan. Dr. Chou implemented a new teaching
system in 2006 that transformed the CECE and earned recognition
by receiving important funding from Taiwan's Ministry of Education. He integrated the CECE's course structures among its departments to allow students to pursue multiple degrees. He introduced
courses on antennas and propagation, microwave engineering, and
fundamental communication theory and created project-based laboratories for these courses. He incorporates industrial knowledge
within his courses and exposes students to industry experts through
off-campus opportunities. His methods have prepared students to
play an important role in the global wireless technology industry.
An IEEE Fellow, Dr. Chou is a professor and dean of Research
and Development with the Department of Communications
Engineering,Yuan Ze University, Chung-Li, Taiwan.

The paper by Dipankar Raychaudhuri and Narayan B. Mandayam,
which appeared in the April 2012 issue of the Proceedings of the
IEEE (vol. 100, no. 10, pp. 824-840), was one of the top 100
most downloaded IEEE papers of 2012 and reviews new strategic research areas in wireless communications and the applications they will enable. Drs. Raychaudhuri and Mandayam review
the full range of wireless technologies, providing readers with
big picture of wireless technology evolution.They identify recent
trends such as cognitive radio, vehicular networks, peer-to-peer
networks, and location-aware pervasive computing networks.
An IEEE Fellow, Dr. Raychaudhuri is a Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and director of
the Wireless Information Network Lab (WINLAB) at Rutgers
University, Piscataway, N.J. An IEEE Fellow, Dr. Mandayam is
currently the Peter D. Cherasia Faculty Scholar and associate
director of WINLAB at Rutgers University.

IEEE W.R.G. Baker Award
Sponsored by the IEEE Circuits and Systems, IEEE Communications, IEEE Control Systems, IEEE Information Theory,
IEEE Power & Energy, IEEE Signal Processing, and IEEE Vehicular Technology Societies

Stephen J. Wright, Robert D. Nowak,
and Mário A.T. Figueiredo
For the paper "Sparse Reconstruction by Separable
Approximation"

The paper by Stephen J. Wright, Robert D. Nowak, and Mário
A.T. Figueiredo on the reconstruction of sparse signals is considered to be one of the more significant recent advances in
signal processing. Many signals and systems can be represented
as a linear combination of elementary mathematical functions.
The paper addresses the problem of selecting a small number
of such functions-a subset of a large set of possible functions-so that the signal or system can be represented effectively
as a linear combination of this subset. The algorithmic framework presented in the paper, which appeared in the July 2009
issue of the IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing (vol. 57, no. 7,
pp.  2479-2493), unifies and extends previous iterative algorithms. Called "SpaRSA," this powerful tool combines aspects of

convex optimization, linear algebra, and dimensionality reduction to automatically determine near-optimal sparse approximations. The method has impacted signal processing applications in
image processing, medical imaging, sampling, digital-to-analog
conversion, wireless communications, radar, sonar, and machine
learning. It has provided the foundation for further research
activity in this increasing important field.
Dr.Wright is a professor in the Computer Sciences Department
at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. An IEEE Fellow, Dr.
Nowak is the McFarland-Bascom Professor in Engineering at the
University of Wisconsin, Madison. An IEEE Fellow, Dr. Figueiredo
is a professor with the Department of Electrical and Computer
Engineering at the Instituto Superior Técnico, Lisbon, Portugal.

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