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2018 ieee medals

IEEE Founders Medal

IEEE Richard W. Hamming Medal

Sponsored by the IEEE Foundation

Sponsored by Qualcomm, Inc.

Narayana Murthy

Erdal Arikan

For visionary leadership at Infosys contributing to human progress through technology and for advancing corporate ethics
and social responsibility

For contributions to information and
communications theory, especially the
discovery of polar codes and polarization techniques

Narayana Murthy's leadership in guiding Infosys from a start-up
into a software engineering giant has served as the foundation
of India's role as a global superpower in information technology,
and he has used the company's success to give back to his native country. Murthy founded Infosys with six other colleagues
in 1981 and developed it into what is today a US$35 billion software services company that has helped reshape the economic and
social fabric of India. Key to the company's success was Murthy's
Global Delivery Model (GDM), which is based on collaborative
software development resulting in the on-time delivery of superior quality products to global customers within budget. GDM is
the backbone of the Indian software industry and integral to the
information technology outsourcing revolution. Under Murthy,
Infosys became a role model for strong execution, product quality, corporate governance, and ethical practices with a culture of
honesty, fairness, transparency, and meritocracy. Infosys' pioneering stock options plan ensured that employees fully shared in the
company's success. Murthy also instituted an in-house training
facility to provide quality skill development opportunities to keep
up with rapid advances in technology. A generous philanthropist
both institutionally and personally, Murthy established the Infosys Foundation to utilize a percentage of corporate profits to
promote education, health, social welfare, destitute care, and culture programs in India. Through the Infosys Foundation, Murthy
and his family have contributed heavily to assist the very poorest
through access to better food, water, hygienic living conditions,
education, and jobs.The Foundation has created libraries for poor
children in 15,000 villages, has built hospitals and donated many
sophisticated medical instruments, and has supported the largest
free-lunch program in the world. Now retired, Murthy remains a
strong voice for corporate ethics and social responsibility worldwide, while promoting stronger institutional governance in India.
An IEEE Honorary Member and fellow of the Indian National
Academy of Engineering, Murthy is the founder of Infosys, Bengaluru, India.

Erdal Arikan's groundbreaking work on channel polarization
coding methods for achieving maximal channel capacity in digital
communications has revolutionized information and communications theory by meeting the challenges of Shannon's limit for
determining the maximum rate that data can be sent with zero
error. A culmination of over 20 years of research, in 2009 Arikan
described the concept of channel polarization and a completely
new, remarkably clear method of data coding for transmission
over symmetric channels with binary input. Considered one of
the most powerful developments in coding theory of the past
decade, his discovery of using polar codes for error correction
was a major step in determining the limit at which reliable and
efficient transmission of data over noisy channels is possible. Enhancing the original application to binary-input channels, Arikan
extended his codes to channels with arbitrary input size to enable
broader applications. His framework has proven to be flexible and
adaptable to the parameters of communication channels, allowing
researchers to construct polar coding schemes for a large range
of block lengths and information transmission rates. His polar
codes also feature simple iterative schemes of data encoding and
decoding to allow efficient hardware implementation. His work
has also been extended to polar codes for channels that are not
necessarily symmetric, dual polar codes for data compression, and
polar codes for data hiding with information-theoretic security
guarantees. Initially met with skepticism by practitioners due to
major obstacles preventing their practical use, Arikan's polar codes
have evolved in a short time to become an integral component
of emerging wireless standards for enhanced mobile broadband
(eMBB) control channels in 5G New Radio (NR) interfaces,
with a major wireless company recently demonstrating 27 Gbps
in 5G field-trial tests.
An IEEE Fellow and recipient of the 2013 IEEE W.R.G. Baker
Award, Arikan is a professor with the Department of Electrical
Engineering at Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey.

Scope: For outstanding contributions in the leadership, planning,
and administration of affairs of great value to the electrical and
electronics engineering profession.

Scope: For exceptional contributions to information sciences,
systems, and technology.

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