IEEE Awards Booklet - 2015 - 18

2015 ieee technical field awards

IEEE Electromagnetics Award
Sponsored by the IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society, IEEE
Electromagnetic Compatibility Society, IEEE Microwave Theory and
Techniques Society, and IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society

IEEE James L. Flanagan Speech and Audio
Processing Award
Sponsored by the IEEE Signal Processing Society

donald r. wilton

steve Young

For fundamental contributions to integral
equation methods in computational
electromagnetics

For pioneering contributions to the
theory and practice of automatic speech
recognition and statistical spoken
dialogue systems

One of the most cited researchers in computer science, Donald R.
Wilton has been instrumental in the fundamental development of
computational electromagnetics (CEM), an important tool for the
design and modeling of systems on scales ranging from nanophotonics and integrated circuits to aircraft scattering and space station
antennas. His development of the Rao Wilton Glisson (RWG)
family of basis functions has shaped integral equation-based CEM
for over 30 years. RWG functions are used by literally thousands
of researchers and practitioners today. Prior to Prof.Wilton's work,
electromagnetic simulation tools played only a very limited role
in the design of complex electromagnetic systems due to large
computer memory requirements and inaccuracies. He is also one
of the major technical contributors to the EIGER software tool
set for performing government mission-critical electromagnetic
analyses using moment-method solutions of integral equations.
An IEEE Life Fellow, Dr. Wilton is a Professor Emeritus with
the University of Houston, Houston, TX, USA.

A highly respected leader in speech and language processing, the
innovations developed by Prof. Steve Young continue to advance
the state-of-the art in translating spoken words into text. Prof.
Young developed the HTK Toolkit for hidden Markov modelbased speech recognition, which has become indispensable software in research laboratories worldwide and has served as the
basis for training many commercial speech recognition systems.
Techniques including decision-tree state clustering and parallel
model combination have enabled speech recognition systems that
are more robust to additive and convolutional noise. Prof.Young's
research in applying statistical techniques to spoken dialogue systems aims to revolutionize the development of systems that integrate natural conversational speech interactions between users
and information systems such as in call centers, mobile devices,
and other applications.
An IEEE Fellow, Prof.Young is a professor with the University
of Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, U.K.

IEEE Fourier Award for Signal Processing

IEEE Andrew S. Grove Award

Sponsored by the IEEE Signal Processing Society
and IEEE Circuits and Systems Society

Sponsored by the IEEE Electron Devices Society

georgios B. giannakis

masayoshi esashi

For contributions to the theory and practice of statistical signal processing and its
applications to wireless communications

For developments in micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS) used in
transportation and industrial electronics

One of the first statistical signal-processing researchers to envision the
explosive growth of wireless communications and its resulting signalprocessing needs, Georgios B. Giannakis has profoundly impacted
the field with many groundbreaking contributions. He was the first
to devise a multicarrier communication scheme that was resilient
to frequency-selective multiuser and inter-symbol interference. This
established blocking as the third important dimension for improving
communication performance without altering power or bandwidth.
His work on space-time coding for multiple-antenna wireless communications has demonstrated the practicality of multiple-antenna
signal processing. Prof. Giannakis also helped pioneer ultra-wideband
communications, educating industry and academia on the emerging
technology that altered the wireless landscape for performing shortrange communications such as in local-area networks.
An IEEE Fellow, Dr. Giannakis is currently an Endowed
Chair Professor and director of the Digital Technology Center,
University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, USA.

A pioneer of micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS) technology, Masayoshi Esashi developed an ion-sensitive field-effect
transistor which was commercialized as pH and CO2 catheters in
1980 and provided an early example of lab-on-a-chip technology.
He developed and commercialized many MEMS innovations. His
integrated capacitive pressure sensor and MEMS switch for largescale-integration testers are based on wafer-level packaging. Dr.
Esashi's resonating gyro was extended to yaw rate and acceleration sensors for vehicle stability control, and his electrostatically
levitated rotational gyro, used for vibration measurement in railway cars, enables a more comfortable ride. Dr. Esashi's MEMSbased optical scanner for platform door operation has also improved passenger safety.
An IEEE Member, Dr. Esashi is a professor with the World
Premier International Research Center/Advanced Institute for
Materials Research (WPI-AIMR), Tohoku University, Sendai,
Miyagi, Japan.

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