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2015 ieee technical field awards

IEEE Innovation in Societal Infrastructure Award
Sponsored by Hitachi, Ltd. and the IEEE Computer Society

takemochi ishii, Hirokazu ihara,
and atsunobu ichikawa
For pioneering the concept of dependable autonomous decentralized systems and contributing to its practical application in early transport control systems

The development and refinement of the autonomous decentralized system (ADS) by Takemochi Ishii, Hirokazu Ihara, and
Atsunobu Ichikawa has enabled the safe and timely operation
of urban and long-distance transportation infrastructures. Modeled on biological systems, the ADS incorporates a distributed
database and broadcast communication protocols to provide a
flexible system that can adapt to environmental disturbances or
failures. With ADS, repairs or changes can be made without having to shut down the entire network as with a centralized system.

Drs. Ishii, Ihara, and Ichikawa jointly conceived the ADS, developed its theories and tools, and applied it to several high-impact
infrastructures. First introduced in 1982 in the Kobe municipal
subway system, ADS has been incorporated in almost all of subway operations in Japan.
Dr. Ishii is a Professor Emeritus with the University of Tokyo,
Minatoku, Japan. An IEEE Life Fellow, Dr. Ihara is a Member
Emeritus of IFIPWG 10.4 Tokyo, Japan. Dr. Ichikawa is a Professor Emeritus with the Tokyo Institute of Technology,Tokyo, Japan.

IEEE Charles Proteus Steinmetz Award

IEEE Eric E. Sumner Award

Sponsored by the IEEE Standards Association

Sponsored by Bell Labs, Alcatel-Lucent

steve m. mills

sanjoy mitter

For outstanding leadership in the development of IEEE standards programs with
global impact

For contributions to the unification of communications and control

Steve M. Mills has tirelessly worked to raise the level of acceptance
of IEEE standards at the formal international level and in the
world-wide marketplace. A past president of the IEEE Standards
Association (IEEE-SA) and the first person appointed chair of
the IEEE-SA Standards Board for the maximum of 3 years, Mills'
leadership and contributions focused on supporting the development of the IEEE-SA's business strategy, international strategy, and
intellectual property strategy, as well as support of the introduction of new standards technology areas. Mr. Mills was instrumental in the creation of OpenStand, a movement dedicated to the
development of market-driven standards that are global and open,
enabling standards without borders to further drive innovation.
An IEEE Senior Member, Mr. Mills is a currently a strategist
who retired from Hewlett-Packard Company's Industry Standards
Program Office, Sunnyvale, CA, USA, in 2011.

With pioneering work that has bridged communications and control, Sanjoy Mitter helped create the important discipline of networked control systems. Critical to real-time communications for
systems such as the electric power grid, traffic monitoring, and social
networks, his work has addressed how control performance is affected by delay and noise in communication channels in pursuit of
achieving network stability. Dr. Mitter, together with his then doctoral student Sekhar Tatikonda, demonstrated how capacity of feedback channels can be computed using methods of stochastic control.
His idea of anytime capacity, introduced with his then doctoral student Anant Sahai, addresses the reliability and timeliness needed for
the stable functioning of control systems where sensors and controllers are linked via noisy communication channels.
An IEEE Life Fellow and a member of the U.S. National Academy
of Engineering, Dr. Mitter is a professor of electrical engineering and
a member of the Laboratory for Information and Decision Systems
with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, USA.

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