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2020 IEEE MEDALS

IEEE Robert N. Noyce Medal

IEEE Dennis J. Picard Medal for
Radar Technologies and Applications

Sponsored by the Intel Foundation

Sponsored by Raytheon Company

Susumu Kohyama

Joseph R. Guerci

For global executive leadership in
CMOS technology development, and
for standardization of design methodology and its impact on the semiconductor industry

For contributions to advanced, fully
adaptive radar systems and real-time
knowledge-aided and cognitive radar
processing architectures

An influential leader during a critical time in the semiconductor and electronics industry, Susumu Kohyama's role in the shift
to CMOS helped enable the continuous scaling of semiconductor devices, leading to higher performance and lower power
consumption with high packing density. Kohyama's pioneering
efforts at Toshiba in the late 1970s transformed the embryonic
low-power, low-yielding CMOS process to a mass production
technology. Conversion to CMOS was critical to the industry,
avoiding the serious chip power problems that would have limited performance and integration level. As one of the early CMOS
manufacturers,Toshiba was developing CMOS integrated circuits
for the wristwatch and calculator market in 1970s, but the while
the technology used in these devices was low power, it was slow
and didn't provide much of a scaling benefit. Kohyama led the
CMOS static-random-access memory projects inside Toshiba and
provided CMOS technology with the ability to cover the highperformance market as well, leading to immense growth of the
semiconductor industry. He also helped develop some of the most
aggressive and advanced chips built during the 1980s and 1990s,
ranging from static-random-access memories to the Sony PlayStation 2 chips (a forerunner of today's graphics processing units),
as well as the MIPS R8000, the fastest and most sophisticated
microprocessor of its time. He also drove the standardization of
circuit design methodology, incorporating electronic design automation (EDA) tools, intellectual-property-based design, and hardware design language (HDL). This innovative work has improved
productivity and expedited design capability, allowing complex
systems and circuits containing over a billion transistors. He has
also been instrumental in establishing strategic business and technology development alliances with many of the world's leading
companies for memory, logic, EDA, and equipment. These alliances have led to the dissemination of leading-edge technology
and increased semiconductor business opportunities at a significantly reduced cost with shared resources.
An IEEE member and recipient of the 1982 R&D 100 Award,
Kohyama is president and chief executive officer of K Associates,
Inc., Tokyo, Japan.

For over 30 years, Joseph R. Guerci has been responsible for the
inception, research, development, execution, and transition of
next-generation multidisciplinary radar technologies impacting
government, industrial, and academic settings. Guerci made early
and sustained contributions in the area of fully adaptive radar
(FAR) during the late 1980s and early 1990s. FAR consists of
both adaptive transmit and receive functions, in contrast to traditional adaptive radar for which adaptation takes place mainly
in the receiver. In 2000, while a program manager with the U.S.
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), Guerci
began the KASSPER project (Knowledge-Aided Sensor Signal
Processing and Expert Reasoning) in collaboration with the U.S.
Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL). This was the first major project to develop a real-time, high-performance embedded
computing architecture capable of implementing knowledgeaided and knowledge-based algorithms to greatly enhance adaptive radar performance in challenging environments. This multiyear project achieved significant milestones and was transitioned
to major national radar systems. In applying knowledge-aided
techniques to space-time adaptive processing (STAP), Guerci
pioneered a powerful architecture that built upon advances in
the field from AFRL and MIT Lincoln Laboratory to translate
a largely academic exercise into a de facto standard requirement
for every radar system. The performance benefits provided by
knowledge-aided STAP enabled a 10-dB improvement in detection and a 50% reduction in false alarms. He has been one of
the pioneers of waveform diversity (using various signals in both
transmitter and receiver design for improving the overall performance amidst interference and noise) and was instrumental in
establishing the Waveform Diversity Conference Series. His work
in the area of cognitive radar has resulted in radar programs with
the goal of making the radar fully adaptive to its environment
by considering all available degrees of freedom on transmit and
receive to maximize system performance.
An IEEE Fellow and recipient of the 2007 IEEE Warren D.
White Award, Guerci is currently president and chief executive
officer of Information Systems Laboratories, Inc., La Jolla, CA,
USA.

Scope: For exceptional contributions to the microelectronics industry.

Scope: For outstanding accomplishments in advancing the fields of
radar technologies and their applications.

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