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2020 IEEE TECHNICAL FIELD AWARDS

IEEE Fourier Award for Signal Processing

IEEE Andrew S. Grove Award

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

Sponsored by the IEEE Electron Devices Society

Alfred O. Hero, III

Evelyn L. Hu

For contributions to the foundations
of statistical signal processing with
applications to distributed sensing and
performance benchmarking

For pioneering contributions to microelectronics fabrication technologies for
nanoscale and photonic devices

The statistical signal processing algorithms and numerical optimization methods pioneered by Alfred O. Hero, III, have become essential components of sensor networks important to the development of the Internet of Things and have led to advances in medical
imaging, wireless communications, and deep learning applications.
His work on signal processing for distributed self-calibration and
tracking in sensor networks has driven the explosion in wireless network localization technology and its applications to data-in-motion,
personalized health, security, and environmental monitoring. His
development of the space-alternating generalized expectation-maximization (SAGE) algorithm has improved medical image reconstruction, and his averaged incremental gradient (AIG) algorithm
has impacted tomographic imaging and machine learning.
An IEEE Fellow, Hero is the John H. Holland Distinguished
University Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer
Science at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, USA.

In a career focused on developing techniques with high spatial
precision to sculpt nanostructures from solid-state materials with
minimal damage, Evelyn L. Hu's innovative micro- and nanofabrication technologies have enabled the continued shrinking of integrated circuits. Industrial and academic research groups use her
methods to achieve nanometer-scale control over device geometries while maintaining excellent optical properties, impacting
areas ranging from telecommunications to high-speed electronics.
Her work has resulted in lasers with record low threshold values,
single-photon sources, improved extraction of light from indiumgallium-nitride light emitting diodes (LEDs), and coupled lightmatter states.
An IEEE Fellow, Hu is the Tarr-Coyne Professor of Applied
Physics and Electrical Engineering at Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, USA.

IEEE Herman Halperin Electric Transmission and
Distribution Award

IEEE Masaru Ibuka Consumer Electronics Award
Sponsored by Sony Corporation

Sponsored by the Robert and Ruth Halperin Foundation, in memory of Herman and
Edna Halperin, and the IEEE Power & Energy Society

Dusan Povh

Eben Upton

For contributions to the development
and applications of HVDC and FACTS

For creating an inexpensive single-board
computer and surrounding ecosystem for
education and consumer applications

Dusan Povh has played an essential role in laying the foundations
for the high-voltage direct current (HVDC) and flexible alternating-current transmission system (FACTS) technologies that
ensure secure and reliable power delivery. Povh helped introduce
HVDC technology using thyristors and was responsible for system
and filter design for the Cahora Bassa and Nelson River HVDC
systems introduced during the 1970s. His pioneering work concerning FACTS includes damping of subsynchronous oscillations
and realization of static Var compensators using thyristors. FACTS
technology today helps increase the reliability of AC grids and
improves efficiency and transmission quality. Povh's focus on the
interaction between AC and HVDC systems has enabled the reliable operation of HVDC systems integrated with HVAC systems.
An IEEE Life Fellow, Povh is an independent consultant in
power system analysis, HVDC, and FACTS residing in Nuremberg, Germany.

Confronted with declining interest in computer science programs,
Eben Upton was inspired to create an inexpensive, fully functional,
programmable computer to encourage students to engage with
computers and learn to code. Upton's Raspberry Pi single-board
computer combines embedded, low-power video and graphics cores
with an ARM CPU to create a simple, standardized low-cost computer platform. With the addition of a keyboard, mouse, and monitor, the Raspberry Pi provides a complete 64-bit desktop computer
with access to millions of Linux applications. Upton has allowed
students, enthusiasts, and technologists to focus their creativity on
their projects-whether it be a media player, laptop, lawn-sprinkler
control, or robotic kits-to name just a few. Upton launched the
Raspberry Pi Foundation in 2009 to promote the study of computer science and to put the fun back into learning computing.
Upton is currently chief executive officer with Raspberry Pi
(Trading) Ltd., Cambridge, UK.

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