Honored were Behnaam Aazhang, the J.S. Abercrombie Professor and chair of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Rice; Elza Erkip, professor of electrical engineering at the Polytechnic Institute of New York University; and Andrew Sendonaris, Senior Director of Engineering at NextNav, a San Francisco company marketing indoor location systems.
The award is given to an outstanding paper published in any IEEE Communications Society publication in the previous 15 years. Honored are papers that “open new lines of work, envision bold approaches to communication, formulate new problems to solve, and essentially enlarge the field of communications engineering.”
Erkip was a postdoctoral researcher in ECE at Rice from 1996 to 1999. Sendonaris received a B.S. in 1993, an M.S. in 1995 and a Ph.D. in 1999, all in electrical engineering at Rice. The same article, “User cooperation-diversity: Part I and II,” won the 2004 Communications Society Stephen O. Rice Paper Prize in the Field of Communications Theory, as the best original paper published in IEEE Transactions on Communications.
The award will be presented at ICC in Budapest, Hungary, during the awards ceremony June 10.