Elevation to Fellow Status – 2017

IEEE Grade of Fellow is conferred by the Board of Directors upon a person with an extraordinary record of accomplishments in any of IEEE fields of interest. The total number selected in any one year does not exceed one-tenth of one percent of the total voting Institute membership.

Here some of the successful candidates for elevation to Fellow in 2017 talk about their achievements and what Fellow status means to them.

alan-smeatonI have been a Professor of Computing at Dublin City University for nearly 20 years, and before that Head of School and Dean of Faculty. I now direct the Insight Centre for Data Analytics at DCU, overseeing the work of a team of 85 PhD students, postdoctoral researchers and operations staff.

I have published almost 600 papers over a 35 year research career and these have attracted more than 12,880 citations giving me an h-index of 56.  I have almost 200 publication co-authors and have published in areas as diverse as information retrieval, databases, environmental monitoring, sports science, ethics and privacy, digital humanities, ambient assisted living and natural language processing.

in 2001, I founded TRECVid, an international benchmarking initiative run by by the US National Institute of Standards and Technology in Gaithersburg, Md, and coordinated with support from NIST. Since 2001 TRECVid has attracted participation from 1,965 individual researchers drawn from 270 individual organisations. TRECVid set out to lead the research agenda and hence the subsequent developments and services, in the field of content-based analysis and use, of digital video. It has operated in domains as diverse as video from CCTV, broadcast TV news, movies, consumer video, rushes video, and others, and in several languages including video in English, Chinese, and Arabic.

My contribution to IEEE has mostly been through conference organisation and participation in program committees for scientific events. Elevation to Fellow status for me means greater recognition and a heightened profile for my research which, in turn, will help to attract further support and allow the outputs of my work to be put to more widespread use.

Professor Alan Smeaton

jiangzhou-wangI am currently the Head of the School of Engineering and Digital Arts and a Professor of Telecommunications at the University of Kent. I have authored over 200 papers in international journals and conferences in the areas of wireless mobile communications and published three books.

I was the Technical Program Chair of the 2013 IEEE WCNC in Shanghai and the Executive Chair of the 2015 IEEE ICC in London. I am currently serving, or have served in the past, as an Editor for a number of international journals. I was an Editor for IEEE Transactions on Communications from 1998 to 2013 and a guest Editor for IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications. I am currently an Editor for Science China Information Science. I received the Best Paper Award from the 2012 IEEE GLOBECOM and was an IEEE Distinguished Lecturer from 2013 to 2014. I am also a Fellow of the IET.

My research interests include wireless multiple access and radio resource allocation techniques, massive MIMO and small-cell technologies, device to device communications in cellular networks, and distributed antenna systems and cloud radio access networks (C-RAN).

In 2017 I have been elevated to the status of an IEEE Fellow due to my research contributions to multiple access and resource allocation for wireless mobile communications. The IEEE status of Fellow is conferred upon a person with an outstanding record of accomplishments. IEEE Fellow is the highest grade of membership and is recognised by the technical community as a prestigious honour and an important career achievement.

Professor Jiangzhou Wang

arumugam-nallanthanI am a Professor of Wireless Communications at King’s College London and was an Assistant Professor at the National University of Singapore from 2000 to 2007.

My research interests include 5G Wireless networks, Molecular Communications, Cooperative Communications and Cognitive Radio Networks. I have published nearly 300 journal and conference papers with nearly 5000 citations. I was selected as a Thomson Reuters Highly Cited Researcher in 2016.

I have been on the editorial board of numerous IEEE journals including the IEEE Transactions on Communications and IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications. I have also been on the organising committees of numerous flagship conferences of the IEEE Communications Society such as ICC and GLOBECOM as a symposium chair.

I have served as the Chair of the Signal Processing and Communication Electronics Technical Committee of IEEE Communications Society. I have twice received outstanding service awards from the IEEE Communications Society and am an IEEE Distinguished Lecturer.

I am delighted at being made a Fellow of the IEEE in recognition of the quality and impact of the research work carried out by myself and my research group over the years. I have a very high regard for the IEEE and its contribution to engineering, so to be named as an IEEE Fellow is a significant personal achievement for me’.

Professor Arumugam Nallanathan

alex-yakovlev1I am Professor of Computing Systems Design and Head of the Microelectronics Research Group at Newcastle University, which awarded me Doctor of Science in 2006.  I have been carrying out research into asynchronous circuits and systems and low power microelectronics for more than 30 years. Amongst my achievements, for which I was elevated to IEEE Fellow, has to pioneer the application of Petri nets to asynchronous circuit modelling and design and verification by inventing and studying the Signal-Transition Graph (STG) model  This has become a de facto standard formal notation and the foundation for CAD tools for the synthesis of controllers and interfaces in multi-synchronous systems-on-chip and beyond.

While a Dream Fellow of EPSRC in 2011-2013, I invented the principle of energy-modulated computing, which will underpin the design of computing devices of the future Internet of Things, equipped with energy-harvesting.

I was born and raised in Russia to a family of electrical engineers. I was awarded an MSc and PhD by St. Petersburg Electrical Engineering University, where I worked until 1990. I first came to Newcastle upon Tyne as a PostDoc in 1984 and then reunited with colleagues in 1990, having by now built the strongest research team in the area of asynchronous systems in the world.

Having been a member of IEEE for 20 years, I have also been Newcastle University’s IEEE Student Branch Councillor for the last 12 years, encouraging and promoting a stream of young engineers and researchers into their engineering careers. Through IEEE, I have met many wonderful colleagues and friends, published papers and participated in stimulating professional events.

For me the elevation to Fellow means being able to make a greater impact on the lives of young engineering-minded people to help them realise their creativity. This is particularly important for the UK Society, especially in the North East, where talented kids can have excellent role models such as Arthur and Oliver Heaviside.

Professor Alex Yakovlev

I am Professor of Signal Processing in the Electrical and Electronic Engineering Department at Imperial College London. My research started in Naples, Italy, where I graduated with a Laurea in Electronic Engineering in 1997. I then moved to Switzerland where I obtained a Master’s degree in Communications Systems from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology of Lausanne (EPFL), in 1998 and a PhD in 2002. I have also held several visiting positions, including at Stanford University, Bell Labs of Lucent Technologies in New Jersey and Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

My main research interest is in transform domain signal representation and sampling theory. I have made a number of key contributions to the understanding of the interaction between approximation theory and signal acquisition and compression. I have applied these new concepts and methods in a variety of contexts, in particular, for free viewpoint video in collaboration with Deutsche Telekom, for wireless communication in collaboration with Qualcomm, for image resolution enhancement and recently in multi-photon microscopy.

For an academic in Engineering, IEEE is by far the most important technical professional organisation. In particular, the main journals and conferences in the area are all managed by IEEE. I have been a very active IEEE member since early 2000s where I have acted as Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Image Processing and been an elected member of various IEEE Technical Committees. In these contexts I have had the opportunity to appreciate, in full, the dedication of many outstanding colleagues and their determination to maintain the high standards of the IEEE organisation and to keep exploring and promoting novel research areas and cutting edge technologies.

Elevation to Fellow of IEEE is a very important recognition and something to which I have aspired since the beginning of my career in engineering. It represents an important milestone and an important recognition in particular because it is given by outstanding colleagues that can understand and appreciate the technical contribution of an applicant.

Professor Pier Luigi Dragotti