IEEE INTERNET AWARD—recognizes exceptional contributions to the advancement of Internet technology for network architecture, mobility, and/or end-use applications—sponsored by Nokia Corporation
2018 IEEE INTERNET AWARD
Sponsored by Nokia Corporation
For sustained contributions to the dynamic analysis of the Internet (protocols, topologies, configurations) and the Internet of Things (sensor networks)
Ramesh Govindan’s pioneering work on defining Internet topology, discovering how the many hosts, routers, and autonomous systems are connected, has been integral to the continued growth of the Internet. His Mercator mapping tool was one of the first network mappers and provided extensive views of the Internet’s backbone. He was among the first to study the Border Gateway Protocol, identifying oscillation issues affecting network stability. Govindan is also one of the founders of the sensornet movement, important to developing the Internet of Things in which everyday objects are imbedded with sensors that enable constant monitoring and interaction. Notable here is his work on directed diffusion and development of the Tenet program for wireless sensing, which set the direction for continued research.
An IEEE Fellow, Govindan is the Northrop Grumman Chair in Engineering and a professor at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, USA.
IEEE KOJI KOBAYASHI COMPUTERS AND COMMUNICATIONS AWARD—recognizes outstanding contributions to the integration of computers and communications—sponsored by NEC Corporation
2018 IEEE KOJI KOBAYASHI COMPUTERS AND COMMUNICATIONS AWARD
Sponsored by NEC Corporation
For contributions to broadband wireless systems
With seminal research achievements that have enabled the modern wireless Internet to become a reality, Victor Bahl has shaped the broadband access technologies we take for granted today, making Internet access more affordable, reliable, and globally available. Among his many important contributions, Bahl developed opportunistic networking and the world’s first white space network. He was instrumental in the U.S. Federal Communications Commission’s decision to open 180 MHz of spectrum for unlicensed use. Subsequently, similar decisions were made by government regulators around the world. His community wireless mesh networks implementing multi-radio routers also brought affordable Internet access to rural communities. Other accomplishments include the first Wi-Fi hotspot; Wi-Fi based indoor localization system, which showed how RF signals can be used for functionality beyond communications; and Virtual Wi-Fi available in today’s computers and smartphones.
An IEEE, ACM, and AAAS Fellow, Bahl is a Distinguished Scientist with Microsoft Research, Redmond, WA, USA.