Featured Award Winner

August 2014

2015 IEEE Innovation in Societal Infrastructure Award Recipients

Takemochi Ishi
Professor Emeritus, Univeristy of Tokyo, Minatoku, Tokyo, Japan

Hirokazu Ihara
Board of Director, International Institute of Intelligence and Information, Machida, Tokyo, Japan 
Atsunobu Ichikawa
Professor Emeritus, Tokyo Insittutue of Technoogy, Mcahida, Tokyo, Japan

"For pioneering the concept of dependable autonomous decentralized systems and contributing to its practical application in early transport control systems."



Past Recipients

Balaji Prabhakar Balaji Prabhakar
Professor, Stanford University

2014 IEEE Innovation in Societal Infrastructure Award Recipient

"For his demonstration of the innovative use of information technology and distributed computing systems to solve longstanding societal problems, in areas ranging from  transportation to healthcare and recycling."


Balaji Prabhakar is a faculty member in the Departments of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Stanford University. His research interests are in computer networks; notably, in designing algorithms for the Internet and for Data Centers. Recently, he has been interested in Societal Networks: networks vital for society's functioning, such as transportation, electricity and recycling systems. He has been involved in developing and deploying incentive mechanisms to move commuters to off-peak times so that congestion, fuel and pollution costs are reduced.

He has been a Terman Fellow at Stanford University and a Fellow of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. He has received the CAREER award from the U.S. National Science Foundation, the Erlang Prize, the Rollo Davidson Prize, and delivered the Lunteren Lectures. He is the recipient of the inaugural IEEE Innovation in Societal Infrastructure Award which recognizes "significant technological achievements and contributions to the establishment, development and proliferation of innovative societal infrastructure systems. He serves on the Advisory Board of the Future Urban Mobility Initiative of the World Economic Forum. He is a co-recipient of several best paper awards.


IEEE Innovation in Societal Infrastructure Award

Deadline: 31 January

[Nomination Form] | [IEEE Guidelines]

SCOPE: For significant technological achievements and contributions to the establishment, development, and proliferation of innovative societal infrastructure systems through the application of information technology with an emphasis on distributed computing systems

SPONSORS: Hitachi, Ltd. and IEEE Computer Society

CRITERIA: Impact on society with an emphasis on contributions to efficient infrastructure systems (e.g. breadth of use, energy savings, resource utilization, cost efficiency) as well as market size/revenue; originality of systems concept; leadership; impact on innovation; and extension to further technological development.

PRESENTED TO: An individual, team, or multiple recipients up to three

PRESENTATION:  IEEE policy requires that its awards be presented at major IEEE events that are in keeping with the nature of the award and the cited achievement.

The International Symposium on Autonomous Decentralized Systems (ISADS), co-sponsored by the IEEE Computer Society, is considered a desirable venue for the presentation of the award, but not necessary.

PRIZE: The award consists of a bronze medal, certificate, and cash honorarium.

NOTIFICATION: Recipients are typically approved during the June IEEE Board of Directors meeting, usually held towards the end of the month. Recipients and their nominators will be notified following the meeting. 

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