Ian F. Akyildiz

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Ian F. Akiyildiz received his BS, MS, and PhD degrees in Computer Engineering from the University of Erlangen-Nuernberg, Germany, in 1978, 1981 and 1984, respectively. Currently, he is the Ken Byers Distinguished Chair Professor with the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology and Director of the Broadband Wireless Networking Laboratory.

In June 2008, Dr. Akyildiz becomes an honorary professor with the School of Electrical Engineering at Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC) in Barcelona, Spain. Also since March 2009, he is an honorary professor with the Department of Electrical, Electronic and Computer Engineering at the University of Pretoria, South Africa.

He has held visiting professorships at the Universidad Tecnica Federico Santa Maria, Chile, Universite Pierre et Marie Curie (Paris VI), Ecole Nationale Superieure Telecommunications in Paris, France, Universidad Politecnico de Catalunya in Barcelona, Spain, and Universidad Illes Baleares, Palma de Mallorca, Spain.

He is the Editor-in-Chief of Computer Networks Journal (Elsevier) since 2000, the founding Editor-in-Chief of the Ad Hoc Networks Journal (Elsevier) in 2003, the founding Editor-in-Chief of the Physical Communication (PHYCOM) Journal (Elsevier) in 2008, and the founding Editor-in-Chief of the Nano Computing, Networks and Communications (NanoCOM) Journal (Elsevier) in 2010.

He is a past editor for IEEE/ACM Transactions on Networking (1996–2001), Kluwer Journal of Cluster Computing (1997–2001), ACM-Springer Journal for Multimedia Systems (1995–2002), IEEE Transactions on Computers (1992–1996) and ACM-Springer Journal of Wireless Networks (WINET) (1995–2005).

He guest-edited several special issues for various journals between 1988–2001. He was the technical program chair of the “9th IEEE Computer Communications” workshop in 1994, for ACM MOBICOM’96 (Mobile Computing and Networking) conference, IEEE INFOCOM’98 (Computer Networking Conference), as well as IEEE ICC’2003 (International Conference on Communications). He was the General Chair for the premier conference in wireless networking, ACM MOBICOM 2002. He was the Co-Founder and General Co-Chair of the ACM SenSys (Sensor Systems) Conference in Los Angeles, November 2003. He was the General Chair of the Third Med Hoc (Mediterrenean Conference on Ad Hoc Networks), in Bodrum, Turkey, June 2004 and the General Chair of the IFIP Networking’07 Conference in Atlanta, May 2007.

Dr. Akyildiz serves on the advisory boards of several research centers, journals, conferences, and publication companies.

Dr. Akyildiz is an IEEE FELLOW (1996) with the citation: “For contributions to performance analysis of computer communication networks”.

Dr. Akyildiz is an ACM FELLOW (1997) with the citation: “for fundamental research contributions in: finite capacity queueing network models; performance evaluation of Time Warp parallel simulations; traffic Control in ATM networks, and mobility management in wireless networks”.

He received the “Don Federico Santa Maria Medal” for his services to the Universidad of Federico Santa Maria in Chile in 1986.

He served as a National Lecturer for ACM from 1989 until 1998 and received the ACM Outstanding Distinguished Lecturer Award for 1994.

Dr. Akyildiz received the 1997 IEEE Leonard G. Abraham Prize award (IEEE Communications Society) for his paper entitled “Multimedia Group Synchronization Protocols for Integrated Services Architectures” published in the IEEE Journal of Selected Areas in Communications (JSAC) in January 1996.

Dr. Akyildiz received the 2002 IEEE Harry M. Goode Memorial award (IEEE Computer Society) with the citation “for significant and pioneering contributions to advanced architectures and protocols for wireless and satellite networking”.

Dr. Akyildiz received the 2003 Best Tutorial Paper Award (IEEE Communications Society) for this paper entitled “A Survey on Sensor Networks” published in the IEEE Communications Magazine, August 2002.

He also received the 2003 ACM SIGMOBILE Outstanding Contribution Award for his “pioneering contributions in the area of mobility and resource management for wireless communication networks”, September 2003.

Dr. Akyildiz received the 2004 Georgia Tech Faculty Research Author Award for his “outstanding record of publications of papers between 1999-2003”, April 2004.

He also received the 2005 Distinguished Faculty Achievement Award from School of ECE, Georgia Tech, April 2005.

Dr. Akyildiz is the author of an advanced textbook on “Wireless Sensor Networks” published by John Wiley and Sons in Fall 2009.

Dr. Akyildiz is the author of an advanced textbook on “Wireless Mesh Networks” published by John Wiley and Sons in February 2009.

Dr. Akyildiz receives the Georgia Tech Outstanding Doctoral Thesis Advisor Award for his 20+ years service and dedication to Georgia Tech and producing outstanding PhD students. He also receives the 2009 ECE Distinguished Mentor Award by the Georgia Tech School of Electrical and Computer Engineering Faculty Honors Committee.

Dr. Akyildiz receives the Best Paper Award for “Interferer Classification, Channel Selection and Transmission Adaptation for Wireless Sensor Networks” in the Ad Hoc and Sensor Networks (AHSN) symposium at IEEE ICC, June 2009.

His current research interests are in Nanonetworks, Cognitive Radio Networks and Wireless Sensor Networks.


2011 W. Wallace McDowell Award
“For pioneering contributions to wireless sensor network architectures and communication protocols.”
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2002 Harry H. Goode Memorial Award
“For significant and pioneering contributions to advanced architectures and protocols for wireless and satellite networking.”
Learn more about the Harry H. Goode Memorial Award