Ian F. Akyildiz

2011 W. Wallace McDowell Award Recipient

"For pioneering contributions to wireless sensor network architectures and communication protocols"

Ian Akyildiz

Ian F. Akyildiz received his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in computer engineering from the University of Erlangen-Nuernberg, Germany, in 1978, 1981, and 1984, respectively. He is currently the Ken Byers Chair Professor with the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Georgia Tech, as well as the director of the Broadband and Wireless Networking Laboratory.

Dr. Akyildiz has held visiting professorships at the Universidad Técnica Federico Santa María in Chile; Université Pierre et Marie Curie (Paris VI) and Ecole Nationale Supérieure Télécommunications in Paris, France; Universidad Politécnica de Cataluña in Barcelona, Spain; and Universitat de les Illes Balears in Palma de Mallorca, Spain.

He is the editor-in-chief of Computer Networks (Elsevier) as well as the founding editor-in-chief of Ad Hoc Networks (Elsevier). He is a past editor for IEEE/ACM Transactions on Networking (1996-2001), Kluwer Journal of Cluster Computing (1997-2001), ACM-Springer Multimedia Systems (1995-2002), IEEE Transactions on Computers (1992-1996), and ACM-Springer Wireless Networks (1995-2005).

Dr. Akyildiz guest-edited several special issues for various journals between 1988 and 2001. He was the technical program chair of the Ninth IEEE Computer Communications workshop in 1994, ACM MobiCom '96 (Mobile Computing and Networking) conference, IEEE INFOCOM '98 (Computer Networking Conference), and IEEE ICC 2003 (International Conference on Communications). He also was the general chair for the premier conference in wireless networking, ACM MobiCom 2002. Dr. Akyildiz is the co-founder of the ACM SenSys (Sensor Systems) Conference and was general co-chair of the ACM SenSys '03, held in Los Angeles. He was the general chair for the Third Med Hoc (Mediterranean Conference on Ad Hoc Networks) in Bodrum, Turkey, in 2004, and the general chair for the IFIP Networking 2007 conference in Atlanta.

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