Varaiya, Bajcsy, Abbeel Earn Distinguished IEEE Awards

December 1, 2021

Congratulations to ITS Berkeley and Berkeley DeepDrive affiliates Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) Professor Emeritus Pravin Varaiya, Professor Emerita Ruzena Bajcsy, and EECS Professor Pieter Abbeel on earning distinguished IEEE awards.

Praveen VaraiyaPravin Varaiya, PATH affiliate and EECS Professor Emeritus 

IEEE Simon Ramo Medal

“For seminal contributions to the engineering, analysis, and design of complex energy, transportation, and communication systems.”

The medal is presented to an individual or multiple recipients for exceptional achievement in systems engineering and systems science. 

THe award is based on significance of achievement in systems engineering and systems science or for technical leadership in a major innovative engineering project within the scope of the IEEE, originality, breadth, impact on technology, patents/publications, and the quality of the nomination.

 The IEEE Simon Ramo Medal was established in 1982 and is awarded for exceptional achievement in systems engineering and systems science.

BajcsyRuzena Bajcsy, BDD affiliate and EECS Professor Emerita

IEEE Nick Holonyak, Jr. Medal for Semiconductor Optoelectronic Technologies

“For pioneering and sustained contributions to healthcare technology fundamental to computer vision, medical imaging, and computational anatomy.”

The medal is awarded for outstanding contributions to semiconductor optoelectronic devices and systems including high-energy-efficiency semiconductor devices and electronics based on impact on the profession and/or society, succession of significant technical or other contributions, leadership in accomplishing worthwhile goal(s), previous honors, and other achievements as evidenced by publications or patents or other evidence.

This medal recognizes specific areas of technology as they are becoming more important:  lidar, self-driving cars, high-speed “6G” silicon-related photonics, laser machining, laser space and underwater communications, global space-based mm-wave internet access from satellites, as well as the energy savings for reduction of global warming.

Pieter AbbeelPieter Abbeel, BDD affiliate and EECS Professor

IEEE Kiyo Tomiyasu Award

“For contributions to deep learning for robotics.”

The IEEE Kiyo Tomiyasu Award is a Technical Field Award established by the IEEE Board of Directors in 2001. It is an institute level award, not a society level award. It is presented for outstanding early to mid-career contributions to technologies holding the promise of innovative applications. The prize is sponsored by Dr. Kiyo Tomiyasu,[3] the IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society, and the IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Society (MTT).

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