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G. David Forney, Jr.Celebrating the 2016 IEEE Honors Ceremony recipients

3 June 2016 - The achievements of IEEE Life Fellow G. David Forney, Jr. will be recognized with the IEEE Medal of Honor during the IEEE Honors Ceremony on 18 June in New York City, NY, USA. The event will be streamed live on beginning at 7:00 p.m. ET (19:00 UTC-04).

Forney has influenced virtually every major advance in the field of coding theory, providing practical solutions that have enabled high-speed data communications for systems ranging from wired to wireless and from electrical to optical. He introduced concatenated codes in 1965 as error-correcting codes constructed of two or more simpler codes to achieve good performance with reasonable complexity in detecting and fixing errors during data transmission. His concatenated method became widely used for space communications, and the approach is widely practiced today for satellite communications, mobile telephony, and digital video broadcasting. At Codex Corporation he designed the first coding system to go into space: a convolutional code with sequential decoding for a NASA Pioneer deep-space mission in 1968. Considered the founder of the modern modem, in 1970 Forney brought quadrature amplitude modulation (QAM) to the marketplace by designing the first high-speed QAM telephone-line modem. This revolutionized the industry, providing the foundation for the international V.29 9,600 bps modem standard. Forney also introduced the now universally used concept of trellis diagrams to describe the Viterbi algorithm, and he is considered the first to recognize the Viterbi algorithm as an optimum sequence detector rather than just a proof technique. His Forney algorithm (FA) is employed by all practical decoders for Reed-Solomon (RS) codes for computing error values after error locations in a received code word have been determined. The FA continues to be widely used in many physical-layer transmission systems and optical/magnetic storage devices, which employ RS coding for outer-layer error control.

Additionally, two other special recognitions will be awarded at this year's IEEE Honors Ceremony:

The IEEE Spectrum Technology in the Service of Society Award will be presented to NeuroPace, Inc. This award is presented to the technology as having the most promising potential to provide the greatest overall benefit to humankind. NeuroPace’s technology allows patients to monitor their brainwaves and unusual activity that may lead to a seizure, while doctors can review accurate, ongoing information about seizure activity and improve care.

The IEEE Spectrum Emerging Technology Award will be presented to MC10, Inc. This award is presented to the technology that has the most promising potential to provide the greatest financial return from broad commercial application. MC10 combines its proprietary ultra-thin, flexible body-worn sensors with advanced analytics to unlock health insights from physiological data.

A total of 27 technology giants (PDF, 88 KB) will be recognized for their accomplishments in advancing technology for the benefit of humanity.

View the list of 2016 IEEE Medal and Recognition recipients (PDF, 51 KB)

View the program for the 2016 IEEE Honors Ceremony (PDF, 88 KB)

Read about the IEEE Medal of Honor recipient, G. David Forney, Jr.


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