2006 - Yasuo Hirata
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Chairman of the board of KDDI Research & Development Laboratories, Inc. in Saitama, Japan, Dr. Yasuo Hirata developed the first digital maritime satellite communication system, now used worldwide by more than 280,000 ships, vehicles and aircraft.

His system design became the standard for INMARSAT, a global satellite network that offers mobile satellite communications services to maritime, land and aeronautical users. He also contributed to the development of mobile satellite systems, including the INMARSAT aeronautical system and the Standard-M system that is also used for land mobile communications.

Dr. Hirata pioneered the use of forward error correction (FEC) technology which enables efficient, high-quality data communication over noisy channels, such as those found in satellite and digital cellular communications applications. He applied the FEC technique to digital mobile satellite communications systems such as INMARSAT, as well as other major satellite systems like INTELSAT.

FEC technology has made it possible to significantly improve both power and frequency efficiency, attain high and adaptable code rates and facilitate simple hardware implementation. At present, Dr. Hirata?s innovations are reducing costs and increasing performance in a variety of wireless communications systems including satellites, wireless LANs, and fiber communications.

He also has advanced standardization in satellite communications through his efforts as chairman of the standard assembly of ARIB, the Japanese standards body for radio communications. He has served in leadership capacities on several international standards groups supporting the advancement of mobile satellite communications

Currently Visiting Professor at Waseda University and The University of Electro-Communications, all in Tokyo, Dr. Hirata holds bachelor?s, master?s and doctoral degrees in engineering from Kyoto University in Kyoto. An IEEE Fellow, he has been secretary of the IEEE Communications Society?s Satellite and Space Communications Committee and a member of the executive committee for the IEEE Global Communications Conference in Tokyo. He also is a Fellow of the Institute of Electronic, Information and Communications Engineers and has received Japan?s Medal with Purple Ribbon.�

2005 - Lawrence H. Landweber

A Professor Emeritus at the Computer Science Department of the University of Wisconsin in Madison, Dr. Lawrence H. Landweber has made seminal contributions to the development of the Internet. During the 1970s, he began work on computer networks that would support global research and education, including TheoryNet, an email system for theoretical computer scientists, and CSNET, the first open network for all computer research groups in the United States. From 1984 to 1989, he organized the Landweber Conferences which supported scientists striving to implement national academic and research networks in their countries. These workshops led to the emergence of an international academic Internet and the creation of INET, the first open, international conference to draw experts from government, industry and academia having technical, financial and policy expertise.

An IEEE Member, Dr. Landweber also is a founding member and former president and trustee of the Internet Society and a Fellow of the Association of Computer Machinery.

2004 - Victor B. Lawrence

A pioneer in the application of digital signal processing concepts and techniques to data communications, Dr. Victor B. Lawrence has made seminal contributions to the evolution of voiceband modems, digital subscriber line technology and broadband transmission. His work on V-series modem technology and international standards has paved the way for worldwide Internet access and made high-speed data communication over international networks possible. Over his career, Dr. Lawrence has made fundamental contributions to theory, quickly recognized the value of new results, sold ideas to management, and skillfully guided his team through apparent impasses.

In 1974 Dr. Lawrence joined Bell Labs in Holmdel, New Jersey and eventually served as information systems laboratories supervisor, head of the digital techniques department and head of the advanced multimedia communications department. Since 1995, he has been vice president of Lucent Technologies’ advanced communications technology center in Holmdel, New Jersey, where he manages 400 people working in digital signal processing, performance analysis, software development, Internet communications, wireless communications and broadband switching and transmission. A co-founder of Lucent’s digital video business, Dr. Lawrence led the development of high-speed modem/fax chip sets that are used in data terminals, computers, and voice terminals for secure communications worldwide. He has been a staunch supporter of efforts to globalize Lucent’s R&D efforts and bring fiber optic connectivity to Africa.

Born in Accra, Ghana Victor B. Lawrence studied electrical engineering at the University of London, United Kingdom, earning his doctorate in 1972. He then briefly worked at General Electric, Wembley, also in the UK, and lectured at Ghana’s Kumasi University of Science and Technology.

Dr. Lawrence is a Fellow of the IEEE and a recipient of the IEEE Third Millennium Medal and the IEEE Circuits and Systems Society’s Guillemin-Cauer Prize Award. He has served as editor-in-chief of IEEE Transactions on Communications and on the IEEE Fellow Committee and the IEEE Communications Society Board of Governors. A former chairman and vice chairman of the IEEE Awards Board, he goes out of his way to seek individuals deserving of recognition. A member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering and an AT&T Bell Laboratories Fellow, the many awards he has won include an Emmy Award for HDTV standards.

2003 - Not Awarded

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2002 - Karl Heinz Rosenbrock

Karl Heinz Rosenbrock has been at the leading edge of telecommunications standardization for over thirty years. His work has helped to vastly expand the integration and standardization of technology internationally, and the bodies he has helped to create promise to continue that job well into the future.

Mr. Rosenbrock?s work in communications standardization began in 1969, when he served as Head of Section for the Telecommunications Centre (FTZ) of the Deutsche Bundespost. In this position, he took an active part in the standardization work with the ITU (CCITT), CEPT, and Intelsat. In 1980, Mr. Rosenbrock moved to the Federal Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications in Bonn, where he served as Project Leader and Head of Section, responsible for overseeing the digitalization of the German telephone network and the introduction of ISDN. He returned to FTZ in 1988, where he oversaw the technology, planning, installation, and operation of telephone and ISDN switching equipment.

Since 1990, Mr. Rosenbrock has been Director-General of the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI). In this capacity, he has led the unification of European telecommunication standardization and entrenched ETSI as a dominant standardization body?even securing ISO9000 accreditation before any other regional standards body. Under Mr. Rosenbrock?s leadership, ETSI has helped to unite regional standards bodies around the world, and developed radio technologies such as GSM, DECT, HIPERLAN, and TETRA.

In 1998, Mr. Rosenbrock helped to create the 3rd Generation Partnership Project for the development of 3rd Generation wireless standards (3GPP), a body bringing together the interests of Europe, Japan, South Korea, China, and the United States for the development of 3rd Generation specifications. Lauded as a ?paradigm shift? in global standardization, 3GPP has created a new model for international cooperation on standards, which has already been enthusiastically emulated. Mr. Rosenbrock served two terms as the Chairman of the 3GPP Project Coordination Group, and is now Vice Chairman of the Project Coordination Group and head of the ETSI delegation.

Karl Heinz Rosenbrock was born 10 June 1941 in Hermannsburg, Germany. He earned a Diplom-Ingenieur in Electrical Engineering from the Technical University of Braunschweig (Germany) in 1967.�