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Call for Paper Award Nominations and Deadline Extension

On behalf of the awards committee, I would like to strongly urge all society members, including student members, to consider nominating papers for the ITSoc or joint ITSoc/COMSOC prize paper awards. Recognizing outstanding work by our colleagues is one of the best services our society can provide, yet some years we receive very few paper award nominations (especially for the joint award, which is relatively new), and many great papers are never nominated.

To stimulate more award nominations, the deadline has been extended to March 1. Please consider nominating any excellent paper you have read over the last year for one or both of these prestigious awards. (Note that the same paper may be considered for both awards). Our society can also sponsor nominations for IEEE-wide prize paper awards (individuals can also directly nominate for these awards).

The two ITSoc paper awards are described as follows:

1. The "Information Theory Society Paper Award" recognizes exceptional publications in the fields of interest of the Society. It will be given for a publication appearing anywhere during 2006 and 2007. Nominations for this award should be sent to the IT Transactions EIC Ezio Biglieri (ezio.biglieri at by March 1.

2. The "ComSoc & Information Theory Joint Paper Award" recognizes outstanding papers published in any publication of the Communications Society or the Information Theory Society during 2007. It recognizes exceptional published works in research areas of common interest in the two societies. Nominations for this award should be sent to the Awards Committee Chair Andrea Goldsmith (andrea at by March 1.

More details can be found on p. 53 of the Dec. 2007 ITSoc newsletter  or on the ITSoc awards website

The IEEE also sponsors several prize paper awards that individuals and societies can nominate papers for. Details can be found on the IEEE website The IEEE has suspended several awards this year, but is accepting nominations for the Fink Prize Paper Award, described below.

3. The "IEEE Donald G. Fink Prize Paper Award" recognizes an outstanding survey, review or tutorial paper in any of the IEEE Transactions, Proceedings of the IEEE, journals or magazines issued during 2007. 

Few survey or tutorial papers appear on our transactions, but please consider nominating outstanding papers of this nature on topics related to Information Theory that appear in other journals. Nominations for consideration by the awards committee for a society-sponsored nomination are due March 1. Individuals can send nominations directly until July 1.

I look forward to receiving your nominations.


Andrea Goldsmith
ITSoc Awards Committee Chair