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Alum Victor Bahl Presented with IEEE INFOCOM Achievement Award

The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) recently presented Victor Bahl, an alumnus of the Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Department and currently a Distinguished Scientist with Microsoft Research in Redmond, Washington, with the IEEE INFOCOM Achievement Award ( It is the highest honor that can be bestowed on a researcher in the INFOCOM community. 

The IEEE explained that the recipient should have a body of work that has had significant impacts on the networking community in general, and INFOCOM in particular. The award was given to Bahl, an IEEE Fellow, for his contributions to dynamic spectrum access and wireless LAN technologies.

The IEEE wrote that “Bahl has made pioneering and lasting contributions in computer networking. His work on indoor localization and on exploiting properties of radio frequency signals for goals beyond communications still serves as a model for much of the work in the area today. His work on edge computing, dynamic spectrum access, multi-radio systems, channel access scheduling, energy efficient systems, enterprise network management, cloud-powered mobile systems, and topology control of ad hoc wireless networks has made profound impact on the research community.”

The IEEE citation added that “Bahl is most known for the groundbreaking networked systems he has built and deployed. Some of these systems are being used by hundreds of millions of people around the world. The underlying technologies used to build these networks have ushered new areas of research in the research community. In addition to his research accomplishments, Bahl has played a significant leadership role in the mobile networking community and its associated conferences.” 

The presentation was made at the IEEE International Conference on Computer Communications, held from April 29 to May 2 in Paris, France. IEEE INFOCOM is a top-ranked conference on networking in the research community.

According to its website, IEEE INFOCOM is a major conference venue for researchers to present and exchange significant and innovative contributions and ideas in the field of networking and closely related areas. IEEE INFOCOM covers both theoretical and systems research. For INFOCOM 2019, the conference included a main technical program, a number of workshops, a keynote speech, panels, a student poster session, and demo/poster sessions. (June 2019)