Jubilee Historian’s Lecture

The Jubilee Historian’s Lecture is a special feature this year, celebrating our 50th year of the Allerton Conference on Communications, Control, and Computing. We are delighted to announce Professor Anthony Ephremides from the University of Maryland as our Jubilee Historian.

Lecture: “Fifty Years of Allerton: Those were the (Flash) Memories”
Date: 8:30 a.m., Tuesday, October 2, 2012
Location: Allerton House Library

Biography: Anthony Ephremides holds the Cynthia Kim Eminent Professorship Chair of Information Technology at the University of Maryland, and he was recently named a Distinguished University Professor. He holds a joint appointment with the Institute for Systems Research, of which he has been a founding member, and he is also a member of and former Co-Director of the Maryland Hybrid Networks Center (HyNET), formerly known as the Center for Hybrid and Satellite Communication Networks (CHSCN).

He received his B.S. degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens, Greece, in 1967 and the M.A. and Ph.D. degrees also in Electrical Engineering from Princeton University in 1969 and 1971, respectively. His research interests include all aspects of Communications Systems (Information Theory, Communication Theory, Multi-user Systems, Communication Networks, Satellite Systems) with focus on Energy Efficiency and Cross-Layer Approaches to Design. He is also interested in Systems Theory, Stochastic Systems, Optimization, Signal Processing, Wireless Communications, and other related, or unrelated, subjects.

Professor Ephremides spearheaded the development and evolution of ad-hoc wireless networks before many technical experts even comprehended the subject. His pioneering work culminated in the creation of a basis for self-organization of wireless networks in 1979. The U.S. Navy Fleet adapted his work to form the basis for seminal work in modeling, performance analysis, and understanding the operation of networks subject to mobility, fading, interference, changing connectivity, and other impairments.

He has served in many capacities in the IEEE and other organizations and has been honored with many prestigious accolades and awards. He was named to the top grade of IEEE Fellow in 1987. In 1991 he received the IEEE Donald E. Fink Prize Paper Award, a prestigious distinction covering all IEEE publications. In 1996, he was honored with the inaugural presentation of the Association of Computing Machinery’s Sigmobile Award, which selects the most distinguished contributor to the field of Mobile Communication Systems worldwide. In 2001, he was one of the first to receive the University of Maryland’s Kirwan Research Award. In 2006, Ephremides was recognized for lifetime leadership within the IEEE information Society with the presentation of the Aaron Wyner Leadership Award. He was also selected to receive the Naval Research Laboratory’s Alan Berman Award. Last but not least, Professor Ephremides has long served as the historian of the IEEE Information Theory Society.