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Ian Akyildiz

Ian F. Akyildiz

April 11, 1954 Istanbul, Turkey

Electrical and Computer Engineering Telecommunications

Georgia Institute of Technology Tampere University of Technology (Finland Distinguished Professor, FiDiPRO, and Director of NC2) (since 2013) Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya (Honorary Professor and Director of N3Cat) (since 2008) King Abdulaziz University (Consulting Chair Professor) (since 2011) University of Pretoria (Extraordinary Professor) (2009-2012)

Ian f akyildiz receives 2011 w wallace mcdowell award

Ian F. Akyildiz (Originally İlhan Fuat Akyıldız) is the Ken Byers Chair Professor with the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) at Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech), the Director of the Broadband Wireless Networking (BWN) Laboratory and Chair of the Telecommunications Group at the School of ECE at Georgia Tech.


Since 2013, Dr. Akyildiz is a FiDiPro Professor (Finland Distinguished Professor Program (FiDiPro) supported by the Academy of Finland) at Tampere University of Technology, Department of Electronics and Communications Engineering, Finland, and the founder of the NCC (Nano Communications Center). Since 2008, Dr. Akyildiz is an Honorary Professor with the School of Electrical Engineering - Telecom BCN at Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC) in Barcelona, Spain, and the founder of the N3Cat (NaNoNetworking Center in Catalunya).

Since 2011, he is a Consulting Chair Professor with the King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Between 2009 and 2012, he was an honorary professor with the Department of Electrical, Electronic and Computer Engineering at the University of Pretoria, South Africa, and the founder of the Advanced Sensor Networks Lab.

His current research interests are in Nanonetworks, Long-Term Evolution Advanced Networks, Cognitive Radio Networks, and Wireless Sensor Networks.


He was born in Istanbul, Turkey, on April 11, 1954. He went to high school in Austria. He received his BS, MS, and PhD degrees in Computer Engineering from the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany, in 1978, 1981 and 1984, respectively.

He held visiting professorships at the Universidad Tecnica Federico Santa Maria in Chile (1986); Universite Pierre et Marie Curie and École nationale supérieure des télécommunications in Paris, France (1990); Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya in Barcelona, Spain (1992); and University of the Balearic Islands in Palma de Mallorca, Spain (1998).

Editing career

He is the Editor-in-Chief of Computer Networks Journal since January 2000. He is also the founding Editor-in-Chief of the Ad Hoc Networks Journal in 2003, Physical Communication Journal in June 2008 and Nanocommunication Networks Journal since March 2010.

He is a former editor for IEEE/ACM Transactions on Networking (1996–2001), Kluwer Journal of Cluster Computing (1997–2001), ACM-Springer Journal for Multimedia Systems (1995–2002), for IEEE Transactions on Computers (1992–1996) as well as for ACM-Springer Journal of Wireless Networks (WINET) (1995–2005).

He served as a guest-editor for several special issues of various journals between 1988–2001 including "Networks in Metropolitan Areas" in October 1992 and "Mobility and Resource Management in Next Generation Wireless Systems" in October 2001 for IEEE Journal of Selected Areas in Communications.


He was the technical program chair of the 9th IEEE Computer Communications workshop in 1994.

Together with Imrich Chlamtac, in 1995, he launched the ACM MOBICOM (International Conference on Mobile Computing and Networking), which is now the premier conference in the broad field of wireless networking, and he was the Technical Program Chair for MOBICOM'96 and MOBICOM'02.

He was also Technical Program Chair for IEEE INFOCOM'98 (Computer Networking Conference) and IEEE ICC'2003 (International Conference on Communications).

He is the Co-Founder of the ACM SenSys (Sensor Systems) Conference and General Co-Chair of the ACM SenSys'03, which took place in Los Angeles in November 2003.

He was the General Chair for Third Med Hoc (Mediterranean Conference on Ad Hoc Networks), in Bodrum, Turkey, June 2004, and the General Chair of the IFIP Networking'07 Conference in Atlanta, May 2007.

In order to help and boost the research activities in the Black Sea region countries, in 2013 he established the IEEE BlackSeaCom Conference (International Black Sea Conference on Communications and Networking), whose first edition took place in Batumi, Georgia.

He is also the Founder of the ACM NANOCOM (International Conference on Nanoscale Computing and Communication), which he launched in May 2013 with the goal of accelerating the nanoscale computing, communication and networking research activities.

He gives keynote speeches at several international conferences, delivers distinguished seminars and teaches tutorials/classes worldwide.

He currently serves on the advisory boards of several research centers, journals, conferences and companies.


Dr. Akyildiz is the author of the following books:

  • I. F. Akyildiz and X. Wang: Wireless Mesh Networks, John Wiley Publishing Company, ISBN 978-0-470-03256-5, February 2009.
  • I. F. Akyildiz and M. C. Vuran: Wireless Sensor Networks, John Wiley Publishing Company, ISBN 978-0-470-03601-3, August 2010.
  • Z. Sun and I. F. Akyildiz, "Key Communication Techniques for Underground Sensor Networks,” Foundations and Trends in Networking, Now Publishers Inc., ISBN 978-1-60198-550-7, April 2012.
  • J. M. Jornet and I. F. Akyildiz, "Fundamentals of Electromagnetic Nanonetworks in the Terahertz Band," Foundations and Trends in Networking, Now Publishers Inc., ISBN 978-1-601-98736-5, November 2013
  • M. Pierobon and I. F. Akyildiz, "Fundamentals of Diffusion-Based Molecular Communication in Nanonetworks," Foundations and Trends in Networking, Now Publishers Inc, ISBN 978-1-601-98816-4, April 2014.
  • Awards

  • ACM MSWIM Reginald A. Fassenden Award with the citation: "For pioneering contributions for modeling and analysis of cellular and multihop wireless communication systems" in September 2014.
  • Humboldt Research Prize from Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Germany, in November 2013.
  • FiDiPro (Finland Distinguished Professor) Professorship at Tampere University of Technology, Department of Communications Engineering, Finland, supported by the Academy of Science in Finland, in January 2013 for the next 4 years.
  • 2011 TUBITAK (Turkish National Science Foundation) Exclusive Award for "Outstanding contributions to the advancement of scholarship/research at international level", December 2011.
  • 2011 IEEE Computer Society W. Wallace McDowell Award for "Pioneering contributions to wireless sensor network architectures and communication protocols", in May 2011.
  • 2010 IEEE Communications Society Ad Hoc and Sensor Networks Technical Committee (AHSN TC) Technical Recognition Award with the citation: "For pioneering contributions to wireless sensor networks and wireless mesh networks", December 2010.
  • Best Paper Award for "Deployment Algorithms for Wireless Underground Sensor Networks using Magnetic Induction" in the IEEE Global Communications Conference (Globecom), December 2010.
  • Best Paper Award for "Interferer Classification, Channel Selection and Transmission Adaptation for Wireless Sensor Networks" in the Ad Hoc and Sensor Networks (AHSN) symposium at IEEE International Conference on Communications (ICC), June 2009.
  • 2009 ECE Distinguished Mentor Award for mentoring junior faculty (in connection with teaching and research activities) by the Georgia Tech School of Electrical and Computer Engineering in April.
  • 2009 Georgia Tech Outstanding Doctoral Thesis Advisor Award for his 20+ years service and dedication to Georgia Tech and producing outstanding PhD students in April 2009.
  • 2005 Distinguished Faculty Achievement Award from School of ECE, Georgia Tech, April 2005.
  • 2004 Georgia Tech Faculty Research Author Award for his "Outstanding record of publications of papers between 1999-2003", April 2004.
  • 2003 ACM SIGMOBILE Outstanding Contribution Award for his "Pioneering contributions in the area of mobility and resource management for wireless communication networks", September 2003.
  • 2003 Best Tutorial Paper Award (IEEE Communications Society) for this paper entitled "A Survey on Sensor Networks" published in the IEEE Communications Magazine, August 2002.
  • 2002 IEEE Harry M. Goode Memorial Award (IEEE Computer Society) with the citation "For significant and pioneering contributions to advanced architectures and protocols for wireless and satellite networking".
  • 1997 IEEE Leonard G. Abraham Prize award (IEEE Communications Society) for his paper entitled "Multimedia Group Synchronization Protocols for Integrated Services Architectures" published in the IEEE Journal of Selected Areas in Communications (JSAC) in January 1996.
  • ACM Outstanding Distinguished Lecturer Award for 1994.
  • 1997 ACM Fellow with the citation: "For fundamental research contributions in: finite capacity queuing network models; performance evaluation of Time Warp parallel simulations; traffic Control in ATM networks, and mobility management in wireless networks".
  • 1996 IEEE Fellow with the citation: "For contributions to performance analysis of computer communication networks".
  • ACM Distiguinshed Lecturer Award in 1994.
  • The Don Federico Santa Maria Medal for his services to the Universidad of Federico Santa Maria in Chile in 1986.
  • Personal life

    His father was an owner of a Timber Factory and a Construction Company in Istanbul, Turkey. His mother was a volunteer for many social activities. They both died at a relatively young ages (62 and 59) in 1976 and 1983, respectively. He is together with Maria Akyildiz (born Schoenauer in Erlangen, Germany) since October 1976. They have three children together. He enjoys different cultures, traveling, languages, soccer, and many other things.


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