​Awards in Research 

  • IEEE Fourier Award for Signal Processing - an IEEE Technical Field Award "for outstanding leadership in and pioneering contributions to signal processing for wireless sensing and communications.", 2021.

  • Distinguished University Professor - "for extraordinary scholarly achievement and outstanding contributions to the intellectual life of the university", July 1, 2019.

  • APSIPA 2018 Grand Award - "for Founding the APSIPA, and pioneering contributions for the advances of signal processing in multimedia forensics, security, and wireless communications".

  • Clarivate Analytics Web of Science Highly Cited Researcher (used to be called ISI or Thomson Reuters) - "In recognition of the world’s most influential minds as determined by ranking among the top 1% of researchers for most cited papers, in their specific field", 2010, 2016, 2017.

  • IEEE Signal Processing Society 2014 Society Award - "for influential technical contributions and profound leadership impact", (the highest award bestowed by IEEE SPS).

  • Selected to participate in National Academies Keck Futures Initiative on Imaging Science, 2010.

  • IEEE Signal Processing Society 2009 Technical Achievement Award - "for pioneering and outstanding contributions for the advances of signal processing in multimedia forensics, security, and wireless communications".

  • Panelist, IEEE 125th Anniversary Media Event - "research featured as one of seven technologies that IEEE believes will have the world changing implications on the way humans interact with machines, the world and each other, in honor of IEEE's 125th anniversary", New York City, March 10, 2009.

  • Fellow of American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) - "for distinguished contributions to signal processing for wireless communications, multimedia, and information forensics and security", Nov 2008.

  • A. James Clark School of Engineering Faculty Outstanding Research Award, - "to recognize exceptionally influential research accomplishments for pioneering work on information forensics and security, wireless communications, and bioinformatics", (one per year for the entire college), 2008.

  • Distinguished Scholar-Teacher Award - "for outstanding scholarly accomplishment, combined with excellence in teaching, personify the image of the professorate", (up to five per year selected from the entire university, officially conferred in an annual university convocation), Office of the Provost, University of Maryland, 2007.

  • Distinguished Lecturer, IEEE Signal Processing Society, 2004.

  • IEEE Fellow - "for contributions to algorithms, architectures, and implementations for signal processing", 2003.

  • Listed in Who's Who in Science and Engineering and Who's Who in America, since 1999.

  • Outstanding Systems Engineering Faculty Award - "in recognition of outstanding interdisciplinary research and in all other aspects of the ISR programs", Institute for Systems Research, University of Maryland", 1996.

  • National Science Foundation Young Investigator Award - "for recognition of the Nation's most outstanding and promising young faculty in science and engineering", 1994.

  • Research Initiation Award, Signal Processing Program, National Science Foundation, 1993.

Awards in Teaching

  • 2016 IEEE Leon K. Kirchmayer Technical Field Award on Graduate Teaching, - "for exemplary teaching and curriculum development, inspirational mentoring of graduate students, and broad educational impact in signal processing and communications".

  • Fellow, Academy for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, University of Maryland, College Park, 2007.

  • Distinguished Scholar-Teacher Award - "for outstanding scholarly accomplishment, combined with excellence in teaching, personify the image of the professorate", (up to five per year selected from the entire university, officially conferred in an annual university convocation), Office of the Provost, University of Maryland, 2007.

  • Poole and Kent Senior Faculty Teaching Award - "for significant and dedicated contribution to undergraduate and graduate teaching and leadership in modernization/revision of graduate curriculum", (one selected from all of engineering per year), A. James Clark School of Engineering (College of Engineering), University of Maryland, 2005.

  • George Corcoran Award - "for outstanding contributions to electrical engineering education", Electrical Engineering Department, University of Maryland, 1994.

Awards in Services

  • IEEE Signal Processing Society 2016 Meritorious Service Award - for exemplary service to and leadership in the Signal Processing Society.

  • A. James Clark School of Engineering Faculty Outstanding Service Award, - "for outstanding service, dedication, and commitment to the graduate programs", (one per year selected from the entire college), A. James Clark School of Engineering, University of Maryland, 2012.

  • EURASIP Meritorious Service Award - "for leadership in establishing EURASIP Journal on Applied Signal Processing (JASP) as a leading journal in the field", European Association for Signal, Speech and Image Processing (EURASIP), 2004.

  • Service Award - "for outstanding and dedicated voluntary service as a Director of the Board of Mei-Hwa Chinese School", Silver Spring, MD, 1995.

Best Paper and Invention Awards

  • Fellow of National Academy of Inventors - for the invention of wireless AI, 2019.

  • 2017 CEATEC Grand Prix - The debut of Time-Reversal Machine of Origin Wireless won the Grand Prix in the Community Innovation Category at CEATEC, Japan, 2017.

  • 2017 CEATEC Innovation Award - "as Selected by U.S. Journalists", CEATEC, Japan, 2017.

  • IEEE ICASSP 2016 Best Student Paper Award (Chen Chen and Yi Han) - Advisor and Co-author, for the paper: "High Accuracy Indoor Localization: A WiFi-Based Approach", (selected from among 1200+ presented papers)IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech and Signal Processing (ICASSP), Shanghai, March 2016.

  • 2015 IEEE Signal Processing Society Overview Paper Award - for the paper: "Advances in Cognitive Radios: A Survey", IEEE Journal of Selected Topics on Signal Processing, 2011.

  • 2013 IEEE Global Communications Conference (Globecom) Best Paper Award, Atlanta, (selected from among 850 presented papers), for the paper: "Evolutionary Game for Joint Spectrum Sensing and Access in Cognitive Radio Networks".

  • 2013 Jimmy Lin Award for Invention, in recognition of the invention "Time-Reversal Division Multiple Access for Wireless Broadband Communications", Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, University of Maryland, 2013.

  • Invention of the Year Award - for the invention, "Time-Reversal Division Multiple Access for Wireless Broadband Communications", Office of Technology Commercialization, University of Maryland, 2012.

  • 2011 Jimmy Lin Award for Invention, in recognition of the invention "Active Sensing for Dynamic Spectrum Access", Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, University of Maryland, 2011.

  • Invention of the Year Award - for the invention, "Active Sensing for Dynamic Spectrum Access", Office of Technology Commercialization, University of Maryland, 2010.

  • IEEE Signal Processing Society 2008 Young Author Best Paper Award (H. Vicky Zhao), Advisor and Co-author, for the paper: "Behavior Forensics for Scalable Multiuser Collusion: Fairness vs. Effectiveness", IEEE Trans. on Information Forensics and Security, 2006.

  • Award of Excellence in Cover Design - the Society for Technical Communication's Technical Art competition, (as Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Signal Processing Magazine leading the effort in the redesign of the Magazine), 2005-2006

  • Horizon Awards - Honorable Mention, "for technology development of Multimedia Fingerprinting Forensics for Traitors Tracing", Computerworld Magazine, 2006.

  • IEEE Signal Processing Society 2005 Best Paper Award - for the paper: "Anti-Collusion Fingerprinting for Multimedia", IEEE Trans. on Signal Processing, 2003.

  • Invention of the Year Award - for the invention, "Coding Techniques for Maximum Achievable Diversity in Space, Time and Frequency for Broadband Wireless Communications", Office of Technology Commercialization, University of Maryland, 2004.

  • EURASIP 2004 Best Paper Award - "for the best paper published in EURASIP Journal on Applied Signal Processing", 2004, for the paper: "Group-Oriented Fingerprinting for Multimedia Forensics".

  • Best Paper Award - 50th IEEE International Vehicular Technology Conference (VTC), Amsterdam, 1999 (selected from among 700 papers), for the paper: "Downlink Beamforming for DS-CDMA Mobile Radio with Multimedia Services".

  • IEEE Signal Processing Society's 1993 Senior Award (Best Paper Award) for the paper: "Systolic Block Householder Transformation for RLS Algorithm with Two-Level Pipelined Implementation", IEEE Trans. on Signal Processing, 1992.

Honorary Professorship

  • Sun Yun-Suan Chair Professor, National Tsing Hua University, Hsinchu, 2020.

  • Distinguished Chair Professor, National Taiwan University, Taipei, 2014.

  • Advisory Professor, Northwestern Polytechnical University, Xi'an, 2011.

  • Chair Professor, National Chiao Tung University, Hsinchu, 2012

© 2020 by  K.J.Ray Liu

​The opinions expressed are the opinions of the author and not necessarily the opinions of the IEEE.

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