Canada Research Chair and Professor Azzedine Boukerche has been awarded the prestigious IEEE Canada C. C. Gotlieb Computer Award for his important contributions to the field of mobility management for wireless networks and mobile systems. The award was presented to him by the IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) at the Canadian Conference on Electrical and Computer Engineering held in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
With a strong background in research and development from both academia and industry, Prof. Boukerche and his research team have made several innovative contributions to his field. This has led him to be widely seen not only as a scholar and world-class computer expert, but also as a leader in the design of algorithms and protocols for intelligent transportation systems, wireless sensor networks, distributed and mobile computing, and mobile networking research areas while combining fundamental research with real-world applications.
For more than two decades, he has been exploring wireless sensor networks, intelligent vehicular networking, wireless multimedia, smart cars and smart roads, and how these technologies can further improve the design of the next generation of connected and autonomous vehicles and intelligent transportation systems. These innovations will change the way we live and interact daily with our environment. Prof. Boukerche has also led innovative projects in augmented virtual reality for the design of next-generation training facilities for first responders.
Dr. Boukerche has published extensively, with 14 Best Paper awards in his portfolio. He is also the editor of three highly regarded books on wireless networking and mobile computing. He has won several national and International awards for his work, and is a Fellow of the Engineering Institute of Canada, the Canadian Academy of Engineering, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
Established in 2007, the C. C. Gotlieb Computer Award is presented to outstanding Canadian scientists, recognized for their important contributions to computer engineering and science. The medal was awarded by the President of IEEE Canada, Amir G. Aghdam, who said: “It is both my pleasure and honour to notify and congratulate you on your being selected as the 2015 recipient of the IEEE Canada Gotlieb Computer Medal”
“I am incredibly humbled to receive today this really lovely and prestigious honor," answered Prof. Boukerche at the award ceremony. “I have to add that I am really blessed with gifted and talented graduate students who have been working under my supervision in my research laboratory. Without them, this wouldn’t have been possible”.
Dr. Claude Laguë, Dean of the University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Engineering, added: “My sincerest congratulations, Azzedine, on another well-deserved honour”.
Azzedine Boukerche is a Professor of Computer Science and Engineering and holds a Canada Research Chair Tier-1 position at the University of Ottawa. He is the Scientific Director of NSERC-DIVA Strategic Research Network and of NSERC-CREATE TRANSIT Network, as well as the Director of the PARADISE Research Laboratory at uOttawa.