IEEE Broadcast Technology Society / AFCCE Jules Cohen Memorial Scholarships

Established in 2016, The IEEE Broadcast Technology Society and the Association of Federal Communications Consulting Engineers will award scholarships of up to $10,000 to promising undergraduate and graduate students attending accredited U.S. Universities interested in a career in broadcast engineering. Information and applications are available at

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Jules Cohen Award for Outstanding Broadcast Engineering 

To nominate a candidate, complete form here

Established in 2015, The IEEE Jules Cohen Award for Outstanding Broadcast Engineering is created to recognize a Broadcast Engineer exemplifying outstanding work in the field of broadcasting that meets the following criteria:

  • Integrity and professionalism
  • Quality and thoroughness of the candidate's workIMG 3066
  • Extent and reach of the work
  • Commitment to client success

Prize: Plaque, $500 award, complimentary registration at all future Broadcast Symposiums

Funding: Funded by the IEEE Broadcast Technology Society


 Membership in IEEE BTS during the period of the achievement

 Has accomplished achievement in broadcast engineering that exemplifies the following key criteria:

• Integrity and professionalism

• Quality and thoroughness of work

• Extent and reach of the work           

• Commitment to client success

Eligibility and selection process shall comply with procedures and regulation established in IEEE and Society governing documents, particularly with IEEE Policy 4.4 on Awards Limitations.

Basis for Judging: - Feedback from clients; - Feedback from peers; - Period over which the achievement was made; - Extent of the achievement; - Demonstration of integrity and professionalism

Presentation of Award: At Annual Broadcast Symposium

Nominations being accepted for the 2020 award until August 30, 2021.

Jules E. Cohen Outstanding Engineering Achivement Award Past Recipients: 

2020: Benjamin Dawson

2019: Garrison Cavell

2018: Merrill Weiss

2017: Byron W. St. Clair

2016: Lynn Claudy

2015: Thomas B. Silliman


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Clyde M. Hunt Memorial Award

Established in 1993 to recognize a student paper of exceptional interest and applicability to the field of Broadcast Engineering.


First prize: $250, Certificate and an all expense paid trip to the Annual Broadcast Symposium to present
the winning paper;

Second and Third prize: $250.00, Certificate, and complimentary registration to the Annual Broadcast Symposium. [For coauthored papers, only principal author receives prizes (first, second, or third)]


Funding: Honoraria funded by the Clyde M. Hunt Memorial fund; administered by the IEEE Foundation. Travel and Symposium registration funded by the IEEE Broadcast Technology Society.


Eligibility: Any student, undergraduate or graduate, pursuing a course of study in a field related to broadcast engineering is eligible. The student need not be a member of IEEE or BTS.


Basis for Judging: General quality, extent of original work, timeliness, and significance of the contribution to
the broadcast engineering profession. The paper must be of sufficient quality to warrant publication in the Transactions.


Presentation of Award: Given periodically, however presentation to be made at Annual Broadcast Symposium.


To nominate a candidate, complete form here

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Scott Helt Memorial Award

Established in 1957 to recognize the best paper published in the IEEE Transactions on Broadcasting..

Prize: Plaque

Funding: Funded by the IEEE Broadcast Technology Society

Eligibility: Authors of papers published in the IEEE Transactions on Broadcasting during the calendar year
(1 January – 31 December) immediately prior to the fall Broadcast Symposium

Basis for Judging: General quality of paper, subject matter, originality, timeliness, contribution to the broadcasting field

Presentation of Award:  At the following year's Annual Broadcast Symposium.


Scott Helt Memorial Award Past Recipients

2021: Peng Yu, Fanqin Zhou, Xiang Zhang, Xuesong Qiu, Michel Kadoch, Mohaned Cheriet for their paper “Deep Learning-Based Resource Allocation for 5G Broadband TV Service"

2020: Manuel Fuentes, De Mi, Hongzhi Chen, Eduardo Garro, Jose Luis Carcel, David Vargas, Belkacem Mouhouche, and David Gomez Barquero for their paper "Physical Layer Performance Evaluation of LTE-Advanced Pro Broadcast and ASTC 3.0 Systems"

2019: Angel Martin, Jon Egana,Julian Florez, Jon Montalban, Igor G. Olaizola, Marco Quartulli, Roberto Viola, and Mikel Zorril for their paper “Network Resource Allocation System for QoE-Aware Delivery of Media Services in 5G Networks” 

2018: Seho Myung, Sung-Ik Park, Kyung-Joong Kim, Jae-Young Lee, Sunhyoung Kwon, and Jeongchang Kim for their paper "Offset and Normalized Min-Sum Algorithms for ATSC 3.0 LDPC Decoder."

2017: Susumu Saito, Takuya Shitomi, Shingo Asakura, Akihiko Satou, Masahiro Okano, Kenichi Murayama, and Kenichi Tsuchida for their paper, “8K Terrestrial Transmission Field Tests Using Dual-P olarized MIMO and HigherOrder Modulation OFDM.”

2016: Zhen Gao, Chao Zhang, and Zhaocheng Wang for their paper, “Robust Preamble Design for Synchronization, Signaling Transmission, and Channel Estimation.”

2015: Wenbo Ding, Fang Yang, Changyong Pan, Lingling Dai and Jian Song for their paper, “Compressive Sensing Based Channel Estimation for OFDM Systems Under Long Delay Channels.”

2014: L. Gui, S. Li, J. Xiong, and Y. Xu for their paper, “A Generalized Analytical Solution to Channel Estimation With Intersymbol Interference Cancelation and Co-Channel Interference Cancelation for Single Input Single Output/Multiple Input Single Output Digital Terrestrial Multimedia Broadcasting Systems.

2013: Dr. Yiyan Wu, Bo Rong Khalil Salehian, and Giles Gagnon for their papers, “Cloud Transmission: A New SpectrumReuse Friendly Digital Terrestrial Broadcasting Transmission System.”

2012: Carlos Vázquez, Liang Zhang, and Sebastian Knorr for their paper “3D-TV Content Creation: Automatic 2D-to-3D Video Conversion.”

2011: Demin Wang, Liang Zhang, André Vincent, Phil Blanchfield and Robert Klepko for their papers, “Motion-Compensated Frame Rate Up-Conversion—Part I: Fast Multi-Frame Motion Estimation” and “Motion-Compensated Frame Rate Up-Conversion—Part II: New Algorithms for Frame Interpolation.”

2010: Bogdan Ciubotaru, Gabriel-Miro Muntean, and Gheorghita Ghinea for their paper, “Objective Assessment of Region of Interest-Aware Adaptive Multimedia Streaming Quality.”

2009: Sung Ik Park, Jae-Young Lee, Heung Mook Kim and Wangrok Oh for their paper, “Transmitter Identification Signal Analyzer for Single Frequency Network”

2008: Gunther May and Michael Kornfeld for their paper, “DVB-H and IP Datacast - Broadcast to Handheld Devices” 

2007: Oded Bendov for his paper, “Interference to UHF-DTTV Channels by Unlicensed Devices” 

2006: Matthew Rabinowitz and James J. Spilker, Jr.  for their paper, “A New Positioning System Using Television Synchronization Signals”

2005: Xianbin Wang, Yiyan Wu, and Bernard Caron for their paper, “Transmitter Identification Using Embedded Pseudo Random Sequences”

2004: Gary Sgrignoli, for his paper,“DTV Repeater Emission Mask Analysis”

2003: Khalil Salehian, Michèle Guillet, Bernard Caron and Andre Kennedy, for their paper, “On-Channel Repeater for Digital Television Broadcasting Service”

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Matti S. Siukola Memorial Award

Established in 1982 the Matti S. Siukola Memorial Award recognizes the best paper presented at the Annual Broadcast Symposium. The award honors Dr. Siukola, an eminent broadcast antenna engineer for more than thirty years, who was stricken with a fatal heart attack as he completed his presentation at the 1980 Symposium.

Prize: Plaque

Funding: Funded by the IEEE Broadcast Technology Society.

Eligibility: Presenters of papers at the Annual Broadcast Symposium.IMG 4837

Basis for Judging: Overall technical quality, extent of original work, effectiveness of presentation, quality of visual aids.

Presentation of Award: At the following year's Annual Broadcast Symposium.


Matti S. Siukola Memorial Award Past Recipients

2020: Award not presented due to cancellation of conference

2020: Award not presented due to cancellation of conference

2019: David Layer for "PILOT All-digital FM Field Test Project"

2018: John Kean for "Antenna Radiation Pattern Measurement with a DroneAntenna Radiation Pattern Measurement with a Drone"

2017: Mark Earnshaw for “Detailed overview of ATSC 3.0 Physical Layer”

2016: Tim Laud for “First Field Testing of Proposed ATSC 3.0 Physical Layer Technologies” and Joseph Davis for TV Repack Post Auction Procedures”

2015: David Layer for "All Digital Radio AM Field Test Project"

2014: Benjamin F. Dawson, P.E. for "The Effects of Nearby Structures on MF Antennas and the FCC's Newly Enacted Rules for Protecting AM Stations from those Effects"

2013: S. Merrill Weiss for "Interference from Passive Intermodulation (PIM)-Keeping the Red Flag Flying"

2012: Greg Best and S. Merrill Weiss for "Taming DTV Interference to Co-Sited Adjacent-Spectrum Users"

2011: Geoff Mendenhall for "Transmission System Solutions to Increase IBOC Power and Coverage"

2010: Pascal Marcoux for "Revisiting the Field Strength Requirements for DTV in the Canadian Context"

2009: Robert Seidel for "Audio Loudness"

2008: David Plets for "Evaluation of Performance Characteristics of a DVB-H Network for Different Reception Conditions"

2007: Oded Bendov for "Interference to UHF-DTTV Channels by Unliscensed Devices"

2006: Andy Bater for "A Flat Earth DTx Implementation"

2005: Gary Sgrignoli for "Interference Analysis of Co-Sited DTV and NTSC Translators"

2004: Oded Bendov, Yiyan Wu, Charles W. Rhodes, and John F. X. Browne for "Planning Factors for Fixed and Portable Reception"

2003: Richard Citta, Xianbin Wang, Benoit Ledoux, Sebastien Leflèche, Yiyan Wu and Bernard Caron for "A VSB DTV Receiver Designed for Indoor and Distributed Transmission Environments"

2002: Carl G. Eilers and Gary Sgrignoli

2001: Thomas J. Endres

2000: Robert Plonka for "Determining EVM/SNR in DTV Coverage Areas as a Function of Antenna Type - End, Center or Branch-Fed."

1999: Dennis W. Wallace

1998: Robin Blair

1997: Carl G. Eilers

1996: Carl G. Eilers

1995: John T. Stonich

1994: Charles Rhodes

1993: Charles Rhodes

1992: Timothy P. Hulick and Bryan A. Weaver

1991: Ernest Mayberry and Woo Paik

1990: Carl G. Eilers

1989: Archer S. Taylor

1987: Alfred E. Resnick (co-authors Richard Adler, James Breakall)

1986: Emil Torick

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IEEE Broadband Multimedia Symposium - Best Paper Award

Established in 2009 to recognize the best paper presented at the Annual IEEE International Symposium on Broadband Multimedia Systems and Broadcasting (Broadband Multimedia Symposium). The paper topic, research, presentation materials and presentation delivery will all be assessed.

Prize: Plaque for the principle author, and certificates for the remaining authors (if any), plus complimentary registration for the following year’s Broadband Multimedia Symposium for the author accepting the award (year of presentation).

Funding: Funded by the IEEE Broadcast Technology Society

Eligibility: All Presenters of papers at the IEEE International Symposium on Broadband Multimedia Systems and Broadcasting are eligible.

Basis for Judging: Overall technical quality, extent of original work, effectiveness of presentation, quality of visual aids. Presentation: The Award will be presented annually at an Awards luncheon or dinner, held during the IEEE International Symposium on Broadband Multimedia Systems and Broadcasting in the following year.


Broadband Multimedia Symposium - Best Paper Awards Past Recipients

2021: Best Paper Award:  Hoiyoon Jung, Sung-Ik Park, Bo-mi Lim, Haechan Kwon, Namho Hur, Sungho Jeon, Hyeongseok Kim and Jeongchang Kim for their paper "Impact of Cross-Polarization Discrimination for ATSC 3.0 MIMO System" Best Paper Award: Yang Liu, Jiawei Li, Bin Cao and Mugen Peng for their paper "Authorization for Access in Fog Radio Access Networks" Best Paper Award: Xiao Yan, Xiaoxue Rao, Qian Wang, Hsiao-Chun Wu and Yiyan Wu for their paper "Novel Cooperative Automatic Modulation Classification by Credit-based Consensus Fusion." Best Student Paper Award: Yiwei Zhang, Yihang Huang, Dazhi He,  Yin Xu and Wenjun Zhang for their paper "Using LDM-based Layered Multicast to Enhance System Capacity". Best Student Paper Award: Kareem Ali, John Cosmas, Lina Shi, Xun ZHANG and Benjamin Meunier for their paper "Simulated Annealing Optimisation for Optimising 5G Visible Light Communications Location Measurements. Best Student Paper Award: Ernesto Fontes Pupo, Claudia Carballo Gonzalez, Luigi Atzori and Maurizio Murroni for their paper "Thresholds of outperformance among Broadcast/Multicast access techniques in 5G networks".

2020: Best Paper Award:  Wei Li, Liang Zhang, Yiyan Wu, Sung-Ik Park, Jae-Young Lee and Namho Hur for their paper "LDM in Wireless In-Band Distribution Link and in-Band Inter-Tower Communcation Networks for Backhaul, IoT and Datacasting." Best Paper Award: Chaoyu Gu, Jian Xiong, Zhiping Shi and Bo Liu for their paper "Video Cooperative Caching in High-Speed Train by using Differential Evolution Algorithm Broadcasting." Best Student Paper Award: Haining Duan, Yu Zhang and Jian Song paper "Optimized Resource Allocation in Scalable Video Broadcasting using LDM and BDM".  Best Student Paper Award: Abid Yaqoob and Gabriel-Miro Muntean for their paper "A Weighted Tile-based Approach for Viewport Adaptive 360 degree Video Streaming". 

2019: Best Paper Award:  Jae-Young Lee, Sung-Ik Park, Hyun-Jeong Yim, Bo-Mi Lim, Sunhyoung Kwon, Sungjun Ahn, Namho Hur and Heung Mook Kim for their paper "ATSC 3.0 and LTE Cooperation for LDM and SHVC Based Mobile Broadcasting." Best Paper Award: Yiling Xu, Hao Chen, Yangchao Zhao, Wenjun Zhang, Qiu Shen, Xu Zhang and Zhan Ma for their paper "Neural Adaptive Transport Framework for Internet-scale Interactive Media Streaming Services." Best Student Paper Award: Yu Xue, Wei Li, Liang Zhang, Ahmed Alsohaily, Elvino Sousa and Yiyan Wu for their paper "Using Layered Division Multiplexing for Mixed Unicast-Broadcast Service Delivery in 5G." Best Student Paper Award: Xinjie Dong, Rongke Liu and Zijian Huang for their paper "Fast Simplified Multi-Bit Successive-Cancellation List Decoding of Polar Codes and Implementation." Best Student Paper Award: Hyeongseok Kim, Jeongchang Kim, Sung Ik Park, Jae-Young Lee, Namho Hur, Michael Simon, Mark Aitken and Kevin Gage for their paper "A New Decoding Scheme of Emergency Alert Wake-up Bits in ATSC 3.0." 

2018: Best Paper Award: Sung-Ik Park, Jae-Young Lee, Sunhyoung Kwon, Bo-Mi Lim, Sungyun Ahn, Heung Mook Kim, Sungho Jeon, Jaekwon Lee, Michael Simon, Mark Aitken, Kevin Gage, Yiyan Wu, Liang Zhang, Wei Li and Jeongchang Kim for their paper "ATSC 3.0 Physical Layer Modulation and Coding Performance Analysis."  Best Paper Award: Wei Zhang, Jian Xiong, Lin Gui, Bo Liu, Meikang Qiu and Zhiping Shi for their paper "On Popular Services Pushing and Distributed Caching in Converged Overlay Networks."  Best 5G Paper Award: Athul Prasad, Petteri Lunden, Zexian Li and Mikko Uusitalo for their paper, "Enhancements for Enabling Point-to-Multipoint Communication Using Unlicensed Spectrum." Best Student Paper Award: Shichang Song, Yongbing Lin, Hongwei Guo, Ce Zhu, Jianhua Zheng and Yanbo Gao for their paper "Improved Template-Matching-based FRUC Method in Inter-Frame Video Coding."  Best Student Paper Award: Eduardo Garro, Carlos Barjau, David Gomez-Barquero, Jeongchang Kim, and Sung-Ik Park for their paper "Joint Use of LDM Plus MIMO for Co-located ATSC 3.0 Systems."   

2017: Best Paper Award: Jae-Young Lee, Sung-Ik Park, Sunhyoung Kwon, Bo-Mi Lim, Heung Mook Kim, Namho Hur, Anthony Pesin, Jean-Claude Chevet, Joan Llach, Alan Stein, Sungho Jeon and Yiyan Wu for their paper "Scalable HEVC over Layered Division Multiplexing for the Next Generation Terrestrial Broadcasting." Best Paper Award:  Lianf Zhang, Yiyan Wu, Wei Li, Khalil Salehian, Sebastien Laffeche, Adrian Florea, Xianbin Wang, Sung-Ik Park, Heung Mook Kim, Jae-Young Lee, Namho Hur, Pablo Angueira, Jon Montalban and Cristina Regieiro for their paper "Coverage Analysis on Improved LTE eMBMS with Layered-Division-Multiplexing and Longer Cyclic Prefix." Best Student Paper Award: Jose Luis Carcel, Jordi Joan Gimenez and David Gomez-Barquero "Zero-Guard OFDM Operation in SFN with ATSC 3.0 Ultra-Robust Transmission Modes."  Best Student Paper Award: Cristina Desogus, Mauro Fadda, Antonino Orsino, Maurizio Murroni and Giuseppe Araniti for their paper "Mobility Aware MBMS Management in Urban 5G-Oriented Systems." Best Student Paper Award: Harini Priyadarshini Hariharan, Tobias Lange and  Thorsten Herfet for their paper "Low Complexity Light Field Compression Based on Pseudo-Temporal Circular Sequencing."

2016: Best Paper Award: Hiroki Endo, Kazuya Fujisawa and Kenjiro Kai, for their paper "Cross-Media Platform for the Unification of Broadcast and Broadband Program-Viewing Environments” Best Paper Award: Liang Zhang, Kent Walker, Yiyan Wu, Wei Li, Khalil Salehian, Adrian Florea for their paper "Improving LTE eMBMS System Spectrum Efficiency and Service Quality Using Channel Bonding, Non-Orthogonal Multiplexing and SFN Study” Best Student Paper Award: Xia Li, Jian Xiong, Bo Liu, Meikang Qiu and Lin Gui for their paper "A Capacity Improving and Energy Saving Scheduling Scheme in Push-based Converged Wireless Broadcasting and Cellular Networks.” Best Student Paper: Matteo Anedda, Gabriel-Miro Muntean, and Maurizio Murroni for their paper "Adaptive Real-time Multi-user Access Network Selection Algorithm for Load-balancing over Heterogeneous Wireless Networks."Best Student Paper: Jingjing Liu, Chao Zhang and Zhi Li for their paper "Compressive Sensing Based Channel Estimation for Layered Modulation of OFDM Scheme."

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The Broadcast Technology Society Special Service Award

Established in 1981 to recognize outstanding service to the IEEE Broadcast Technology Society.

Prize: Plaque Funding: Funded by the IEEE Broadcast Technology Society

Eligibility: Members of the AdCom (including members-at-large and ex officio members).

Presentation: Given out periodically at Annual Broadcast Symposium

2020: Lanny Nass

2020: Professor Ulrich Reimers

2018: Charles Einolf

2018: Thomas Silliman 

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