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Dr. Zygmunt Haas Receives Prestigious 2016 Ad Hoc and Sensor Networks (AHSN) Technical Recognition Award


Dr. Zygmunt Haas, Professor of Computer Science at UT Dallas, is the recipient of the 2016 Ad Hoc and Sensor Networks (AHSN) Technical Recognition Award. The award’s citation reads “for his outstanding contributions to securing ad hoc and sensor networks.” The award is bestowed by the IEEE Communication Society (ComSoc), and will be presented to Dr. Haas at their annual conference, IEEE GLOBECOM, on December 5, 2017 in Washington, DC.

The Technical Achievement and Recognition Award of the Ad Hoc and Sensor Networks Technical Committee (AHSN TC) aims to promote ad hoc and sensor networks research and development activities in both academic and industrial communities. The AHSN Technical Recognition Award recognizes members of the IEEE Communications Society (ComSoc) who have made significant contributions to technological advancement of ad hoc and sensor networks. This award was established as part of the AHSN TC activities in which R&D takes place in areas related to ad hoc and sensor networks.

Dr. Haas received his Ph.D. in electrical and computer engineering from Stanford University in 1988. Subsequently, he joined the Network Research Department of AT&T Bell Laboratories, where he pursued research on mobility management, wireless networks, wireless communications, fast protocols, optical networks and optical switching. From 1995 to 2013, he was a faculty at the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Cornell University, Ithaca, NY. From 2013, he is a Professor and Distinguished Chair in Computer Science at the University of Texas at Dallas. Dr. Haas is an IEEE Fellow, an author of over 250 technical papers, and an inventor on 18 patents. According to Google Scholar, his quotations are at 27,738, his h-index is 69, and his i10-index is 166.

Dr. Haas established and has been heading the Wireless Networks Lab (WNL), an internationally-recognized research group that studies topics related to wireless and mobile networks. Examples of topics pursued by WNL include: security in mobile and wireless networks, energy efficient protocols, modeling of communication systems, cross-layer protocol design, and cyber-physical systems and Internet of Things. In the area of ad hoc and sensor networks, WNL’s contributions span multiple technological challenges, such as hybrid routing, security, MAC protocols, scalable implementation, topology control, simulation tools, multicasting, and distributed applications.


The UT Dallas Computer Science program is one of the largest Computer Science departments in the United States with over 2,100 bachelor’s-degree students, more than 1,000 MS master’s students, 150 PhD students, and 86 faculty members, as of Fall 2016. With The University of Texas at Dallas’ unique history of starting as a graduate institution first, the CS Department is built on a legacy of valuing innovative research and providing advanced training for software engineers and computer scientists.

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