2020 TCI Distinguished Service Award

The IEEE Computer Society Technical Committee on the Internet (TCI) has named Dr. Weisong Shi, Charles H. Gershenson Distinguished Faculty Fellow and Professor of Computer Science at Wayne State University, as the recipient of the 2020 TCI Distinguished Service Award. Dr. Shi was the founding steering committee chair of the flagship conference – ACM/IEEE Symposium on Edge Computing (SEC). Dr. Shi also served as the chair of the Technical Committee on the Internet (TCI) during 2012-2016.


Past Awardee

Dr. Fred Douglis, Chief Research Scientist at Perspecta Labs, is the recipient of the 2019 TCI Distinguished Service Award. Dr. Douglis formed the Technical Committee on the Internet (TCI) and served as the chair during 1997-2000. Dr. Douglis also served as the Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Internet Computing during 2007–2010 and has been on its editorial board since 1999.


Call for Nominations

Call for 2021 TCI Distinguished Service Award nominations is forthcoming.

The TCI Distinguished Service Award is given to an individual with distinguished service to the Internet research community (as defined by the TCI scope), and will be announced and presented to the awardee during the ACM/IEEE Symposium on Edge Computing (SEC), which is planned to take place in San Jose CA, November 11-13, 2020.   Any individual — whether from academia, industry, or government — is eligible for the award, and will be evaluated based on his or her service contributions to the community. Self-nominations are not accepted.

Examples of achievements include but are not limited to the following:

  • Catalyzing new Internet research communities
  • Leadership in journal editorial processes
  • Leadership in organizing established conferences or starting new conferences
  • Leadership in creating new research opportunities for the community (e.g., organizing and leading a significant new research institute or center, shaping the programs of funding agencies such as NSF, etc)
  • Leadership in societies relevant to the TCI scope
  • Leadership in Internet standardization activities (e.g., IETF, W3C)

The nomination package must include:

  1. The current CV of the nominee;
  2. A nominating letter (limited to 500 words) highlighting the nominee’s service to the Internet research community; and
  3. A support letter from another individual (not the nominee or the nominator) of no more than 250 words.

Please submit nominations by email to tci-awards@computer.org. The deadline for nominations is August 1, 2020 (anywhere on Earth).

The award selection committee members for 2020 is:

Ken Calvert (Univ. of Kentucky)

Fred Douglis, chair (Perspecta Labs)

Arun Iyengar (IBM Research)

Bruce Maggs (Duke University & Emerald Innovations)

Michael Rabinovich (Case Western Reserve Univ.)

The committee reserves the right to seek external opinions during the evaluation of nominated candidates.