Recognition from the World Premier Telecommunications Society

Professor Jaafar Elmirghani received the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Communications Society Outstanding Service Award.

The award was recommended by the IEEE Communications Society Transmission, Access and Optical Systems (TAOS) committee in recognition of Professor Elmirghani’s “Leadership and Contributions to the Area of Green Communications”.

The award was presented to Professor Elmirghani at the IEEE Communications Society flag ship conference, the International Conference on Communications (ICC) held this year in London, 8-12 June 2015, and attended by over 3000 delegates under the theme of a “Smart City & Smart World”.

Professor Elmirghani Leads the £6m EPSRC INTelligent Energy aware NETworks (INTERNET) Programme Grant, 2010-2015, which focuses on green communications and is a collaboration between the Universities of Leeds and Cambridge with over 15 leading international industrial players in green communications including Alcatel-Lucent, BT, BBC, Cisco and others.

Professor Elmirghani started the first IEEE Communications Society Green Communications Symposium at IEEE Global Telecommunications Conference (GLOBECOM) 2011. He founded and chairs the pan IEEE Societies Green ICT Initiative which includes in its membership the IEEE Communications Society, the IEEE Vehicular Technology Society and the IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Society represented by their Society presidents in the initiative’s steering group, together with 13 other IEEE Societies and Councils.

The IEEE is based in the US and is “The world's largest professional association for the advancement of Technology”. Its membership currently exceeds 429,000,

The IEEE Communications Society is celebrating Professor Elmirghani’s achievements in Green Communications and his IEEE Green ICT initiative by dedicating the IEEE Communications Society President page in the IEEE Communications Magazine in June 2015 to his work in Green Communications and the future plans of the initiative.

Professor Elmirghani chairs the GreenTouch Wired, Core and Access Networks (WCAN) working group, one of two technical committees in GreenTouch, the world premier industry-academia research consortium with over 50 member organisations,, and a mission to improve the telecommunications energy efficiency by a factor of 1000 where Professor Elmirghani played a key role in WCAN technical activities and the energy efficiency measures developed by WCAN. He gave 39 invited and keynote talks over the past 5 years on Green Communications at the leading academic and industrial events in this area.

His technical contributions and those of his colleagues in Leeds were recognised through a number of international awards including the IEEE Communications Society ICC 2013 best paper award, and industry awards including the prestigious award presented to GreenTouch in the Green Technology category in Barcelona, February 2014.

Professor Elmirghani said “I am delighted to receive this honour and would like to recognise my colleagues and the funding received from EPSRC which made this possible”.

Professor Robertson, the Head of the School of Electronic and Electrical Engineering said “I am really pleased that Professor Elmirghani’s tremendous contribution to research into energy-efficient communications networks has been recognised with this prestigious award. His research was a major component of the portfolio of outputs that we submitted to the Research Excellence Framework in 2014, in which Leeds was ranked alongside Cambridge, Oxford and Imperial College for the quality of research. The award confirms the statistic that 100% of our research was rated world leading or internationally excellent”