Edward Knightly awarded the 2023 IEEE INFOCOM Achievement Award

For his contributions to the design, implementation and experimental demonstrations of wireless networks.

Edward Knightly

Edward Knightly, Sheafor-Lindsay Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Rice, has been awarded the 2023 IEEE International Conference on Computer Communications (INFOCOM) Achievement Award for his contributions to the design, implementation and experimental demonstrations of wireless networks.

The award is the highest honor that can be bestowed on a researcher in the INFOCOM community. Awardees are recognized for the significant impact of their work on the networking community.

IEEE INFOCOM is a leading conference on networking and closely related areas. Covering both theoretical and systems research, attendees present and exchange innovative contributions in the field.

“Knightly, an IEEE Fellow, has made multiple pioneering contributions to wireless networking and is known for bringing research innovations all the way to in-the-field demonstrations.  In 2003, Edward founded the Technology For All Wireless project as a way to bring advanced wireless technology to underserved and under resourced communities. The project yielded award-winning designs and measurement studies, used diverse and shared spectrum spanning an order of magnitude in frequency, impacted Wi-Fi standards, was featured in President Obama’s 2016 Advanced Wireless Research Initiative announcement, and today still serves thousands of Houston’s poorest residents. His contributions to multi-user networking including demonstrating the first multi-user MIMO WLAN, a capability that is now standardized in Wi-Fi since Wi-Fi 5, and more recently, the first uplink multi-user 60 GHz WLAN. He received the Dynamic Spectrum Alliance Award for Research on New Opportunities for Dynamic Spectrum Access. He won eight best paper awards and has given over thirty plenary keynote presentations, both including IEEE INFOCOM.” (“IEEE INFOCOM,” 2023)

Knightly earned his M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley in 1992 and 1996, respectively. He joined Rice in 1996 and leads the Rice Networks Group, where students focus on the deployment, operation, and management of a large-scale urban wireless network in a Houston under-resourced community.