Congratulations to MCL Director, Professor C.-C. Jay Kuo, for being selected as the recipient of the 2021 IEEE CASS Charles A. Desoer Technical Achievement Award. This award is named after  Charles A. Desoer, Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Emeritus, at UC Berkeley. This award honors individuals whose exceptional technical contributions to a field within the scope of the Circuits and Systems Society have been consistently evident over a period of years. Contributions are documented by publications and based on originality and continuity of effort. Professor Kuo received this award for his contributions to visual communications and multimedia systems

The 2021 CAS Society Awards Ceremony will be held virtually in parallel with the ISCAS 2021 event on Monday, 24 May. The ceremony will be pre-recorded and presented on both the online platform and at the live banquet in Daegu. Here is Professor Kuo’s acceptance speech.

“It is my great honor to receive the 2021 IEEE CASS Charles A. Desoer Technical Achievement Award. I know that this is a highly competitive award, and there are many well qualified nominees each year. I would like to give my deepest appreciation to the Technical Achievement Award Sub-Committee and the CASS Board for their recognition.

I am also grateful for the excellent research environment provided by the University of Southern California. It is a privilege to supervise 160 hardworking PhD students at USC in the last 30 years. We brainstorm research ideas, share research frustration, and enjoy research breakthrough together. I can say that there is nothing more rewarding than working with a large number of talented young people.

I have been heavily involved in two CASS technical committees in my career. They are the visual signal processing and communication technical committee and the multimedia systems and applications technical committee. I have made many good friends and would like to say thanks to them for their friendship and collegial support.

Finally, I would like to give thanks to my parents, wife and daughter for their unconditional love and support so that I can concentrate on my research and make my contributions possible.“

Dr. Massoud Pedram, the Charles Lee Powell Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science in the Ming Hsieh department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, was the recipient of the same award in 2015. We are honored to have two outstanding professors who receive this prestigious award in our Department.