On Thursday, December 15, 2016, the award ceremony of the IEEE Communications Society (ComSoc) Sendai Brunch Student Awards 2016 was held at the main building of the Research Institute of Electrical Communication, Tohoku University. There, three UoA students were handed the Best Paper Award.

The winners were Mr. Kazuya Anazawa (1st- year master's student supervised by Professor Toshiaki MIYAZAKI *1), Mr. Yuta Kobiyama (2nd-year master's student supervised by Professor Qiangfu ZHAO *2) and Ms. Jianguo Yu (1st-year doctoral student supervised by Senior Associate Professor Konstantin MARKOV *3). This award is presented to commend students of universities in Tohoku who made outstanding achievements in the research field covered by the IEEE ComSoc.

Founded in 1952 with the formation of IRE's (the Institute of Radio Engineers) Professional Group on Communications Systems (PGCS), IEEE Communications Society (ComSoc *4) has evolved into a diverse group of global industry professionals with a common interest in advancing all communications technologies. Since IEEE ComSoc began operations in January 1972 as an independent Society of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE *5) with over 8,800 members, IEEE ComSoc has become the premier international forum for the exchange of ideas on communications technologies and information networking. (cited from IEEE ComSoc home page)

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Kazuya ANAZAWA

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Yuta KOBIYAMA

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Jianguo YU

Comments from awardees
Mr. Kazuya Anazawa: I am very glad to win the Best Paper Prize. I will try not to be content with this result but will diligently continue working on my research.
Mr. Yuta Kobiyama: I have made several paper presentations at conferences before, but this is the first paper prize and I am so glad. I will complete my master's program shortly, but would like to make best use of my remaining time at the university.
Mr. Jianguo YU: I would like to thank my adviser Prof. Markov for giving me a very good direction to start and continued advice. I would also thank Prof. SUGIYAMA (*6) and Daria who have supported me in many ways.

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*1 Prof. Toshiaki MIYAZAKI
*2 Prof. Qiangfu ZHAO
*3 Senior Associate Prof. Konstantin MARKOV
*4 IEEE Communications Society (ComSoc)
*5 The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
*6 Prof. Masahide SUGIYAMA

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