Phuc V. Trinh, second year PhD student supervised by Professor Anh T. Pham at the Computer Communications Laboratory, won the Second Prize of the IEEE R10 (*1 Asia-Pacific) Distinguished Student Paper Award (*2). The award ceremony was held on Aug. 7, 2016 at the City University of Hong Kong during the IEEE International Conference on Signal Processing, Communications and Computing (ICSPCC).

The IEEE Region 10, also sometimes referred as the Asia Pacific Region, comprises of 57 Sections, 6 Councils, 17 Sub-sections, 515 Chapters, 60 Affinity Groups and 958 Student Branches. It covers a geographical area stretching from South Korea and Japan in the north-east to New Zealand in the south, and Pakistan in the west. With a membership of 107,154, it is one of the largest regions in IEEE.

The objective of the IEEE R10 Distinguished Student Paper Award is to challenge students, building self-confidence, improving skill writing high quality papers, highlighting their research results, and making efficient presentations, and encouraging students to present their work at IEEE conferences. The eligible papers for the award competition should be either a journal paper published within the most recent 3 years (from Sept. 2013 to Aug. 2016) in IEEE transactions and journals or a conference paper accepted by ICPSCC 2016.

The IEEE R10 Distinguished Student Paper Award (DSPA) consists of three levels, i.e., first, second, and third prizes, which are selected based on the paper and presentation quality. Besides a certificate, the winner will also receive a cash prize: USD 500.00 for the first prize, USD 300.00 for the second prize, and USD 200.00 for the third prize.

Phuc won the Second Prize for his paper entitled "All-Optical Relaying FSO Systems Using EDFA Combined With Optical Hard-Limiter Over Atmospheric Turbulence Channels," in IEEE/OSA Journal of Lightwave Technology, vol. 33, no. 19, pp. 4132-4144, Oct.1, 1 2015. He is only student from Japan selected in the final competition.

Comment from Mr. Phuc V. Trinh: "I am extremely honored to win the Second prize of the prestigious IEEE Region 10 Distinguished Student Paper Award Competition. The Award Competition represents an important initiative for the promotion of young scholars in Asia-Pacific region and stimulates them to seek excellence in the research they conduct. This award has recognized my achievements and further strengthened my decision to pursue an academic career."

Comment from Prof. Anh T. Pham: "This is a very important achievement given the fact that only three prizes are awarded for the whole IEEE Asia Pacific Area, and that Phuc is only student from Japan who won the prize. It confirms the excellence of research and education at the University of Aizu, especially in its efforts to realize the "Top Global University" goal. (*3)"

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*1 IEEE R10
*2 The IEEE R10 Distinguished Student Paper Award
*3 Top Global University

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