Wi-Fi offloading breakthrough nets Korean researchers second major IEEE networking award

2016 IEEE William R. Bennett Prize Paper Award recipients revealed

This year's IEEE Communications Society William R. Bennett Prize, known as the most honored award for papers in the networking communications field, goes to a Korean team for its breakthrough research on offloading data traffic from cellular networks to Wi-Fi.

The award recognizes the work of Professor Kyunghan Lee  from the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering of Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology (UNIST); Prof. Yi Yung, Prof. Chong Song, and Dr. Joohyun Lee of Electrical and Computer Engineering at KAIST; and Executive Vice President Injong Rhee of Samsung Electronics, Mobile Division.

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They co-authored the paper "Mobile Data Offloading: How Much Can WiFi Deliver?", which appeared in the IEEE/ACM Transactions on Networking journal back in 2013. For those keeping score, their work has been cited more than 500 times in various scientific journals and conference papers.

Three of the researchers --  Lee, Chong and Rhee -- had previously shared the 2013 IEEE William R. Bennett Prize for their paper "On the Levy-Walk Nature of Human Mobility."

This year's award ceremony takes place during the annual IEEE International Conference on Communications, which will be held on May 24 in Kuala Lumpur.

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