Must-Read Articles by 2020 Medal Recipients

There’s a wealth of insightful commentary on the future of Artificial Intelligence by some of the 2020 IEEE Award honorees. According to 2020 IEEE Jack S. Kilby Signal Processing Medal recipient Ramalingam Chellappa, AI holds vast potential, yet there are ethical and other issues to be addressed. Read more in “It’s Eternal Spring for AI Why technical breakthroughs in the sensors-signals processing-decisions pipeline point to pervasive applications of AI” in Semiconductor Engineering (

According to 2020 IEEE Theodore W. Hissey Outstanding Young Professional Award recipient Sampathkumar Veeraraghavan, being recognized “reinforces my passion to leverage technology as a catalyst to improve the living conditions of underserved communities globally.” His commitment to this is evidenced in his recent article, “How can AI-powered humanitarian engineering tackle the biggest threats facing our planet?” that has been published in TechForge’s AI News: In it, he explains that AI can help resolve diverse challenges in healthcare, agriculture, and education and illustrates how AI-powered humanitarian programs offer a transformative opportunity to advance social innovations and build a better tomorrow for the benefit of humanity.

Complex systems—those composed of disparate components that must integrate seamlessly for the system to perform properly—are all around us. They’re prevalent in telecommunications, human biology, energy, and much more. And in some cases, they’re actually above us; for example, at the International Space Station. With this complexity, realizing optimal design efficiency can be challenging, as B.N. Suresh notes in a new Electronic Design article. In it, he uses the example of a launch vehicle to show how using Systems Engineering for complex system design improves efficiency and enables high-quality results. Learn more from 2020 IEEE Simon Ramo Medal recipient B.N. Suresh about  how minimized risk, greater success rates, and reduced costs makes Systems Engineering ideal for complex system design:

Innovators recognized with 2020 IEEE Medals are making an impact through their work, advocacy, and technology leadership. In “The War of Currents / How DC Technology Lost the Battle 150 Years Ago, But May Win the War Exploiting its Full Potential Using Power Electronics in a Liberalized Energy Market,” IEEE Medal in Power Engineering recipient Rik W. De Doncker discusses the history of DC technology and the need to implement smart, CO2-neutral energy supply solutions. Read it in Electric Energy magazine at