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Prof. Aggelos Bletsas elevated to IEEE Fellow

Professor Aggelos Bletsas in School of Electrical & Computer Engineering at the Technical University of Crete, has been named a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) for his outstanding contributions to Cooperative Relaying and Backscatter Communication Networks.

IEEE is the world’s foremost professional association for advancing technology for humanity. With more than 400,000 members from 160 countries, the association is a leading authority in a wide variety of areas ranging from aerospace systems, computers and telecommunications to biomedical engineering, electric power and consumer electronics.

IEEE Fellows comprise the top one-tenth of one-percent of the total membership, an honor bestowed by the IEEE Board of Directors only to researchers with outstanding records of accomplishment. Elevation is evaluated annually by two separate committees and involves nomination, recommendation, and endorsement letters, as well as ranking of the candidates.

Fellow is the highest grade of IEEE membership and is recognized by the technical community as a prestigious honour and an important career achievement.

Prof. Bletsas was the only IEEE member working in a Greek Institution, who is elevated to IEEE Fellow this year (class of 2024).


Prof. Aggelos Bletsas Brief Bio


Aggelos Bletsas received the Diploma degree (Hons.) in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece, in 1998, and the M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in Media Arts & Sciences (Media Lab) from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, MA, USA, in 2001 and 2005, respectively. He has worked with Mitsubishi Electric Research Laboratories (MERL), Cambridge, MA, USA and the RadioCommunications Laboratory (RCL), Department of Physics, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece. He joined Technical Univ. of Crete in 2009. His research interests span the broad area of scalable wireless communications and sensor networking, with emphasis on ultra-low power/cost environmental sensing, backscatter radio & RFID, wireless localization and ambiently-powered inference networks. His current focus and contributions are relevant to wireless, batteryless, backscatter sensors for precision agriculture that cost a few Euros, consume a few microwatts and can be read with commodity receivers and smartphones. Prof. Bletsas is currently 2022-2023 IEEE Communications Society (ComSoc) Distinguished Lecturer (DL) and 2023-2025 IEEE RFID Council (CRFID) Distinguished Lecturer (DL). He was co-recipient of the IEEE Communications Society (ComSoc) 2008 Marconi Prize Paper Award in Wireless Communications, and various Best (Student) Paper and Poster Awards, e.g., in IEEE RFID-TA 2011, IEEE ICASSP 2015, IEEE RFID-TA 2017, MOCAST 2018, IEEE WCNEE 2021 and IEEE RFID 2023. Prof. Bletsas received the 2012-2013 Technical Univ. of Crete Research Excellence Award. He owes his career to his students, who are sought after by high-tech industry in Greece (e.g., Adveos, Intracom) and abroad, including Apple (Cupertino), Ericsson (Stockholm), Airbus (Munich), Amazon (Luxembourg, Seattle), Nokia Bell Labs (Murray Hill), as well as top research universities abroad (e.g., Georgia Tech, Univ. of Washington, Univ. of California-Irvine, Univ. of Minnesota, Univ. of Buffalo, Univ. of Virginia, Univ. of Cambridge, MIT, Univ. of Wisconsin-Madison, Univ. of Maryland, College Park, UCLouvain). In December 2020, his students won the Second Prize in the 2020 IEEE ComSoc "Communications Technology Changing the World" Student Competition. His students were winners for two consecutive years of the 2009-2011 and 2011-2012 best Diploma Thesis contest among all Greek Universities on "Advanced Wireless Systems", awarded by IEEE VTS/AES joint Greek Chapter. He has served as an Associate Editor for IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON WIRELESS COMMUNICATIONS from 2015 to 2021 and IEEE WIRELESS COMMUNICATIONS LETTERS from 2011 to 2016. Since June 2022 he is serving as Area Editor for IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON WIRELESS COMMUNICATIONS and has served as a Technical Program Committee (TPC) member for major IEEE conferences. One of his research proposals has received grade A from European Research Council (ERC). He is regularly listed in the Top 2% Scientists worldwide annual list, compiled by Stanford University and has been included in the Highly Cited Greek Scientists, as well as 45 Highly Cited Greek Scientists under 45 lists. One of his papers is being ranked 1st (for several years) in the Google Scholar list of Classic Papers in Computer Networks and Wireless Communication.

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