Alexandros Dimakis wins the James L. Massey Award

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The purpose of this award is to recognize outstanding achievement in research and teaching by young scholars in the Information Theory community. The award is named in honor of James L. Massey, who was an internationally acclaimed pioneer in digital communications and a revered teacher and mentor to an entire generation of communications engineers. He was one of the outstanding researchers and leaders of the IEEE Information Theory Society over a period of 50 years.

Dr. Dimakis has made "contributions to coding for distributed storage, content caching, and decentralized erasure codes" and demonstrated "excellence in teaching."

Alex Dimakis is an Associate Professor at the Electrical and Computer Engineering department, University of Texas at Austin. From 2009 until 2012 he was with the Viterbi School of Engineering, University of Southern California. He received his Ph.D. in 2008 and M.S. degree in 2005 in electrical engineering and computer sciences from UC Berkeley and the Diploma degree from the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA) in 2003. During 2009 he was a CMI postdoctoral scholar at Caltech. He served as an associate editor for IEEE Signal Processing letters and currently serving as an associate editor for IEEE Transactions on Information Theory. His research interests include information theory, coding theory and machine learning.