Call for Nominations: Joy Thomas Tutorial Paper Award
The Society is pleased to call for nominations for the inaugural IEEE Joy Thomas Tutorial Paper Award. Submission deadline has been extended to October 22, 2023.
Aug 21, 2023

We are pleased to solicit nominations for the IEEE Joy Thomas Tutorial Paper Award. This new award was established with a generous gift from the Joy Thomas Foundation. The award serves to recognize publications that expose subjects in information theory to a broad audience and stimulate interest and engagement in them.  The award honors the legacy of Joy Thomas, who had a marked impact on the evolution of research in our Society through both his own technical contributions and his elegant exposition of information theory, as exemplified by the textbook he co-authored with Thomas Cover, “Elements of Information Theory”.

Criteria and Eligibility: Papers considered for the award should present an overview of methods and/or theory of broad interest, potentially providing new perspectives and/or overview of published ideas. Articles will be judged on the clarity of exposition and accessibility to a broad audience.  To be eligible for consideration, the tutorial paper must have appeared in an IEEE Information Theory Society publication during the five preceding calendar years. The authors do not have to be members of the IEEE. Individuals serving on the Paper Awards Committee are ineligible to receive the award.  The submission deadline is October 22, 2023 October 1, 2023. Please submit nominations via the Society’s webpage:

Nomination Form  

Nominations, submission, and selection process: Each nomination shall be accompanied by a statement (maximum of 2 pages) outlining the rationale for the nomination. Optionally, up to two letters of endorsement can be provided along with the rationale. The award winner shall be selected by the IEEE Information Theory Society Paper Awards committee. The winners shall be given the option to select the Information Theory Society venue at which the award will be presented. The winners will be invited to create content based on the paper, which will also serve to reach a broad audience through diverse media.