Thompson Receives ITERA Award

R.Thompson with students

"Richard Thompson with Maria Calle and Pratibha Menon at the ITERA 2007 Conference"

Richard Thompson, Chair of the Telecommunications Graduate Program at SIS, was recently awarded a Career Research Award by the International Telecommunications Education and Research Association (ITERA).  Dr. Thompson was honored for his many achievements in Telecommunications research at the ITERA 2007 Awards Dinner, held as part of the ITERA 2007 Annual Conference in March in Louisville, Kentucky.  ITERA is a nonprofit organization committed to the advancement of telecommunications science through excellence in research and education. In addition to receiving the Career Award, Dr. Thompson served as a Session Chair for a discussion of “Telecommunications Technology:  Development and Innovation.” 

Thompson is the Chair of the Telecommunications Program at SIS and is the lead faculty member for the ITERA organization here at the University of Pittsburgh.  He teaches courses on the Physical Layer of Communications, Photonic Communications, and Switching Systems.  Dr. Thompson’s research interests include communications switching systems, intelligent networks, user services and the human interface, fault tolerance and cellular automata, and probabilistic formal languages.  He is the co-author of  The Physical Layer of Communications Systems with David Tipper, Prashant Krishnamurthy and Joseph Kabara.  The text, aimed at both students and practitioners in the telecommunications industry, was published in March 2006 by Artech House Publishers. 

Dr. Thompson was one of many SIS faculty and students who participated in the ITERA 2007 Conference.  Papers/ Sessions were also presented by Carlos Caicedo, Maria Calle, Vladimir Zadorozhny, Joseph Kabara, Pratibha Menon, Thaier Hayajneh, Prashant Krishnamurthy, Hammad Iqbal, Natthapong Liamcharoen and Eugene Myakotnykh, Yuttasart Nitipaichit, and James Wood, Tae-Hoon Kim and Chih-Kuang Lin.