Master of Convergence

Digital visionary Tadahiro Sekimoto championed the integration of computers and communications

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The 2004 IEEE Medal of Honor winner, former NEC Corp. chairman , has had a career that for sheer drama and accomplishment has few counterparts in industrial history. As a researcher and research manager in the 1950s and 1960s, he pioneered the use of time-division multiple access and other digital technologies that revolutionized satellite communications, as well as digital compression techniques that evolved into today's digital video.

After rocketing through the NEC management ranks in the 1970s, he became president in 1980 and chairman in 1994, overseeing the company in an era when revenues swelled from US $4.7 billion to $40.3 billion by 1998. Along the way, the Queen of the United Kingdom made him an Honorary Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire, and France inducted him into L'Ordre National de la Légion d'Honneur.

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Video Friday: Drone in a Cage

Your weekly selection of awesome robot videos

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Video Friday is your weekly selection of awesome robotics videos, collected by your friends at IEEE Spectrum robotics. We also post a weekly calendar of upcoming robotics events for the next few months. Please send us your events for inclusion.

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Remembering 1982 IEEE President Robert Larson

He was a supporter of several IEEE programs including Smart Village

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Robert Larson [left] with IEEE Life Fellow Eric Herz, who served as IEEE general manager and executive director.

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Robert E. Larson, 1982 IEEE president, died on 10 March at the age of 83.

An active volunteer who held many high-level positions throughout the organization, Larson was the 1975–1976 president of the IEEE Control Systems Society and also served as IEEE Foundation president.

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Optimize Your Lab for Hybrid Learning

Set up a hybrid teaching lab that offers professional-grade tools with seamless connectivity and productivity

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As an engineering educator, you want to enable your students with the best skillsets for success in the real-world. This means giving them hands-on experience. Now, you can empower your students to test, analyze, and share results collaboratively — whether they are in the lab or not. Download now!

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