The paper Network Information Flow by Professor Cai Ning and his co-authors was honored with the 2018 ACM SIGMOBILE Test-of-Time Paper Award. The paper, first published in Volume 46, Issue 4 of IEEE Transactions on Information Theory in July of 2000, is universally recognized as a landmark paper in the field of network coding. This seminal work on network coding has had a profound impact on the networking, information theory, and mobile systems communities. The information theoretic analysis led to significant academic work for more than a decade in the networking community on leveraging network coding to build systems that achieve higher reliability and throughput.
The Network Science Research Center in ShanghaiTech's School of Information Science and Technology is now focused on the convergence of Communication, Computing and Control. Professors and students in the center have received numerous international academic awards during recent three years, including the 2018 ACM Sigmobile Test-of-Time Paper Award, the 2016 IEEE Signal Processing Society Young Author Best Paper Award, the 2016 IEEE Information Theory Society Best Paper Award, the 2016 IEEE Guglielmo Marconi Best Paper Award, the 2016 IEEE Globecom Best Paper Award, and the 2016 IEEE Eric Sumner Award.