Nokia names winners of 2016 edition of Bell Labs Prize




Nokia has announced the winners of its third annual Bell Labs Prize, who presented game-changing ideas in the fields of science, technology, engineering or mathematics.

The first place prize, selected from over 250 innovative ideas, was awarded to the team of Sungwon Chung, Hossein Hashemi and Hooman Abediasl. The second place prize was awarded to Elad Hazan, and the third place prize was awarded to the team of Apostolos Georgiadis, Emmanouil Tentzeris and George Goussetis.

In addition to the cash prizes, all of the winners are given the opportunity to collaborate with Nokia Bell Labs researchers to further develop their ideas. 

This year’s Prize competition attracted more than 250 proposals from 41 countries, which described innovations in Future X network, system, platform or device technologies that have the potential to be an order of magnitude (10x) better than the state of the art today. 

The proposals were then narrowed down to seven teams of finalists who presented their ideas to a group of industry representatives in the final judging event on December 14. 

The top three prize winners:

  • First place prize (US $100,000) was awarded to the team of Sungwon Chung, Research Associate; Hossein Hashemi, Professor; and Hooman Abediasl, PhD candidate; all with the Department of Electrical Engineering, University of Southern California, for their Large-Scale Plasmonic Optical Phased Array – an architectural innovation for nanodevices.
  • Second place prize (US $50,000) was awarded to Elad Hazan, Professor of Computer Science at Princeton University, for Linear Learning for Deep Insight.
  • Third place prize (US $25,000) was awarded to the team of Apostolos Georgiadis, Associate Professor at Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, Scotland; Emmanouil Tentzeris, Ken Byers Professor at the School of Electrical & Computer Engineering, Georgia Tech; and George Goussetis, Professor at Heriot-Watt University, for their 3D/Inkjet Printed Millimeter Wave Systems.

Marcus Weldon, President & CTO of Nokia Bell Labs, said: “We are delighted to recognize this year’s Prize winners and their brilliant ideas. The winners embody the essence of Bell Labs and the Bell Labs Prize – solving the great challenges facing humankind in the coming 10 years, with disruptive solutions that ‘think differently.’ We received an impressive variety of innovative proposals – from machine learning and computing technologies, to breakthroughs in optics, to new kinds of integrated circuits and component technologies, and novel wireless networking techniques and approaches. We look forward to collaborating with these leading innovators to help turn these ideas into reality.”

The Nokia Bell Labs Prize is a competition for innovators from participating countries around the globe that seeks to recognize proposals that ‘change the game’ in the field of information and communications technologies by a factor of 10, and provides selected innovators the unique opportunity to collaborate with Bell Labs researchers to help realize their vision.




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