January 27, 2016 Mountain View, CA The $100,000 Marconi Prize is awarded annually to a living scientist or scientists who have made a significant contribution in the field of information and communications science. It is considered the most prestigious award specific to the field. Marconi Fellows include an elite list of individuals whose work set the stage for modern telecommunications and the Internet, from Nobel Prize-winning physicists Arthur Schawlow and Sir Charles Kao to Internet pioneers Robert Kahn, Paul Baran, Vint Cerf and Leonard Kleinrock, World Wide Web creator Sir Tim Berners-Lee, science visionary Arthur C. Clarke, and Ethernet inventor Robert M. Metcalfe. More recent winners have included Google founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page, DSL modem inventor John Cioffi, encryption pioneers Martin Hellman, Whitfield Diffie and Ron Rivest, turbo-code inventor Claude Berrou, fiber optic pioneers Robert Tkach, David Payne and Andrew Chraplyvy and wireless luminaries Andrew Viterbi, Irwin Jacobs and Henry Samueli, among others.

Nominations for the Marconi Prize may be submitted at any time, but the deadline for consideration for the 2017 Prize (to be presented in the fall of 2017) is June 30, 2017. The Paul Baran Young Scholar Awards, which include a cash prize of $4000 plus $1000 expenses to attend the Society’s annual awards gala, recognize outstanding young scientists and engineers anywhere in the world who have demonstrated exceptional capabilities and potential. A nomination must be submitted on behalf of the candidate by a faculty or technical advisor. The deadline is June 30, 2016. To be eligible for this year’s awards, nominees must have been born in 1988 or later.

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Kanchana RamanPalo Alto, CA, March 10, 2014—Kanchana Raman, the founder/CEO of AVION Systems, has agreed to join our final session at The Marconi Society Paul Baran Young Scholars Symposium. The event is March 31 at Georgia Tech. The topic is Women in Technology: Real World Challenges and Issues.  Marconi Young Scholar Aakanksha Chowdhery and Marconi Fellow Vint Cerf will also be on the panel.

Cerf, Vice President and Chief Internet Evangelist at Google, will deliver the keynote address, Dynamics, Evolution and Explosion of the Internet (to Billions of Devices). Cerf looks ahead to what he foresees as the key future technological disruptions and its resulting challenges. How will we connect billions of devices in the physical world, from automobiles to security and home energy management, especially in developing nations?

This will be an interactive event highlighting world class innovation that Georgia Tech is known for.

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MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA, Sept 14, 2015—2015—The Marconi Society will host its 2015 Marconi Symposium at the Royal Society on October 20th, 2015, to honor Marconi Prize Winner Peter Kirstein. Prof. Kirstein will give the keynote, joined by top technology experts from across the globe to discuss the latest issues around “The Future Infrastructure of the Internet of Things.” 

The event also features a poster session showcasing the exciting research being undertaken in London-area universities on technologies for the IoT. Speakers will explore future network approaches and interoperability issues, IoT infrastructure requirements, digital objects, big data, security and privacy, and current large scale pilots. They include Prof. Dame Wendy Hall, Managing Director of the Web Science Trust; Cambridge Professor Ross Anderson, an international expert in cyber security; Robert Kahn, co-inventor of the TCP/IP protocol and Chairman/CEO of CNRI; Thibaut Kleiner, Director IoT-CEC; Prof. Jun Murai, an expert in global computer networking at Japan’s Keio University and President of the WIDE Internet project; and Vint Cerf, co-inventor of TCP/IP protocol and vice president of Google.

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Vint Cerf August 25th Webinar
Internet 2025 
Can we keep it open and evolving?

Mountain View, CA, August 19, 2014—Vint Cerf, Google’s Chief Internet Evangelist, will lead “Internet 2025: Can we keep it open and evolving?” the fifth in the Marconi Expertise webinar series.

The free event takes place at 10 a.m. Pacific Time, 1 p.m. New York, 6 p.m. London, August 25th.

Cerf says that among the topics he is likely to address in the 45 minute webinar, "Internet Governance is topic A. Other topics include privacy, safety, fraud, cyber-attacks, economics and business model disruption and social conventions in online environments.”

Cerf remains deeply involved in the Internet forty years after he and Bob Kahn invented what has become TCP/IP. (Both were honoured with the Marconi Prize for their invention.) He’s active in Internet governance debates, economic development through information technology, the complicated problem of preservation of knowledge across millennia and interplanetary Internet protocols. His New York Times call to action, “Keep the Internet Open,” played a notable role in the ITU/WCIT debate.

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Pesyna L and Radiosenxe colleague Andrew Kerns. Photo courtesy Cockrell School of Engineering UT AustinPesyna (L) and Radiosense colleague Andrew Kerns.Fine-tuning GPS to centimeter-accuracy for wide array of applications

Mountain View, CA, August 7, 2015—Ken Pesyna, a doctoral candidate at The University of Texas Electrical Engineering School, has been selected to receive the 2015 Marconi Society Paul Baran Young Scholar Award. The 28-year-old researcher will receive the award at the Royal Society in London on October 20, 2015. 

“Ken’s work on centimeter-accurate and power efficient GPS may have turned conventional wisdom about this field on its head,” says Bob Tkach, a Marconi Fellow and chairman of the Young Scholar selection committee. “His ability not only to develop a new theory but to prove it in practice was truly impressive. Ken is on track to make breakthrough contributions in our field.”

Pesyna’s work makes use of a special part of the GPS signal that, if used correctly, can provide centimeter or even sub-centimeter positioning accuracy. Such accuracy is required for augmented and virtual reality (i.e., overlaying animated objects into the real-world, or a purely virtual world such as what is done with the Oculus Rift). These are technologies that require that head movements be tracked minutely, allowing the screen to compensate for that movement in a way that is convincing to users.  

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Kiseok Song Receives the 2014 Marconi Society Young Scholar Award

Mountain View, CA, August 28, 2014 –Kiseok Song, a Ph.D candidate at Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), has been selected as a 2014 Marconi Society Paul Baran Young Scholar, recognizing his academic achievements and leadership in the field of communications and information science.

“Our committee was impressed with Kiseok’s outstanding work developing bio-medical SoCs, his excellent academic record and his demonstrated entrepreneurial capabilities,” says Robert Tkach, a Marconi Fellow and chairman of the Marconi Society’s Young Scholar Selection Committee. “He is already making an impact in the bio-medical field with several extremely promising inventions.”

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LukensRecognized for groundbreaking work on “temporal cloaking”  

Mountain View, CA, August 7, 2015—Joseph Lukens, Ph.D., a researcher at Purdue University Electrical Engineering School, has been selected to receive the 2015 Marconi Society Paul Baran Young Scholar Award. The 26-year-old American researcher will receive the award at the Royal Society in London on October 20, 2015.   

“Joseph’s accomplishments in two quite distinct experimental research topics both connected with secure optical communications are quite impressive,” says Bob Tkach, a Marconi Fellow and researcher at Alcatel-Lucent Bell Labs who chairs the selection committee. “We look for individuals who are on track to make breakthrough contributions in our field—and he meets that standard.”

“In the area of temporal cloaking, Lukens has shown how to open up and then reclose temporal gaps in a continuous, single-frequency laser field, such that any events that take place within the temporal gaps are rendered undetectable or cloaked,” says Prof. Andrew Weiner, Lukens’ primary advisor at Purdue. “Although spatial cloaking has received much attention, there was only one experiment on temporal cloaking prior to his Nature paper, which made significant advances over the prior work and used only telecom components, suggesting potential compatibility with lightwave communications. In a second paper he introduced completely new concepts, demonstrating both a multi-wavelength cloak and the use of cloaking to avoid corruption of existing data.”  

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Marconi Society Selects Himanshu Asnani for 2014 Paul Baran Young Scholar Award

Mountain View, CA, August 28, 2014 –Himanshu Asnani, a doctoral candidate at Stanford University Electrical Engineering School, has been selected to receive the 2014 Marconi Society Paul Baran Young Scholar Award, which recognizes individuals who have, at an early age, demonstrated exceptional scientific and entrepreneurial capabilities with the potential to create significant advances in telecommunications and the Internet. The award will be presented in Washington D.C. on October 2, 2014.

“Himanshu’s outstanding work and contributions to point-to-point and multi-terminal channel coding and source coding problems were impressive,” says Bob Tkach, chairman of the Society’s Young Scholar Selection Committee. “Each year we review nominations of top researchers from around the globe.

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VenkatMountain View, CA, August 7, 2015—Kartik Venkat, a doctoral candidate at Stanford University Electrical Engineering School, has been selected to receive the 2015 Marconi Society Paul Baran Young Scholar Award. The 26-year-old Indian-born researcher will receive the award at the Royal Society in London on October 20, 2015. 

“Kartik’s exceptional scientific achievements at this early stage of his professional career stand out,” says Bob Tkach, a Marconi Fellow and chairman of the Young Scholar selection committee.  “We were impressed with his innovative work in developing the theory and practice of modern information processing, as well as his outstanding academic achievements.  We look for individuals who are on track to make breakthrough contributions in our field—and Kartik meets that standard.”


Honored for his pioneering contributions to developing the theory and applications of MIMO antennas

Palo Alto, CA, January 21, 2014—Professor (Emeritus) Arogyaswami Joseph Paulraj, Stanford University, has been awarded the prestigious 2014 Marconi Society Prize. His idea for using multiple antennas at both the transmitting and receiving stations - which is at the heart of the current high speed WiFi and 4G mobile systems – has revolutionized high speed wireless delivery of multimedia services for billions of people. 

“Paul (as he is commonly known) has made profound contributions to wireless technology, and the resulting benefit to mankind is indisputable. Every wifi router and 4G phone today uses MIMO technology pioneered by him,” says Professor Sir David Payne, Chairman of the Marconi Society and Director of the Optoelectronics Research Centre at the University of Southampton. “MIMO will soon be pervasive in all wireless devices. Moreover, Paulraj’s work has provided fertile ground for thousands of researchers to explore and advance MIMO’s potential to enhance wireless spectrum efficiency.”

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Tireless advocate who helped establish and expand the Internet in Europe


MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA, April 2, 2015—The 2015 Marconi Prize, considered the pinnacle honor in the field of communication and information science, will be awarded to Professor Peter T. Kirstein, whose tireless advocacy and pioneering technical contributions to computer networking helped establish and expand the Internet in Europe and many other parts of the world. The $100,000 prize will be presented to Kirstein at a ceremony at the Royal Society in London on Oct. 20, 2015.


The Marconi Prize is given each year to one or more scientists and engineers who – like radio inventor Guglielmo Marconi – achieve advances in communications and information technology for the social, economic and cultural development of all humanity. Honorees have included scientists whose breakthrough innovations underlie every aspect of modern communications and have contributed to many other fields of technology as well.


While he may not be as well known here in the U.S., Peter is often recognized as the father of the European Internet,” says Marconi Fellow Vint Cerf , co-inventor of TCP/IP protocol and an early collaborator with Kirstein. “But that phrase understates his contributions in the field of computer networking and in the area of protocols or systems for specific purposes.