Marconi Society Honors Four 2016 Young Scholars

Leading edge research will fulfill the promise of 5G and the Internet of Things

Mountain View, CA, September 14, 2016

The Marconi Society, dedicated to furthering scientific achievements in communications and the internet will honor four 2016 Paul Baran Young Scholars for their outstanding research and innovations in networking. The awards will be presented at a gala on November 2 at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, CA, where Brad Parkinson, the “father of GPS,” will receive the $100,000 Marconi Prize.

bhardia2Dinesh Bharadia, a Stanford PhD and native of India who is currently a graduate researcher at MIT, was selected for his work on full duplex radios. The 28-year-old has developed a solution that effectively doubles available radio spectrum in a bandwidth-constrained world. Solving a problem that has stumped scientists for almost 150 years, Bharadia’s work provides effective self-interference cancellation technology that enables radios to transmit and receive on the same frequency.

Stanford, Prof. Sachin Katti, says Bharadia’s work has other important implications. “Dinesh’s work enables a whole host of new applications, from extremely low-power Internet of Things connectivity to motion tracking. It has the potential to be used for important future applications such as building novel wireless imaging that can enable driverless cars in severe weather scenarios, help blind people to navigate indoors, and much more.”


Italian researcher Stefania Bartoletti, Ph.D., was selected for her work in network localization and navigation. The 27 year-old researcher at the University of Ferrara, who also is a Marie-Skłodowska Curie Global Research Fellow, focuses on providing accurate location of people and things in environments where current technologies, such as GPS, are unavailable or insufficient. Bartoletti recently joined MIT as a visiting researcher, where she will expand her work by developing learning techniques for analyzing the behavior of people and things in different environments. This behavior analysis will find application in intelligent transportation, smart buildings, business intelligence, and Internet of Things.

“Stefania’s research embraces communication, localization, and information theories together with statistical inference and optimization for solving real-world problems. On an anecdotal note, Stefania conducted her research a stone’s throw away from the villa where Marconi made his first experiments,” said Andrea Conti, Associate Professor at the University of Ferrara.

georgemac1_cropGeorge MacCartney, Jr., a Ph.D. candidate at New York University (NYU), was chosen for his outstanding work in millimeter wave wireless communications. The 27-year-old American researcher is being honored for his outstanding academic achievements that pave the way for 5G, the next generation of wireless networks that will significantly increase bandwidth and capacity globally.

“George has developed foundational knowledge that has truly changed the future of wireless communications,” says NYU Wireless Professor Theodore Rappaport, MacCartney’s advisor. “Using novel measurement equipment that he built from scratch, he proved to the world that millimeter wave wireless communications could work well in urban non-line-of-sight conditions at frequencies above 70 GHz — something that was not believed to be true before he did it. He literally has influenced the world’s standard bodies with his work.” The FCC’s recent vote approving millimeter wave communications above 70 GHZ is based partly on his work, according to Dr. Rappaport.

my-photo-1The fourth Paul Baran Young Scholar selected is Junwen Zhang, a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the Georgia Institute of Technology. The 28-year-old researcher is being honored for advancements to high-speed fiber and wireless technology that will deliver higher speeds, better quality and more responsive services to business and consumers around the world, helping expand coverage areas that promising new standards like 5G will require. His contributions include achieving record-breaking transmission speeds in 400G optical transport systems and developing a robust wireless link system that can maintain stable data throughput in diverse weather environments.

“Dr. Zhang has distinguished himself with a unique ability to identify research challenges and create innovative solutions through a rigorous thought process. His work will support advanced communications systems that provide high-speed services and enhance network quality.  He is highly productive, publishing more than 130 peer-reviewed technical papers in the last eight years in prestigious journals and conferences,” said Zhang’s nominator, Dr. Gee-Kung Chang, Georgia Research Alliance Eminent Scholar and the Byers Eminent Scholar Chair Professor in Optical Networking at Georgia Tech’s School of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

Bob Tkach, Director of Advanced Photonics Research at Bell Laboratories and chairman of the Young Scholar Selection Committee, says, “2017 was a remarkable year in which we received an exceptionally large group of impressive nominations, almost all of which were award-worthy. The four we selected are on track to make spectacular contributions to our field. We look forward to seeing their careers blossom.”

Young Scholar candidates are nominated by their academic advisors and selected by an international panel comprised of engineers from leading universities and companies.

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Marconi Society Paul Baran Young Scholar is Named to MIT Technology Review’s 2016 Innovators Under 35 List

MIT Technology Review has named Dinesh Bharadia to its annual list of Innovators Under 35. For over a decade, the global media company has recognized a list of exceptionally talented technologists whose work has great potential to transform the world. Bharadia, a Stanford Ph.D who is currently a graduate researcher at MIT, has been recognized for his work in telecommunications. He also is a 2016 Marconi Society Paul Baran Young Scholar.

Bharadia’s work solved a problem that stumped scientists for 150 years; how to enable radios to both receive and transmit on the same frequency. By making full duplex radios a reality using innovative self-interference cancellation technology, he effectively doubled available radio spectrum in a bandwidth-constrained world.

Stanford, Prof. Sachin Katti, Bharadia’s primary advisor, says the work has other important implications, enabling “a whole host of new applications, from extremely low-power Internet of Things connectivity to motion tracking. It has the potential to be used for important future applications such as building novel wireless imaging that can enable driverless cars in severe weather scenarios, help blind people to navigate indoors, and much more.”

Over the years, we’ve had success in choosing young innovators whose work has been profoundly influential on the direction of human affairs,” says editor-in-chief and publisher Jason Pontin. “Previous winners include Larry Page and Sergey Brin, the cofounders of Google; Mark Zuckerberg, the cofounder of Facebook; and Jonathan Ive, the chief designer of Apple. We’re proud of our selections and the variety of achievements they celebrate, and we’re proud to add Dinesh Bharadia to this prestigious list.”

This year’s honorees are featured online at and in the September/October print magazine, which hit newsstands worldwide on August 29. They will appear in person at the upcoming EmTech MIT conference October 18–20 in Cambridge, Massachusetts (

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Paul Baran Young Scholars Nominations

Please help the Marconi Society identify outstanding Young Scholars.

The Marconi Society was established in 1974 to honor Guglielmo Marconi, the Nobel laureate who invented radio (wireless telegraphy).  Along with the annual Marconi Prize to a living scientist or scientists whose contributions in the field of information and communications science have benefited mankind, the Society recognizes young scientists and engineers with the potential to make extraordinary contributions in this field. We are now seeking nominations for the 2016 Paul Baran Young Scholar Awards, which will be presented November 2, 2016 at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, CA. Young Scholars receive a $4000 cash prize plus $1000 in expenses to attend the event. This is an opportunity for them to gain well-deserved recognition, and meet and network with some of the industry’s best-known scientists and engineers.

Young Scholars are identified as having the potential to someday become Marconi Prize winners; scientists whose work underlies virtually every major advance in telecommunications and the Internet. Young Scholars selected since the program’s inception in 2009 already have founded successful companies, participated in major research projects, and joined the faculty of some of the world’s top universities.

If you know a student who has demonstrated outstanding research capability, entrepreneurial spirit and technical vision, we invite you to nominate them for this year’s award. Only candidates born in 1988 or later are eligible for the award in 2016. Complete nomination instructions and the online application are accessible through this link:

The deadline for submissions is June 30, 2016. If you have questions, please direct them to:

Ms. Hatti Hamlin
Executive Director
The Marconi Society

Selection Committee:

  • Joseph Kakande, Nokia Bell Labs
  • Prof. Ramesh Rao, University of California at San Diego
  • Prof. Dave Richardson, University of Southampton
  • Prof. Dennis Roberson, Illinois Institute of Technology
  • Henry Samueli, Broadcom Corporation
  • Robert Tkach, Nokia Bell Labs
  • Prof. Moe Win, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Technology and Entrepreneurship Symposium

The Marconi Society Paul Baran Young Scholar Technology and Entrepreneurship Symposium

APRIL 13, 2016, 10AM-3PM

Screen Shot 2016-03-06 at 8.40.28 PMThe Marconi Society Young Scholars will be hosting a Technology and Entrepreneurship Symposium on April 13th, 2016 in the Laboratory for Information and Decision Systems (LIDS) lounge located on the 6th floor of the Stata Center (Building 32, Dreyfoos Tower) in the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

The morning session will feature a poster and pitch session for graduate students to exhibit their research to the Marconi Fellows and others in attendance, while the afternoon session will feature talks from startup entrepreneurs regarding the challenges and lessons learned in starting a company, some while still in graduate school. This is also the perfect event to meet and interact with Marconi Fellows.

Registration: Register HERE to present a poster and/or attend the symposium. Lunch will be provided to registered attendees. If you would like to present a poster, we ask that each presenter also gives a short 1- to 2-minute pitch. A projector will be available.



10:30 10:45 Welcome remarks from the Marconi Young Scholars
10:45 11:30 Poster pitch session, 1-2 minutes per poster
11:30 12:30 Poster session, lunch provided
12:30 12:45 The Celestini program and the recent symposium on Transformative Digital technologies
12:45 2:00 Startup Talks
2:00 2:30 Startup Q&A Panel
2:30 3:00 Networking afterward



Dr. Aleksandr Biberman
Founder, Jisto

Dr. Alok Tayi
Co-Founder, TetraScience

Dr. Hao Zou
Founder, Abundy

Dr. Ken Pesyna
Co-Founder, Radiosense