Marconi Society Names Three 2020 Paul Baran Young Scholars

Innovative researchers create breakthroughs to scale next-generation wireless and quantum networks

Cleveland, OH, August 4, 2020

The Marconi Society today recognized three outstanding young researchers who are harnessing the power of next generation wireless and quantum networks  to improve the lives of consumers everywhere. The Marconi Society Paul Baran Young Scholar Award recognizes the world’s most innovative young engineers who are creating tomorrow’s information and communications technology in service of a digitally inclusive world.

“The power of connectivity, as well as the need to bring the opportunity of the network to everyone, has never been more apparent than it is today,” said Vint Cerf, Chair of the Marconi Society.  “Our Young Scholars are the braintrust that will put the speed, security and applications of next generation networks into the hands of billions.”

Dr. Yasaman Ghasempour of Rice University is recognized for her innovations to bring high-speed terahertz networks to consumers by efficiently connecting devices to these networks.  Ghasempour’s contributions will make it possible for people to easily and economically use new ultra high-speed wireless networks by coordinating the connections from devices, such as computers, mobile phones and autonomous vehicles, to the network and efficiently maintaining these connections in mobile environments.

The real-time, high-speed connections that Ghasempour’s innovations enable will be used for applications such as improving the safety of autonomous vehicles or locating people in need of evacuation during fires or other emergencies. “With my technology, we can create a next generation Internet of Things (IoT) by interweaving many more devices — thousands of times more than are connected to today’s wireless web — and providing them with faster streams of data,” says Ghasempour.

Vikram Iyer is a PhD candidate in electrical and computer engineering at the University of Washington, recognized for his creativity in developing bio-inspired and bio-integrative wireless sensor systems.  Iyer’s contributions enable traditionally stationary Internet of Things (IoT) devices to move, putting a new and scalable category of data collectors into the world to help us understand our environment at scale and with a fine degree of detail.

Iyer developed a wireless sensing platform light enough to be deployed on bumblebees. “We could use this platform to study micro-climates on large farms, to answer questions about insects’ behavior or to collect air quality data at a highly granular level so that we can  understand the correlation between environment and demographics,” said Iyer.

Piotr Roztocki, a PhD candidate at Canada’s Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique (INRS), is honored for his ground-breaking work in developing scalable quantum resources that can be used within existing telecommunications networks.  Roztocki’s contributions take quantum photonics, which can offer major advances in next-generation information security, from the lab to global telecommunications networks.

These innovations may be key in ensuring that critical security infrastructures for banking, online transactions, and the like will continue to be safe, even as today’s public key cryptography approaches may become vulnerable to attacks from increasingly-mature quantum computing capabilities.  “While quantum mechanics gives rise to this security problem, we can also leverage its unique physics to help realize future-proof security,” says Roztocki.

Marconi Society Paul Baran Young Scholar candidates are nominated by their academic advisors. Winners are selected by an international panel of engineers from leading universities and companies.

About the Marconi Society Paul Baran Young Scholar Award

The Marconi Society Paul Baran Young Scholar Award honors the world’s most innovative young engineers in Information and Communications Technology (ICT).  Presented to researchers who are 27 years old or younger to commemorate Guglielmo Marconi’s age when he made his first successful wireless transmission, this award recognizes researchers who have shown extraordinary technical acumen, creativity and promise for using ICT in service of digital inclusion.

 

About the Marconi Society

The Marconi Society envisions a world in which all people can create opportunity through the benefits of connectivity.  The foundation celebrates, inspires and connects individuals building tomorrow’s technologies in service of a digitally inclusive world.

Contact:

Paula Reinman
Preinman@MarconiSociety.org
415-254-2004

Yasaman Ghasempour

Research Area Wireless networking and sensing in emerging millimeter-wave and terahertz spectrum
Current position Postdoctoral fellow, Rice University
Joining Princeton University as an Assistant Professor in January 2021.
Education Ph.D., Electrical and Computer Engineering, Rice University
M.Sc., Electrical and Computer Engineering, Rice University
B.Sc., Electrical Engineering, Sharif University of Technology
Young Scholar Prize Research Joint wireless communication and sensing in multi-user mobile terahertz networks, providing a solution that exploits the large swath of spectrum flexibly and incorporates novel node architectures with unexplored antenna structures. This research enables orders-of-magnitude improvement in data-rate and latency while achieving real-time mobility adaptation and simultaneous connectivity for hundreds of wireless devices.
Other Honors ACM SIGMOBILE Doctoral Dissertation Award, 2020
Rising Star in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, 2019
Texas Instruments Distinguished Fellowship, 2014-2020
Fun Fact I made a bucket list of 30 things to do before turning 30 and have checked off many of them so far, including surfing and skydiving. The last item is to come up with a checklist of 40 things to do before reaching 40.

Vikram Iyer

Research Area Bio-inspired and bio-integrative wireless sensor systems that enable traditionally stationary Internet of Things (IoT) devices to move.
Current position PhD Candidate, University of Washington
Education PhD Candidate, Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Washington
BS, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, University of California, Berkeley
Young Scholar Prize Research Iyer’s focus is on creating bio-inspired and bio-integrative wireless sensor systems. His contributions enable traditionally stationary Internet of Things (IoT) devices to move, putting a new and scalable category of data collectors into the world to help us understand our environment at scale and with a fine degree of detail.   This platform can be used to study micro-climates on large farms, answer questions about insects’ behavior or collect air quality data at a more granular level than by using a handful of stationary sensors.
Other Honors Sensys 2018 Best Paper Award for “3D Localization for Sub-Centimeter Sized Devices”
Microsoft Research PhD Fellowship
SIGCOMM 2016 Best Paper Award for “Inter-Technology Backscatter: Towards Internet Connectivity for Implanted Devices”

Piotr Roztocki

Research Area Integrated and fiber quantum photonics
Current position PhD Researcher, INRS-EMT
Chief Technical Officer and Co-founder, Ki3 Photonics Technologies Inc.
Education PhD, Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique (Varennes, Canada)
Master’s Equivalent (Accelerated passage to PhD), Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique (Varennes, Canada)
Honors Bachelor’s, McMaster University (Hamilton, Canada)
Young Scholar Prize Research Development of accessible, mass-producible, and scalable quantum photonics, that can leave laboratory confines and find compatibility with existing telecommunications infrastructures. These include quantum light encoded in typical communications degrees of freedom (like colour), and which can be distributed in standard optical fiber and manipulated using off-the-shelf telecom components.
Other Honors Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship (2016-2019)
NSERC Canadian Graduate Scholarship-Masters (2014)
NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Award (2012, 2013)
Fun Fact I love contemporary and modern art, and try to visit the museums of any city I travel to. In my spare time, I enjoy live music, experimental cooking, and composition.