Salvatore Campione

Current Young Scholars Role Executive Vice Chair
Research Area Electromagnetic theory, antennas, metamaterials and their applications, plasmonics in nanostructures, optical devices for energy and optoelectronic applications. Possible applications include solar cells, molecular sensors, imaging systems, coherent light sources, and next generation optoelectronic devices.
Current position Senior Member of Technical Staff, Sandia National Laboratories
Education Ph.D., Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of California Irvine
M.S., Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Illinois at Chicago
Laurea Magistrale, Electronics Engineering, Polytechnic of Turin, Italy
Laurea Triennale, Electronics Engineering, Polytechnic of Turin, Italy
Young Scholar Prize Research Applying electromagnetics to nanostructures, nano-antennas, plasmonics, metamaterials, and their characterization for possible applications in such fields as medical diagnostics, solar cells, molecular sensors, imaging systems, generation of coherent light sources, and next generation optoelectronic devices.
Other Honors – 2016 IEEE Eta Kappa Nu Outstanding Young Professional Award
– 2016 top 50 graduate and postdoctoral scholar alumni at Alma Mater University of California Irvine
– 2015 Outstanding Young Engineer Award from the IEEE Albuquerque Section
– 2013 IEEE Photonics Society Graduate Student Fellowship
Fun Fact I am afraid of big dogs, yet I have two 60+ pounds Huskies.

Domaniç Lavery

Current Young Scholars Role Publicity Vice Chair
Research Area My work is all about making the internet faster! My research can be applied
to improve the performance of optical transmitters and receivers, which encode
and decode the streams of data written onto light that is carried over optical
fibres.
Current position Postdoctoral Research Associate at University College London (UCL), UK
Education Ph.D., University College London (UCL), UK
MPhys, Theoretical Physics, Durham University, UK
Young Scholar Prize Research Demonstration of a 10Gbit/s optical access network based on coherent receivers and low cost lasers, enabled by digital signal processing.
Other Honors 2014 UCL EE Lombardi prize (best Ph.D. thesis)
2012 IEEE Photonics Society Graduate Student Fellowship
2012 UCL EE Cullen prize (best student poster)
2009 EPSRC iCASE award
Fun Fact I ride a luminous green push scooter to my office in London (it’s quicker than cycling)!

Himanshu Asnani Selected as 2014 Young Scholar

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

Mountain View, CA

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.

Even in this elite group, his academic and entrepreneurial Professor Tsachy Weissman, Asnani’s primary advisor at Stanford University, says, “In his graduate studies, Himanshu has made profound contributions to our understanding of the fundamental limits in new communication and data compression scenarios (both point-to-point and multi-terminal), the structure of the schemes that achieve these limits, their implementations, and their performance in practice. His work runs the gamut from the theoretical to the applied. He is attracted to important problems, and is as passionate about understanding their deep theoretical underpinnings as he is about developing, implementing and experimenting with practical schemes that make a difference.”

Asnani grew up in Kota, India, the son of two physicians. As a child he aspired to be a neurosurgeon, but his exposure to mathematics and physics as a young teen led him in a different direction. A stellar student, he earned an All India Rank (AIR) -4 in the IIT JEE Examination, and a place at the Electrical Engineering School at IIT, Mumbai. He received a Bachelor of Technology in 2009 and was immediately accepted to Stanford’s Electrical Engineering School where he earned his M.S. in 2011, and then began his Ph.D studies.

Whereas his undergraduate studies focused on how systems connect and communicate, his graduate studies focused on information theory. “What intrigued me was the idea that communication and networking could be used to connect and inspire people,” says Asnani. “By helping people share ideas and meaningful questions and answers, I was applying theory to real life problems with tangible impacts and outcomes.”

His initial research focused on cooperation in communication, which can dramatically boost the performance of a network. He helped establish fundamental limits in source coding scenarios involving the availability of side information in the form of a lossily compressed version of the source. He and his collaborators also introduced new feedback communication models in which the transmitter and receiver can take actions that drive feedback acquisition– models which capture many practical scenarios in which the quality or availability of feedback is governed by a cost constraint.

“If you have a whole communications scenario, how do you introduce more intelligence into it?” he asked. “In a nutshell, by introducing cooperation between the entities, so they can see each other and learn where to go to collect information.”

Another focus was Human Genome Compression, a perfect opportunity for Asnani to marry his early interest in medicine with his technological skills. The vast amounts of genomic sequencing data being generated by Next Generation Sequencing technology may occupytens or even hundreds of gigabytes of disk space, including both the nucleotide sequences and per-base quality scores that account for about half of the required disk space. He and his collaborators found a new way to compress quality scores, resulting in significantly reduced storage requirements and fast analysis and transmission of sequencing data. The algorithm they developed has the potential to be part of a more general compression scheme that works with the entire FASTQ file without loss of fidelity, a first in the Genomic Community.

Prof. Weissman says all of Asnani’s research endeavors are grounded in and motivated by timely real-world problems in communication and compression. “He has developed deep insights and results of independent theoretical significance and elegance, and he uses these insights for guiding the design of new schemes in the motivating problem domains,” says Prof. Weissman. From action and actuation in communication, real-time and limited-delay coding, distributed communication and compression in networks, to compression of genomic and meta-genomic data, all his results should have direct bearing on industrial applications. For example, several companies dealing with almost incomprehensibly large amounts of sequenced genomic data are interested in implementing some of our schemes for meta-genomic data compression on their platforms. Himanshu’s work has demonstrated to them that the savings in storage resources due to such implementations would be considerable.”

Dr. Haim Permuter, a professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at Ben Gurion University of the Negev who collaborated with Asnani on several projects, called him “by far the best young researcher in information and communication theory that I have met.”

Asnani currently works as a System Engineer at Ericsson Silicon Valley, R&D department, where he interned in the summer of 2008, working on a variety of technology leadership projects which are now being implemented in mainstream Ericsson’s products. His assignments now include a number of emerging areas, including designing Next Generation Communication and Computer Networks. He also has been leading Ericsson’s collaborations with many startup partners and vendors to port new features and applications in an SDN-NFV based cloud.

Asnani and another Young Scholar will receive their awards at the Marconi Society’s annual awards gala at the National Academies of Science Building in Washington D.C. on October 2, 2014. For more information about the event and about the Young Scholars program, go to Marconisociety.org

The Marconi Society is best known for its annual $100,000 Marconi Award and Fellowship given to living scientists whose scope of work and influence emulate the principle of “creativity in service to humanity.” The Young Scholar Awards winners are selected from nominations submitted by faculty members, department chairs, or managers with whom they have worked closely. The awards include a financial stipend and an invitation and travel funds to attend the annual Marconi Award Dinners and other events.
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About the Marconi Society

The Marconi Society was established in 1974 by the daughter of Guglielmo Marconi, the Nobel Laureate who invented radio. The organization promotes awareness of key technology and policy issues in telecommunications and the Internet, and recognizes significant individual achievements through the Marconi Prize.

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Kiseok Song Selected as 2014 Young Scholar

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.”

Song completed his undergraduate degree, a B.S. in EE, at KAIST in 2009 and earned an M.S. in EE there in 2011. He entered the EE Ph.D program that same year.

KAIST Professor Hoi-Jun Yoo, Song’s primary advisor, points to the wide range of 26-year- old Song’s achievements, which include the invention of smart wireless bio-medical systems combining with optimized “System on a Chip” (SoC); compact bio-medical patch systems connected to smart phones; smart electro-acupuncture and transdermal drug delivery; and multi- modal non-invasive glucose monitors, among others.

“All of these bio-medical systems open a new healthcare paradigm to improve people’s quality of life in combination with the current mobile smart phones,” says the professor. “The challenge was to take into account wide design considerations, such as high performance, convenience, and safety for bio-medical system design, from transistor (bottom) level to system (top) level, covering biological background, circuit technique, system and application design.”

The Seoul native became interested in the idea of using smartphones to help people at an early age, envisioning the potential of combining electrical engineering knowhow and bio- medical technology. His research focused on bio-medical circuitry. One important feature of his inventions is low power consumption; another is that bio-feedback is integrated into the electrical stimulation.

“For example, there have been many types of transdermal drug delivery systems such as my beauty mask and pain relief patches,” Song says. “But the previous ones could not monitor the drug delivery status because they don’t have any feedback from the patient. I integrate various types of bio-signal sensors to monitor the drug delivery status and patient’s status. As a result, I can achieve the bi-directional or active transdermal drug delivery.” His adaptive electro-acupuncture system integrates the same type of feedback, monitoring the patient’s status and adaptively controlling the stimulation parameters.

Professor Tadahiro Kuroda of Japan’s Keio University encountered Song at several annual international workshops. “Mr. Song demonstrated himself as an exuberant and avid young researcher. He led discussions after thoroughly dissecting problems given by other researches, and proposed different, yet well-suited solutions, thus inevitably differentiating himself from his fellow colleagues. In addition to his academic achievements, Mr. Song’s innate passion and loyalty to the society is remarkable. His devotion to his team and the society is well recognized by not only his teammates but also international friends including students in my laboratory.”

In addition to academic and research achievements, the Marconi Young Scholar Awards recognize entrepreneurship. Song’s bio-medical SoCs have been integrated into practical bio- medical systems and he demonstrated the live operation of his systems at ISSCC 2012/2013 and BioCAS 2013. He also visited a number of Korean and Chinese bio-medical system companies and medical schools to collaborate on commercialization of his systems. Though he enjoys collaboration, he hopes to start his own business to produce his inventions after graduation. His goal is to change and enhance people’s lifestyles.

Song and another Young Scholar will receive their awards at the Marconi Society’s annual awards gala at the National Academies of Science Building in Washington D.C. on October 2, 2014. For more information about the event and about the Young Scholars program, go to www.marconisociety.org.

The Young Scholar Awards winners are selected from nominations submitted by faculty members, department chairs, or managers with whom they have worked closely. The awards include a financial stipend and an invitation and travel funds to attend the annual Marconi Award Dinners and other events.

About the Marconi Society

The Marconi Society was established in 1974 by the daughter of Guglielmo Marconi, the Nobel Laureate who invented radio. The organization promotes awareness of key technology and policy issues in telecommunications and the Internet, and recognizes significant individual achievements through the Marconi Prize.

Media Contact:
Hatti Hamlin
925.872.4328