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

Jisto Announces $2.45M in Funding

Jisto, a novel enterprise solution for maximizing computer resource utilization, closed $2.45 million in seed financing led by Boston-based .406 Ventures. Jisto debuted its Elastic Workload Manager at Container World 16 in Santa Clara, CA.

Jisto was founded in 2013 by Aleksandr (Sasha) Biberman, a 2010 Marconi Society Young Scholar, and Andrey Turovsky. Headquartered in Boston, MA, Jisto is a MassChallenge 2014 Silver winner and an Edison Awards 2016 Finalist in the “Smart Grids and Servers” category. The Edison Awards recognize the most innovative new products, services and business leaders in the world, while strengthening the human drive for innovation, creativity and ingenuity.

Most servers, whether physical, virtual or cloud-based, are only 20 percent utilized, leaving a huge amount of stranded capacity in data centers. The Jisto Elastic Workload Manager uniquely monitors the resources being used by all applications in real-time and deploys additional workloads into the idle capacity whenever possible. By grabbing and yielding resources in real-time, Elastic Workload Manager mitigates resource contention and allocates resources to higher-priority applications to support peak loads.

Jisto allows additional applications, such as simulation, forecasting, genomic sequencing and other high-performance computing applications, to gain access to the stranded resources within existing computing infrastructure, with no additional hardware purchases. With Jisto, utilization rates can be raised by a factor of two-to-three or more without impacting performance of applications, operating systems or existing servers.

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Celestini Prize

Bell Labs and the Marconi Society sponsored the ‘Symposium on Transformative Digital Technologies’ on February 3 in Kampala, Uganda, as a culmination of the 2015 Celestini program. ‘Future Networks’ was the theme of the event, which was the largest ICT event of the area for the past 5 years. The highlight was the Celestini Prize, which “honors the demonstration of innovation and blue-sky thinking in developing a telecom-based solution to a socioeconomic challenge” selected by a panel that included Bob Tkach, Guilhem de Valicourt and Joseph Kakande from Bell Labs, as well as other local judges.

The Marconi Society has long recognized the many seminal contributions of Bell Labs in Communications Technologies: nine current or former Bell Labs researchers have received the prestigious Marconi Prize, and another three the Marconi Lifetime Achievement award, one of whom was Claude Shannon. The symposium in Kampala was a result of both organizations’ interests in deploying the power of information and communications networks to solving global ‘human need’ problems. The Celestini program has been lauded by many communications luminaries including Vint Cerf, Google Chief Internet Evangelist and co-inventor of TCP/IP, reiterating the credit it reflects on both Bell Labs & the Marconi Society.


India Abroad article

P Rajendran finds out how Himanshu Asnani, a winner of the Marconi Society’s Paul Baran Young Scholars Award, careened from wanting to become a neurosurgeon or cricketer into engineering

Right now, Himanshu Asnani may have been working his careful way through a human brain, or on the cricket field, bowling some blinders at some hapless bats- man’s brains or, as opening bat, whacking a ball past some cringing fielder at forward square leg.
Despite his interests, Asnani would not become a neurosurgeon or a cricketer. Because math happens. And the result of that heady infatuation sent Asnani careening away into engineering.
The self-deprecating Dr Asnani says he does not deserve the honor he is being given — the Marconi Society’s Paul Baran Young Scholars Award, which carries with it a modest sum of $4,000.
Dr Asnani has worked, among other things, on helping computers interact — and so cooperate — with each other. This step, along with the judicious use of communication and compression, could help ensure better infor- mation flow while reducing logjams in networks. Besides the work on communications, compression and cooperation in networks, Asnani has also worked on ways to compress human genome information.
Dr Asnani was born in Kota, Rajasthan, the son of Kanchan and the late Suresh Asnani, both doctors by train- ing. He came fourth in the Indian Institute of Technology Joint Entrance Examination.
He was involved in the technical contests at IIT but, since he had decided he would study further, did not go job-hunt- ing in India.
Dr Asnani is more involved in research than pure engineering, and finished his PhD in four years and now works as a systems engineer at Ericsson. Tsachy Weissman, Dr Asnani’s advisor at Stanford, in a statement, described him saying that his ‘work runs the gamut from the theoretical to the applied. He is attracted to important problems, and is as passionate about under- standing their deep theoretical underpinnings as he is about developing, implementing and experimenting with practical schemes that make a difference.’
While Dr Asnani enjoys his work, his other interest is to engage youth: He teaches yoga to teenagers in corporate circles and at Stanford. According to Robert Tkach, a Marconi Fellow and chair-
man of the Marconi Society’s Young Scholar Selection Committee, “The Young Scholar awards were created to look at what are the kind of people who might win the Marconi Prize in the future. We think these are the kind of people who might do that.” According to him the organization used its members’ contacts in academia to find those who have made significant contributions by the time they are 27, the age Marconi was when he did his transatlantic radio trans- mission.

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