Sunday, September 21, 2008

Bell Labs' Gerard J. Foschini Awarded 2008 IEEE Alexander Graham Bell Medal

Gerard J. Foschini, distinguished scientist and innovator at Alcatel-Lucent's Bell Labs, has been awarded the 2008 IEEE Alexander Graham Bell Medal during the IEEE Honors Ceremony in Quebec City, Canada. Foschini was recognized for his seminal contributions at Bell Labs to the science and technology of multiple-antenna wireless communications. His multiple antenna concepts have allowed for increased data transmission rates by orders of magnitude without increased power at the transmitter, or the increased cost of expanding bandwidth. His research discoveries are core components of many of today's current and emerging wireless communications standards including the Multiple Input Multiple Output (MIMO) architecture in IEEE WiFi (802.11n) and WiMAX (802.16e) for wireless data communication, as well as 4G cellular standards including 3GPP and 3GPP2.