Indian-born researcher Dinesh Bharadia, 28, has won the prestigious 2016 Marconi Society Paul Baran Young Scholar Award for his contribution to radio waves. The young Indian-origin researcher hails from Ichalkarnji in Kolhapur district of Maharashtra. Presently, he is a researcher at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). A doctorate from Stanford University and is an alumnus of the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) at Kanpur in Uttar Pradesh.
He was chosen for the award for his contribution to send and receive radio (wireless) signals, including mobile telephony and data on the same channel (wave). As per the statement released by the society, “Bharadia has been chosen for the 2016 Paul Baran Young Scholar Award for his contribution to send and receive radio (wireless) signals, including mobile telephony and data on the same channel (wave)”. His duplex radio technology has debunked a longstanding notion that it is not possible for a radio to transmit and receive on the same frequency band because of the interference. His work culminated in making full-duplex radios a reality through the development of effective self-interference cancellation technology.
The new technology developed will permit guidance and control of driverless automobiles even in harsh weathers and will also be beneficial for the visually challenged. The use of this technology will also allow doubling the data service, in the telecom. It will also allow better coverage of radio signal without heavy investment for increasing number of towers.
Marconi Society Paul Baran Young Scholar Award is named after Nobel laureate Guglielmo Marconi who had invented radio. It was instituted by his daughter Gioia Marconi Braga through an endowment in 1974. The award, considered an equivalent of the Nobel Prize in science and technology domain, carries prize money of $4,000. It is bestowed annually outstanding individuals whose scope of work and influence emulate the principle of ‘creativity in service to humanity’ that inspired Marconi.
The Indian-American researcher will receive the award at a ceremony at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California, on 2nd November, 2016.
by Ashwani Srivastava