Thierry E. Klein is the Head of the Enterprise and Industrial Automation Research Lab at Nokia Bell Labs. He is leading a global research team dedicated to applied research, innovation and advanced technologies with the mission to design, develop and prototype massively disruptive solutions, systems and experiences for the next human-industrial revolution. The research domains span new wearable devices, cloud robotics and drones, image and data analytics, industrial process optimization and automation enabled by 5G networking and edge computing technologies.
In previous roles, he was the Head of Innovation Management for Vertical Industries with a focus on the transportation, automotive and connected industries sectors. He also served as the Founding Vice-Chair of the Board of the 5G Automotive Association (5GAA), a cross-industry association bringing together the telecommunications and automotive industries that he helped found and launch in September 2016. He was also the Program Leader for the Network Energy Research Program at Bell Labs, Alcatel-Lucent with the mission to conduct research towards the design, development and use of sustainable future communications and data networks. He served as the Chairman of the Technical Committee of GreenTouch, a global consortium dedicated to improve energy efficiency in networks by a factor 1000x compared to 2010 levels.
He joined Bell Labs Research in Murray Hill, New Jersey in 2001 and his initial research was focused on next-generation wireless and wireline networks, network architectures, algorithms and protocols, network management, optimization and control. From 2006 to 2010 he served as the Founder and CTO of an internal start-up focused on wireless communications for emergency response and disaster recovery situations within Alcatel-Lucent Ventures.
Thierry earned an MS in Mechanical Engineering and an MS in Electrical Engineering from the Université de Nantes and the Ecole Centrale de Nantes in Nantes, France. He received a PhD in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA. He is an author on over 35 peer-reviewed conference and journal publications and an inventor on 36 patent applications. He is the recipient of a Bell Labs’ President Award and two Bell Labs Teamwork Awards. In 2010, he was voted “Technologist of the Year” at the Total Telecom World Vendor Awards and received the 2016 Industrial Innovation award from the IEEE Communications Society.
- PhD in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, MA, USA (1995-2000)
- MS in Electrical Engineering and Automatics, Ecole Centrale de Nantes, Nantes, France (1992-1995)
- MS in Mechanical Engineering, Université de Nantes, Nantes, France (1992-1995)
- Mathématiques Supérieures / Mathématiques Speciales, Lycée Louis-le-Grand, Paris, France (1990-1992)
Honors & Awards
- 2016 Industrial Innovation Award from the IEEE Communications Society
- Technologist of the Year Award in 2010 from Total Telecom World Vendor Awards
- Bell Labs President Award 2005 (Base Station Router Concept and Prototyping)
- Best Paper Award at the 5th International Conference on Mobile Networks and Management (MONAMI 2013) with MinJi Kim, Emina Soljanin, João Barros and Muriel Médard : "Trade-off Between Cost and Goodput in Wireless: Replacing Transmitters with Coding"
- Best Paper Award at the 3rd Conference on Sustainable Internet and ICT for Sustainability (SustainIT 2013)with Marco Ricca, Andrea Francini and Steven Fortune: "An Assessment of Power-Load Proportionality in Network Systems”
- Best Paper Award at the 11th ACM International Symposium on Mobility Management and Wireless Access (MOBIWAC 2013)with Georg Hampel and Anil Rana: "Seamless TCP Mobility using Lightweight MPTCP Proxy”
- Member of the Alcatel-Lucent Technical Academy (2008-2010)
- Bell Labs Teamwork Awards