Bell Labs

Alcatel-Lucent Bell Labs is one of the world’s leading research institutions. We have been pioneering the development of new communications technologies for more than 80 years. We are well known for inventing and perfecting many of the cornerstone technologies that have defined today’s information technology and communications systems. Bell Labs continues to lead the way in the development of future communications technologies and networks.

Bell Labs has helped weave the technological fabric of modern society. Since its founding in 1925, technology from Bell Labs has shaped the ways people live, work and play. Over the past 80 years, the Bell Labs R&D community has made seminal scientific discoveries, created powerful new technologies, and built the world’s most advanced and reliable networks.

Today, guided by both experience and vision, this creative force is part of the innovation engine that’s helping Alcatel-Lucent’s customers build and manage broadband, multi-service networks for the coming decades.

Among Bell Labs’ most influential innovations are the transistor, the laser, DSL, UNIX, C and C++, DWDM, solar cells, and MIMO. We have also played critical roles in the development of innovations in digital networking and signal processing, fiber-optic communications systems, cellular telephony, digital switching, touch-tone dialing, and more.

Current research focus areas include: IP networking, ultra-broadband access (wireline and wireless), green/eco-sustainable technologies; quantum computing, network computing; network components; optical networking; cloud technologies, and software-defined networking.

Thierry Van Landegem is Vice President Open Innovation of Bell Labs, the research arm of Alcatel-Lucent. His current responsibilities include open innovation eco-systems, innovation culture, overall research program management and operations. Thierry is also the chairman of the board of GreenTouch™. He is also member of the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council for Sustainability.

Prior, Thierry served in various roles in the Alcatel group amongst others in the corporate Chief Technology Office leading Research and Venturing, in the Business Group managing a broadband product line, and directing the Network Architecture and Strategy group.

Thierry Van Landegem wrote more than 50 publications in national and international journals and conferences and was twice a guest editor for an IEEE journal. He participated as an expert in the Visionary Research group initiated by the European Commission. He also has been a member of the European Commission’s ISTAG group, the Information Society Technologies Advisory Group. He has been a part-time lecturer in telecommunications at the University of Antwerp and Louvain.

He also is a current member of the scientific advisory board of IMEC, a research institute in nano-electronics and nano-technology. He has been a member of the board of directors of several incubation centers. Thierry holds a Masters degree in sciences and a Masters degree in business administration from the University of Brussels and Louvain, Belgium. He is based out of Murray Hill, New Jersey, USA.



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