March 24, 2015: Winning Industrial Research
The Student Day Belgium program featured opening remarks by Ingrid Van de Voorde, Executive Director Bell Labs Belgium, followed by presentations by Geert De Peuter, Director Bell Labs, Professor P. Reynaert (2014 Bell Labs Prize, 2nd Place Winner). The schedule included guided tours, live demonstrations and a networking drink.
Success Stories of Local Collaborations
Geert De Peuter is research group leader at Bell Labs. He shared success stories of fruitful collaborations between local universities and Bell Labs which result in a continuous stream of world records and break-throughs.
RF Through Plastics
Professor Patrick Reynaert won the second prize of the 2014 Bell Labs Prize with his proposal "RF Through Plastics". He proposed to develop a new communication technology based on small CMOS radio interfaces that are connected through inexpensive plastic waveguides, enabling higher speed data communications across several meters, with less effort and at a far lower cost than equivalent optical communications.
2015 Bell Labs Prize
Ingrid Van de Voorde, the Executive Director of Bell Labs Belgium, explained the Bell Labs Prize. This international competition for innovators seeks to recognize proposals that ‘change the game’ in the field of information and communications technologies by a factor of 10, and provides selected innovators the unique opportunity to collaborate with Bell Labs researchers to help realize their vision. Each year Bell Labs awards a 1st prize of $100k, 2nd Prize of $50k and 3rd prize of $25k. Following the competition, winners are considered for the opportunity to work within the world-renowned Bell Labs to further explore their ideas. More details about the Bell Labs Prize are here.