The Nokia Bell Labs Prize is a competition for innovators from participating countries around the globe that seeks to recognize innovations 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.
We welcome applications from innovators from participating countries around the globe. If you have a 10x game-changing idea and are interested in developing it with leading Bell Labs researchers, you have come to the right place.
From the hundreds of applications we receive, five finalists are selected to compete for three prizes at an autumn event each year in front of a panel of renowned experts and industry leaders.
Bell Labs awards a 1st prize of $100K, 2nd Prize of $50K and 3rd prize of $25K. All three winners are also considered for the unique opportunity to work within the world-renowned Bell Labs to further explore their ideas, following the end of the competition.
Read more about the Bell Labs Prize at the blog.
The 2019 Nokia Bell Labs Prize winners are Tianshi Wang and Jaijeet Roychowdhury of UC Berkeley; Sheng Xu of UC San Diego; and Maximilian Arnold, Sebastian Cammerer, Sebastian Dörner, and Stephan ten Brink of Stuttgart University.
First place and $100,000 were awarded to PhD student Tianshi Wang and Professor Jaijeet Roychowdhury of the Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences Department at the University of California at Berkeley, USA for their work on “A Classical Spin on Quantum Computing”. Their innovation is in a new type of processor element that will be significantly more efficient in computing the answers to discrete optimization problems. Their innovation will complement conventional digital processors (CPUs and GPUs) by efficiently tackling a wide range of computationally hard problems of importance in in many diverse areas, including 5G communication systems; complex tasks in planning, scheduling and control; and even the discovery of new drugs.
Second place and $50,000 went to Dr. Sheng Xu, assistant professor in the Department of Nanoengineering at University of California at San Diego for his submission, “There is plenty of room under the skin: A wearable’s perspective”. They have developed an easy-to-use ultrasonic patch that can provide noninvasive, continuous and unobtrusive monitoring of deep tissues. This innovation will impact not only the private sector, where consumers will now have access to data on their hearts, lungs, livers and GI tracts, but also healthcare systems allowing noninvasive continuous patient monitoring and ultrasonic imaging.
Third place and $25,000 were presented to Maximilian Arnold, Sebastian Cammerer, Sebastian Dörner, Stephan ten Brink of Stuttgart University, Germany for their innovative work on “Leveraging 5G Infrastructure for a Robust Positioning System”. Their indoor positioning system uses existing wireless communications networks to determine location, which will allow ubiquitous, low-cost tracking with simpler calibration of all things than existing positioning systems, and therefore has the potential to become a foundational part of the next industrial revolution.