Dinesh Bharadia wins ‘Marconi Society Young Scholar’ Award

Dinesh Bharadia, an Indian American post-doctoral student at MIT is one of four 2016 Paul Baran Young Scholars named by The Marconi Society Sept. 14 for their outstanding research and innovations in networking. The Marconi Society is dedicated to furthering scientific achievements in communications and the Internet, according to a Business Wire report.

Bharadia was selected for his work on full duplex radios. The 28-year-old has developed a solution that effectively doubles available radio spectrum in a bandwidth-constrained world. Solving a problem that has stumped scientists for almost 150 years, Bharadia’s work provides effective self-interference cancellation technology that enables radios to transmit and receive on the same frequency.

Bharadia’s work, said Stanford Prof. Sachin Katti, has other important implications. “Dinesh’s work enables a whole host of new applications, from extremely low-power Internet of Things connectivity to motion tracking. It has the potential to be used for important future applications such as building novel wireless imaging that can enable driverless cars in severe weather scenarios, help blind people to navigate indoors, and much more.”

Dinesh Bharadia, who holds a Ph.D. from Stanford and is currently a graduate researcher at MIT, will receive his prestigious award at a gala Nov. 2 at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, Calif., where Brad Parkinson, the “father of GPS,” will receive the $100,000 Marconi Prize. When Bharadia, an electrical engineering graduate of IIT Kanpur, came to Stanford to pursue his M.S. and Ph.D. a few years ago, he wanted to solve “an interesting, hard problem.”

“Let’s say you are shouting at someone and they are shouting at you,” Bharadia explains. “Neither of you can hear the other, because you are both shouting in the same frequency. The noise in your ears (“interference”) from your own shout prevents you from hearing the other person. That’s a good analogy for why radios have needed to use two different frequencies to transmit and receive simultaneously. It’s also why solving the challenge of developing ‘full duplex radios’ effectively doubles the amount of available spectrum.”

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