Indian-origin researcher wins Young Scholar award!NRI Top Stories

September 15, 2016 05:30
Indian-origin researcher wins Young Scholar award!

An Indian-American researcher Dinesh Bharadia at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has been honored with the prestigious Young Scholar award for his contribution to radio waves. The award was given by the US-based Marconi Society.

The society said in a statement, that, "Bharadia has been chosen for the 2016 Paul Baran Young Scholar Award for his contribution to send and receive radio (wireless) signals, including mobile telephony and data on the same channel (wave)."

Bharadia, 28, who hails from Ichalkarnji in Kolhapur district of Maharashtra, is an alumnus of the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) at Kanpur in Uttar Pradesh and a doctorate from Stanford University.

"Bharadia's research disproved a long-held assumption that it is not possible for a radio to receive and transmit on the same frequency band because of the interference that results," the statement added.

The Marconi Society is named after Nobel laureate Guglielmo Marconi, who invented radio, and set up by his daughter Gioia Marconi Braga through an endowment in 1974. The organization wards annually outstanding individuals whose scope of work and influence emulate the principle of 'creativity in service to humanity' that inspired Marconi.

The Marconi young scholar award includes $4,000 prize and expenses to attend its annual awards event. Bharadia is going to receive the award at a ceremony on November 2  in Mountain View, California.

The Society also honors distinguished scientists with the $100,000 Marconi Award and Fellowship for emulating the principle of creativity in service to humanity.

Bharadia said in the statement, that, "Marconi invented the radio but couldn't solve the problem of duplexing. It's fitting that this work is recognized by the Society."

Bharadia invented a technology, which can be used in India to build relays which can listen to signals from a cellular tower, transmit them instantly and extend the range across the country.

"This (technology) is needed as we have only a few towers; by deploying simple relay, we don't need to put in huge infrastructure for the cellular towers," noted Bharadia.

"India has much denser users for cellular data connectivity and a few cellular towers. In other words, if I can talk and listen at the same time in context of wireless radio, then one can double the data we can service," Bharadia said.

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- Nandini

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