Bell Labs announces $100k prize winner

Emmanuel Abbe has been named the $100k winner of the inaugural Bell Labs Prize for his proposal: “A Shannon Theory of Social Networks and Beyond.”

Nearly 500 applicants submitted ideas for consideration to the contest hosted by Bell Labs, the research arm of Alcatel-Lucent and one of the world’s leading scientific research institutions. The prize is designed to provide motivation to drive disruptive innovation and recognizes proposals that “change the game” in the field of information and communications technologies by a factor of 10.

First runner up, Patrick Reynaert (University of Leuven), will receive $50,000. Second runner up, Matilde Sanchez Fernandez (Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Spain), Ana García Armada (University Carlos III de Madrid, Spain) and Eva Rajo-Iglesias (Chalmers University of Technology) will receive $25,000.

These winners may have the opportunity to develop their ideas and vision alongside a team of Bell Labs researchers.

Bell Labs would like to acknowledge the 2014 finalists:

  • Andrew Eckford, Professor, York University; Nariman Farsad, Ph.D. Candidate, York University; Weisi Guo, Exchange Assistant Professor, NYU CUSP
  • Elaine Shi, Associate Professor, University of Maryland
  • Guangyu Yang, PH.D. Student, Clemson University; Sufeng Niu, Ph.D., Clemson University
  • Lav Varshney, Professor, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Additionally, Bell Labs would like to thank its distinguished panel of judges, including Alfred V. Aho, Columbia University; John Cummins, Hawkpoint Partners; Kevin Fitchard, Gigaom; Marcus Weldon, Bell Labs; Michel Combes, Alcatel-Lucent; Robert Wilson, Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory of the Harvard Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics; Dr. Sangchul Lee, LG+; and Siya Xuza, entrepreneur.

–Marcus Weldon, President, Bell Labs