Granted annually by the Marconi Society, the Marconi Prize is often referred to as the Nobel Prize for Communications and recognizes the contributions and impact of innovators in the communications industry.
This year Siavash Alamouti has been awarded the prestigious 2022 Marconi Prize in recognition of his contribution to global wireless device accessibility.
He joins other technology luminaries and distinguished Marconi Fellows such as Vint Cerf, regarded as one of the creators of the internet for the invention of the TCP/IP protocol; Marty Cooper, inventor of the cellphone and the first person to make a public handheld cellular phone call; and Google co-founders Sergei Brin and Larry Page, who invented the Page Rank Algorithm and built the primary search engine for the internet.
“Siavash has brought connectivity to billions of people by making wireless devices more efficient and affordable without reducing reception quality,” said Vint Cerf, Chair of the Marconi Society and 1998 Marconi Fellow. “Throughout his career, he has been a vital advocate for technology as a democratizing force in the world.”
A graduate of UBC, Siavash is most well known as the inventor of the Alamouti Code, which underpins modern wireless technology standards and can be found in billions of devices around the world.
Siavash fled to Canada from Iran during the Islamic Revolution and has dedicated his career to developing and promoting technologies that enhance people’s lives.
After completing a master’s degree in electrical engineering from UBC, he went on to work for technology giants AT&T, Intel, and Vodafone. An early advocate of open Internet standards, his leadership during this time is reflected in global telecommunication and internet standards, and spectrum reform.
Siavash is now the executive chair of mimik Technology, where he helped to create a hybrid edge computing platform that will ultimately make the internet more private, affordable, and sustainable.
“It is incredibly humbling to be recognized by the Marconi Society whose mission and values have been a guiding light for my efforts to democratize the internet and provide equal access to information to every single individual globally,” said Alamouti.
“I am honored to be included in such distinguished company. I would like to thank the Marconi Society for making digital equity a driving force behind its mission. We have a long way to go to make the internet available to every child and adult across the globe, and an even more challenging path to ensure that the internet does not become a channel for the spread of disinformation, conspiracy theories, and propaganda.”