Dinesh Bharadia- an Indian born researcher won the young scholar award

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Dinesh Bharadia,  Indian-born researcher has won the prestigious Young Scholar award of the US-based Marconi Society for his contribution to radio waves at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

“Bharadia has been chosen for the 2016 Paul Baran Young Scholar Award for his contribution to send and receive radio (wireless) signals which includes mobile telephony and data on the same channel (wave),” the Society said in a statement on Wednesday.

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

According to a statement, “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 Marconi Society was named Nobel laureate Guglielmo Marconi who invented radio and was set up by his daughter Gioia Marconi Braga through an endowment in 1974, annually awards 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 is an equivalent of the Nobel Prize in science and technology domain and the award includes $4,000 (Rs. 2,67,870) prize and expenses to attend its annual awards event.

Mr. Bharadia will receive the award on November 2 at a ceremony organized in Mountain View, California.

Mr. Bharadia’s duplex radio technology has the potential for multiple applications such as building novel wireless imaging that can enable driverless cars move in even harsh weather conditions and can also help blind people in finding a way.

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

Mr. Bharadia’s work which has direct connection to Marconi had ended in making full-duplex radios a reality through self-interference cancellation technology.

In India, the technology can be used for building relays which can listen to signals from a cellular tower and transmit them instantly as well as extend the range across the country.

Bharadia notes that this technology is much needed today as we have only a few towers and, we don’t need to put in huge infrastructure if we just deploy a simple relay for the cellular towers. Bharadia has developed an analog cancellation filter, has give a free rein for huge potential, for more applications while its architecture allows cancellation in all environments.

“India has much users for cellular data connectivity and unfortunately there are just few cellular towers. notes Mr. Bharadia.

From low-power Internet of Things connectivity to motion tracking Bharadia’s work enables a host of new applications.

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