BIFOLD’s Principal Investigator Prof. Dr. Giuseppe Caire, head of the Chair of Communications and Information Theory (CommIT) at TU Berlin, has been awarded the 2021 Gottfried-Wilhelm-Leibniz-Prize. On 10 December 2020, the German Research Foundation (DFG) announced the recipients of Germany’s most important research award. Each individual award is endowed with a maximum of 2.5 million euros annually.
Prof. Dr. Giuseppe Caire is one of the most influential minds in the theoretical foundations of information and communication technology. His work on wireless and mobile communication had great impact on modern life. Recently he was listed as one of the 2020 Highly Cited Researchers alongside BIFOLD Co-Director Prof. Klaus-Robert Müller and Principal Investigator Prof. Dr. Frank Noé.
In its announcement, the DFG acknowledged Caire’s many significant contributions, stating, “Giuseppe Caire has been awarded the Leibniz Prize for laying the foundation for key principles in information theory within the field of wireless modern communication and information technology. Among his many achievements, he developed the theoretical basis for the optimization of special modulation processes (Bi-Interleaved Coded Modulation, BICM), in which messages from a sender running over a noisy channel can be decoded at the receiver end nearly without error. Such processes are now standard in wireless communication. His most recent work on distributed caching systems, where information is saved in several places physically separate from one another, has led to entirely new findings in the field of information theory. Caire’s accomplishments also extend to technology transfer: Among other business ventures, he is co-founder of SpaceMUX, a Silicon Valley startup which developed technologies for wireless networks in companies.”
More information is available in the official press release of TU Berlin.