February 9, 2022
UBC Electrical and Computer Engineering alumnus Siavash Alamouti is a recognized innovator and leader in wireless communications and the cloud. If you’ve studied wireless systems, his name might be familiar; he’s the inventor of the famous Alamouti code, a milestone solution in mobile signal reception technology that’s included in billions of devices around the globe.
Siavash has been a leader and researcher at multiple top companies including AT&T, Intel, and Vodafone. He’s been on the cutting edge of communications technology for many years, and was instrumental in the development of 5G and LTE standards worldwide. Siavash is now working towards the decentralization and democratization of the cloud and personal data use. Influenced by his background in activism and his experience of the Iranian cultural revolution, he’s a dedicated advocate for technological solutions that prioritize the rights and needs of their users.
Since his time at ECE, Siavash has believed strongly in the potential of wireless innovation to improve people’s lives. In recognition of his impact on the accessibility of wireless devices, Siavash has been awarded the 2022 Marconi Prize, the top honor in information and communications (ICT) technology. This prize (whose past winners include World Wide Web inventor Tim Berners-Lee and Google co-founders Lawrence E. Page and Sergey Brin), is awarded to ICT innovators who have made a significant contribution to increasing digital inclusivity. Siavash’s award recognizes his dedication to the power of wireless technology as a democratizing force.
ECE spoke to Siavash about his work and this significant recognition. Read the full interview, where he discusses his long and varied career, his time at UBC, and the insights and inspirations that lie behind his work on wireless technology and decentralized cloud infrastructure.
Read More from the Marconi Society: “Democratizing Internet Access: 2022 Marconi Prize Awarded to Wireless Innovator Siavash Alamouti”