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Nokia Foundation awards Internet of Things pioneer Zach Shelby

Espoo, Finland - The Nokia Foundation has granted its 2014 award to Zach Shelby for his tireless effort in developing Internet of Things technologies and standards.

Shelby is known as an evangelist for the Internet of Things, and has been a key contributor in the creation of Internet of Things standards in the Internet Engineering Task Force, Open Mobile Alliance and ZigBee Alliance.

Shelby is Director of Technical Marketing for Internet of Things at ARM. He was a co-founder of Sensinode, where he was CEO and CTO for the groundbreaking company before its recent acquisition by ARM. Prior to his work at Sensinode, Shelby led wireless networking research at the Centre for Wireless Communications in Oulu University and the Technical Research Center of Finland.

Shelby is known as a pioneer in the use of IP technology in low-power networks, which form the core of wireless sensor networks and the Internet of connected objects.

"The Internet of Things is the most radical change in the development of the Internet this decade. It opens the way to a programmable world where everyone and everything is connected, and where various tasks can be controlled by applications. We want to drive and support this technology transition by granting this year's award to a person whose contribution in the field is significant," said Timo Ali-Vehmas, Chairman of the Nokia Foundation.

The Nokia Foundation will grant scholarships and awards totaling some 560 000 EUR this year.

The Nokia Foundation established a specific Jorma Ollila Fund earlier in 2014, and its first multi-year postdoctoral grants for international work were granted to the following persons:

  • Wei Lu for the project "Wireless communication inspired random matrix theory in the big data era"
  • Pyry Kivisaari for the project "Diffusion-driven near-surface nanophotonic devices for efficient energy conversion"
  • Mikko Kytö for the project "Augmented Reality: An Interface for Internet of Things"
  • Sergey Andreev for the project "Performance Limits of Network- Assisted D2D Connectivity: Empowering 5G-grade IoT Solutions"

"The Jorma Ollila grant is intended to help young researchers gain international experience. During my own career I have seen how important such experience is as people are getting started. I hope the grant makes it easier for young doctors to create contacts and get experience across borders," said Jorma Ollila, former Chief Executive Officer and Board Chairman of Nokia.

About the Nokia Foundation
The Nokia Foundation supports the scientific development of information and telecommunications technologies and promotes education in the sector in Finland. The Nokia Foundation provides scholarships and awards for the purposes mentioned above. Decisions are made by the board of the Foundation, which consists of four representatives from Finnish universities and three representatives of Nokia.

Established on the initiative of Nokia Oyj, the Nokia Foundation was entered in the Finnish foundation registry in August 1995. The Nokia Foundation is not part of Nokia Oyj and its mandate is limited to granting funds in line with the foundation's mission.

The Jorma Ollila special fund, operating under the Nokia Foundation, supports the research of selected focus areas in order to advance technology development. The current focus areas are Internet of Things, cloud technology and nanotechnology.


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