The Shannon Luminary Lecture Series at Nokia Bell Labs is named in honor of Claude Shannon – the father of information theory and arguably of all communications and networked systems. The series continues the tradition of the renowned Bell Labs General Research Colloquia of the past, but looks firmly towards the future. This lecture series is comprised of speakers who are luminaries in a wide diversity of fields and who will share their perspective on the most important technologies, science, engineering, mathematics – and even more aesthetic matters – that will transform human existence in the next decades.
Each visionary speaker receives the Shannon Luminary Award and an honorarium of $5,000 to be donated to a cause of their choosing.
Lectures in the series are listed here:
We are pleased to welcome Brian Collins, a visionary leader in design, as the Shannon Luminary lecturer on January 23rd. In his lecture, “The Future of Design: What We Desire”, Collins described the role of design as a way to bring human benefit to a rapidly changing world.
The incomparable Stephen Fry, actor, comedian, journalist, author, tech enthusiast and polymath presented his Shannon Luminary Lecture "The future of humanity and technology" on September 25, 2017.
Stephen Friend, scientist, physician, entrepreneur, Chairman of Sage Bionetworks and member of the Apple Health team delivered a Shannon Luminary Lecture on May 4th.
David Eagleman is a neuroscientist, author, Guggenheim fellow, and adjunct associate professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science at Stanford University. He presented "How to create new senses for humans" at the March 23 Shannon Luminary Lecture.
Yann LeCun is director of Artificial Intelligence Research at Facebook and Silver Professor of Data Science, Computer Science, Neural Science, and Electrical Engineering at New York University. His lecture explores the next steps in deep learning, enabling machines to teach themselves.
Zhenan Bao, Professor of Chemical Engineering at Stanford University and Bell Labs alumnus (1995-2004) spoke about development of flexible electronic materials having the ability to mimic human skin in a Shannon Luminary Lecture on December 1, 2016.
Henry Markham is a professor of neuroscience working towards a full-scale model of the human brain, through his leadership at both the Blue Brain Project and the Human Brain Project.
Amber Case in “Designing calm technology”, describes interactions between humans and computers and how our relationship with information is changing the way cultures think, act, and understand their worlds. As a cyborg anthropologist, Case seeks to steer technology in ways that benefit humans.
As the executive chairman of Alphabet Inc, Eric Schmidt is responsible for external matters of Google and business and policy issues. He spoke on how Google is advancing artificial intelligence both for its own products and for the computing community as a whole.
Bob Metcalfe is widely acknowledged to be an (or the) originator of Ethernet, and he explains its history in the lecture.