On 25th November 2019 FONTEs ESR Vinod participated in the Bell Labs Students’ Day, one of three annual outreach and dissemination Nokia Innovation Days organised by FONTE’s industrial Partner Nokia Bell Labs, Stuttgart.
Nokia Innovation Days are special customized for Nokia’s Academic Partners and for all students, who are interested to see the real life in one of the most renowned research institutions of the world, the Nokia Bell Labs.
Visitors were able to engage with Bell Labs Researchers at their demos and posters in the exhibition and discuss aspects of their research, as well as listen to talks from prestigious research leaders. Those interested in a computational challenge were able to participate in the Nokia Bell Labs Hackathon, this year focussing on the general area of 5G, serverless and Edge Cloud Computing.
The event attracted by up to 50 university and school students in addition at an equal number of visitors from academia and Nokia Bell Labs, bringing the total number of attendees to up to 100.
In the morning FONTE’s ESR Vinod presented his research to other PhDs and the researchers from Nokia Bell labs, after which the posters were critically reviewed by senior tech-leaders from Nokia Bell labs. In afternoon local high school students visited the event. Vinod discussed their understanding of the infrastructure underlying the internet and the nature and advantages of optical fibres, leading seamlessly into a broader debate about research in the telecom field. A main attraction of the Nokia Innovation Day/Student’ Day Students were a number of demonstrations and a virtual reality Ping-Pong game.