UCL Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering


Former EEE student awarded 2021 Lombardi Prize

9 September 2021

Boris Karanov, former Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering (EEE) and Optical Networks Group (ONG) student, received the Fabrizio Lombardi prize for his PhD thesis.

Boris Karanov ONG and TRANSNET

Dr Boris Karanov was awarded the 2021 Fabrizio Lombardi prize for his PhD thesis submitted a year before (2020). 

Boris' research - as a member of the Optical Networks Group (ONG) from 2016-2020 - focused on developing new coding and detection methods for communication over the nonlinear dispersive fibre channel using deep learning, under the supervision of Prof. Polina Bayvel.

On receiving the prize, Boris stated: 

 I am greatly honoured to receive such a recognition for my PhD research. In addition to being very thankful to my supervisor Prof. Bayvel for her guidance and support, I feel very lucky to have had the opportunity to develop my research in the friendly and inspiring environment of the ONG and the EEE department.

In 2020 Boris departed EEE for pastures new, taking up a post-doctoral research position with the Signal Processing Systems Group at the Technical University of Eindhoven. 

The 2021 Lombardi prize is awarded by the EEE department to the student who submitted the best PhD thesis. A number of criteria is taken into account by the awarding committee such as publications record, previously received awards for research excellence, as well as the examiner reports on the thesis and the oral examination.

The Lombardi Prize money has been generously donated by Professor Fabrizio Lombardi, a distinguished alumnus of the department who received both his MSc and PhD from UCL in the field of Microwave Engineering.

Boris Karanov biography