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Bell Labs Toasts Big Bang Discovery With Prize, Israeli Office

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Alcatel-Lucent is to open a new Bell Labs 'antenna' office near Tel Aviv, Israel, as the research organization sharpens its focus around challenges that confront the evolution of networks.

The Bell Labs Tel Aviv location will be led by the notable Israeli computer scientist Danny Raz. A Bell Labs alum, Danny Raz is a professor in the Department of Computer Science at The Technion, Israel's leading technical university. He has been published widely in the area of network, system, and cloud resource management and has a strong working relationship with a number of leading global companies in Israel including receiving the IBM Faculty Award, and consulting with Google.

The new Bell Labs team will be based in Alcatel-Lucent's cloud facility in Kfar Saba, near Tel Aviv. The facility is already focused on helping customers apply NFV (network functions virtualization) to create a simpler, more agile and efficient operating model for meeting networking demands. At the center of this work is Alcatel-Lucent's CloudBand™ solution -- the industry's first open, multivendor NFV management platform that allows operators to offer cloud services with security, reliability and quality.

More Bell Labs antenna locations will be announced later this year each with its own original focus in an emerging research area.

On a significant day for Bell Labs, at a ceremony in New Jersey celebrating the 50th anniversary of the discovery of cosmic microware background radiation by Arno Penzias and Robert Wilson - one of the strongest pieces of evidence supporting the "Big Bang" theory - Marcus Weldon, president of Bell Labs and CTO of Alcatel-Lucent, will introduce the Bell Labs Prize.

The Bell Labs Prize, which we hope will be seen as the premier Prize in Information and Communications Networking - is a competition that will reward winners with up to $100,000 in cash and the opportunity to develop their ideas with world-renown Bell Labs researchers.

The Prize is intended to encourage new answers to the great challenges facing the ICT industry, as well as collaboration with Bell Labs researchers to accelerate understanding and investigate the potential of the best ideas. And, as in the classic Bell Labs model, in answering the big questions that confront the evolution of information and communications networking, there will always be a eye on the 'unexpected discoveries' that change how we perceive our world, exemplified by the work of Penzias and Wilson.

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