Theodore Sizer

Vice President and Leader of Mobile Radio Research
Nokia Bell Labs

Dr. Theodore(Tod) Sizer is Head of Mobile Radio Research in Nokia Bell Labs.  In this role he leads teams innovating in all aspects of Mobile Radio systems, technology and software.  In addition his teams collaborate with fixed access systems including copper and optical with special opportunities being explored at the convergence between these and wireless.

Tod has been leading the vision and research of 5G and the new technologies that will be required to meet the needs of an Always Connected world with expectations of Infinite Capacity.  In the past he has had significant impact as a key proponent and inventor of the lightRadio™ and small cell technology and systems leading to Alcatel-Lucent’s product line solution to address the current Wireless Data explosion.  During his tenure at Bell Labs he has performed research in Wired and Wireless Home Networking, Fixed Wireless Loop systems, Video Watermarking technologies, Optical Computing and Switching Systems, and High Power Laser Design. He was a member of the technical team in Lucent’s role as a promoter in the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG).  

Tod graduated from Amherst College, Magna Cum Laude and received his Masters and Doctorate from the Institute of Optics at the University of Rochester.   In 2007 Tod was named a Bell Labs Fellow “For sustained creative contributions to wireless systems, particularly in the convergence of packet and wireless technologies” and in 2012 was named a WWRF Fellow.  In 2012 he received the Popular Science Breakthrough Innovation award for the lightRadio invention.  He serves as a member of the VCAT (Visiting Committee on Advanced Technology) which is the principal industry advisory board towards NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology), part of the US Department of Commerce.  He was named an IEEE Fellow in 2015 for “Leadership in Wireless Communications Technology”. He is the author of 52 US patents, over 50 refereed publications and is a member of the IEEE and OSA.

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