BELL LAB’S PROFESSORSHIP PROGRAM LAUNCHED AT THE
UNIVERSITY OF AUCKLAND
FOR RELEASE: Monday, November 13, 2000
Auckland, New Zealand - Lucent Technologies (NYSE:LU) and The University of Auckland will work together next year to
conduct a broad range of research in the field of data and voice communications.
Dr Narayan Gehlot, Ph.D., Member of Technical Staff, Advanced Communications Technology at Lucent’s Bell Laboratories in
the US, will spend a year at the School of Engineering at The University of Auckland.
A renowned thought leader in optical communications, Dr Gehlot has been associated with Bell Labs since 1995 and has
more than 15 years research and development experience in emerging technology. Dr Gehlot has contributed to 35 patents
worldwide, primarily in the optical technology area.
Initial research at The University of Auckland will look at communication over power transmission lines and be part of
the telecommunications research cluster, which is based within the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering
at the School of Engineering.
Apart from gaining valuable research and learning from Dr Gehlot, the University will also benefit from its link with
Lucent and the company’s communications activity in Australasia and the United States.
“Through the continual sharing of knowledge, information and resources we believe we can help further advance our world,
industry and the people in it. Lucent and Bell Labs’ leadership in technological innovation is absolute, being
responsible for technological advances like the transistor, the communications satellite, C/ C++ and UNIX, and the
laser, which continue to shape our lives today,” added Mr Pryke.
Dr Gehlot and The University of Auckland are exploring the possibilities of extending the program beyond one year and
establishing a Bell Labs visiting program for faculty and students of the University to conduct further research with
other leading Bell Labs scientists.
Dr Gehlot successfully launched a Bell Labs Professorship program in Malaysia in late 1998. This collaborative
arrangement has resulted in five patents being filed in USA and Malaysia.
Dr Narayan Gehlot
Dr Gehlot’s doctorate work created a breakthrough in passive optical network receivers under the guidance of Dr Robert
Swartz. He has been a lead consultant for 35,000-km long, 32 channels WDM system capable of 640 Gb/s capacity prior to
his arrival at the University of Auckland. Dr. Gehlot is one of the pioneers in the world to conduct experimental
research to successfully introduce WDM on existing optical ring networks to increase the capacity from 5 Gb/s to 15
Dr Gehlot was honored as “Outstanding Asian Americans for Lucent’s Success” along with world-renowned researchers at
Bell Labs, such as Dr Arun Netravali and Dr Carl Hsu. He is a Senior Member of IEEE. Dr Gehlot has a keen interest on
fundamentals of nature beyond science and, travelling on time axis (past, present and future). Dr Gehlot is guided by
his mentors – Dr Dinanath Sonar (FRCS England) and Shri Venugopal Gosavi (Rebirth of Late Shri Harikaka Gosavi,
Celebrating its 75th birthday this year, Bell Labs commences a new era of inventing the things that make communications
work. Lucent is now getting products to market in about half the time it took just three years ago. Demonstrating
Lucent's leadership in optical networking technology, researchers recently set a world record by transmitting more than
1,022 wavelengths, or colours, of light through a single optical fibre. Eleven Nobel laureates conducted their
prize-winning work at Bell Labs, including three who won the 1998 prize for physics.
Lucent Technologies, headquartered in Murray Hill, N.J., USA, designs and delivers the systems, software, silicon and
services for next-generation communications networks for service providers and enterprises. Backed by the research and
development of Bell Labs, Lucent focuses on high-growth areas such as optical and wireless networks; Internet
infrastructure; communications software; communications semiconductors and optoelectronics; Web-based enterprise
solutions that link private and public networks; and professional network design and consulting services. For more
information on Lucent Technologies, visit its website at http://www.lucent.com.
School of Engineering, The University of Auckland
The University of Auckland has more than 25,000 students and 1,500 academic staff from New Zealand and around the world.
It offers internationally recognised qualifications, high quality teaching from academics, excellent facilities and a
variety of campus locations. Dr Gehlot will be based at the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering in the
School of Engineering. Research areas at the Department include computational intelligence, control systems, power
electronics, power systems, radio systems, and signal processing. Virtually no other engineering discipline changes as
rapidly or provides such a variety of jobs. It includes the world-wide telecommunications network, incorporating both
satellite links and fibre-optic undersea cables. Engineering research contributes to the quality of life in modern
society in many areas.