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Prof. Victor Lawrence: Brief Bio

Prof. Victor B. Lawrence Associate Dean: Special Topics Batchelor Chair Professor of Electrical Engineering Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering Burchard Building, Room 205 Stevens Institute of Technology Hoboken, NJ 07030  Ph.: 201 216-5636 Fax.: 201 216-8246  e-mail: 

Prior to joining Stevens Institute of Technology, Dr. Victor Lawrence was Vice President of Communications Technology Research at Lucent Bell Laboratories where he managed an R&D staff of over 500 technologist responsible for the development of technologies for worldwide communications networks.

Dr. Lawrence has been a key proponent of R&D globalization and is championing the effort to bring fiber optic connectivity to Africa. Over the past several years at Bell Labs, he managed a worldwide R&D organization, with branches in Beijing and Shanghai in China and in Hilversum and Twente in the Netherlands, as well as four states in the US. Before joining Bell Labs in 1974, he taught at Kumasi University of Science and Technology in Ghana, and was employed as a research engineer at the General Electric Company in the UK. Since 1996, Dr. Lawrence has taught a short-course each year at the US Industrial College of the Armed Forces. From 1997-2001, Dr. Lawrence and his staff supported Senator Frist and the US Sub-Committee on Science and Technology.

Dr. Lawrence spun off several ventures internal and external to Lucent to maximize the impact of technology developed in his organization.

  • Globespan, whose core team came from Dr. Lawrence's organization and created the silicon for DSL. Globespan later merged with Virata and is now part of Conexant.
  • Lucent Digital Video, a Lucent internal venture, which developed MPEG-2 video encoders that have been deployed in over 150 television stations and in many broadband networks worldwide. The entire R&D team came from Dr. Lawrence's organization.
  • elemedia, which developed software for VoIP communications.
  • Lucent Digital Radio (now Ubiquity), which developed VLSI for encoding/decoding and modulation/demodulation of digital audio broadcast (DAB). This technology is now used for both terrestrial and satellite radio.
  • In addition, he led the systems engineering efforts that designed the architecture for the Sirius Satellite System and developed the Studio Encoder and the ASIC for the receiver system.

During his career, his personal R&D activities have provided major contributions to gigabit, photonic, and wireless networking, signal processing, modem technology, digital techniques, ATM switching and protocols, DSL, speech and audio coding, among other areas. His application of digital signal processing to data communications in the late 1980s and early 1990s led to many significant advances in high-speed transmission over copper lines (e.g., voiceband modems and DSL), and to the creation of Globespan Semiconductor Inc..He was an early champion of VLSI for ATM/IP networks and helped to create two generations of ATM/IP silicon, including the industry leading ATLANTA ATM/IP chip set. He is a Fellow of the IEEE and a member of the National Academy of Engineering

At Stevens, in addition to serving as Director of the Center for Intelligent Networked Systems, he serves as Associate Dean for Special Topics. He is the Batchelor Chair of Engineering and a Full Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Education Background 1972-Ph.D. , Electrical Engineering, University of London, United Kingdom 1969-D.I.C., Imperial College, University of London, United Kingdom 1968-B.Sc., University of London, United Kingdom

Career Positions

  • 2005- Present : Batchelor Chair Professor & Associate Dean Stevens Institute of Technology
  • 1995- 2005 Vice President, Advanced Communications Technology, Bell Labs, NJ
  • 1994-1995: Director, Advanced Multimedia Communications Dept., Bell Labs, NJ
  • 1988-1993: Department Head, Data Communications Research Dept., AT&T Paradyne, NJ
  • 1986-1988: Department Head, Digital Techniques Dept., Network Systems Div. Bell Labs,
  • 1982-1986: Supervisor, AT&T Information Systems Laboratories, NJ
  • 1979-1982: MTS, Data Communications Div., Bell Telephone Labs, NJ
  • 1974-1979: MTS, Research Division, Bell Labs, NJ
  • 1973-1974: Asst. Professor, Dept. of Electrical Engineering, Kumasi University, Ghana
  • 1972-1973: Development Engineer, ITT, UK

Honors & Awards

  • IEEE Simon Ramo Medal, 2007
  • 2004 IEEE Award in International Communications
  • Member of National Academy of Engineering, 2003
  • IEEE Millennium Medal, 2000
  • Emmy Award for HDTV Grand Alliance Standard, 1997
  • Black Engineer for Outstanding Technical Contributions, 1995
  • Fellow of AT&T Bell Laboratories, 1992
  • Fellow of IEEE, 1987
  • 1986 University of California at Berkeley, Chancellor's Distinguished Lecture Series
  • 1984 J. Harry Karp Best Paper Award at Interface '84
  • 1981 Gullemin-Cauer Prize Award, IEEE Circuits & Systems Society

Representative Professional Activities

  • Member, NAE Peer Review Committee, 2004 --
  • Corporate Patrons Chair, ICC2002, 2001-2002
  • Member, IEEE Kilby Medal Selection Committee, 2000-
  • Chairman, IEEE Awards Board, 1994-1995.
  • Vice-Chairman, IEEE Awards Board, 1992-1993.
  • Editor-In-Chief, IEEE Transactions on Communications, 1987-1991.
  • Member of the Board of Governors, IEEE Communications Society, 1990-1992.
  • Member of IEEE Fellow Nomination Committee, 1989-1992.
  • Member of IEEE Awards Policy Planning Committee , 1989-1992.
  • Associate Editor, IEEE Communications Society Magazine, Oct. 1977-1981.
  • Associate Editor, Digital Signal Processing, IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems, 1981-1983.
  • Technical Program Chairman, 1st International Workshop on VLSI in Communications, 1981.
  • Technical Program Chairman, 1st International Workshop on Metropolitan Networks, 1986.
  • General Chairman, 4th International Workshop on VLSI in Communications, 1986.
  • Secretary, IEEE Communications Society Technical Committee on Signal Processing and Communication Electronics, 1984-1986.
  • AT&T Representative to CCITT Study Group XVII, 1982-1986.
  • Special Rapporteur on Coding for CCITT SG XVII, 1982-1984.

Sample Publications (from a large list of publications)

  • “Design and Engineering of Intelligent Communications Systems,” S. V Ahamed & V. B Lawrence, Kluwer Academic Publishers.
  • US Patent Number 5,524,025, “Coding for digital transmission”, June 4, 1996, V. B. Lawrence and A. N. Netravali
  • US Patent Number 4,457,004, “Multidimensional Channel Coding”, June 26, 1984, A. Gersho and V. B. Lawrence
  • “Design and Implementation of Transmitter and Receiver Filters with Periodic Coefficient Nulls for Digital Systems,” Proc. of International Conference on Acoustics, Speech and Signal Processing, May 1982, Paris, France-with A Revolution,” V. B. Lawrence and A. C. Salazar.
  • “Multidimensional Signal Constellations for Voice Band Data Transmission,” IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications, Vol. 2, No. 5, Sept. 1984, pp. 687-702. A. Gersho and V. B. Lawrence.
  • “Intelligent Broadband Multimedia Networks,” S. V Ahamed & V. B Lawrence, Kluwer Academic Publishers.
  • “Digital Processing Techniques in Communications,” Invited paper-IEEE Communications Magazine, Jan. 1978, Vol. 16, No. 1, pp. 18-32. V. B. Lawrence,
  • “Simulation Results for the QAM Codes for DS-1 Rate in Subscriber Loop Plant,” IEEE International Symposium on Circuits and Systems, Singapore, June 11-14, 1991, Proc. of ISCAS'91, Vol. 3, pp. 1701-1744-. V.B. Lawrence, et. al.
  • “Multiprocessor Implementation of Adaptive Digital Filters,” No. 6, June 1983, IEEE Trans. on Communications, Vol. 31, pp. 826-835-V. B. Lawrence and S. K. Tewksbury.
  • “Intelligent Networks: Architecture and Implications,” Chapter in Encyclopedia of Physical Science and Technology by Academic Press, 1992, pp. 229-262, S. V. Ahamed & V. B Lawrence.

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