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No error on Marconi prize

For the first time since its creation in 1974, the prestigious Marconi prize has been awarded to a French scientist. On November 4, 2005, in New York, Claude Berrou, director of the Tamcic laboratory in Brest,1 received the prize for his invention in the early 1990s of “turbocodes,” codes that correct errors in the transmission of telecommunication signals. These signals form the basis of numerous technologies, such as 3G mobile phones and spatial telecommunication systems. To make this discovery, Claude Berrou and his late colleague Alain Glavieux had to solve a “data communications puzzle that had evaded researchers for 40 years,” according to the Marconi Foundation. The prize, worth $100,000, had been won by the developers of Google in 2004.


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1. Traitement algorithmique et matériel de la communication, de l'information et de la connaissance (Algorithmic Processing and communication, information and knowledge hardware). Joint lab: CNRS / ENS des télécommunications de Bretagne.


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