The collaborative work of Michael G. Luby and Amin Shokrollahi has led to breakthroughs in data transmission over packet-based networks that have resulted in global communications standards for mobile broadcasting, satellite data transmission, and Internet TV. The breakthroughs are based on a combination of the invention and practical implementations of a new class of FEC codes, called fountain codes, and the novel application of these codes to data transport. The fountain codes allow multiple senders to transmit information to multiple receivers with high quality and timely streaming media. There are several variations of these codes that are used today in a number of enterprises, military, and consumer devices and applications, supporting both wired and wireless telecommunications networks. While working together at the International Computer Science Institute, University of California, Berkeley, they also collaborated on the invention of Tornado codes, erasure protecting codes with super-fast encoding and decoding algorithms.
Dr. Shokrollahi, is currently a professor of mathematics and computer science at Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland, and chief scientist of Digital Fountain, Inc... He received his master’s degree in mathematics from Karlsruhe University (Karlsruhe, Germany) and a doctorate in computer science and mathematics from the University of Bonn.