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Inventor of the Year award 2023 winners

For over 20 years, our annual Inventor of the Year award has recognized Ericsson researchers and engineers for their outstanding contributions to our growing patent portfolio. With more than 60,000 granted patents, our inventors have established Ericsson as a technology leader in the telecommunications industry. The value created by these patents allows us to keep investing in research to further shape the future of global connectivity. Meet this year’s winners.

Helka-Liina Määttänen

Helka-Liina is a Master Researcher specializing in the area of 5G New Radio (NR) standards. Her extensive work has covered many varying areas, including MIMO, Channel State Information and Uplink Reference Signal, NR beam management, mobility and related measurements. Her recent focus has been in the areas of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles and Non-Terrestrial Networks (NTN), specifically 5G satellite networks. Helka-Liina is actively involved with Ericsson’s standardization efforts and has become a leading figure in the area of 5G standards.

2023 Inventor of the award winner Helka-Liina Määttänen

Pradeepa Ramachandra

Currently a Master Researcher, Pradeepa has made significant contributions to the field of LTE and 5G radio network functionality, building expertise in areas such as mobility management, radio resource management, control plane, device reporting and multi-connectivity. Some of Pradeepa’s notable inventions are in the areas of AI and self-organizing networks, key for managing the complexity of 5G, as well as paving the way for 6G in the future. Additionally, Pradeepa's support and guidance of new inventors has led to him being viewed as a role model by his peers.

2023 Inventor of the award winner Pradeepa Ramachandra

Andreas Nilsson

Andreas’ inventions revolve around multi-antenna technology, encompassing both user equipment and network nodes, with particularly significant contributions to massive MIMO and multi-TRP operations. He is currently a Master Researcher and an integral part of the STAR Multi-Antenna (MA) Team. Andreas' patent applications, including Standard Essential Patents (SEPs), align with the 3GPP standard for 5G NR and are further anticipated to be incorporated into the 6G standard in the near future. Outside of his own research, he is demonstrating leadership and coaching of fellow researchers.

2023 Inventor of the award winner Andreas Nilsson