Awards & recognitions

Philips Research regularly receives awards for its contributions to a variety of scientific and technical fields. Many researchers have also received recognition by their peers at the world’s most prestigious scientific and technical organizations. Such accolades testify to the value of our innovations, and our commitment to the wider community. Below we listed some of the awards and recognitions we received:

2015 Awards


Philips Research has won the 2015 Environmental Security Technology Certification Program (ESTCP) Project-of-the-Year Award for Energy and Water

December 7, 2015


An honor given by ESTCP and the Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program (SERDP), the US Department of Defense's (DoD) environmental research programs.


Bozena Erdmann (Senior Scientist at Philips Research) honored with the Zigbee Alliance 'Outstanding Contributor Award'

June 25, 2015


An award reserved for individuals who go above and beyond the call of duty within the Zigbee Alliance working groups by making many contributions throughout the year as well as effectively moving the consensus process forward.


The Magnetic Particle Imaging Technology (MAPIT) consortium has been decorated as one of only three ‘Outstanding Projects’ by the German Federal Ministry for Education and Research

May 2016


The consortium works on the realization of a first, whole body system for Magnetic Particle Imaging (MPI)

2014 Awards


‘EnLight’ project for intelligent, energy efficient lighting systems receives 2014 ENIAC JU Innovation Award

November 27, 2014


EnLight– Energy Efficient and Intelligent Lighting Systems – developed innovative solutions to exploit the full potential of Solid State LED Lighting for energy efficient and intelligent lighting systems, yielding energy savings that go far beyond what is possible by simple retrofit lighting applications. Philips Research has played a key role in this project with regards to the system architecture and the system integration of the demonstrators.  

2013 Awards


Presenting at the ERC "Best of the Best": Pulse detection via PPG

October 26, 2013


A team from Philips Research’s Patient Care Solutions department presented the industry’s first-of-its-kind pulse detection via photoplethysmography (PPG), as investigated in a pre-clinical study, at the European Resuscitation Council symposium’s “Best of the Best” session. The project was one of the only two abstracts selected by an independent jury of international experts out of the hundreds submitted to the ERC, to be presented at the “Best of the Best” session of the annual congress.


Philips Research’s paper on self-care for heart failure patients is Top 5 downloaded
September 6, 2013


An article published by Mariana Nikolova-Simons, Senior Member Research Staff from the Clinical Decision Support & Solutions group in Research Briarcliff was one of the top five downloaded articles of the Heart & Lung Journal in 2013. Entitled “Nurses’ strategies to address self-care aspects related to medication adherence and symptom recognition in heart failure patients: An in-depth look”, Mariana had co-authored this paper with Tiny Jaarsma from the Linkoping University of Sweden, and Martje H. L. van der Wal from the University Medical Center Groningen in the Netherlands.


Maarten van Herpen nominated for Young Scientist 2013

August 27, 2013


Principal Scientist Maarten van Herpen was selected by the World Economic Forum as a 2013 Young Scientist, in recognition of pioneers worldwide with a proven track record of advancing the frontiers of science, engineering or technology in areas of high societal impact, and who are under the age of 40. In the WEF’s invitation to Maarten, they attributed his selection to his scientific excellence, commitment to society and potential to contribute to transforming the world through his scientific knowledge.


Prestigious IEEE EMBS 2013 Technical Achievement Award for Nicolas Chbat

June 24, 2013


Nicolas Chbat, Principal Member of Research Staff received the 2013 Technical Achievement Award, presented by the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBS). This prestigious award is presented annually by the IEEE EMBS to distinguished researchers for their stellar scientific contributions. This year, Nicolas shares the award with a biomedical engineering professor from Harvard University.


Abby Flower, New Leader in American Physical Society, New York State Section

May 14, 2013


Abby Flower, Ph.D., SMRS, has been elected to serve a four-year term in the executive committee of the American Physical Society, New York State Section. The executive committee consists of 8 representatives, and Abby, Sr. Member Research Staff at Philips Research North America, is the first industry representative to serve in this executive committee. This committee provides support for outreach, and helps New York improve physics education.


Researchers awarded for contributions to IEEE Standard 802.15.4j-2013 for MBAN

April 22, 2013


Senior Members Research Staff, Dong Wang and Dave Evans, from PRNA and Cambridge lab have recently received Certificates of Appreciation from the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineering (IEEE) Standardization Association for their technical contributions to the IEEE standard 802.15.4j for medical body area network services (MBAN).


Volkmar Schulz appointed professor at RWTH Aachen University

April 1, 2013


Principal Scientist Volkmar Schulz was appointed full professor at the Medical Faculty at the RWTH Aachen University in Germany. He will lead the department Physics of Molecular Imaging Systems in the institute of Experimental Molecular Imaging, focusing on Biotechnology and particularly new imaging technologies.


Agis Tsiatmas wins Best Student Paper Award

February 5, 2013


PhD student Anagnostis “Agis” Tsiatmas’ paper on “The Optical Illumination Channel” was awarded the Best Student Paper Award at the 19th IEEE Symposium on Communications and Vehicular Technology in the Benelux.  

2012 Awards


Saeed Pakazad and Ronald Dekker win Best Poster Prize

November 21, 2012


The Cytostretch poster created by PhD student Saeed Pakazad, in collaboration with Principal Research Scientist Ronald Dekker, was awarded the Best Poster prize at the Organs-on-a-Chip workshop and conference organized by the Lorentz Center in the Netherlands. The prize is a one-year subscription to Lab on chip, a leading journal in this field.


Dimeji Farri won AMIA 2012 competition

November 4, 2012


Senior Member Research Staff, Dimeji Farri’s presentation at the American Medical Informatics Association’s (AMIA) 2012 Annual Symposium was awarded one of the top three prizes for the AMIA student paper competition. Dimeji’s (left) paper, entitled “A Qualitative Analysis of EHR Clinical Document Synthesis by Clinicians”, was one of the 43 shortlisted entries for the competition, of which, eight were further selected for the oral presentation in Chicago.


Wim Verhaegh wins Best Poster Award at PamGene's Triple T Conference

October 26, 2012


A group of researchers from the Molecular Diagnostics department attended the PamGene's Triple T Conference on “Tailoring Targeted Therapies,” and took home the best poster prize: the PamGene Pinedo Poster award.


Age recognition technology wins poster award

The poster submitted by Masters student Fares Alnajar together with Senior Scientist Caifeng Shan from Philips Research, and Theo Gevers from the University of Amsterdam, was awarded the third prize at the ICT.OPEN 2012.


Susan Zhao wins ESTC Best Paper Award 2012

September 20, 2012


Senior Scientist Susan Zhao from the Electronic Packaging & Thin Film group was awarded the Best Paper Award at this year’s Electronics System Technologies Conference (ESTC), one of the most important conferences in the world of Electronics Packaging and System integration Technologies.


CDSS team wins third place in Computting in Cardiology Challenge 2012

September 12, 2012


A Research team from Briarcliff participated in a global Computing in Cardiology Challenge organized by PhysioNet, and came in third place in the Event One segment, which challenges the teams to create an algorithm which can predict the mortality rate of patients in the ICU (Intensive Care Unit). The team competed against 23 other teams from academic institutions and industrial research labs including Oxford University – which won first place, MGH/Harvard University in second place, Philips Research Bangalore (eighth place), GE Healthcare and IBM.


Tanya Ignatenke win IEEE Signal Processing Society’s Best Paper Award

May 23, 2012


Research scientist, Tanya Ignatenko’s PHD thesis on “Biometric Systems: Privacy and Secrecy Aspects” won one out of the four yearly awards presented by the IEEE Signal Processing Society, which is based in New Jersey, US. Tanya’s paper, in which information theoretic concepts were applied to the problem from the signal processing domain, was awarded on the basis of exceptional merit.


Philips Research film wins Gold & Silver awards

May 22, 2012


The short film “Missing Minny”, commissioned by Philips Research to demonstrate its new high-dynamic-range video technology, snagged a New York Festivals (World’s Best TV and Films 2012) Gold World Medal for cinematography and a Silver World Medal in the short film category. The results were announced last month at the NAB Show, the world's largest electronic media show in Las Vegas.


Former Philips researchers awarded Passive Pioneer Award

May 5, 2012


A group of former-researchers working at Research’s lab in Aachen, Germany, were awarded with the Passive House Pioneer Award, which recognizes pioneering work and achievement in lowering heating requirements in “Passive Houses” or highly energy-efficient buildings, using “passive techniques”, so much so that the remaining small heating demand can be supplied via the minimum airflow required for hygiene reasons. This results in cost-effective paths to “near-zero-energy” buildings, which are at the core of new European building regulations.


Philips and TU/e win prize at the Biomedica

April 25, 2012


Philips and TU/e win prize at the Biomedica in Liege. Mariska de Smet and Nicole Hijnen from the TU/e won a poster prize at the Biomedica for the Philips TU/e project on image guided drug delivery for cancer treatment.


Milan Marell wins Veder prize

April 1, 2012


Milan Marell wins Veder prize for his thesis on Gap plasmon mode distributed feedback lasers.


Merel Leistikow wins shared 1st/2nd prize of NTvN

April 1, 2012


Merel Leistikow wins shared 1st/2nd prize in annual contest of Nederlands Tijdschrift voor Natuurkunde (NTvN) for het article "Fotonische kristallen zijn leger dan vacuüm"


Lars Schmitt wins IEEE



Lars Schmitt wins IEEE Working group Chair Award for his leadership on developing a new IEEE Personal Health Device standard for Basic ECGs (IEEE 11073-10406).

2011 Awards


Eniac Innovation Award for battery management research Dublin

November 15, 2011


Eniac Innovation Award for battery management research Dublin. Research's battery reliability testing and modeling efforts towards one of Europe's largest joint research project of its kind - Nanoelectronics for an Energy Efficient Electrical Car or E3Car - has helped clinched its participants the Eniac Innovation Award for 2011.


Dick Raaijmakers recognized for contributions to art and technology

October 3, 2011


Dr. Frans Greidanus received the 'Shanghai Magnolia Gold Award', the city's top honor for expats named after the city's flower, in recognition of his contribution to the city's social and economic development. Mayor Han Zheng presented the awards in the form of a certificate and gold medal, at City Hall. Mr. Dirk Jan Boudeling, Science and Technology Officer of the Dutch Consulate General in Shanghai, and Mrs. Marijke Greidanus, Frans' wife, were present to jointly witness this exciting moment. After the ceremony, Frans was also greeted by Shanghai Party Secretary Yu Zhengsheng during the celebration of 62th National Day.


A long list of awards for Holger Gruell and his team Eindhoven.

September 21, 2011


Over the past months, Holger Gruell and his Biomedical Engineering team, a mix of Philips Researchers and PhDs of the Eindhoven University have won an impressive amount of awards and Research grants. 'I suppose our way of working proves to be a very successful model' Holger says modestly. 'Students are learning from experienced Researchers and at the same time, Philips benefits from the students who bring an incredible amount of energy and eagerness to learn and get results.


Satyen Mukherjee wins Distinguished Alumnus AwardBangalore.

September 5, 2011


Satyen Mukherjee was awarded a Distinguished Alumnus Award by the Prime Minister of India at the diamond Jubilee year of the Indian Institute of Technology (ITT) in Kharagpur; the most prestigious school in technology in India.


Wiebe Wagemans received TU/e Academic Award.

June 10, 2011


Rector Magnificus Hans van Duijn presented the Academic Awards for the best research conducted in 2010 by graduating students, design engineers and PhD candidates of the university. The jury has selected three winners from 26 nominees. The Doctoral Project Award has been won by dr. ir. Wiebe Wagemans - working as Research Scientist in the Optics group of Herman Borg - for his dissertation entitled Plastic Spintronics.


Jean-Paul Linnartz elevated to IEEE Fellow

January 1, 2011


Jean-Paul Linnartz, senior director of Philips Research and part-time professor at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e), has been elevated to Fellow of the IEEE, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, “for leadership in security with noisy data”.

2010 Awards


Top Cited Author Award

September 13, 2010


V. Bachmann, T. Jüstel, A. Meijerink (UU), P. Schmidt, and C. Ronda received the Top Cited Author Award for their paper ‘Luminescence properties of SrSi2O2N2 doped with divalent rare earth ions’ in the Journal of Luminescence (Vol. 121, Issue 2, 2006).


Larry Eshelman awarded the 2011 IEEE Computational Intelligence Society Evolutionary Computation Pioneer Award

August 19, 2010


Dr. Larry Eshelman, principal scientist of Philips Research North America, was awarded the 2011 IEEE Computational Intelligence Society Evolutionary Computation Pioneer Award by the IEEE Computational Intelligence Society. The award honors the brightest minds in the Evolutionary Computation community.


Dick Broer nominated for KNAW membership

September 13, 2010


Dick Broer was nominated to become a member of the Physics Department of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW).

Siebe van Mensfoort receives 3rd prize DSM Science & Technology Awards.

June 11, 2010


Siebe van Mensfoort received third prize in the DSM Science & Technology Awards (North) 2010 for his PhD research entitled 'Effects of disorder on the charge transport and recombination in organic light-emitting diodes'.


Best Paper Award Applied Signal Processing

April 16, 2010


Jeroen Breebaart, Steven van de Par, and Armin Kohlrausch from Philips Research and Erik Schuijers from Philips Applied Technologies have been awarded the 2010 Applied Signal Processing Best Paper Award for papers published in the 4-year period 2005-2008.


Rick Harwig receives royal honor for a life of innovation.

March 31, 2010


Rick Harwig (former CEO Philips Research) was appointed Companion of the Order of the Dutch Lion ('Ridder in de Orde van de Nederlandse Leeuw') because of his exceptional contributions to innovation in the Netherlands.

Philips Research Asia one of the best R&D centers in China 2009

March 5, 2010


The Global Entrepreneur, a leading business magazine in China, has named Philips Research Asia one of the best R&D centers in China in 2009. Philips Research Asia is receiving the award for the fourth consecutive year.

Emile Aarts named one of the Top-25 creative people

March 4, 2010


The Dutch Magazine Management Team named Emile Aarts, Chief Scientific Officer of Philips Research, one of the Top-25 creative persons in the Netherlands. project receives Best ICT4EE Award

February 26, 2010

At the European Commission's ICT for Energy Efficiency (ICT4EE) event in Brussels, the Best ICT4EE Award was granted to This European project, led by Philips, has received the Award for its substantial improvements in the energy efficiency of OLEDs (organic LEDs), and its ICT efforts to educate and disseminate their OLED lighting vision via the website.

2009 Awards


Philips honored with IEEE Milestone Award for the development of CD

March 6, 2009


IEEE, the world's largest technical professional society, with over 375,000 members in 150 countries, has granted its prestigious IEEE Milestone Award to Royal Philips Electronics for its contribution to the development of the Compact Disc (CD).

Emmy awards


In the past years, Philips Research has received a number of Emmy Awards for its achievements:

Technology and Engineering Emmy Award for contributing to the Blue Laser Optical Systems for Consumer Playback (together with Panasonic, Sony, and TDK)
Technology and Engineering Emmy Award for UHP (Ultra High Performance) lamp technology for "excellence in engineering creativity in the area of lighting solutions for large-screen TVs”
Coding Technology Emmy Award for Optical Recording Formats
Scientific Development and Technical Achievement Emmy Award to Royal Philips Electronics for development and/or commercialization of the 16:9 aspect ratio for TV
Prime Time Emmy Engineering Awards to Royal Philips Electronics for the Grand Alliance Digital TV standards
Prime Time Emmy Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Engineering Development to Philips Laboratories for ghost cancelling in TV reception