Dr Wladek Forysiak studied Physics at Imperial College, London and then joined the Physics department at Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, and received a PhD for studies on Nonlinear Dynamics of Three-Level Lasers in 1989.
Following post-doctoral appointments at Heriot-Watt University, Aston University and The University of Arizona, he joined the Department of Electronic Engineering at Aston University in 1996 as a lecturer and was promoted to reader in 2000. During that period he taught several UG and MSc-level courses in electronic engineering and telecommunications, and performed research on high-speed optical fibre transmission systems via numerical simulations, with emphasis on optical solitons, dispersion management, and WDM.
In 2000, he moved to Marconi Solstis as Development Director alongside five colleagues from Aston to develop an ultra-long-haul DWDM transmission system, named uPLx160. From 2003-2010 he worked for Marconi plc, and subsequently Ericsson Ltd, as Photonics Modelling Manager leading an international team responsible for propagation modelling, simulation tools, and link configuration design rules. In 2010, Wladek was appointed Director, technology and systems at Oclaro Technology Ltd, where he worked for the Optical Network Systems Business Unit, with interests in optical communication systems, high-bit-rate modules, advanced amplification, and related technologies.
In 2012 he was appointed Royal Society Industry Fellow at AIPT to work on a research project entitled “Tackling Information Capacity limits to Tbit/s fibre Optic Communication systems” (TICTOC) and in July 2014 appointed as a Senior Lecturer in Applied Physics at Aston. He has been a TRANSNET Co-Investigator, based at our Aston University site since 2018.
David obtained a BA in Physics and a BSc in Electrical Engineering at the Technion, Haifa, Israel and later on an MSc in Physics (relativistic field theory) and a PhD in Electrical Engineering (neural networks) at the Tel-Aviv University. In 1992 he joined the the physics department at Edinburgh University first as a postdoc and later on as a lecturer, working mainly on theoretical issues. In 1995 he joined Aston as a lecturer and was promoted later on to a reader (1997) and subsequently to a Professor of Information Mathematics (1999). Between 2006-2012 he had been the Head of the Mathematics Group and took the role again in 2015. He has been Co-Investigator on the TRANSNET Programme since 2018.
Dr Stylianos Sygletos is a Co-Investigator on the TRANSNET grant since 2018 based at our Aston University site. A list of his publications can be accessed here.
TRANSNET Deputy Director
I graduated from the Department of Physics of the Novosibirsk University, Russia in 1982 and received my Ph.D. degree in Theoretical and Mathematical Physics from the Institute of Nuclear Physics, Novosibirsk, Russia in 1986.
From 1992 to 1998 I worked in the Institute for Theoretical Physics I, Heinrich-Heine University Duesseldorf, Germany; first as a Humboldt Fellow and then within the collaborative projects with Deutsche Telekom. I joined the Photonics Research Group in the School of Engineering and Applied Science, Aston University in 1998.
During last two decades I have been working on various problems of nonlinear science, including soliton theory, self-focusing of light beams, discrete nonlinear systems, and nonlinear fibre optics. My recent research has been shifted towards the high-speed optical communications, nonlinear photonic devices, Raman-based technologies, and ultra-long fibre lasers. Since 2005, I hold the Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award. I have been Deputy Director on the TRANSNET grant since 2018.
David Ives was born in the UK. He received the BSc degree in physics from the University of Birmingham UK, in 1988.
He spent 21 years at the National Physical Laboratory in Teddington, UK, as part of the Photonics group. He worked on the development of techniques for optical fibre and waveguide characterisation and optical fibre test equipment calibration. He had a strong interest in polarisation effects and properties of optical fibre and in optical time domain reflectometry, OTDR.
In September 2010 he joined the Centre for Doctoral Training in Photonic Systems Development at UCL (University College London) and obtained the degrees of MRes (2011) and PhD (2015). His PhD research was with the Optical Networks Group at UCL looking at the optimisation of wavelength routed optical networks to maximise data throughput while strongly considering the nonlinear transmission impairments for coherent optical communications. His PhD thesis titled "Coherent Optical Fibre Networking in the Nonlinear Regime" is available as a PDF.
He is currently working as a Research Associate on the EPSRC funded project INSIGHT: Introducing Insight into the Abstraction of Optical Network Infrastructures. This joint project intends to merge the knowledge of physical layer transmission impairments from UCL with that of network virtualisation from Bristol University to create robust abstractions of the physical layer suitable for the creation and control of coexisting virtual networks. In February 2016 this work moved to the Centre for Photonic Systems at the University of Cambridge.
My research is focused on optical fibre communication, whereby digital data modulates light that is then transmitted over huge distances using optical fibres. According to the 2009 IEEE ROGUCCI report, over 99% of all long distance international data traffic is carried using optical fibres and as such they underpin the internet and today’s global communication infrastructure. It is rich area of research, which encompasses both the theory and practice of engineering, ranging from developing new science, mathematics and technology to understanding the environmental, economic and societal impact which these optical fibre communication systems have on today’s global community. It is an area I have found fascinating that I have been actively carrying out research in for almost twenty five years. I have been TRANSNET Co-Investigator since 2018.
My current research explores four areas:
1.Algorithms for digital coherent transceivers.
2.Ultra-dense passive optical networks.
3.Statistical optical communication system design.
4.Cognitive optical networks
Yiannis Andreopoulos obtained the Electrical Engineering Diploma and an MSc degree from the University of Patras, Patras, Greece. He obtained the PhD in Applied Sciences from the University of Brussels (Belgium) in May 2005. During 2002-2004, Dr Andreopoulos made several decisive contributions to the ISO/IEC JTC1/SC29/WG11 (Moving Picture Experts Group – MPEG) committee in the early exploration on scalable video coding. During his post-doctoral work at the University of California Los Angeles (US), he performed research on cross-layer optimization of wireless media systems, video streaming, and theoretical aspects of rate-distortion-complexity modelling for multimedia stream processing systems. From Oct. 2006-Dec. 2007, he was Lecturer at the Electronic Engineering Department of Queen Mary University of London. Since Dec. 2007, he is with the Electronic and Electrical Engineering Department of UCL, in 2018 he was made Professor in Data and Signal Processing Systems and is an academic member of the Communications and Information Systems Group.
Research interests: I am working in the fields of multimedia stream processing and coding, error-tolerant computing, signal processing & transform design, and wireless protocols for low-end systems (e.g. sensor networks).
TRANSNET Principal Investigator
BSc(Eng), PhD, CBE, FRS, FREng, FIEEE, FOSA, FInstP, HonFIET
Professor Polina Bayvel is the Head of the Optical Networks Group at UCL which she also set up in 1994. Her research interests are in the area of optical communications and include wavelength-routed optical networks, high-speed optical transmission, and the study and mitigation of fibre nonlinearities. She was one of the first to show the feasibility of using the wavelength domain for routing in optical networks, and designed wavelength-selective devices needed for their characterisation and implementation. More recently she has focused on the study of capacity limits in nonlinear optical networks and optical networks for the cloud. She has authored or co-authored more than 350 refereed journal and conference papers.
Polina Bayvel received her BSc (Eng) and PhD degrees in Electronic & Electrical Engineering from University of London, UK, in 1986 and 1990, respectively. In 1990, she was with the Fiber Optics Laboratory, General Physics Institute, Moscow (formerly USSR, now Russian Academy of Sciences), under the Royal Society Postdoctoral Exchange Fellowship. She was a Principal Systems Engineer with STC Submarine Systems Ltd, London, UK, and Nortel Networks (Harlow, UK, and Ottawa, ON, Canada), where she was involved in the design and planning of optical fibre transmission networks. During 1994-2004, she held a Royal Society University Research Fellowship at University College London (UCL), and in 2002, she was appointed to a Chair in Optical Communications and Networks.
Professor Bayvel is a Fellow of the Royal Society (FRS), Royal Academy of Engineering (FREng), Optical Society of America (FOSA), Institute of Electronic & Electrical Engineers (FIEEE), the UK Institute of Physics (IoP), and the Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET). She was the recipient of the Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award (2007-2012), 2013 IEEE Photonics Society Engineering Achievement Award, 2014 Royal Society Clifford Patterson Prize Lecture and Medal and in 2015 together with 5 members of her group, received the Royal Academy of Engineering Colin Campbell Mitchell Award for 'pioneering contributions to optical communications technology'. She was the PI of the UK EPSRC Programme Grant UNLOC (2012-2018), focused on unlocking - and maximising - the capacity of optical communications., and now leads the TRANSNET Programme Grant (2018-2024).
She was awarded CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) in the 2017 New Year's Honours List for services to engineering.
Dr Lidia Galdino received MSc and PhD degrees in electronic and electrical engineering from the University of Campinas, Brazil, in 2008 and 2013, respectively. Dr Galdino commenced a lectureship and a Royal Academy of Engineering Research Fellowship in September 2018 on the topic of "Capacity-approaching, Ultra-Wideband Nonlinear Optical Fibre Transmission System", and is a co-investigator on the EPSRC TRANSNET Programme grant. She previously worked as a Senior Research Associate on the EPSRC UNLOC Programme grant.
She is part of the Technical Programme Committee for the European Conference on Optical Communication (ECOC), the Optical Fibre Communication Conference (OFC), the IEEE Photonic Conference (IPC), and the Advanced Photonics Conference (NETWORKS meeting). She served as Associate Vice President of IEEE’s Women in Photonics (2018-2020) and has been elected to the Board of Governors of the IEEE Photonics Society (2021-2023).
Awards and Fundings:
• Royal Academy of Engineering Fellowship (2018-2023)
• Top 50 Women in Engineers under 35 (2017)
• Co-recipient of the Royal Academy of Engineering Colin Campbell Mitchell Award (2015) for pioneering contributions to optical communications technology
• Brazilian Science without Borders Fellowship to join the Optical Networks Group (ONG) at University College London (2013)
• Ph.D. studentship funded by National Council for Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq)
• Master’s degree funded by Coordination for the Improvement of Higher Education Personnel (CAPES).
Robert Killey received his B.Eng. degree in Electronic and Communications Engineering from the University of Bristol, U.K., in 1992 and the M.Sc. degree in Microwaves and Optoelectronics from UCL, U.K., in 1994.
He received the D.Phil. degree from the University of Oxford, U.K., in 1998. His doctoral work was on InGaAsP Fabry–Perot optical modulators and their applications in soliton communications.
He has been a member of the academic staff at UCL since 2000 and is currently a co-investigator on the EPSRC TRANSNET project; a multidisciplinary research programme investigating intelligent resource allocation in dynamic optical networks
Dr Killey is an Associate Editor of the IEEE/OSA Journal of Lightwave Technology and the IEEE Photonics journal, and has served on the Technical Programme Committees of OFC and ECOC. He was a recipient of the 2015 Royal Academy of Engineering 2015 Colin Campbell Award, and is a Senior Member of the IEEE.
Current research interests:
- Modelling and experimental investigations of the effects of fibre nonlinearity on high bit-rate WDM data transmission
- Simplified direct detection and coherent optical transceivers and the applications of digital signal processing for transmission impairment mitigation in high capacity optical communication systems
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Zhixin Liu received the Ph.D. degree in Information Engineering from the Chinese University of Hong Kong, in 2012. Upon Ph.D. graduation, he received the Hong Kong Creative Fund and cofounded a start-up company. In 2013, he joined the Optoelectronics Research Centre (ORC) at the University of Southampton in the UK and became a Senior Research Fellow in 2015.
In 2016, he joined the Optical Networks Group at the department of electronics and electrical engineering at UCL. Dr Liu is a senior member IEEE and senior member OSA. He receives OSA Outstanding Reviewer Award in 2018.
Zhizin is currently a co-investigator on the EPSRC TRANSNET project; a multidisciplinary research programme investigating intelligent resource allocation in dynamic optical networks
Dr Zhixin Liu has published more than 70 papers in internationally-leading journals and conferences, with several high-profile papers including Nat. Comm., Invited papers in Journal of Lightwave Technology and highly prestigious post-deadline papers in top conference of the field (Optical Fiber Communication Conference, OFC, European Conference of Optical Communications, ECOC). Being knowledgeable in both software (digital signal processing) and hardware technologies (optoelectronic devices and systems), Dr Liu endeavours to overcome fundamental limitations in signal generation, processing and detection.
- Optical transmitters for short and medium reach optical communication systems using optical signal processing and photonic integration;
- Laser dynamics for generation of high-fidelity signals;
- Digital and analog signal processing for low latency and power-aware optical communications.
Dr Liu’s research is funded by EPSRC, Royal Society, and industry partners including Microsoft, Eblana Photonics and Huawei Inc. For more information please visit www.zhixinliu.net
Georgios Zervas is currently a Senior Lecturer in Optical and High-Performance Networks at University College London. He received his MEng degree in Electronic and Telecommunication Systems Engineering with distinction and PhD degree in optical networks from the University of Essex in 2003 and 2009 respectively. Following this, he held the positions of Research Associate and subsequently Research Fellow as a member of High-Performance Networks group at the University of Essex. He was appointed Lecturer in 2011. Following this, he held the positions of Lecturer and Senior Lecturer at University of Bristol until 2016 when he joined the Optical Networks Group at UCL. He also held the position of visiting Associate Professor at Keio University, Tokyo for 6 months.
He is the author and co-author of over 200 international peer-reviewed journals and conferences including numerous prestigious post-deadline papers at ECOC/OFC. He has also given numerous invited talks at several international conferences. He has been involved in several current and past EC and EPSRC funded projects as principal and co-investigator. He has been acting as a TPC member on international conferences and guest associate editor on IEEE JOCN. He has been involved in Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) and Open Grid Forum (OGF) standardization fora.
George is a Co-Investigator on the TRANSNET grant since 2018.