Research Themes

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Our research aim is to transform the design of optical networks to enable next-generation applications and capabilities of the digital communication infrastructure on different time- and length-scales. We aim to create an adaptive intelligent optical network that is able to dynamically provide capacity where and when it is needed, forming the backbone of the next- generation digital infrastructure.

We will focus on the development of machine-learning enhanced intelligent transceivers, architectures and network topologies capable of adapting to capacity and delay needs of new applications and continuously growing data demands. The overall goals are to

  • Develop new approaches to the design of network topologies.
  • Create a framework to quantify the fundamental limits of the amount of data carried over a network.
  • Design a new class of low complexity intelligent transceivers capable of adapting over different time and distance scales.
  • Introduce machine learning into all areas of network, transceiver design and operations.


Research Programme

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To maximise our research mission, TRANSNET is guided by four interrelated research themes (RTs), each supported by two key academics from across the partner universities:

RT1: Intelligent network architecture and topologies
Delivers self-optimised networks by creating new architectures, frameworks and designs

RT2: Evolving transceiver intelligence and infrastructure-tailored digital signal processing
Explores software and hardware solutions to create dynamic transceiver designs

RT3: Learning algorithms for optical networking in the nonlinear regime
Addresses key challenges surrounding the introduction of intelligence into optical networks

RT4: Implementation and intelligent optical networks demonstration
Provides a platform to understand how to use the finite optical network resources