UCL Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering


Funding and fellowship success in 2020

28 December 2020

The Optical Networks Group were awarded several prestigious research grants and fellowships this year – full details below.

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Modelling of ultra-wide band transmission

Funder: Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowship
Recipient: Dr Anastasiia Vasylchenkova
Summary: Anastasiia will advance models of fibre propagation over very large bandwidths, and apply the results to the development of next generation of optical communication systems.

More infoLeverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowship awarded to Dr Anastasiia Vasylchenkova

OptoCloud: Ultra-fast optically interconnected heterogeneous Data Centres

Funder: EPSRC Fellowship
Recipient: Dr Georgios Zervas
Summary: This project will design heterogeneous, disaggregated and sustainable Data Center and HPC systems, enabled by energy efficient, scalable, single hop, and nanosecond speed optical circuit switched network technologies.

More info: Optical Networks Group researcher awarded £1.1 million to design data centres of the future

Massive spatial parallelism in optical fibres for expanding Internet capacity

Funder: UKRI Future Leaders Fellow
Recipient: Dr Filipe Ferreira (UCL)
Summary: Filipe will put together a multidisciplinary team to develop a new photonic processor that merges photonic integrated circuits and machine learning so that large-scale spatial parallelism can be achieved within every optical fibre.
More info: UKRI Future Leaders Fellowship awarded to Filipe M. Ferreira

Advanced Signal Generation and Detection System for Next-generation Ultra-wideband Communication Networks

Funder: EPSRC Strategic Equipment 
Recipient: Professor Polina Bayvel
Summary: This project will create an advanced, world leading signal generation and detection test-bed for advanced communications systems research.

Space division multiplexed optical networks: When, where and how

Funder: EPSRC & BT
Recipient: Dr Georgios Zervas
Summary: This project will use space division multiplexing (SDM) technologies in metropolitan and core networks in order to solve the internet capacity crunch.

Optics for Distributed Learning

Funder: Microsoft
Recipient: Dr Georgios Zervas
Summary: This project will develop large scale distributed learning computing systems, using new topologies, partitioning and scheduling strategies over optical networks.