UCL Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering


Former ONG PhD student receives 2021 Lombardi Prize

14 September 2021

Optical Networks Group alumnus Dr Boris Karanov has been awarded the 2021 Fabrizio Lombardi prize for his PhD thesis.

photo of Boris Karanov

The Lombardi prize is awarded annually EEE, given to the student who submitted the best PhD thesis over the previous year.

The 2021 Fabrizio Lombardi Prize was awarded to Dr Boris Karanov for his PhD thesis ‘End-to-End Deep Learning in Optical Fibre Communication Systems’ which he submitted and successfully defended in 2020

Boris completed his PhD programme within ONG between 2016 and 2020 as part of the COIN project (Coding for Optical communications In the Nonlinear regime) funded by the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation program under the Marie-Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No.676448.

His research focused on developing new coding and detection methods for communication over the nonlinear dispersive optical fibre channel using deep learning, under the supervision of Professor Polina Bayvel. Boris is now a postdoctoral researcher with the Signal Processing Systems Group at the Technical University of Eindhoven.

The Lombardi Prize money has been generously donated by Professor Fabrizio Lombardi, a distinguished alumnus of the department who received both his MSc and PhD from UCL in the field of Microwave Engineering.

Award-winning thesis 

Download the complete thesis by clicking on the link below.

End-to-End Deep Learning in Optical Fibre Communication Systems.

Best thesis, best paper 

As well as receiving the 2021 Lombardi Prize for his PhD thesis, Boris also won the Journal of Lightwave Technology Best Paper Award early this year for the publication ‘End-to-End Deep Learning of Optical Fiber Communications'. The award recognises some of the most influential and top-cited original papers published in the journal.

Congratulations from all your ONG friends and colleagues!