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Browse all news and events taking place in the Optical Networks Group - including those supported, sponsored or led by the TRANSNET Programme.

News: Prof. Polina Bayvel features in the BBC's The Life Scientific

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Prof. Polina Bayvel, Head of the Optical Networks Group and Co-director of the Institute of Communications and Connected Systems (ICCS), featured in an episode of the BBC Radio 4 The Life Scientific. 

Presented by Jim Al-Khalili, Polina discussed the invention of optical fibres, her dedication to the field and much, much more.
Transmission date: Tuesday 11 February 2020
Listen to the full podcast here


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News: Optical Networks Group celebrate 25 years
ONG celebrated turning 25 on 19 & 20 September 2019 with a wonderful 2-day workshop entitled 'Optical Networks, the next 25 years'. The workshop had a glittering array of speakers in attendance from across the world of optical communications. We had an excellent two days of debate and discussion about the future of optical communications, with the Dept of Electronic and Electrical Engineering and long term member of ONG, Robert Killey, also delivering his Inaugural Lecture. A wonderful reception was hosted at the Royal Society, with a number of ONG alumni in attendance as well as our EPSRC TRANSNET Programme partners.  To access an agenda with recorded presentations, click here. To access official photos from the workshop, click here.

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Event: UCL Minds Lunch hour Lecture: Why can't I sing with Australians on the telephone? & other questions about engineering the Internet
On 26 November 2019, 1-2pm, Dr Domaniç Lavery discussed the challenges of fundamental physics, the design of our digital infrastructure, and a smattering of human nature when trying to create a better Internet.
For the full lecture click here.  
If you have any questions, contact n.vij@ucl.ac.uk 


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News: The ONG team open up the research lab to the public
For the first time in the 25 year history of University College London's (UCL) Optical Networks Group (ONG), the research laboratory was opened to members of the public, as part of UCL's It's All Academic Festival on Saturday 5 October. 

Attendees were able to book an hourly tour in advance of the festival and were treated to an engaging afternoon of various demos, with time to discuss and learn about some of our most high tech equipment and research. Tours were led by ONG researchers, Tom Gerard and Callum Deakin. For more on this story, click here

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News: TRANSNET team attend the 45th ECOC Conference 
Members of the Optical Networks Group (ONG) and TRANSNET team across the University College London (UCL) and Aston Univerisity sites will be attending this year's European Conference on Optical Communication hosted in Dublin. 

Set to run from 22-26 September 2019, the TRANSNET team will deliver a number of oral presentations, workshops and participate in a poster competition. 

Two highly scored papers by ONG researchers, Daniel Semrau and Kari Clark, will both be presented on Wednesday 25 September. 

To access a complete schedule of ONG/TRANSNET papers, click here

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News: Director of ONG elected to board of international optical society

During a meeting of OSA The Optical Society, at the '2019 Frontier in Optics + Laser Science' conference Polina Bayvel, Director of ONG and professor in UCL's Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering was elected Director at Large of the Society. 

This is a wonderful achievement for Polina, who this year celebrates 25 years of the ONG here at UCL. For more on this news story, click here