Institute of Communications and Connected Systems


TRANSNET : Transforming networks - building an intelligent optical infrastructure

Image of experimental equipment overlaid on concept drawing of network nodes.

1 August 2018

Transforming optical networks for future society needs

Funder EPSRC
Amount £ 6 105 916

Project website www.transnet.org.uk

Research theme logos - Intelligent High Capacity Networks; Ubiquitous Connectivity; Infrastructures for Smart Services and Applications; Sensing, Information and Data Processing
Research topics Optical Networks | Artificial Intelligence | Optical Communications | Digital Signal Processing


TRANSNET is an EPSRC-funded multidisciplinary research programme aiming to transform optical networks. Led by UCL, in collaboration with Aston and Cambridge Universities. TRANSNET's aim is to create an adaptive intelligent optical network - able to dynamically provide capacity where and when it is needed - the backbone of the next-generation digital infrastructure. 

The goal is to intelligently utilise the finite optical network resources and maximise performance, whilst also increasing robustness to future, as yet unknown, requirements. The route to this will be through the development of intelligent, self-driving transceivers and machine learning techniques tailored to optical networks operating in the nonlinear regime!