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Prof Polina Bayvel

BSc(Eng), PhD, FREng, FIEEE, FOSA, FInstP, FIET

Professor of Optical Communications and Networks

Room 607, Roberts Building, UCL

Address:Department of Electronic & Electrical Engineering
University College London
Torrington Place
London
WC1E 7JE
Research Group:Optical Networks
Personal Web Page:http://www.ee.ucl.ac.uk/~pbayvel
E-mail: p.bayvel@ucl.ac.uk
Telephone: +44 (0)20 7679 7921 / 37921 (internal)  
Fax:+44 (0)20 7388 9325

Polina Bayvel is Professor of Optical Communications and Networks and heads the Optical Networks Group (ONG), which she set up in 1994. The research of the group is focused on the analysis and design of high-capacity adaptive optical network architectures, wavelength-routing algorithms, high-speed optical fibre transmission and the study and mitigation of fibre nonlinearities using a variety of signal processing techniques. She has authored/coauthored more than 360 refereed journal and conference papers, and is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering (FREng), the Optical Society of America, and UK Institute of Physics. In 2002, she received the Institute of Physics Paterson Prize and Medal for her contributions to research on the fundamental aspects of nonlinear optics and their applications in optical communications systems. In 2007 she received the Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award for the study of ‘Optical networks - at the nonlinear and quantum limits’.

Polina Bayvel received the BSc (Eng) and PhD degrees in electronic and electrical engineering from University College London (UCL), London, UK, in 1986 and 1990, respectively. Her Ph.D. research focused on nonlinear fiber optics and their applications. She worked under a Royal Society postdoctoral exchange fellowship in the Fiber Optics Laboratory at the General Physics Institute in Moscow (USSR Academy of Sciences) in 1990. Subsequently, she worked as a Principal Systems Engineer at STC Submarine Systems, Ltd (UK), and Nortel Networks (Harlow, UK, and Ottawa, Canada) on the design and planning of optical fiber transmission networks. In 1993 she was awarded a Royal Society University Research Fellowship, which she held for ten years at UCL’s Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering. She was promoted to a Chair in Optical Communications and Networks in 2002.

She leads the £4.75M UK EPSRC Programme 'UNLOC - Unlocking the capacity of optical communications', in collaboration with Aston University and 13 industrial partners.

Research in the Optical Networks Group is concerned with the theoretical and experimental investigation of the high-speed (10-160 Gbit/s and beyond), multiwavelength, optically amplified telecommunications networks focusing on:

  • optical network design, wavelength allocation and routing algorithms
  • study of high-speed transmission systems and impairments due to optical fibre nonlinearities and their mitigation, using a variety of techniques, including use of advanced modulation formats, electronic pre-distortion, coherent detection and digital signal processing, optical equalisation and regeneration, new devices for optical network applications

The group has an extremely well-equipped laboratory including a high-speed, multiwavelength recirculating fibre loop-based experimental test-bed and a range of sophisticated test & measurement equipment operating at 10-160Gbit/s.

The work of the group is supported by a number of leading communication companies under a variety of schemes, including Huawei Technologies, Intel, Yokogawa, Bookham, Alcatel-Lucent and numerous others.

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