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Anouk Van Laer


Anouk Van Laer was born in 1988 in Wilrijk, Belgium. In 2009 she obtained her BSc degree in Electrical Engineering and Materials Science (with honours) from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium.

In 2011 she received a MSc in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (with honours) from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven. For her Master's thesis she worked on programming algorithms for novel non-volatile memories, under the supervision of Professor Wim Dehaene and Pavel Poliakov.

In October 2011 she joined the ONG group at UCL as an MPhil/PhD student. Under the supervision of Dr Philip Watts she is currently investigating the impact photonic interconnect networks can have on the performance and power consumption of future computer systems.


Research Interests

  • Alternative network topologies for photonic interconnection networks
  • Implementation of photonics in existing computer architectures

Project Title

Investigating the implications of photonic interconnect for future computer systems


Philip Watts


  •  A. Van Laer, T. Jones and P. M. Watts, "Full system simulation of optically interconnected chip multiprocessors using gem5" in Optical Fiber Communication Conference/National Fiber Optic Engineers Conference 2013, OTh1A.2, Optical Society of America, 2013
  • M. Madarbux, A. Van Laer and P. M. Watts, "Low latency scheduling algorithm for shared memory communication over optical networks" in High-Performance Interconnects (HOTI), 2013 IEEE 21th Annual Symposium on, 2013

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She is funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).