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ONG head Prof. Polina Bayvel elected fellow of the Royal Society

The head of the ONG group and director of the EPSRC-funded UNLOC programme will become an elected fellow of the Royal Society at a formal ceremony in July.

Prof. Polina Bayvel was elected  to become a fellow of the Royal Society this year after securing more than 2/3 of the votes. Each year the Royal Society elects up to 52 new fellows who have made 'a substantial contribution to the improvement of natural knowledge, including mathematics, engineering science and medical science'.  This is another recognition to Prof. Bayvel's major contributions to the investigation and design of high-bandwidth, multi-wavelength optical communication networks. 

Prof. Bayvel is described on the Royal Society website as " of the first to show the feasibility of using the wavelength domain for routing in optical etworks over a range of distance- and time-scales. She has established the applicability of these new optical network architecture concepts, which have been widely implemented in commercial systems and networks. These systems and networks underpin the Internet, and the digital communications infrastructure - and are essential for its growth."

Prof. Bayvel's research is focused on maximising the speed and capacity of optical fibre transmission systems, and the fundamental studies of capacity-limiting optical nonlinearities and their mitigation. She is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering (2002), and a recipient of a number of awards. These include the 2013 IEEE Photonic Society Engineering Achievement Award, 2014 Royal Society Clifford Paterson Lecture & Medal, and 2015 Royal Academy of Engineering Colin Campbell Mitchell Award.

Currently, Prof. Bayvel is also the director of the UNLOC programme - one of the largest EPSRC-funded research initiatives in the UK to "unlock the capacity of optical communications".