The Information and Communication Theory Lab (ICT lab) is currently seeking to recruit, starting in February 2024, 1 Doctoral candidate/Research Associate (m/f/d)
working on Advanced DSP and transmission strategies for high-performance pluggable optical transponders
within the framework of the European Doctoral Training Network 'NESTOR' (NESTOR Doctoral Candidate 1).Research Programme Description
'NESTOR- Next generation high-speed optical networks for metro access
' NESTOR will provide a world-class advanced training programme to 10 Fellows
with PhD projects significantly expanding the flexibility, capacity and cost-effectiveness of access/metro networks. Taking advantage of the synergetic interaction between academia and industry, NESTOR will provide its Fellows with a uniquely broad education ranging from recent advances in coherent pluggables and AI/ML to real-world engineering aspects of relevant telecommunication sectors, which will provide them the tools to design and implement state-of-the-art (SotA) optical networks for access/metro, thus achieving the goal of a more connected world resilient to adversity such as the ongoing pandemic and with its lasting effects on our way of working and living. Thanks to the combination of all partners, NESTOR represents a unique consortium to build robust and efficient next-generation optical networks in Europe.
The Doctoral Network program is designed to follow technical, scientific, and transferable skills, enabling the next generation of young researchers/engineers with excellent skills in understanding the challenges of quantum secure optical communications. All Doctoral Candidates will carry out secondments and placements with industrial partners at the earliest possible opportunity. Transferable skills and technical workshops from industrial partners will be central to the training of the Doctoral Candidate.Host institution
Eindhoven University of Technology (TUE) is a highly rated technical university located in Eindhoven, the Netherlands. With an annual budget of 500 million euros, TUE has over 3,000 staff members and 13,000 students and is dedicated to groundbreaking research and education in engineering, science, and technology. TUE has created the new Eindhoven Hendrik Casimir Institute for Photonic Integration and Quantum Technology. Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) in the Netherlands offers (pre)graduate engineering programmes (BSc and MSc) and post-graduate technological design (MTD), PhD and teacher training programmes (MSc) and post-academic continuing education. The courses are research-driven and design-oriented. TU/e coordinates several prominent Dutch research schools and institutes, such as Institute for Photonic Integration (IPI) and the Center for Quantum Material and Technology (QT/e) have strong position and a role to play within international research networks. The TU/e is hence a natural partner for technology-intensive enterprises. The campus is a fertile breeding ground for new business ventures. The TU/e hosts the Dutch national centre on III-V-semiconductors and optoelectronics. With these facilities, TU/e have one of the world's best-equipped academic research centres in the field of Photonics and Quantum Communications
The Information and Communication Theory Lab (ICT Lab) at TU/e is a globally recognized research group focusing on information and communication theory, and its applications. At the ICT Lab, we study information processing in a broad sense. We focus on finding fundamental limits but also on the data processing techniques (often codes and digital signal processing algorithms) and architectures that aim at approaching these limits. Main areas of interest are source coding, channel coding, multi-user information theory, security, and machine learning. We typically use information-theoretical frameworks to model the scenarios under investigation. This allows us to find out what the optimal trade-offs are. The scenarios that we study often result from close interaction with industry.
Curious to hear more about research at the ICT Lab? Please view this video.Job Description
Project title: Advanced Coded Modulation Schemes for High-Performance Metro-Access Optical Transponders
Host institution: Eindhoven University of Technology
PhD enrolment: Eindhoven University of Technology
Supervisors: Dr Gabriele Liga, Dr Alex Alvarado, (Eindhoven University of Technology). Industrial Mentors: Dr. F. Saliou (Orange), Dr. A. Richter (VPIphotonics)
Research Objectives: Devising novel soft-aided bounded-distance-decoding-based FEC schemes Introducing novel product code-like FEC designs optimised for soft-aided FEC decoder architectures Devising new wavelength-coordinated constellation shaping and forward error correction schemes maximising the information throughput of optical subcarrier-multiplexed systems. Introducing new "receiver-friendly" cross-wavelength coded modulation designs to optimally ``shape'' the mismatched memoryless decoding metric. Characterise the achievable information rates of novel cross-wavelength coded modulation schemes.
Expected Results: At least two novel hybrid FEC schemes outperforming state-of-art solutions in this area. At least two novel cross-wavelength coded modulation designs outperforming conventional independent/identically designed coded modulation strategies in multicarrier optical systems. At least one pragmatic low-complexity variant for each of the proposed coded modulation schemes.
Secondments: Secondment periods are planned at VPIphotonics in Berlin and Orange France.