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Celebrating 25 years of UCL's
Optical Networks Group 

TRANSNET, the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) funded programme has had a busy few months hosting a number of events, attending conferences and carrying out a lot of exciting research! 

The highlight since our last newsletter has been the celebration of 25 years of the UCL Optical Networks Group (ONG). On 19 & 20 September we hosted a wonderful event at the Darwin Lecture Theatre, UCL - a 2-day workshop entitled 'Optical Networks-the next 25 years' - discussing, debating & celebrating the future of optical communications with a glittering array of expert speakers from across industry and academia and our wonderful TRANSNET partners in attendance.

The questions most hotly debated were how to ensure that optical networks kept up with the bandwidth and delay demands placed upon them from new applications and data demands; whether expanding the bandwidth or the number of fibre cores would be the way to go, and whether optical switching will expand into data centres. 

A wonderful evening celebration followed on 19 September at the Royal Society with a number of ONG alumni in attendance, many having moved to outstanding careers with leading industrial and university labs around the world. 

To view an agenda with recorded presentations, click

Photos available as follows: 
workshop / reception

To listen to some memories from previous ONG-ers, click here.   

The workshop also saw TRANSNET Co-I, Robert Killey (l), deliver his Inaugural Lecture entitled 'Optical communications in the 2040s: future photonic technology advances for exabit/s networks', to a full house...and much applause! Congratulations to Professor Robert Killey, with the UCL team for 22 years. To view an agenda/recorded presentations, including Robert's lecture, click here
The ONG25 workshop was co-organised by Ben Puttnam (centre), National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT). Ben is a former ONG-er and NICT are one of TRANSNET's most respected partners. Big thank you for their support! Also pictured, Polina Bayvel (l) and TRANSNET Co-I, Zhixin Liu (r). 

Elected to board of
The Optical Society

TRANSNET PI/Director, Polina Bayvel, was recently elected Director at Large of the OSA The Optical Society.   

The Society promotes and delivers scientific and technical information on optics and photonics worldwide through high-calibre publications, programmes and outreach activities.

Polina will actively participate in the leadership of the society and steer its future developments.  

For more click here

Research lab opened to the public for the FIRST TIME!

For the first time in 25 years, UCL researchers opened up the lab to members of the public as part of this year's It's All Academic Festival.

Attendees were given an exclusive tour of the lab with a range of demos and equipment available for them to explore. 

Led by our UCL researchers Thomas Gerard (l) and Callum Deakin (r), each tour had an excellent turnout of people from all ages. 

For more click


ECOC 2019
Leading the pack

The TRANSNET team had a great run at  this year's European Conference on Optical Communications (ECOC 2019) hosted in Dublin in September.  

This included two highly scored papers entitled 'Modulation Format Dependent, Closed-Form Formula for Estimating Nonlinear Interference in S+C+L Band Systems' by Daniel Semrau and 'Using low thermal sensitivity hollow core fibre for optically-switched data centre application', by Kari Clark. 

Daniel's paper was awarded runner-up for the Best Student Paper award.  A wonderful achievement for Daniel and his co-authors!

We'll be sending out details of our ECOC papers shortly - watch our twitter @transnet_pgm for the update! To view a couple of fun pictures from the TRANSNET team's ECOC outing, click here


#MadeAtUCL campaign
Vote for us!

We need your support! 

Our predecessor grant, UNLOC (UNLocking the Capacity of Optical Communications) has been shortlisted out of thousands of entries for UCL's campaign entitled #MadeAtUCL

Shortlisted research (called stories) - like ours - focused on an output that impacted on the layman in everyday life; our story did just that during 2016-2018, achieving record optical fibre transmission data rates for a single transceiver over different distances! Read more about our shortlisted story here.  

Please, cast your vote by clicking on the small hand icon in the right bar (scroll down for non-desktop devices). You will help propel our research to a celebratory event scheduled at UCL in the near future...allowing us to generate attention towards our current research and optical comms in general! 

Have you checked out our new website?

We are so pleased to confirm the TRANSNET website is now live!

We've comprehensive updates on team details from across our three sites - University College London (UCL), Aston University & University of Cambridge - plus a section dedicated to our latest news and events and, importantly, publications!

Browse our site at and get in touch if you have any questions:


Machine learning workshop 

In September, our researcher Oleksandr Kotlyar delivered a workshop dedicated to the most popular machine learning algorithm-Neural Networks.

Delivered to a full house of PhD students at our Aston University site, Oleksandr discussed some of the basic concepts of neural networks and explored how to implement classification problems using just a few lines of code in a web browser.

Interested in the code? Look no further, details as follows: 
Fully executable code / Workshop task


2018 Fabio Neri Award goes to...

...TRANSNET researcher Paris Andreades!

Paris was announced runner-up in the Best Paper Award for his paper entitled 'Experimental Demonstration of an Ultra-low Latency Control Plane for Optical Packet Switching in Data Center Networks'. 

For more on the Fabio Neri award and to access the paper click


We're always keen to collaborate...

We are collaborating with a number of dynamic industrial partners to ensure we maximise the impact of our research!

A comprehensive list of TRANSNET partners is here

If you would like to partner or collaborate with us, please contact Polina Bayvel on

We are particularly keen to hear from partners with technical expertise in machine learning and, ofcourse, all aspects of optical fibre networking. 

TRANSNET hosted it's first External Advisory Board (EAB) meeting on 20 June 2019 at University College London (UCL). Teams from across our three sites - UCL, Aston University, University of Cambridge - were in attendance to present on all things related to technical updates, recruitment, communications, events and overall strategy. Luis Lopez-Bracey attended in his capacity as our Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) rep, delivering the introductory remarks.

TRANSNET students also delivered 1 minute lightning talks, followed by a lunchtime poster presentation where members of the EAB had an opportunity to discuss their work. The meeting went extremely well with healthy discussion and debate throughout the day and positive feedback from the EAB to conclude. 

For more about our EAB, click
here. For photos from the meeting click here.   
Keep in touch!
Follow us on twitter @transnet_pgm for regular updates and to ensure you're in touch with all our news, new results, achievements, publications, awards and vacancies!

Work with us!
We are always looking for outstanding postdoctoral researchers and PhD students. Keep an eye on our vacancies or contact Polina Bayvel for an informal chat:
Check out our events!
ONG are continuing to celebrate turning 25 with further entertaining events sponsored and supported by the TRANSNET Programme and we welcome you to attend!  These include a lunchtime lecture at UCL asking ‘Why can't I sing with Australians on the telephone?" and other questions about engineering the Internet', presented by TRANSNET Co-I Domaniç Lavery, plus a very interesting podcast in the pipeline - watch this space!

For more about our events and to register your attendance, click


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