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Our Director featured on BBC Radio 4 

TRANSNET PI/Director, Polina Bayvel, recently featured on the popular BBC Radio 4 show, The Life Scientific.  

Presented by Jim Al-Khalili, Polina talked about her life and work, inspiration and the influence of her parents and
mentors on her journey in optical communications and the impact optical communications have had on our lives.

She also recounted the history of the Optical Networks Group (ONG), her colleagues and students
and the importance of the ONG ‘family’, marking 25(!) years since it was founded at UCL.

To listen to this and other interesting anecdotes from Polina's optical communications journey, click here


OFC 2020  
San Diego, here we come

There are many TRANSNET papers at this year's prestigious Optical Fibre Conference (OFC2020) in San Diego, 8-12 March 2020.

Although this year’s conference will be an unusual one, our team will be in attendance, both physically and virtually.

We have a number of invited papers and poster presentations from across the programme (UCL, Aston University and University of Cambridge).

We are grateful to the OFC for providing the virtual platforms allowing remote presentations – bringing immersive telepresence ever closer. After all, this is what TRANSNET, UNLOC and all our community is working towards – low-latency, high-capacity intelligent networks, with bandwidth whenever and wherever it is needed.

Now may be just such a moment of need!

To see a complete OFC2020 TRANSNET schedule, click here.   


Video presentations available now!

Members of our UCL and Aston team were busy hosting a number of presentations over the last few months. 

A couple of these are available to watch: 

Why can't I sing with Australians on the telephone? & other questions about engineering the Internet - Dr Domaniç Lavery, UCL Minds Lunch Hour Lecture, 26 November

* Function Space Entropy in Deep Learning Networks - B.Li and D.Saad, China, October 2019

Ministerial visit at our UCL site

Our TRANSNET team at University College London (UCL) hosted the former Science Minister Chris Skidmore.

As part of Tomorrow's Engineers Week (TEWeek, November 2019), Chris toured the Optical Networks Group (ONG) laboratory, exploring the various research equipment available and the many facilities on offer to our students. 

Tours were led by TRANSNET and ONG students Thomas Gerard and Callum Deakin, who then participated in a short Q&A with the Minister.

For more about the visit, click here.

For more photos, click here


What does it mean to be a PostDoc in this era? 

In December, the international society for optics and photonics (SPIE) in collaboration with OSA Publishing supported an interactive workshop at our Aston University site. 

The aim of the workshop-known as the OSA/SPIE Student Chapter of Aston University-was to encourage PostDocs to share their experiences with PhD students, including their views on being early career researchers, proposal writing and grant applications among a host of other discussions!

The workshop proved extremely popular. Slides are available here


Have you checked out our latest publications? 

We've been busy over the last few months with our research leading to many new publications!

From journal papers to book chapters, our team have been researching various TRANSNET themes. 

Check out the full list on our website, 



Teaser of our OFC papers...

1. Demonstrating Optically Interconnected Remote Serial and Parallel Memory in Disaggregated Data Centers [Top scored] [Paper no.T3K.1]
Authors(s): Vaibhawa Mishra, Joshua Benjamin, Georgios Zervas
University College London (UCL)
Abstract: Remote serial and parallel memory using memory-over-network bridge and optical switched interconnect is demonstrated. Remote memory bandwidth of 93% (HMC) and 66% (DDR4) of the local 3.2 and 3.7 GB/s bandwidth is showcased.
2. Amplifier Considerations in ROADM–free Space–Switched Nonlinear Optical Links
Author(s): Robert Vincent, David Ives and Seb J. Savory
University of Cambridge
Abstract: Power fluctuations accumulate in ROADM–free space–switched networks. Thousands of randomized nonlinear transmissions demonstrate that capacity with an inventory of f5,10,15,20g dB gain amplifiers is within 10 % of optimal and triple that with f10,20g dB amplifiers over 1,000 km.
3. Bismuth-Doped Fibre Amplifier Operating in the Spectrally Adjacent to EDFA Range of 1425-1500 nm
Author(s): V.V. Dvoyrin, V.M. Mashinsky, S.K. Turitsyn
Aston University
Abstract: We demonstrate a Bi-doped fibre amplifier operating in the range of 1425-1500 nm with the maximum gain of 27.9 dB, the lowest noise figure of ~5 dB, and the maximum output power of 505 mW. 
Also! A reminder that presentations from our Optical Networks Group (ONG) 25 year celebration event were made available in our previous newsletter. We had an amazing turnout from the Who's Who from the world of optical communications. Check out the agenda and presentations here. 
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:
Keep in touch!
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