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“I regard this honour as a recognition of the truly interdisciplinary research we have been pursuing for many years”, says Erik Agrell. “When I started to work on fibre-optic communications in 2003, other researchers with my background, which is communication theory, were very much focused on wireless applications, at Chalmers as well as worldwide. Conversely, progress in optical communications relied largely on photonic hardware improvements. There was practically no interaction between communication theory and photonics.”
Nowadays, this picture has changed completely. The internet and our whole information-dense society relies on a backbone network of optical fibres, supporting several terabits per second on a single fibre.
“It is now widely recognized that the demands for ever-increasing data rates can only be met by including advanced digital communication techniques in the fibre networks. My team and our collaboration partners in the research centre FORCE were among the first to push this development, and we still have a leading role. We are bringing the worlds of photonics and digital communications closer together!” Erik Agrell concludes.Read more about Erik Agrell and his researchOptical communicationsFibre Optic Communications Research Centre, FORCEInformation about the IEEE program