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The Polytechnic University of Valencia (UPVLC), founded in 1973, is a public institution devoted to higher education, as well as research and development (R&D) activities. The main scientific and technological domains are information and communication technologies, electric, electronic, mechanical and chemical engineering, civil engineering, architecture, food and agricultural technologies, business sciences and fine arts. The Nanophotonics Technology Centre (NTC) at Valencia is the National Centre of photonic systems and technology in Spain. The NTC was created as the hub for scientific research, technological development and innovation (R+D+I) in the field of advanced optical technologies and photonic systems for telecommunications and computing. Its mission is to explore and expand existing knowledge, and to create and transfer technology to industry. The NTC facility is hosted by the UPV at its Campus in Valencia city. The optical transmission laboratory at the NTC is equipped with 44 Gbit/s PRBS/BER tester, 50 GHz eye diagram tester, optical correlators, optical network analyzer (including PMD measurements), electro-optical network analyzer (50 GHz), RF and optical spectrum analysers, arbitrary waveform generators, 40 Gbit/s modules (EOMs, EAMs, PDs,…), and optical ps-pulsed sources, among others. Additionally, the Digital-RF & Optical Laboratory at NTC is equipped for optical device and system characterisation (time and frequency) and for performance evaluation testing in digital transmissions and analogue transmission and detection of RF signals with arbitrary modulation formats (OFDM, Wi-Fi, WiMAX, 3G, up to 256 QAM, multi-carrier) using state-of the art vector signal generators and analysers. The NTC personnel resources are composed of 55 members: 3 Professors, 7 Associate Professors/Senior Lecturers, 10 Lecturers, 15 Fellow researchers, 20 PhD students, 2 administrative project manager and 2 administrative officers.

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Prof. Francisco Ramos was born in Valencia, Spain, on April 2, 1974. He received the M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in Telecommunication Engineering from the Polytechnic University of Valencia in 1997 and 2000, respectively. Since 1998, he has been with the Department of Communications at the same university, where he is now Associate Professor. He has participated in several national and European research projects (IST-OBANET, IST-TOPRATE, IST-LASAGNE) on areas such as optical access networks, broadband wireless systems and optical networking. Prof. Ramos has co-authored more than 80 papers in international journals and conferences and he has acted as reviewer for the IEE, IEEE and Taylor and Francis Publishers. He is also the recipient of the Prize of the Telecommunication Engineering Association of Spain for his thesis dissertation on the application of optical nonlinear effects in microwave photonics. His research interests include nonlinear fiber optics, optical-phase conjugation, microwave and millimeter-wave optical systems, broadband access networks and high-speed optical networks. During the last years, as a member of the Valencia Nanophotonics Technology Center, his research is focused on the application of active Mach-Zehnder interferometers to all-optical signal processing in OTDM/DWDM networks and all-optical label swapping networks.

Dr. Valentín Polo received the Ingeniero de Telecomunicacion and the PhD degrees from the Universidad Politécnica de Valencia, Spain, in 1997 and 2003, respectively. He is a member of the Nanophotonics Technology Center participating in research activities in the fields of microwave and mm-wave photonics including photonic-microwave filters, dispersion compensation and broadband wireline and wireless access systems and technologies. He has been actively involved in National and European projects related with the above research lines, mainly in broadband wireline/wireless access networks and optically beamformed antenna technologies (project IST-2000 25390 OBANET http://ist-obanet.upv.es). He was the technical manager of project IST-1-507781 GANDALF http://ist-gandalf.org). He has co-authored over 90 papers in international journals and conferences. He acts as reviewer for several IEE/IEEE journals and conferences in the abovementioned research fields.

Dr. Jose M. Martinez was born in Valencia, Spain, in 1976. He received his M.Sc. degree from the Universitat Politècnica de València in 2001. He also got a Master's degree in Corporative Networks in 2002. His Ph.D. Thesis (2006) was carried out at the Valencia Nanophotonics Technology Center in the Universitat Politècnica de València. The main topic of his work is the development of an all-optical technique for address recognition in optical label swapping networks. Dr. Martinez has been actively involved in IST projects, as OBANET, TOPRATE and LASAGNE projects. He has published over 20 publications in international journals or conferences proceedings.

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