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Politecnico di Torino, is a major Italian technical university, with over 25,000 students and 900 teaching/research permanent staff. In Euro-Fos, the OPTCOM group of POLITO will be involved. OPTCOM main areas of interest are concerned with the transmission system, sub-systems and physical layer of optical networks. OPTCOM has 7 staff members and 9 PhD students and post-docs. In 2004, OPTCOM has acquired a new experimental facility called PhotonLab (www.photonlab.org), encompassing a clean room and a large system-experiment dedicated room, for a total of over 400 square meters, of which 250 of laboratory space. About 3 MEuro of test-and-measurement equipment are deployed there, including a 50 Gbit/s BERT, a 50 GHz Digital Oscilloscope, several OSAs and tunable sources, 500km of spooled fiber with EDFAs, WDM sources and about 2 MEuro worth of various optical components obtained through donations from CISCO Photonics, Marconi, Agilent and Avanex. Recently, the second largest Italian telecom operator (Fastweb, now owned by SwissCom, and an Industrial Affiliate in EuroFos) has directly connected PhotonLab to a dark fiber test-bed consisting of 8 rings of different lengths, for a total of 240km of G.652 fibers. All these fiber rings run in buried cables that contain lit operational fibers. They go through operator POPs and miniPOPs and traverse residential areas, industrial areas, bridges, railroad tracks and busy avenues with heavy traffic. Therefore, experiments carried on this test-bed should be highly representative of the behavior of actual operational buried fiber plants in the most challenging metropolitan environments.

Personnel involved in EURO-FOS

Gabriela Bosco was born in Ivrea, Italy, in 1973. She received the Degree in Telecommunication Engineering in 1998 (thesis on the non-linear effect of the propagation in WDM optical systems) and the PhD in Electronic and Communication Engineering in 2002 (thesis on the performance analysis of optical communication systems), both from Politecnico di Torino, Italy. In 2000 she was a visiting researcher at OCPN (Optical Communication and Photonic Network) group at University of California at Santa Barbara (CA), directed by Prof. Blumenthal, working on polarization-mode dispersion monitoring techniques. She currently holds a post-doctoral position in the Optical Communication Group at the Department of Electronics of Politecnico di Torino. Her current research interests include new modulation formats for long-haul optical transmission and application of DSP techniques in optical links. She co-authored more than 80 papers in leading journals and conferences.

Pierluigi Poggiolini received his MS and Ph.D. degrees from Politecnico di Torino, Turin, Italy. From 1990 to 1995 he was first a visiting Scholar and then a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Optical Communications Research Laboratory of Stanford University, where he worked on the STARNET and CORD all-optical packet network projects. Since 1998 he has been an Associate Professor at Politecnico di Torino, where he is the Coordinator of the Optical Communications Group (OPTCOM). He is also an elected member of the Academic Senate of Politecnico di Torino and a member of the National University Council, an official body of the Ministry of University and Research. Within the NoE FP6 e-Photon/ONe+, Pierluigi Poggiolini is WP leader and coordinator of the "Virtual Department on Transmission Techniques for Broadband Networks". His current research interests include new modulation formats for optical transmission and electronic mitigation techniques. He has published over 150 papers in international journals and conference proceedings.

Andrea Carena received the M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in electronic engineering from Politecnico di Torino, Italy, in 1995 and 1998 respectively. During his Ph.D. studies, he spent one year in the Optical Communication and Photonic Network group (University of California at Santa Barbara) directed by Prof. Blumenthal working in the realization of OPERA, an optical label swapping network testbed. From 1998 to 2003, he was a post-doc at Dipartimento di Elettronica,Politecnico di Torino. His research has been focused on optical communication system performance evaluation, non-linear effects in fiber propagation and algorythm for computer simulation of fiber propagation. He also collaborated in the development and implementation of OptSim, an optical transmission system simulator. Since 2004, he has been assistant professor in the Optical Communication Group at Politecnico di Torino. His current research interests are in the field of physical layer desing of fiber-optic high-speed transmission systems (100 Gbps and beyond) including high order modulation formats, coherent detection, Nyquist-WDM for Terabit Superchannel implementation, and fiber nonlinearities modeling. He co-authored more than 80 scientific publications in leading journals and conferences.

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