The COBRA Research Institute at Eindhoven University of Technology is the National Centre of the Netherlands for Research on III/V semiconductors and optoelectronics. This proposed research program will be embedded within the COBRA Research Institute, which is the Interuniversity Research School on Communication Technology: Basic Research and Applications. The universities presently involved in COBRA are Eindhoven University and VU, with the centre of mass lying in Eindhoven. COBRA is a “Toponderzoekschool” by virtue of the NRC-Photonics research grant (“Dieptestrategie” 1998) of 35 MEuro of the Netherlands government. The COBRA Research Institute for Optical Communication Technology employs more than 100 scientists and technicians. In the proposed project one of the core groups of the COBRA Research school in involved: the Telecommunications systems group. The Telecommunications systems (ECO) group (Eindhoven University of Technology, Faculty of Electrical Engineering) has broad experience with high bit-rate optical communication systems, both on WDM and on OTDM. It is equipped with test and measurement facilities up to 40 Gb/s ETDM and 640 Gb/s OTDM, and it has facilities for small-scale package development and prototyping of multi-fibre optical devices and sub-systems. The ECO group was involved in the first demonstration of error-free 160 Gb/s OTDM transmission over 550-km field-installed fiber and 160 Gb/s add-drop multiplexing and clock recovery using semiconductor optical amplifiers. The ECO group packaged the worlds smallest WDM cross-connect and produced the worlds smallest optical flip-flop. Furthermore, the group is leading in system researches using multimode fibers and polymer optical fibers for access and local networks. Recently, the ECO group has obtained some world records in switching optical data packets of sub-Tb/s using only one semiconductor optical amplifier. Completed and on-going European projects with COBRA involvement include: RACE-MUNDI, ACTS-TOBASCO, ACTS-PRISMA, ACTS-BLISS, ACTS-UPGRADE, ACTS-APEX, ESPRIT-LOCOM, IST-HARMONICS, IST-METEOR, IST-OBANET, IST-STOLAS, IST-FASHION, IST-LASAGNE, IST-MUFINS, IST-POFALL.
Personnel involved in EURO-FOS
Dr. Eduward Tangdiongga graduated in 1994 from the Faculty of Electrical Engineering of Eindhoven University of Technology TU/e, The Netherlands. The same year he joined the COBRA Research Institute where he conducted experimental works in the Electro-optical Communication ECO group on the topic of crosstalk performance of multi-wavelength optical cross-connects. The work was carried out in two subsequent European ACTS projects: AC065 BLISS (Broadband LIghtwave Sources and Systems) and AC332 APEX (Advanced Photonics Experimental X-connect). He received for this work his Ph.D. degree in 2001. From 2001 till 2003 he participated in the European program of IST project FASHION (ultraFAst Switching in HIgh-speed Optical time-division multiplexed Networks) for realization of 160 Gbit/s all-optical add-drop switching and all-optical 10 and 40 GHz sub-harmonic clock recovery. He is currently working in the same institute, responsible for realization of network nodes that can process data rates of multi-Tb/s. In 2005 he was on a sabbatical leave to Fujitsu Research Labs in Japan working on the topic of all-optical signal processing using highly nonlinear fibres and quantum-dot semiconductor optical amplifiers. In 2006 he was appointed as Assistant Professor at TU/e.
Dr. Huug de Waardt was born in Voorburg, The Netherlands, in December, 1953. He received the M.Sc.E.E. and the Ph.D. degrees from the Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands in 1980 and 1995, respectively. In 1981, he started his professional carrier in the Physics Department at PTT Research in Leidschendam, The Netherlands, where he worked on the performance issues of opto-electronic devices. In 1989 he moved to the Transmission Department and became involved in WDM high-bit-rate optical transmission. In 1995 he was appointed as an Associated Professor at the Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e), Eindhoven, The Netherlands in the area of high-capacity trunk transmission. He coordinated the participation of TU/e in ACTS Upgrade, ACTS BLISS, ACTS APEX and IST FASHION. Presently he serves as project leader of the national research initiative Freeband Broadband Photonics (2004-2008). His current interests are in high capacity optical transmission and networking, integrated optics and semiconductor optical amplifiers/modulators. He (co)authored over 150 conference and journal papers. Dr. de Waardt is member of the IEEE.
Prof. Harm Dorren received his M.Sc. degree in theoretical physics in 1991 and the Ph.D. degree in 1995, both from the Utrecht University, Utrecht, The Netherlands. After postdoctoral positions he joined in 1996 the Eindhoven University of Technology, Eindhoven. In 2002 he was also a visiting researcher at the National Institute of Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) in Tsukuba in Japan. His research interests include optical packet switching, digital optical signal processing and ultra-fast photonics. He has a number of research projects funded by the Dutch national programs and by EU. He has co-authored over 250 journal papers and conference proceedings and currently serves as an associate editor for the IEEE Journal of Quantum Electronics. In 2007 he is appointed as the scientific director of the COBRA Research Institute.
Prof. Ton Koonen received his M.Sc. degree (cum laude) in Electrical Engineering from Eindhoven University of Technology TU/e in 1979. The same year he joined Philips’ Telecommunicatie Industrie, part of which has since 1984 become Lucent Technologies Network Systems Nederland. He worked on high-speed transmission systems and optical fibre systems for hybrid access networks, also from 1987 to 2000 as a technical manager of the Forward Looking Work department of Bell Laboratories within Lucent. He has participated extensively in European cooperative R&D projects, a.o. initiating and leading projects on wavelength-routed access networks in the ACTS and IST Framework Programs. Also he has acted frequently as an auditor and reviewer on national and EC projects. From 1991 to September 2000 he worked as a part-time professor at the University of Twente, holding a chair on Photonic Networks. He has been appointed Bell Labs Fellow in June 1999. In September 2000, he became a part-time professor at TU/e, and from January 2001 onwards a full-time professor, holding a chair on Broadband Communication Networks in the faculty of Telecommunication Technology and Electromagnetics TTE. He is also managing the BraBant BreedBand (B4) alliance, a joint pre-competitive research co-operation on broadband network techniques and applications between the partners TU/e, KPN, Lucent Technologies, Agere Systems, Philips, and Astron. His current research interests are in high-speed multi-wavelength optical transmission and broadband access networks. He has (co-)authored over 65 papers on optical fibre communication. He has been an IEEE Member since September 2000, a Senior Member since May 2001, and a Fellow since March 2007.