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The Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya -UPC- is a public university institution devoted to high level education and research excellence in engineering. UPC has a large experience participating and leading CORDIS/IST projects. The involvement of UPC will be carried out by the Access&Transmission Section of the Optical Communications Group (www.tsc.upc.edu/gco) of the Signal Theory and Communications Department (www.tsc.upc.edu). It has a large experience in Optical Fibre Technologies and High-Speed Networking. The specific areas of research in Optical Communications are: extended optical access and transport networks, all-optical transparent WDM networking, polarization/PMD treatment, advanced modulations formats, network quality monitoring and control and IP/GMPLS/WDM protocols for the Control Plane. The group has published over 200 international works in these fields. UPC will apply its experience in colourless WDM-agile PONs, modulation formats and subsystems, subsystem modelling validation, full physical layer computer simulation and practical demonstration, providing the SARDANA network as test-bed for demonstrations. (UPC has built a laboratory demonstrator of the SARDANA network, validating key elements and systems. The full demonstrator with all the capabilities and functionalities simultaneously is to be implemented within an EU project). UPC has published about 50 first-level publications and registered several patents in the last years on WDM-agile PONs. This will be contributed to the project consortium.

Personnel involved in EURO-FOS

Prof. Josep Prat received the M.S. degree in telecommunications engineering in 1987 and the Ph.D. degree from the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC), Barcelona, in 1995. He has mainly investigated on broadband optical communications with emphasis on high bit-rate optical systems, access networks and WDM transmission characterization and control. He has participated in several European projects (ePhoton/One, LION, MEPHISTO, MOON, SONATA, RACE1027) on optical access and transport networks. In 1998 he was a guest scientist in the University College of London. Author of the book "Fiber-to-the-Home Technologies", Kluwer Ac. Publishers. He is full professor in the Optical Communications Group of the Signal Theory and Communications Department of the UPC, and was Vice-Dean of the ETSETB Engineering School of the UPC (2000-03), in charge of laboratories and infrastructures.

José A. Lázaro Villa received in 1999 the PhD from the University of Zaragoza, with the dissertation topic: “Erbium Doped Waveguide Amplifiers, modelling and characterization”. After 4 years teaching physics and optics at the University of Zaragoza, he joined Alcatel R&D in Stuttgart (2000), where he was working in modelling, fabrication and characterization of athermal AWG De/Multiplexers and Routers and other passive components. In 2002, he moved to Optical Transmission Systems Division for researching on 40 Gbit/s Subsystems and Advanced Modulation Formats. In 2004 he started as Lead Researcher at the Optical Transmission and Broadband Technologies Laboratory of the University of Zaragoza in Walqa Technological Park, and in 2005 he joined the Optical Communications Group of the UPC as Ramón y Cajal Researcher. He has authored in excess of 40 reviewed international publications and 15 patents. He is currently Member of the IEEE LEOS and Communications Societies.

María C. Santos received her M.S. degree in Telecommunications Engineering and Ph. D. in Signal Theory and Communications, from Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC) in 1993 and 1998 respectively. Since 1993 she is professor in the Electromagnetics and Photonics Engineering Group of UPC where she has worked in the field of nonlinear optics with applications to the all-optical control of fiber networks. Her current interests are in fiber optics applications to radiofrequency systems, radio over fiber systems, electronic compensation of fiber distortions, fiber access networks, and characterization of photonic devices.

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