Open To All Workshop, DTU, Denmark, 7-8 April 2022 (registration closed; event complete)

This free and Open-To-All 2-day Hybrid Workshop on Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence and Nonlinear Fourier Transform in Fiber Optical Communication took place at MENTOR Recruiting Beneficiary, the Technical University of Denmark.

EID FONTE and EID WON also participated, making this a cross-project collaborative event, perfect for networking and knowledge sharing.

The workshop site can be reached here.


This 17-speaker workshop addressed current and future trends, and was particularly aimed at PhD students and Early Career Researchers working in the fields of Photonics and Fiber Optical Communications.

A full brochure of event can be downloaded as a pdf here. The speakers for MENTOR’s sessions are illustrated in the graphic below.

In brief, featured sessions covered:

1. Practical Implementation and Network Applications of Nonlinear Fourier Transform;

2. Machine Learning Methods for Ultra-Wide Band Systems; and

3. Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence Applied to Multiband Optical Communication.

High profile speakers from both Industry and Academia included:

Antonio Napoli (Infinera Germany), Jelena Pesic (Nokia), Sander Wahls (TU Delft), Laurent Schmalen (KIT), Marija Furdek (Chalmers), Andrea Carena (PoliTO), Alan PT Lau (HKPU), Michael Galili (DTU), Stanislav (Stas) Derevyanko (Ben Gurion University), Marco Secondini (SSSA), and Cristian Antonelli (University of L’Aquila) among others. Main organisers: Darko Zibar/Francesco Da Ros (both DTU) and Sergei K. Turitsyn (Aston Institute of Photonic Technologies).


Chair of Workshop


Prof. Darko Zibar, DTU, Denmark
Symposium organiser Darko Zibar is a recruiting partner in Project MENTOR and supervising Early Researcher 2. He is Professor at the Department of Photonics Engineering, Technical University of Denmark and the group leader of Machine Learning in Photonics Systems (M-LiPS) group. He has been visiting researcher with the Optoelectronic Research Group at the University of California, Santa Barbara, (UCSB) and with Nokia-Siemens Networks. His research efforts currently focus on the application of machine learning techniques to advance classical and quantum optical communication and measurement systems. Some of his major scientific contributions include: record capacity hybrid optical-wireless link (2011), record sensitive optical phase noise measurement technique that approaches the quantum limit (2019) and design of ultrawide band arbitrary gain Raman amplifier (2019). He was a part of the team that won the HORIZON 2020 prize for breaking the optical transmission barriers (2016).


MENTOR OTAW 1: speakers
MENTOR session speakers 8 April
cds session 2
cds session 1

The main organisers of this workshop were Prof. Darko Zibar & Dr. Francesco Da Ros of the Technical University of Denmark and Prof. Sergei Turitsyn, Project Coordinator for MENTOR and director of the Aston Institute of Photonic Technologies at Aston University (UK) together with collaborative research projects they coordinate. These are in particular projects FONTE  and WON who have received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No 766115, 814276 and 956713; the European Research Council (H2020-EU CoG FRECOM; 771878) and the Villum Fonden /Villum Young Investigator Project VYI OPTIC-AI (29344).

Additional co-organisers of the event were projects REAL-NETPOST-DIGITALMOCCAMEFISTA and MULTIPLY, who have received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement 813144, 860360, 814147, 861152 and 713694 respectively.

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