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Optical ‘Oscar’ for CONNECT

CONNECT researchers – Frank Slyne, Séamus McGettrick, Christian Blümm, Marco Ruffini and David Payne – have had a “post-deadline” paper accepted at the Optical Fibre Conference (OFC) at Anaheim in California. The paper is entitled: “Demonstration of SDN enabled dynamically reconfigurable high capacity optical access for converged services”. (Abstract: A dynamically reconfigurable TDM-DWDM PON for converged multi-services at the physical layer (10G, 100G and wireless fronthaul) has been demonstrated for the first time implementing end-to-end SDN management of the access and core network elements.)

This is a prestigious and much sought-after achievement. The OFC is the premiere global gathering for the optical networks community and a “post-deadline paper” is a great accomplishment. Included below is a colourful description of the culture surrounding such papers. The paper is co-authored with researchers at Tyndall National Institute, Nokia Bell Labs in Germany and Polatis Ltd, UK.

Dr Marco Ruffini was also invited to give a tutorial at the conference.

Also, two papers from Connect researchers – Pedro Alvarez, Nicola Marchetti, Avishek Nag, David Payne, Marco Ruffini – are listed in the ‘Most Downloaded Papers” for the month of February in the Journal of Optical Communications and Networking (JOCN). Links to papers here: and

Well done to everyone!

From Alcatel Lucent’s Bell Labs blog:

“Amongst the optical research community, getting one of these post-deadline papers accepted is a very prestigious achievement, and the top researchers in the world vie for this recognition. The selection of post-deadline papers is much anticipated, and even a source of considerable drama at the conference, sort of like the ‘Oscars’ or ‘Palme d’Or’ of the optical research world.”

CONNECT is the world leading Science Foundation Ireland Research Centre for Future Networks and Communications. CONNECT is funded under the Science Foundation Ireland Research Centres Programme and is co-funded under the European Regional Development Fund. We engage with over 35 companies including large multinationals, SMEs and start-ups. CONNECT brings together world-class expertise from ten Irish academic institutes to create a one-stop-shop for telecommunications research, development and innovation.

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