Talk by Prof. Dan Kilper, Director of CIAN

Choosing Your Best Color in an Optical Communication System

Prof. Dan Kilper, Director of the Centre for Integrated Access Networks at the University of Arizona, will give a talk on Choosing Your Best Color in an Optical Communication System at 11 am, Friday, 27 September, in the CONNECT seminar room, Dunlop Oriel House, 34 Westland Row, Trinity College Dublin.

Dan Kilper is also a Research Professor in the College of Optical Sciences with a joint appointment in Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Arizona.

In provisioning a wavelength division multiplexed optical signal in a fibre optic communication system it is necessary to calculate the expected performance of that signal to determine whether it can reach its destination error-free. Due to the nonlinear response of the fibres and amplifiers with strong inter-channel interactions, this calculation can have large uncertainties, and real time controls to tune the system are kept to a minimum. Recently there has been much interest in applying machine learning to performance prediction in optical systems. However, deployed optical systems tend to be data starved and already benefit from decades of theoretical development in the physics of signal propagation in fibre. In this talk, I will describe recent work to study ways to use machine learning in laboratory environments, which are data-rich, and then apply the learned models to field-deployed systems. I’ll also describe efforts to develop reference data sets along with future prospects for machine learning applications in optical systems.

Dr Dan Kilper holds an adjunct Professorship in the College of Engineering, Trinity College Dublin, and an adjunct faculty position in the Data Science Institute at Columbia University. He received a PhD in Physics from the University of Michigan in 1996. From 2000-2013, he was a member of technical staff at Bell Labs. He is a senior member of IEEE, an associate editor for the IEEE Transactions on Green Communications and Networking (TGCN) and IEEE/CiC China Communications and on the steering committee for the IEEE Sustainable ICT initiative. He was recognized as a 2019 NIST Communications Technology Lab Innovator and holds seven patents, authored five book chapters and more than one hundred fifty peer-reviewed publications.

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