Invited speakers

Prof. Sergei Turitsyn (Aston University, Birmingham, United Kingdom)

IMG Turitsyn

Title: "Ultra-long fibre lasers in telecommunications"

Biography: I graduated from the Department of Physics of the Novosibirsk University, Russia in 1982 and received my Ph.D. degree in Theoretical and Mathematical Physics from the Institute of Nuclear Physics, Novosibirsk, Russia in 1986. From 1992 to 1998 I worked in the Institute for Theoretical Physics I, Heinrich-Heine University Duesseldorf, Germany; first as a Humboldt Fellow and then within the collaborative projects with Deutsche Telekom.I joined the Photonics Research Group in the School of Engineering and Applied Science, Aston University in 1998. During last two decades I have been working on various problems of nonlinear science, including soliton theory, self-focusing of light beams, discrete nonlinear systems, and nonlinear fibre optics. My recent research has been shifted towards the high-speed optical communications, nonlinear photonic devices, Raman-based technologies, and ultra-long fibre lasers. Since 2005, I hold the Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award.

Dr Kyriacos Kalli (Cyprus University of Technology, Lemessos, Cyprus)

IMG Kalli

Title: "Advancements in optical fibre sensors"

Biography: Kyriacos Kalli is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering/Computer Engineering and Informatics at the Cyprus University of Technology (2008 onwards). He received the Ph.D. in Physics (1992) from the University of Kent, UK. From 1994 - 1996 he lectured and undertook research at the University of Kent into the use of fibre Bragg gratings in multiplexed sensor arrays and Raman spectroscopy. At the University of Cyprus he was engaged in research into integrated gas flow and gas sensors based on porous silicon micromachining, fluorescence spectroscopy, and non-destructive evaluation of semi-conductors. From 2001 to 2007 he was a lecturer at the Higher Technical Institute, where he created the Nanophotonics Research Laboratory. His research interests are in Bragg grating and optical fibre sensors, photonic switching devices, multiplexing of optical sensors and laser material interactions. Dr. Kalli has more than 150 journal and conference publications and many book chapters, and has given several invited talks at international conferences. He is co-author of the book “Fiber Bragg Gratings: Fundamentals and Applications in Telecommunications and Sensing”.

Dr Fabien Ravet (Omnisens, Morges, Switzerland)

IMG Ravet

Title: "Application of distributed sensing technology to the energy industry"

Biography: Fabien Ravet received the Ph.D. degree in physics from the University of Ottawa, Canada, in 2007. His doctoral thesis focused the study of stimulated Brillouin scattering and its application to structural health monitoring. Before undertaking his doctoral studies in 2003, he was already active in the field of fiber-optic measurement technology. In 1994, he was a Research Assistant with the Mons University, Belgium working on the development of characterization techniques for fiber systems. In 1999, he moved to GTS Network Services, Belgium, where he was in charge of the testing and evaluation of optical networking technologies. In 2000, he joined Nortel Networks, Ottawa, Canada, as an application senior designer for high bit-rate ultralong-haul transport systems. Since 2007, he is with Omnisens S.A., Morges, Switzerland, focusing on the development, the implementation and the promotion of distributed fiber optic sensing technologies in the energy industry. Fabien is author of more than 30 articles in peer reviewed journals and 100 technical presentations in international conferences.

Dr Michaël Peeters (Alcatel-Lucent, Belgium)

IMG Peeters

Title: "Tough to beat: perspectives on the next generation of broadband access"

Biography: Dr. Ir. Michael Peeters is CTO for the Wireline Division at Alcatel-Lucent. Previously, Michael led the Access Node Technology and Copper research group in Bell Labs. Before that, he held positions in Research and Innovation and academia and has over 15 years of industry experience with a deep understanding of photonics and copper physical layer technologies. As Wireline CTO, he leads the organization that is responsible for determining the mid- to long term technology and the standardization strategy for the division. The CTO office works directly with the Wireline product units and marketing organization, gauging the current portfolio and near-term roadmap options in order to safeguard the use of the right technology and strategy. Additionally, they interact closely with Bell labs, customers and third party technology providers, evaluating and benchmarking future innovation opportunities. He is senior member of the IEEE, has been an author or co-author on more than 30 SCI-rated publications and over 70 publications at international peer-reviewed conferences. He acts a a reviewer for IEEE and OSA journals and committee member for several conferences. He also holds several patents in the field of fixed access technology.