Information and Communication Theory Lab


Our paper “Replacing the Soft-Decision FEC Limit Paradigm in the Design of Optical Communication Systems”, JLT vol. 33, no. 4338 (2015) has been selected as one of the two winning papers for this year’s JLT Best Paper Award. This award honors the most influential, highest-cited original paper published in JLT in 2015. Dr. Alvarado and his co-authors will be receiving the award during the Awards Ceremony at OFC 2018. More information about the award can be found on http://ieee-jlt.org/Awards.


We are an academic research group in the Signal Processing Systems Group (Department of Electrical Engineering) at Eindhoven University of Technology in The Netherlands. Our main research interest is in information and communication theory, and its applications. Our mission is to study information processing in a broad sense…


In 1972 J.P.M. (Piet) Schalkwijk was appointed as full professor in the field of Information Theory in the Electrical Engineering Department at Eindhoven University of Technology. Together with his staff (Joop de Brouwer, Jan Rooijackers, and Han Vinck) Piet Schalkwijk founded the Informatie en Communicatietheorie Group (EI)…

This project studies fundamental questions regarding data transmission in the nonlinear optical channel, including for example, the maximum amount of information that optical fibres can carry in the highly nonlinear regime.

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The project studies accurate channel models for the nonlinear optical channel in the high-power regime and novel coded modulation transceivers tailored to the nonlinear optical channel.

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SILIKA is a European funded Marie Curie project that started September 1, 2016, with partners from Sweden, Belgium and the Netherlands. Its main purpose is to train 12 young researchers (PhD students) to become experts in key technologies for future mobile telecommunication systems. Throughout the training programme, the PhD students will each work on an individual research topic that is of high relevance for the successful development of the next generation mobile telecommunication system (5G).

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The project studies coding for the fiber optical communication channel. It is a collaboration project between University College London (UCL) in the U.K., Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden, Alcatel-Lucent Bell Labs in Germany, University of Toronto in Canada, and TU/e in The Netherlands

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More Projects

Journal of Lightwave Technology

Journal of Lightwave Technology

IEEE Photonics Technology Letters

Proceedings of 2016 International Zurich Seminar on Communications (IZS)

Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A

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Frans M. J. Willems

Professor of Information Theory and Its Applications, TU Eindhoven

Tjalling Tjalkens

Associate Professor, TU Eindhoven

Wim van Houtum

Digital Wireless Communication Systems Fellow, TU Eindhoven

Tanya Ignatenko

Assistant Professor, TU Eindhoven

Alex Alvarado

Assistant Professor, TU Eindhoven

Bin Chen

Post Doc Researcher, TU Eindhoven

Francesco Laghezza

Post Doc Researcher, TU Eindhoven

Lieneke Kusters

PhD Student, TU Eindhoven

Yunus Can Gultekin

PhD Student, TU Eindhoven

Amir Ashkan Farsaei

PhD student, TU Eindhoven

Vinícius Oliari Couto Dias

PhD Student, TU Eindhoven

Yi Lei

Visiting PhD, TU Eindhoven

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We are looking for enthusiastic candidates who are passionate to perform research in communication and information theory applied to fiber optical communication.

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For students with a electrical engineering, computer science, mathematics and physics backgroup, we have a intership/master project with ASML D&E YieldStar Algorithms and Physical Modeling group

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For students with a electrical engineering backgroup, we have a intership/master project with NXP for Future Self Driving Vehicle

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Welcome to the Eindhoven Workshop on Optical Communications (EWOC), 8-10, April, 2018

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Sixth Van Der Meulen Seminar having as topic “Information Theory and Fiber-Optic Communication”

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Chigo Okonkwo

Assistant Professor, TU Eindhoven

Sebastiaan Goossens

MSc Student, TU Eindhoven

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  • f.m.j.willems@tue.nl
  • Signal Processing Systems Group, Eindhoven University of Technology, Groene Loper 19, Flux Building, 5600MB Eindhoven, The Netherlands