Eindhoven Workshop on Optical Communications (EWOC)

Eindhoven Workshop on Optical Communications

Welcome to the Eindhoven Workshop on Optical Communications (EWOC) 2018!

We are organizing the 2018 Eindhoven Workshop on Optical Communications (EWOC 2018) on April 8-10, 2018. The workshop consists of invited talks in the area of optical communications and a poster session.

We look forward to seeing you in Eindhoven!

Local Organization: Alex Alvarado, Chigo Okonkwo, Bin Chen, Vinicius Oliari Couto Dias

Scientific Advisors: Ton Koonen and Frans Willems



  • TU/e SPS: Alex Alvarado, Frans Willems, Bin Chen, Vinicius Oliari Couto Dias, Yi Lei, Rick Butler, Lieneke Kusters, Yunus Can Gultekin, Xiong Deng

  • TU/e ECO: Chigo Okonkwo, Ton Koonen, John van Weerdenburg, Sjoerd van der Heide, Simon Rommel, Zheng Haotian, Dimitrios Konstantinou, Niall Kelly, Fulong Yan, F.M Huijskens, Bitao Pan, X. Guo, Teng Li, Tom, Liuyan Chen, Ralph Roetman

  • TU/e SEC: Boris Skoric

  • TU Delft: Sander Wahls, Shrinivas Chimmalgi

  • EPFL: Simon Fabbri, Jianqi Hu

  • Technical University of Munich: Onur Gunlu

  • Chalmers University of Technology: Alireza Sheikh

  • Ben Gurion University of the Negev: Stanislav Derevyanko

  • University of Edinburgh: Majid Safari

  • CNIT: Luca Poti

  • Fujitsu Laboratories of America: Inwoong Kim

  • Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna: Marco Secondini, Stella Civelli, Menelaos Ralli

  • EFFECT Photonics B.V.s: Karen Solis-Trapala

  • Telecom ParisTech: Amhoud

  • Eye On Orbit: Erik Laan

  • Airbus Defense and Space NL: de Naurois

  • University College London: Eric Sillekens, Daniel Semrau, Gabriele Liga

  • TNO: H.J. Dekker, Remco den Breeje

  • ADVA Optical Networking: Jim Zou, Vincent Sleiffer

  • Signify Research: Stan Baggen

  • Prysmian: Frank Achten

  • Photonic Integration Technology Centre-JePPIX: Aura Higuera

  • B-PHOT Brussels: Thiago R. Raddo


  • Information theory and the nonlinear fiber channel
  • Machine learning and optical communications
  • Multi-mode optical transmission systems
  • Modulation and FEC


Registration is free, but the space is limited, giving priority to members of the Eurotech Alliance (TU/e, TUM, DTU and EPFL). If you are interested in joining, please follow this link (Online registration is now closed!) to register online or send an email to (b.c.chen@tue.nl).

The deadline for registration is March 29.


There will be a poster session for PhD students and early career researchers. If you are interested in presenting a poster, please fill the form here or send an email to (b.c.chen@tue.nl) with a preliminary title before March 29.

The following posters will be presented:

  • Remco den Breeje, (TNO), “Optical Technologies for Terabit/s-throughput Feeder Link”

  • Stella Civelli (Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna), “Polarization division multiplexing for nonlinear Fourier transform-based transmission schemes”

  • Alireza Sheikh (Chalmers University of Technology), “Probabilistic Amplitude Shaping with Hard Decision Decoding and Staircase Codes”

  • Mehdi Amhoud (Telecom ParisTech), “Coding techniques for space-divison multiplexed optical fiber systems”

  • Menelaos Ralli (Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna), “Performance Evaluation of a Low-Complexity Digital Backpropagation Method for Optical Fiber Communications”

  • Eric Sillekens (University College London), TBA

  • Daniel Semrau (University College London), “The Gaussian Noise Model in the Presence of Inter-Channel Stimulated Raman Scattering”

  • Gabriele Liga (University College London), “A PMD-adaptive DBP Receiver Based on SNR Optimization”

  • Simon Rommel (TU/e), TBA

  • Yi Lei (TU/e), “Feasibility of Space-Division-Multiplexed Transmission of IEEE 802.11 n/ac-Compliant Wireless MIMO Signals Over OM3 Multimode Fiber”

  • Zheng Haotian (TU/e), “An adaptive multi-bits decoder for polar codes in optical communications”

  • Sjoerd van der Heide (TU/e), “Channel estimation technique for optical transmitter DSP”

  • Xiong Deng (TU/e), TBA

  • Ralph Roetman (TU/e), “Characterisation and Spatial Mode Processing Techniques using Spatial Light Modulators”

  • Bin Chen (TU/e), “Increasing Achievable Information Rates via Geometric Shaping in Fiber Optical Communications”


Sunday, 8 April 2018

  • 18:00 – 22:00 Welcome Drinks, Place: Usine (Lichttoren 6, 5611 BJ Eindhoven, across the train station)

Monday, 9 April 2018 (Flux 1.02)

  • 09:00 – 09:20 Welcome & Introduction

Session Chair: Alex Alvarado

  • 09:20 – 10:00 Invited Talk: Erik Agrell, “Tutorial: Fiber-Optic Channel Capacity”

  • 10:00 – 10:40 Invited Talk: Gerhard Kramer, “Information Theory for a Few Models inspired by Optical Fiber Communication”

    • Coffee break

Session Chair: Alex Alvarado

  • 11:10 – 11:40 Invited Talk: Darko Zibar, “Machine learning techniques for optical communication, laser metrology and optical fibre sensing”

  • 11:40 – 12:20 Invited Talk: Laurent Schmalen, “Spatially Coupled Codes in Optical Communications: Technology for the Physical Layer and Beyond?”

  • Lunch and poster session

Session Chair: Chigo Okonkwo

  • 14:00 – 14:35 Invited Talk: Olga Vassilieva, “State of the Art Fiber Nonlinearity Compensation Techniques in Coherent DWDM systems”

  • 14:35 – 15:10 Invited Talk: Ben Puttnam, “Transmission experiments in multi-core and few-mode fibers”

    • Coffee break

Session Chair: Chigo Okonkwo

  • 15:40 – 16:15 Invited Talk: Haoshuo Chen, “Space division multiplexing in strongly-coupled region”

  • 16:15 – 16:50 Invited Talk: Aaron Albores-Mejia, “Cost-effective High-Speed Optical Transceivers for Short Reach IMDD and/or Coherent Applications: Sub-system Integration Challenges and Efforts”

  • 17:00 – 18:00 Lab visit

  • 19:00 – 21:00 Dinner, Place: Restaurant De Bengel (Stationsplein 28, 5611 BC Eindhoven, across the train station).

Tuesday, 10 April 2018

  • 9:30 – 12:00 Follow-up discussion, Flux 1.07

  • 9:30 – 12:00 PhD-PhD discussion, Flux 1.08


We have a preffered hotel, Sandton Hotel Eindhoven City Centre, with discount price 86 Euro/night. You can make a booking via sending email to (reservations.eindhoven@sandton.eu), indicating in the subject line: eWOC.


For public transportation information from Schiphol Airport and Eindhoven Airport, please check out here

Below you will find two links with directions and also a map of our campus. The Eindhoven Central Train station is indicated on block A6 of the map. From the station it is a 15 minutes’ walk to Flux buding.