Dr. Peter J. Winzer Awarded 2018 John Tyndall Award

The IEEE Photonics Society and The Optical Society (OSA) announced that Peter Winzer of Nokia Bell Labs, USA, is the recipient of the 2018 John Tyndall Award. Winzer is recognized “For contributions to understanding and advancing the capacity of coherent optical communication systems including advanced modulation formats and spatial multiplexing." The award, one of the top honors in the fiber optics community, will be presented to Winzer at the Optical Fiber Communication Conference and Exhibition (OFC), the world’s leading conference and exhibition for optical communications and networking professionals, held from 11 - 15 March 2018 in San Diego, CA.

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Peter J. Winzer received his Ph.D. from the Vienna University of Technology, where he worked on space-borne lidar and laser communications for the European Space Agency. At Bell Labs since 2000, he has focused on many aspects of fiber-optic communications, including advanced optical modulation, multiplexing, and detection. He has contributed to several high-speed optical transmission records from 100 Gb/s to 1 Tb/s and has been widely promoting spatial multiplexing to overcome the optical networks capacity crunch. He has amply published and patented and is actively involved with the IEEE Photonics Society and the Optical Society (OSA), including service as Program Chair of ECOC 2009, Program/General Chair of OFC 2015/17, and the current Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE/OSA Journal of Lightwave Technology. Dr. Winzer is a Highly Cited Researcher, a Bell Labs Fellow, a Fellow of the IEEE and the OSA, and an elected Member of the US National Academy of Engineering.