Ton Koonen Biography

Ton Koonen (IEEE F’07, OSA F’13) has been a full professor at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) since 2001. Since 2004, he has been chairman of the Electro-Optical Communication Systems group, and since 2012 vice-dean of the department Electrical Engineering. Since 2016, he is also Scientific Director of the Institute for Photonic Integration at TU/e. Before 2001, he worked for more than 20 years in applied research in industry, amongst others in Bell Labs - Lucent Technologies. Ton Koonen is a Bell Labs Fellow (1998), IEEE Fellow (2007), OSA Fellow (2013), and Distinguished Guest Professor of Hunan University, Changsha, China (2014). In 2011, he received an Advanced Investigator Grant of the European Research Council on optical wireless communication. His current research interests are optical fiber-supported in-building networks (including optical wireless communication techniques, radio-over-fiber techniques, and high-capacity plastic optical fiber (POF) techniques), optical access networks, and spatial division multiplexed systems.