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Peter Winzer

Optical Transmission Subsystems Research at Bell Labs


Peter J. Winzer received a Dr.techn. in electrical engineering from TU Wien, Austria, in 1998. Supported by the European Space Agency, he investigated space-borne Doppler lidar and laser communications. At Bell Labs since 2000, he focused on fiber-optic communication systems and networks and contributed to many high-speed optical transmission records from 10 Gbit/s to 1 Tbit/s per carrier, including the first field trial of live 100G video traffic. Following his involvement in determining the nonlinear fiber Shannon capacity, he investigated spatial multiplexing and multiple-input-multiple-output (MIMO) techniques to scale optical transport systems. He currently heads the Optical Transmission Subsystems Research at Bell Labs in Holmdel, NJ. He has widely published and patented and is actively involved with the IEEE Photonics Society and the Optical Society (OSA), currently serving as Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE/OSA Journal of Lightwave Technology. He was Program Chair of the 2009 European Conference on Optical Communications (ECOC) and Program/General Chair of the 2015/2017 Optical Fiber Communication Conference (OFC). 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. He has received multiple awards for his work, including the 2018 John Tyndall Award.