Danish researcher receives FAU award worth 100,000 euros
Fast data transfer for the future
This year’s winner of the SAOT Young Researcher Award in Optical Technologies is Prof. Darko Zibar, PhD from the Technical University of Denmark (DTU). The award, presented by the Erlangen Graduate School in Advanced Optical Technologies (SAOT) at FAU, recognises the researcher’s outstanding work on applications of machine learning in optical communication. The award comes with prize money of 100.000 euros and a one-year guest researcher position at FAU.
Today’s connected world was made possible by optical technologies. However, by 2020, our society will need transmission capacities that current communications technologies will be physically unable to deliver. It is therefore essential that ideas from nonlinear optics, machine learning and fibre optic communication are combined to develop more powerful optical systems.
The award winner, Prof. Darko Zibar, conducts research in exactly this area – his focuses are on coherent optical communication, signal processing, machine learning and nonlinear optics. ‘The results of my research project will lay the foundations for a new generation of optical communication systems. The project is tackling an important social challenge and could therefore contribute to Germany’s economic competitiveness,’ Professor Zibar explains. During his time at SAOT the topic of his research will be ‘nonlinear Fourier transformation techniques for the next generation of fibre optic communication systems’. In addition to the prize money of 100,000 euros, the award includes a twelve-month research stay in Erlangen. Professor Zibar may choose to spend one year-long stay at FAU or to divide the time up into several shorter visits. He will have the status of visiting professor and will also give lectures and seminars for doctoral candidates at SAOT, mainly in the field of machine learning.
SAOT was established in 2006 as part of the German federal and regional governments’ Excellence Initiative. It provides a structured interdisciplinary doctoral program set in a highly attractive research environment. The Young Researcher Award is presented on an annual basis and was awarded for the ninth time this year. Researchers with a clear interest in optics, photonics and/or optical technologies who are under 40 years of age at the time of application may apply to be considered for the award.
Dr. Andreas Bräuer
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