IEEE Kingston Section and Queen’s department of Electrical and Computer Engineering are proud to sponsor the following Distinguished Speaker Seminar:
FIBER-OPTIC COMMUNICATION VIA THE NONLINEAR FOURIER TRANSFORM
Date: Thursday, March 19th, 2015.
Time: 2:00 – 3:15 PM
Venue: Etherington Auditorium, 94 Stuart Street
Speaker: Frank R. Kschischang, Distinguished Professor of Digital Communication. The Edward S. Rogers Sr. Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering, University of Toronto.
Abstract: The generalized nonlinear Schrödinger (NLS) equation governs pulse propagation in optical fibers, describing the interplay between loss, noise, dispersion, and Kerr nonlinearity, and providing a challenging, yet commercially important, channel model for communication engineers and information theorists. In this work we explore the data-communications applications of the nonlinear Fourier transform, a signal-analysis technique that simplifies (for the NLS in lossless and noiseless fibers and certain other types of models) the complicated nonlinear spatio-temporal signal evolution to the action of a multiplicative “filter” in the nonlinear frequency domain. We propose a nonlinear analogue of linear frequency-division multiplexing that, unlike many other fiber-optic transmission strategies, deals with both dispersion and nonlinearity unconditionally and without the need for dispersion or nonlinearity compensation methods. (Joint work with Mansoor I. Yousefi and Siddarth Hari.)
Speaker Bio: Frank R. Kschischang has been a faculty member with the University of Toronto since 1991. While on sabbatical leave, he visited MIT, Cambridge, MA in 1997-98 and ETH, Zürich, in 2005. While on research leave, he visited the Technical University of Munich in 2011, and in 2012-13, supported by both a Killam Research Fellowship and a Hans Fischer Senior Fellowship of TUM/IAS.
Kschischang’s research interests are focused primarily on the area of channel-coding techniques, applied to wireline, wireless and optical communication systems and networks. In 1999 he was a recipient of the Ontario Premier’s Excellence Research Award and in 2001 (renewed in 2008) he was awarded the Tier I Canada Research Chair in Communication Algorithms at the University of Toronto. Jointly with Ralf Koetter he received the 2010 Communications Society and Information Theory Society Joint Paper Award. He received the 2012 Canadian Award in Telecommunications Research. He is a Fellow of IEEE, of the Engineering Institute of Canada, and of the Royal Society of Canada. He has received six departmental teaching awards, the 2006 Faculty Teaching Award, and the 2010 University of Toronto Faculty Award of Excellence.
During 1997-2000, Kschischang served as an Associate Editor for Coding Theory for the IEEE Transactions on Information Theory, and since January 2014, he serves as this journal’s Editor-in-Chief. He also served as technical program co-chair for the 2004 IEEE International Symposium on Information Theory (ISIT), Chicago, and as general co-chair for ISIT 2008, Toronto. He served as the 2010 President of the IEEE Information Theory Society.
This seminar is intended for a general audience interested in Electrical & Computer Engineering. Everyone is welcome!