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Peter J. Winzer

Crawford Hill, NJ, USA


M.S., Technical University of Vienna, Austria (1996)
Ph.D., Technical University of Vienna, Austria (1998)
Habilitation, Technical University of Vienna, Austria (2003)


Peter J. Winzer received his Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the Vienna University of Technology, Austria, in 1998. Supported by the European Space Agency (ESA), he investigated photon-starved space-borne Doppler lidar and laser communications using high-sensitivity digital modulation and detection. At Bell Labs since 2000, he has focused on various aspects of high-bandwidth fiber-optic communication systems, including Raman amplification, advanced optical modulation formats, multiplexing schemes, and receiver concepts, digital signal processing and coding, as well as on robust network architectures for dynamic data services. He contributed to several high-speed and high-capacity optical transmission records with interface rates from 10 Gb/s to 1 Tb/s, including the first 100G and the first 400G electronically multiplexed optical transmission systems and the first field trial of live 100G video traffic over an existing carrier network. Since 2008 he has been investigating and internationally promoting spatial multiplexing as a promising option to scale optical transport systems beyond the capacity limits of single-mode fiber. He currently heads the Optical Transmission Systems and Networks Research Department at Bell Labs in Holmdel, NJ. He has widely published and patented and is actively involved in technical and organizational tasks with the IEEE Photonics Society and the Optical Society of America (OSA), currently serving as Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE/OSA Journal of Lightwave Technology. He has been Program Chair of the 2009 European Conference on Optical Communications (ECOC) and Program Chair and General Chair of the 2015 and 2017 Optical Fiber Communication Conference (OFC). Dr. Winzer is a Bell Labs Fellow, a Fellow of the IEEE and the OSA, and a 2015 Thomson Reuters Highly Cited Researcher, the only one from industry in Engineering.

Honors and Awards

GIT-Award of the Austrian Electrotechnical Society (1996), Award of the Austrian Ministry of Science (1996), ASCINA Award for Principal Investigators (2009)

Bell Labs President’s Awards: Flexible Dispersion Mapping for Optical Networks (2005),
400G Photonic Service Engine (2014)
Bell Labs Inventor’s Award (2011)
Other Bell Labs internal awards: Differential Phase Shift Keyed (DPSK) Systems (2002), Metro Network Optimization (2004), 25-Tb/s Transmission Capacity Record (2007), 100G Field Trial with Live Video Traffic (2008), Dual-carrier Terabit Demo (2013)

Distinguished Member of Technical Staff, Bell Labs (2007), Fellow of the IEEE (2009), Fellow of the OSA (2012), Bell Labs Fellow (2014), Thomson Reuters Highly Cited Researcher (2015)

Professional Activities

Professional society involvement: IEEE Photonics Sociey Board of Governors (2008-2010), IEEE Photonics Society Publications Council (2010-2014), IEEE Photonics Sociey Young Investigator Award Committee (2008, 2009, 2013, 2014), OSA Fellow Selection Committee (2014-2015) 

Journal Editorships: IEEE/OSA J. Lightwave Technololy: Associate Editor (2007-2012), Editor-in-Chief (2013-present); Guest Editor of 6 Special Issues in various international journals

Technical Program Committees: Coherent Laser Radar Conference (1999), IEEE Photonics Society Annual Meeting (2004-2005, Subcommittee Chair 2006-2008), Conf. on Lasers and Electro-optics CLEO (2006, Subcommittee Chair 2007-2008), Optical Fiber Communication Conference OFC (2007-2011, Subcommittee Chair 2012, Program Chair 2015, General Chair 2017), European Conf. on Optical Communication ECOC (2008, Program Chair 2009)

Selected Articles and Publications

Digital Subcarrier Multiplexing in Optically Routed Networks

218-Gb/s Single-Wavelength, Single-Polarization, Single-Photodiode Transmission Over 125-km of Standard Singlemode Fiber Using Kramers-Kronig Detection

Fast DAC Solutions for Future High Symbol Rate Systems

Characterization of Electro-Optic Bandwidth for ultra-High Speed Modulators

Shake Before Break: Per-Span Fiber Sensing with In-Line Polarization Monitoring

From Scaling Disparities to Integrated Parallelism: A Decathlon for a Decade

Widely Flexible Superchannel using PDM-256QAM and Parallel Probabilistic Shaping enabling Eight Fold Transmission Reach Adaptation

Experimental Demonstration of Physical-Layer Security In A Fiber-Optic Link by Information Scrambling

Experimental Quantification of Implementation Penalties from Limited ADC Resolution for Nyquist Shaped Higher- Order QAM

Single Carrier High Symbol Rate Transmitter for Data Rates up to 1.0 Tb/s

Selected Papers From OFC 2015


Shortest Path versus Multi-Hub Routing in Networks with Uncertain Demand

100 Gb/s Discrete-Multitone Transmission over 80 km using Single-Sideband Modulation with Novel Nonlinearity Compensation Scheme

Enhanced Physical Layer Security of MIMO-SDM Systems Through Information Scrambling

Nonlinear phase and polarization rotation noise in fully loaded WDM systems

First Real-Time Coherent MIMO-DSP for Six Coupled Spatial/Polarization-Mode Transmission

Spatial Multiplexing in Fiber Optics: The 10X Scaling of Metro/Core Capacities

Small-Form-Factor All-InP Integrated Laser Vector Modulator Enables the Generation and Transmission of 256-Gb/s PDM-16QAM Modulation Format

Monolithic InP Multi-Wavelength Coherent Receiver

Space-Division Multiplexing: The Future of Fiber-Optic Communications

Coupled Multi-Core Fibers: High-Spatial-Density Optical Transmission Fibers with Low Differential Modal Properties

Intermodal Distributed Raman Amplification in 70 km Few- Mode Fiber