René-Jean Essiambre

René-Jean Essiambre (2012 Alumni)

Rudolf Diesel Industry Fellow

Bell Labs, Alcatel-Lucent

Gerhard Kramer

Focus Group
Fiber-Optic Communication and Information Theory

Short CV

René-Jean Essiambre received the B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Physics, with specialization in astrophysics and optics, from Université Laval, Québec City, Canada. During his Ph.D. studies, he spent one year at McGill University, Montréal, Canada, where he was engaged in Research on solid-state physics. From 1995 to 1997, he was a postdoctoral Fellow with Prof. Agrawal at The Institute of Optics, University of Rochester, Rochester, New York. Since 1997, he has been at Bell Laboratories, Alcatel-Lucent, Holmdel, NJ, USA. His early research has focused on optical switching, soliton communication systems, high-power fiber lasers, and mode-locked fiber lasers. His recent research interests include high-speed transmission (100 Gb/s and above) and physical layer design of fiber-optic communication systems, including Raman amplification, Rayleigh backscattering, fiber nonlinearities, optical network design, advanced modulation formats, information theory for a nonlinear channel, and error-correcting codes. He is the author and coauthor of more than 100 scientific publications and several book chapters. He has served on or chaired many conference subcommittees including at ECOC, OFC, CLEO, and LEOS. He is program co-chair of CLEO: Science and Innovations 2012 and general co-chair for 2014.

Selected Awards

2013 Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)

Fellow of the Optical Society of America (OSA)

2005 OSA Engineering Excellence Award

Distinguished Member of Technical Staff at Bell Laboratories

Recipient of both the Gold and Silver Bell Labs President Awards

Research Interests

René-Jean Essiambre’s Research interest is centered on the study of advanced techniques to maximize the capacity of optical fiber communication systems and networks. More specifically, his current areas of Research are: the application of information theory to the nonlinear optical fiber channel, the nonlinear interactions between signal and noise in optical fibers, advanced digital signal processing techniques, advanced error correcting codes and spatial multiplexing in fibers.

Selected Publications