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What can photonics and optical networking offer towards meeting the challenges faced by future gigabit wireless networks?

February 27, 2017 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Speaker : Prof Thas Nirmalathas

Date : 27th Feb 2017

Time : 4 pm

Venue : ESB244

What can photonics and optical networking offer towards meeting the challenges faced by future gigabit wireless networks?


Integration of broadband wireless network infrastructure with the optical backbone networks have been studied with an interest to addressing the challenges faced by wireless networks in providing high bandwidth over large number of base-stations in densified cellular environments. Radio-over-fiber systems have been used to describe the key concepts involved in achieving the transport of wireless signals over an optical fiber network. The talk will cover some of our recent work in optical networking of small cells, radio-over fiber approaches and mm-wave front-haul.


Biography of the Speaker:


Professor Thas (Ampalavanapillai) Nirmalathas


Thas Nirmalathas is a Professor of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at the University of Melbourne, Australia. He is also the Director of Melbourne Networked Society Institute – an interdisciplinary research institute focusing on challenges and opportunities arising from the society’s transition towards a networked society. He also co-founded and provides academic leadership to the Australia’s first university based start-up accelerator – Melbourne Accelerator Program, aimed at cultivating entrepreneurship culture on campus and has already supported 32 startups. He also developed the research translation accelerator initiative to help academic teams to take research through to translation.


Prof Nirmalathas obtained his BEng (Electrical and Electronic Engineering,  1st Class Honours) and PhD in Electrical and Electronic Engineering (Photonics) from the University of Melbourne in 1993 and 1998 respectively. Over the past 2 decades, he held many senior leadership positions within the University of Melbourne including the Head of Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering. He has also held visiting scientist appointments at NICT Japan and NTU and I2R Singapore.


His current research interests include energy efficient telecommunications, broadband access networks, optical-wireless network integration and microwave photonics. He has held many editorial roles with the IEICE Transactions in Communications, IEEE/OSA Journal of Lightwave Technology and Photonics and Networks SPIE Journal.


All are invited,



February 27, 2017
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Event Category:


ESB 244
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