Public Lecture - Dr Tingye Li

Lightwave Communications: A Mainstay of the Information Society

Lightwave communications is a major engineering innovation that revolutionized the telecom industry. Innovations in optical fiber and photonics technologies continue to advance lightwave communications, which encompasses both telecom and datacom, thus enabling the inexorable growth of the Internet, a key element of the information age. This talk will present a perspective on advancements in lightwave communications, discuss network requirements and traffic demands that drive innovations in photonics technologies and systems, and consider various innovative advances that fuel the continuing evolution of communications networks toward larger capacity, greater flexibility, enhanced functionality, higher energy-efficiency and lower cost. Indeed, lightwave communications is a mainstay of the information society.