Department of Electrical Engineering

Electro-Optical Communication

We have a vision of a globe-spanning ubiquitous optical network, a sustainable and reliable communication infrastructure for users and devices around the world.

Our goal: virtually unlimited bandwidth without congestion, anytime, anywhere, for any service

Our research vision requires ultra-broadband, ultra-long-reach transmission links, fully-transparent, ultra-fast nodes for routing signal streams, flexible, high-density optical interconnect solutions and high-capacity links – including wireless links – to the end user. It also necessitates functions for autonomously mapping users’ location and service requirements to the network’s resources. Sustainability is a leading theme in our research.

Optical communication, based on optical fiber and free-space optical beams, is the technology that can make this vision a reality. It is the technology underlying the explosion of bandwidth and bandwidth-related services that we now all take for granted and which enables us to connect users, homes, cities, countries and continents to form the physical layer for the World Wide Web.

Our Research Tracks

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Open positions

Please check out the TU/e vacancy pages for opportunities within our group. 



The growing importance of Photonic Terahertz Systems

Professor Idelfonso Tafur Monroy used his inaugural lecture to enlighten us on how networks of people, ideas and technology can help to realize our preferred future by 2030. He also explains how to bridge fundamental research into Photonics and Terahertz waves to the urgent application needs of various industries. Professor Tafur Monroy hopes the lecture will start a conversation and welcomes feedback to this email address

Idelfonso Tafur Monroy, Full Professor in the Electro-Optical Communication group and the Institute for Photonic Integration in the Department of Electrical Engineering at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e)

Meet some of our Researchers


The High Capacity Optical Transmission Lab facilitates research on innovative optical fibers and signal processing techniques to enable transmission of ultra-high capacity.

The Optical Networks Lab commands unique testing facilities specifically required for testing optical interconnect modules.


ECO is a key group within the Institute for Photonic Integration (IPI). Virtually everyone uses photonics. The best known example is fiber-optic cable that transports data using optical rather than electrical signals. Photonics is predominantly concerned with the use of light to transmit data, but also for other applications such as optical sensors and LED lighting.

At the IPI, functions that generate, detect and manipulate light signals are integrated into photonic chips and applied in photonic systems and networks. In the future photonic chips will be incorporated in lots of devices, in our homes, cars and mobile equipment. In IPI groups from Applied Physics and Electrical Engineering from Eindhoven University of Technology join forces in education, research as well as valorization.


Student opportunities

In practically all our research projects there are ample opportunities to do your Bachelor's or Master's projects. For a current overview, please have a look at the links to the TU/e marketplace.

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