Ton Koonen is a full professor of Electro-Optical Communications and Chair of Broadband Communication Networks in the department Telecommunication Technology and Electromagnetics. His areas of specialization include computer systems, architectures and networks, telecommunications, broadband and optical fiber-to/in-the-home. Ton has initiated and led several European and national R&D projects in this area on dynamically reconfigurable hybrid fiber access networks, fiber-wireless, packet-switched access, and short-range multimode (polymer) optical fiber networks, and label-controlled optical packet routed networks. His current research interests are optical fiber-supported in-building networks (including optical wireless communication techniques, radio-over-fiber techniques, and high-capacity plastic optical fiber (POF) techniques), optical access networks, and spatial division multiplexed systems. His group has, for example, developed a Wi-Fi network that transmits signals via infrared light, achieving a speed of 42.8 Gb/s, 100 times faster than current networks generally achieve. At this speed, an entire film could be transferred in one second.
Ton Koonen received his MSc (with honors) in Electrical Engineering from TU/e in 1979.In that year, he joined Philips Telecommunicatie Industrie (Telecommunications Industry). From 1987 to 2000 he worked on high-speed transmission systems and optical fiber systems for hybrid access networks at Bell Laboratories within Lucent. He has also worked as a professor at the University of Twente, holding a chair on Photonic Networks. Ton is chairman of the Electro-Optical Communication Systems (ECO) group, part of the COBRA institute and from September 2012 he was also vice-dean of the department Electrical Engineering. Ton is a Bell Labs Fellow, IEEE Fellow, OSA Fellow, ERC Advanced Investigator Grant Winner, Distinguished Guest Professor of Hunan University, Changsha, China, and has frequently acted as an auditor and reviewer on national and EC projects. Currently, he is involved in a number of access/in-home projects in the Freeband program, the IOP GenCom program, and the EC FP6 IST and FP7 ICT programs. He has authored and co-authored more than 250 conference and journal publications.
11,700 km Transmission at 4.8 bit/4D-sym via four-dimensional geometrically-shaped polarization-ring-switching modulationarXiv (2019)
Chromatic dispersion analysis and compensation in a large core-count few-mode multi-core fiber based on optical vector network analysis2019 Optical Fiber Communications Conference and Exhibition, OFC 2019 (2019)
5G NR multi-beam steering employing a photonic TTD chip assisted by multi-core fiber2019 Optical Fiber Communications Conference and Exhibition, OFC 2019 (2019)
Broadband and continuous beamformer based on switched delay lines cascaded by optical ring resonator2019 Optical Fiber Communications Conference and Exhibition, OFC 2019 (2019)
Crosstalk-free AWGR-based 2-D IR beam steered optical wireless communication system for high spatial resolution2019 Optical Fiber Communications Conference and Exhibition, OFC 2019 (2019)
- Fibre optic communication systems and networks
- Chairing of Panel, Advanced Investigator Grant of the European Research Council for the European Commission.
- Audits of projects, European Framework Programmes for the European Commission.
- Reviewing project proposals, IWT SBO programme for IWT Vlaanderen.