Roy van Uden awarded a PhD cum laude

Last week Roy van Uden of the ECO Group of the Department of Electrical Engineering has gained his PhD cum laude. He defended his PhD thesis, titled ‘MIMO Digital Signal Processing for Optical Spatial Division Multiplexed Transmission Systems’.

His promotor was professor Ton Koonen, professor in Optical Telecommunication. 
Van Uden explored how to increase data transport in optical fibers by dozens of terabits per second by combining multiple light transportation modes. His innovative solutions led to impressive results, and numerous scientific publications and conference talks. His main achievement was the demonstration of a system with a through put rate of 255 terabit per second, which he presented in Nature Photonics.

Cum laude
PhD awards with the honor of ‘cum laude’ are relatively rare, and an average of five percent of all theses at TU/e are considered for this distinction. To be eligible the PhD work must be of exceptional quality, and must be performed with an exceptional level of autonomy.

Also two other members of the ECO Group of the Department of Electrical Engineering promoted cum laude this year: Haoshuo Chen on May 18 and Vincent Sleiffer on June 17.