Polina Bayvel elected Fellow of the Royal Society

10 May 2016

Prof Polina BayvelProf Polina Bayvel,Professor of Optical Communications & Networks in the department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering and the director of the EPSRC-funded UNLOC programme, will become an elected fellow of the Royal Society at a formal ceremony in July.

Prof Polina Bayvel was elected  to become a fellow of the Royal Society this year after securing more than 2/3 of the votes. Each year the Royal Society elects up to 52 new fellows who have made ‘a substantial contribution to the improvement of natural knowledge, including mathematics, engineering science and medical science’.  This is another recognition to Prof Bayvel’s major contributions to the investigation and design of high-bandwidth, multi-wavelength optical communication networks.

Prof Bayvel is described on the Royal Society website as “…one of the first to show the feasibility of using the wavelength domain for routing in optical etworks over a range of distance- and time-scales. She has established the applicability of these new optical network architecture concepts, which have been widely implemented in commercial systems and networks. These systems and networks underpin the Internet, and the digital communications infrastructure – and are essential for its growth.”

Prof Bayvel’s research is focused on maximising the speed and capacity of optical fibre transmission systems, and the fundamental studies of capacity-limiting optical nonlinearities and their mitigation. She is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering (2002), and a recipient of a number of awards. These include the 2013 IEEE Photonic Society Engineering Achievement Award, 2014 Royal Society Clifford Paterson Lecture & Medal, and 2015 Royal Academy of Engineering Colin Campbell Mitchell Award.

Commenting on her election,  Professor Bayvel said:

I am deeply honoured and happy to be elected – although am in awe of the enormity of this honour, given the illustrious predecessors, in whose steps I am about to follow.  The  Electronic & Electrical Engineering Dept at UCL has boasted a series of exceptional Fellows including our first Professor, Ambrose Fleming, Harold Barlow, Alec Cullen, Eric Ash, DEN Davies, John Midwinter, Michael Pepper…I am deeply grateful to my inspiring mentors, and exceptional students and colleagues, who have contributed widely to the success of optical communications and networks research in UCL.

Nigel Titchener Hooker, Dean of UCL Engineering, added:

Polina has been a constant source of inspiration to everyone who has had the good fortune to work with her. Her recognition is well deserved and a super accolade for all that she has achieved with her world leading team.

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