Mario Martinelli is Full Professor in Optical Communications at the Politecnico di Milano, Director of CoreCom and OSA Fellow. He was born in Mantova in 1952. He received the Laurea Degree in Nuclear-Electronics Engineering from the Politecnico di Milano in 1976. He started his research activities in 1997 at CISE Laboratories in Segrate (Milano) where he joined the Quantum Electronics Division. Since 1980 he started new research activities regarding the optical fibers which led him to the position of Director of the Coherent Optics Dept. In 1981 he was Visiting Researcher at the London University College (UK). In 1992, he was appointed Professor of Optical Communications by the Politecnico di Milano, where he activated the first Italian related course; in 1993 he funded the Photonic Lab at the Electronics and Information Dept and in 1995 he was involved in the foundation of CoreCom, a Research Consortium between the Politecnico di Milano and Pirelli Cables and Sistems established to develop researches in Optical Processing and Photonic Switching. In 2004 the Optical Society of America elected him Fellow of the Society for the contributes given in the domain of the optical communications, of the optical fiber sensors and the study of the Faraday mirror effect. He is author of more than 80 scientific papers on the most important Journals and of more than 100 communications presented at international Congresses. He is also assignor of 35 patents. He is reviewer for all the main publications in the optics and photonics research area. He is a member of the IEEE/LEOS Executive Board (Italian Chapter), of the SIOF (Società Italiana di Ottica e Fotonica) Executive Committee and of the Executive Board of the AEIT Group on Photonics and Optoelectronics.
Pierpaolo Boffi was born in 1966. In 1991 he received his Master of Science Degree in Electronic Engineering from Politecnico di Milano, Milan and in 1996 the Ph.D. degree in Electronic and Communication Engineering from the same Politecnico. From 1995 to 2005 he worked as researcher with CoreCom (Consortium for Research in Optical Processing and Switching Milan), a research center between Politecnico di Milano and Pirelli Cables and Systems, where in 1999 he became in charge of research activities in “Optical Systems” Area. From 2005 to 2008, year of consortium closure, he remained Scientific Assistant. During 1997 he was visiting researcher at the Department of Electrical Engineering of the California Institute of Technology, Pasadena – California (USA). From 2005 to 2015 he was Assistant Professor and since 2015 he has been Associate Professor at Politecnico di Milano, Department of Electronics, Information and Bioengineering. Since 2007 he has been Steering Committee Member of the Specialist Group of Photonics and Electrooptics of AICT (Italian Association for the Information and Communication Technology). Since 2014 he has been Managing Board Member of AICT, where he was elected Coordinator of the Specialist Group of Photonics and Electrooptics (FEO). Since 2007 he has been in the Executive Committee of the National Conference FOTONICA – National Conference on Photonic Techniques in Telecommunications. Presently, he is member of the Editorial Board of the journal “Photonic Network Communications“ (Springer). He is Technical Program Committee Member of IEEE ICC ONS and IEEE GlobeCom ONSS. He is author of more than 150 publications on international journals and conference proceedings and of 16 international patents in the field of optical systems and devices. He is Editor of the book “InfraRed holography for optical communication: technique, materials and devices” published on “Topics in Applied Physics” series (Springer-Verlag Ed.) in 2002. He is reviewer for the main journals in the field of photonics and optical communications. His research activities has been always focused on innovative topics in the field of optical communications. In the first years, his activity was oriented to the study of alternative system solutions providing the increasing penetration of photonics in next-generation networks, not only for signal propagation, but also for all the “switching fabric” functionalities, such as signal processing, routing, recognition and storage. In the next years his research interests moved to the transmission issues in the modern optical communication systems at very high capacity, for applications both in the long-haul transport network and in the metro-regional and access networks. His recent research interest includes the study of the capabilities of mode-division multiplexing in fiber and advanced modulation techniques to increase the transported capacity in telecommunication networks and in data communications. He participated and is still participating to National and International Projects, funded through competitive calls with peer review and he is Technical Leader of research activites financially supported by many private companies. Since 2003/2004 Academic Year Pierpaolo Boffi has been teacher for Politecnico di Milano of several courses, inserted in the Bachelor of Science in Telecommunications Engineering and in the Master of Science in Telecommunications Engineering, such as: “Optical transmission technologies”, “Fundamentals of optical communications”, “Electromagnetic waves and Optics – Mod. 2 Optics”, “Fundamentals of signals and transmission”, “Fundamentals of Telecommunications”.
Paolo Martelli received the Laurea degree (summa cum laude) in Electronics Engineering and the Ph.D. degree in Information Engineering from Politecnico di Milano, in 1998 and 2005, respectively. He was a researcher at CoreCom (Consorzio Ricerche Elaborazione e Commutazione Ottica Milano), a consortium between Politecnico di Milano and Pirelli Cavi e Sistemi, from 1998 to 2008. He has been an Assistant Professor at the Department of Electronics Information and Bioengineering (DEIB) of Politecnico di Milano since 2011. His research interests are in the field of optical communications. In particular, he is involved in studying and experimenting the optical transmission in both free-space and multimode fibers, based on the multiplexing/demultiplexing of the orbital angular momentum of the light.
Paola Parolari received the Laurea degree in Telecommunication Engineering from the Politecnico di Milano in 1997. In 2000 she received the Ph. D. degree in Electronics and Communication Engineering from the Politecnico di Milano. Since 2000 she has held a permanent position as a researcher in the Optical Communication System Laboratory of CoreCom, a consortium between the Politecnico di Milano and Pirelli & C. She is now a researcher in the Optical Communication Laboratory of PoliCom, Department of Electronics Information and Bioengineering (DEIB).
Her research interest include devices for the optical signal processing exploiting Semiconductor Optical Amplifiers, all optical wavelength converters and demultiplexers, and optical amplifiers based on fiber nonlinearities (Optical Parametric Amplifiers, Fiber Raman Amplifiers, Stimulated Brillouin Scattering Amplifiers). Moreover she has been involved in projects relating transmission systems tolerant towards chromatic dispersion and systems at high spectral efficiency and high bit rate (PolMUX DQPSK at 40 and 100 Gbit/s), with both direct and coherent detections. She is now interested in the development of access network technologies for WDM and OFDM PONs and of novel architectures to support the fronthaul network of next generation mobile technologies.
She has been work package leader of the FP7 EU funded project ERMES and she supported the coordinator in the project management; ERMES developed a network embedded transmitter for next generation access networks based on self-seeded RSOAs.
She teaches seminars for the course “Optical Communications” of Politecnico di Milano and she performs technical tutoring activity for bachelor and Ph. D. students.
She has co-authored nearly 100 papers in international journals and conferences and she holds 12 international patents.
Maddalena Ferrario received the Laurea degree in Telecommunication Engineering in 2000, and in 2007 she received the Ph.D. degree in Information Engineering, both from the Politecnico di Milano (Italy). Between 2000 and 2005 she has been a researcher in the Physical Optics Lab of CoreCom where her research activities have been focused on photoelastic optical tomography and low coherence interferometry for stress and birefringence recovery in low-PMD spun fibers and optical waveguides. In 2006 she joined the Optical Communication System Lab of Corecom and has been engaged in research on polarization stabilization techniques, Raman and Brillouin nonlinearities, dispersion (PMD and CD) tolerant advanced modulation formats, direct and coherent detection schemes for high capacity optical transmission systems. Since 2011 she is Responsible of the Fiber Optic Sensor Group of PoliCom and she is currently involved in the research and development of novel fiber optic sensors for in-field industrial applications.
Alberto Gatto was born in Milano, Italy, in 1982. He received the M.Sc. degree in telecommunication engineering and the Ph.D. degree in Information Technology both from the Politecnico di Milano in 2007 and 2011, respectively. He is now a research associate at the Optical Communication Laboratory of PoliCom, Department of Electronics, Information and Bioengineering (DEIB). From May 2013 to November 2014 he was a member of the Virgo team at the Laboratoire APC – Astroparticule et Cosmologie – Université Paris Diderot actively involved in the first observation of Gravitational Waves. There, he has contributed to realize a table-top Non-Gaussian Fabry-Perot Michelson interferometer for advanced Gravitational Wave detectors based on Laguerre-Gauss beams, evaluating it in terms of performance, stability and control issues. He has also contributed to experimentally demonstrate the application of a thermal compensation technique for correcting specific nm-scale mirror surface defects in Fabry-Perot cavities.
His current research interest include the analysis of innovative short-reach optical communication systems based on low-cost and low-energy-consumption sources (VCSELs, RSOAs) with advanced modulation schemes (QPSK, M-QAM, OFDM) and direct modulation/direct detection techniques, the evaluation of a novel optical front-haul architecture based on Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) for 5G applications and the analysis of properties of optical vortices in free-space optics and in multimode fiber transmission system for future mode division multiplexing systems.
He is co-author of more than 70 papers on international journals and conference proceedings and he is co-inventor of one patent on fiber-based mode division multiplexing systems.
Marco Brunero, born in 1985, obtained from Politecnico di Milano the Bachelor’s Degree in 2007 and the Master’s Degree in 2010 in Physics Engineering, with a thesis on the optical elaboration of telecommunication signals with Bruillouin effects. After one year as research assistant at the PoliCom laboratories, he started his Ph.D on the study of colorless transmitter solutions for WDM networks, with focus on the self-seeded RSOAs based architectures in the framework of the STREP FP7 project Ermes. In 2015, he obtained his PhD Degree with merit in Information Technology. From November 2015 he is a research assistant at PoliCom. His main research interests are the study of solutions for passive optical networks and, recently, the development of fiber optics sensors.
Jacopo Morosi received his Master’s Degree in Telecommunication Engineering from Politecnico di Milano in 2013. As a research assistant, he was involved in National Italian Project ROAD NGN, focusing on All-Optical and Hybrid OFDM solutions for Access Network. In 2014, he was research collaborator at National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT) in Tokyo, working in Photonic Network System Laboratory. Currently, he is PhD Student in Fiber Optic Sensor Group of PoliCom Lab. His research interests include study of advanced modulation formats for high-capacity optical systems and development of novel distributed fiber-optic sensors, based on Brillouin nonlinear effect, for high resolution strain and temperature monitoring.
Annalaura Fasiello received her Double Master Degree in Phisics Engineering in 2011 from Politecnico di Milano and Ecole Supérieure d’Electricité (Gif-sur-Yvette, France). Until 2013 she worked for the Commissariat à l’énergie atomique et aux énergies alternatives (CEA- INES, Le Bourget du Lac, France) on photovoltaique security systems and electric defaults sensing. Since 2014 she is a research collaborator at the Optical Communication Laboratory of PoliCom, Department of Electronics, Information and Bioengineering (DEIB), where she works on mode division demultiplexing systems based on passive optical devices and, to this purpose, studies properties of optical vortices in free-space optics and in multimode fiber transmission systems.
Mariangela Rapisarda was born in Monza in 1992. She obtained from Politecnico di Milano the B.Sc. degree in Telecommunication Engineering in 2014 and the M.Sc. degree in Telecommunication Engineering in 2017, with a thesis regarding the impact of crosstalk in direct detection SDM optical systems in presence of multiple subcarrier modulation, developed in the Optical Communication Laboratory of PoliCom, Department of Electronics, Information and Bioengineering (DEIB). She is now a Ph.D. student in Optical Communications, and she is involved in the European project Horizon 2020 PASSION.
Ilaria Di Luch
Ilaria Di Luch was born in 1993. She obtained the B.Sc. degree and the M.Sc. degree in Telecommunication Engineering in 2015 and 2017 from Politecnico di Milano, developing in the Optical Communication Laboratory of PoliCom, Department of Electronics, Information and Bioengineering (DEIB) a thesis on a fibre optic fuel sensor.
She is now an interdisciplinary Ph.D. student in Telecommunication and Mechanical Engineering.