Welcome to the 2015 Munich Workshop on Information Theory of Optical Fiber (MIO 2015)!

On December 7-8, 2015, The TUM Institute for Advanced Study (IAS) and the TUM Institute for Communications Engineering (LNT) are organizing the 2015 Munich Workshop on Information Theory of Optical Fiber (MIO 2015). The workshop will bring together researchers from the fields of information theory and optical fiber to explore new ideas. Emphasis is placed on theory, especially how fiber nonlinearities affect channel capacity, and on experimental work that leads to new insight on capacity. The workshop should promote interaction and collaboration among the participants.

We look forward to seeing you in Munich!

Luca Barletta, Tobias Fehenberger, Gerhard Kramer, Mansoor Yousefi


  • Capacity of fiber channels and networks
  • Nonlinear Fourier transform
  • Multi-mode optical communication
  • Coded modulation and receiver design

Confirmed Participants

  • Helmut Grießer (ADVA Optical Networking)
  • Vahid Aref, Henning Bülow, Rene Essiambre, Amirhossein Ghazisaeidi, Roland Ryf, Laurent Schmalen (Alcatel-Lucent Bell Labs)
  • Sergei Turitsyn (Aston University)
  • Erik Agrell, Magnus Karlsson (Chalmers University of Technology)
  • Maxim Kuschnerov, Antonio Napoli, Danish Rafique (Coriant)
  • Felix Frey (Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Institute)
  • Dirk Giggenbach, Juraj Poliak (German Aerospace Center DLR)
  • Christian G. Schaeffer (Helmut-Schmidt-Universität HSU)
  • Jean-Claude Belfiore, Le Nguyen Binh, Hartmut Hafermann, Fotini Karinou, Fabio Pittala, Yabin Ye (Huawei Technologies, France and Germany)
  • Fady El-Nahal (Islamic University of Gaza)
  • Werner Rosenkranz (Kiel University)
  • Arnaldo Spalvieri (Politecnico di Milano)
  • Marco Secondini (Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna)
  • Meir Feder, Mark Shtaif (Tel Aviv University TAU)
  • Philippe Gallion, Yves Jaouen (Telecom ParisTech)
  • Georg Rademacher (TU Berlin)
  • Sander Wahls, Vishal Vaibhav (TU Delft)
  • Søren Forchhammer, Darko Zibar (TU Denmark DTU)
  • Alfonso Martinez (Universitat Pompeu Fabra)
  • Aris Moustakas (University of Athens)
  • Alex Alvarado, Polina Bayvel (University College London)
  • Negar Kiyavash (University of Illinois)
  • Cristian Antonelli, Antonio Mecozzi (University of L'Aquila)
  • Tommaso Foggi (University of Parma)
  • Stephan ten Brink, Christian Senger (University of Stuttgart)
  • Frank Kschischang (University of Toronto)
  • Kseniia Goroshko, Hadrien Louchet (VPIphotonics)
  • Maria Ionescu (Xtera Communications)
  • TUM Professors and Staff: Norbert Hanik, Gerhard Kramer, Patrick Regan
  • TUM Senior Researchers: Luca Barletta, Bernhard Geiger, Vladimir Sidorenko, Mansoor Yousefi
  • Chalmers, HSU, ParisTech, TAU, TU Denmark, TU Eindhoven, UCL, Ulm U., and TUM Research Assistants and Students: Yingkan Chen, Francesco Da Ros, Marwa El Hefnawy, Tobias Fehenberger, Ginni Khanna, Simone Gaiarin, Alexander Geisler, Ori Golani, Jan-Willem Goossens, Onur Günlü, Kamran Keykhosravi, Gabriele Liga, Talha Rahman, Deividas Sabonis, Marti Sales, Daniel Semrau, Nikita Shevchenko, Israa Slim, Markus Stinner, Naga V. Irukulapati, Florian Waeckerle, John van Weerdenburg, Xianhe Yangzhang, Metodi Yankov


  Monday December 7
9:00 Arrival
9:20 Welcome
9:30-10:30 Session chair: Frank Kschischang
9:30 René Essiambre: Nonlinear interactions in space-division multiplexed fibres
10:00 Cristian Antonelli: Nonlinear interference in space-division multiplexed transmission
10:30 Coffee break
11:00-12:30 Session chair: Sergei Turitsyn 
11:00 Mansoor I. Yousefi: Outline of a research program to address the capacity bottleneck problem in optical fiber
11:30 Sander Wahls: Fast generation of multi-solitons using the Darboux Transform
12:00 Henning Bülow: Theory moves into lab: modulation of discrete spectrum
12:30 Lunch
14:00-15:00 Session chair: Norbert Hanik
14:00 Yves Jaouen: Emerging space-time coding techniques for optical fiber transmission systems
14:30 Erik AgrellRecent lower bounds on the capacity of fibre-optic links
15:00 Coffee break
15:30-16:30 Session chair: Meir Feder
15:30 Marco Secondini: Achievable information rates in optical fiber communications
16:00 TBA
19:00 Dinner at Paulaner am Nockherberg
Public Transportation from LNT to Paulaner am Nockherberg

  Tuesday December 8
9:30-10:30 Session chair: Antonio Mecozzi
9:30 Mark ShtaifOpen questions on nonlinear interference noise and the prospects of its mitigation
10:00 Magnus KarlssonNonlinear mitigation by conjugation
10:30 Coffee break and Poster Session
12:30 Lunch
14:00-15:30 Session chair: Stephan ten Brink
14:00 Roland RyfTransmission in space-division multiplexed systems
14:30 Tobias FehenbergerProbabilistic shaping of high-order QAM for optical fiber systems
15:00 Gerhard Kramer: A study of capacity and spectral efficiency of fiber channels
15:30 Coffee break

Guided tour in the Alte Pinakothek art museum
Walk from LNT to the Alte Pinakothek


Poster Presentations

There will be a two-hour poster session on Tuesday from 10:30-12:30. The following researchers will present a poster:

Click here to see the program of the 2014 workshop.

Lunch, Dinner, Social Program


  • Lunches on Dec. 7 and 8: the workshop will provide lunch on both days.
  • Dinner on Dec. 7: The workshop dinner will take place at the Bavarian restaurant Paulaner am Nockherberg. Invited participants and speakers are included in the dinner. If you are interested in joining the dinner, you may purchase a ticket (60 Euros for academic tickets, 120 Euros for corporate tickets, as a workshop networking event). Please let us know if you will buy a ticket by Wednesday, Nov. 18, so that we can inform the restaurant.
  • Museum tour on Dec. 8: Guided tour in the Alte Pinakothek art museum for invited participants and speakers. Topic: Art has always been contemporary - the Old Masters seen in a new light. The tour guide, Ms. von Schabrowsky, will explain how social, political and economic conditions influenced the work of artists. For example, many paintings were ordered as reactions to crises, and Renaissance artists used their paintings as a form of social protest.



The workshop registration is closed. If you are interested in attending, please send an email to mio2015@lnt.ei.tum.de so we can check whether a slot has opened up.

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