Professor Polina Bayvel

Polina Bayvel

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Job title: Head of the Optical Networks Group
Organisation: University College London
Tags: RISE, RISE: Fellow, University College London


Professor Polina Bayvel, University College London received her BSc (Eng) and PhD degrees in Electronic and Electrical Engineering from University of London, UK, in 1986 and 1990, respectively. In 1990, she was with the Fiber Optics Laboratory, General Physics Institute, Moscow (Russian Academy of Sciences), under the Royal Society Postdoctoral Exchange Fellowship. She worked as a Principal Systems Engineer with STC Submarine Systems, Ltd, London, UK, and Nortel Networks (Harlow, UK, and Ottawa, Canada), where she was involved in the design and planning of optical fibre transmission networks. During 1994-2004, she held a Royal Society University Research Fellowship at the Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering, University College London (UCL), and in 2002, was appointed to a Chair in Optical Communications and Networks. She is the Head of the Optical Networks Group, UCL, a group she founded in 1994 as the first UK academic systems engineering group focused on optical communications and networks research.

She has authored or co-authored more than 300 refereed journal and conference papers. Her research interests include wavelength-routed optical networks, high-speed optical transmission, and the study and mitigation of optical fibre nonlinearities. Professor. Bayvel is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering (FREng), Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), Optical Society of America (OSA), UK Institute of Physics, and the Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET). She was the recipient of the Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award (2007-2012), 2013 IEEE Photonics Society Engineering Achievement Award and 2014 Royal Society Clifford Patterson Prize Lecture and Medal. In 2014 she was awarded a Doctor of Science Honorary Degree from the University of South Wales. Currently, she is the PI of the EPSRC Programme Grant UNLOC - Unlocking the Capacity of Optical Communications, in collaboration with Aston University.