Hercules Avramopoulos is a full Professor of the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA) and he also heads the Photonics Communications Research Laboratory (PCRL). He followed his studies at Imperial College, London receiving a BSc in Physics and MSc in Applied Optics. He received his PhD in Physics in 1989 for studies on nonlinear effects in lasers and optical fibers. Following this he has worked in Area 11 (the research area) of AT&T Bell Laboratories, Holmdel, NJ, as a member of technical staff. Over the years he has performed and led blue-sky and applied research to turn photonics concepts into applied solutions for telecoms, datacoms, computercoms and sensing. His current research interests are in monolithic and hybrid integration of photonic devices, optical interconnects, all-optical switching and signal processing, high-speed transmitters and implementation including capability for advanced modulation formats and digital signal processing and photonic devices for photonic biosensors. He has initiated and successfully lead several large, collaborative, cross-European, research projects. He has authored/co-authored more than 250 articles in peer reviewed international journals and conference presentations and holds several international patents. He has also served in posts as Panel Member of the European Research Council (ERC), member of conference program committees (currently for the European Conference in Photonic Communications (ECOC)), has been an active member of the Board of Stakeholders of the Photonics 21 Association and others. He has been the advisor of 26 young engineers and physicists that have completed their research towards their PhDs and a further 12 are currently at various stages of the completion of their research at PCRL. They have attracted several distinctions at a national and international level. Eight of the alumni of PCRL are now faculty academics in Greek universities and abroad and have developed independent research lines. Others have attained high profile posts in industry or spawned start-ups.
1. Photonic devices in monolithic and multi-material platforms for hybrid integration (silicon photonics, glass, silicon nitride, polymer with InP) for telecom, datacom, computercom and sensing.
2. Optical interconnects for computer systems including ultra-high capacity, flexible transceiver, optical backplanes, on-chip interconnects and active optical cable systems.
3. All-optical switching and signal processing.
4. High-speed/bandwidth transmitter design and implementation, advance modulation formats, design of high-speed transmission links, system/subsystem modeling, digital signal processing.
5. Conceptualization and design of novel photonic devices for photonic biosensors. Algorithm development and digital signal processing for sensor sensitivity improvement.
- Photonic Technology in Telecommunications (Undergraduate - 7th Semester)
- Optical Fiber Transmission Systems (Undergraduate - 8th Semester)
- Optical Communication Networks (Undergraduate - 9th Semester)
- Intorduction to integration, assembly and packaging of photonic integrated circuits (Graduate - Fall Semester)
- Lightwave Device and Circuit Characterization (Graduate - Spring Semester)