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"I want to understand how light behaves in nonlinear optical fibers. We should not see nonlinearities as a limitation—we should embrace them and use them to transmit more data.”  

Research profile

Alex Alvarado is Associate Professor in the Signal Processing Systems group at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e). His research focuses on developing a fundamental theoretical understanding of current and future telecommunication systems and lies on the frontier of communication theory, information theory, signal processing, and optical communications.

Alvarado is a senior member of the IEEE and was an associate editor for IEEE Transactions on Communications (Optical Coded Modulation and Information Theory) from 2016-2018. Since 2018, he serves in the OFC subcommittee Digital and Electronic Subsystems (S4). He is also member of the TU/e Young Academy of Engineering.

Alvarado has co-authored more than 100 papers in leading peer-reviewed journals and conferences, and a book about communication theory aspects of coded modulation (Wiley & Sons 2015). His current research is funded in part by an NWO VIDI grant and an ERC Starting grant.

Academic background

Alex Alvarado holds an Electronics Engineer degree (Ingeniero Civil Electrónico; 2003) and a MSc (2005) from Universidad Técnica Federico Santa María, Chile. He obtained his Licentiate of Engineering (Teknologie Licentiatexamen) in 2008 and his PhD degree in 2011, both from Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden. From 2011 to 2014, Alvarado worked at the University of Cambridge, first as a Newton International Fellow and then as Marie Curie Intra-European Fellow. From 2014 to 2016, he worked as Senior Research Associate at the Optical Networks Group, University College London. Alvarado was appointed Assistant Professor in the Signal Processing Systems group at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) in 2016 and promoted to Associate Professor in 2018.

External positions

Senior Research Associate, University College London

1 Apr 201414 Oct 2016

Marie Curie Intra-European Fellow , University of Cambridge

1 Apr 20121 Apr 2014

Newton International Fellow , University of Cambridge

1 Feb 201131 Mar 2012

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Projects 2015 2022

FUN-NOTCH: Fundamentals of the Nonlinear Optical Channel

Alvarado, A., van Hout, J., Keijzers, A., Keijzers, A., Liga, G., Barreiro Berrio, A., Rabbani, H., Fehenberger, T., Willems, F., Sanders, R., Alvarado, A., Barreiro Berrio, A., Sheikh, A., Sheikh, A. & Goossens, S.

1/01/1831/12/22

Project: Research direct

RESCURE: Retrofit Security for Critical infrastructures

Willems, F., Kusters, L., Sartorius - ter Haar, M., Keijzers, A., Keijzers, A., Willems, F., Sanders, R., Alvarado, A. & Barreiro Berrio, A.

1/02/1831/01/20

Project: Research direct

i-CAVE P4 - Radar Communication

Willems, F., Eijkemans, C., Keijzers, A., Keijzers, A., Laghezza, F., Tigrek, R., Lampel, F., Willems, F., Sanders, R., Alvarado, A. & Barreiro Berrio, A.

1/11/1631/08/22

Project: Research direct

Research Output 2006 2019

54 Citations (Scopus)

Bit-interleaved coded modulation: fundamentals, analysis and design

Szczecinski, L. & Alvarado, A., 16 Feb 2015, Wiley-Blackwell. 295 p.

Research output: Book/ReportBookAcademic

Modulation
Transceivers
Information theory
Managers
Students
33 Citations (Scopus)

Replacing the soft-decision FEC limit paradigm in the design of optical communication systems

Alvarado, A., Agrell, E., Lavery, D., Maher, R. & Bayvel, P., 15 Jan 2016, In : Journal of Lightwave Technology. 34, 2, p. 707-721 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

optical communication
telecommunication
bit error rate
decoding
format
64 Citations (Scopus)

Capacity of a nonlinear optical channel with finite memory

Agrell, E., Alvarado, A., Durisi, G. & Karlsson, M., 15 Aug 2014, In : Journal of Lightwave Technology. 32, 16, p. 2862-2876 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

random noise
channel capacity
nonlinear optics
format
artifacts
57 Citations (Scopus)

Four-dimensional coded modulation with bit-wise decoders for future optical communications

Alvarado, A. & Agrell, E., 15 May 2015, In : Journal of Lightwave Technology. 33, 10, p. 1993-2003 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

constellations
decoders
optical communication
modulation
bit error rate

Prizes

Fundamentals of the Nonlinear Optical Channel (FUN-NOTCH)

Alex Alvarado (Recipient), 2018

Recognition: ERCStartingScientific

optical fibers
transmitter receivers
traffic
data transmission
methodology

Journal of Lightwave Technology Paper Award

Alex Alvarado (Recipient), 2018

Recognition: OtherCareer, activity or publication related prizes (lifetime, best paper, poster etc.)Scientific

Increasing the Capacity of Optical Nonlinear Interfering Channels (ICONIC)

Alex Alvarado (Recipient), 2016

Recognition: NWOVidiScientific

Fibers
Optical fibers
Internet
Glass

Exemplary Reviewer Award

Alex Alvarado (Recipient), 2015

Recognition: OtherCareer, activity or publication related prizes (lifetime, best paper, poster etc.)Scientific

IEEE Communication Theory Workshop (CTW) Best Poster Award

Alex Alvarado (Recipient), 2013

Recognition: OtherCareer, activity or publication related prizes (lifetime, best paper, poster etc.)Scientific

Activities 2016 2019

  • 3 Membership of committee
  • 1 Editorial activity

2019 Optical Fiber Communications Conference and Exhibition, OFC 2019 (Event)

Alex Alvarado (Chair)
2019

Activity: Membership typesMembership of committeeScientific

2018 Optical Fiber Communication Conference, (OFC 2018) (Event)

Alex Alvarado (Chair)
2018

Activity: Membership typesMembership of committeeScientific

Latin America Optics & Photonics Conference (LAOP 2018) (Event)

Alex Alvarado (Chair)
2018

Activity: Membership typesMembership of committeeScientific

IEEE Transactions on Communications (Journal)

Alex Alvarado (Editorial board member)
20162018

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial activityScientific

Courses

Communication theory

1/09/13 → …

Course

Press / Media

Harnessing the nonlinear communication regime

Alex Alvarado

19/03/18

1 media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment

London Researchers Have Data Flying at Terabit Speeds

Alex Alvarado

13/02/16

1 item of media coverage

Press/Media: Expert Comment

Student theses

Automatic generation of in-circuit tests on Prodrive's AET system for board assembly defects

Author: van Schaaijk, H., 31 Aug 2017

Supervisor: Mesman, B. (Supervisor 1), Marinissen, E. (Supervisor 2), Alvarado, A. (Supervisor 2) & Spierings, M. G. (External coach)

Student thesis: Master

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