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"I want to understand the fundamental principles behind high-speed secure data transmission in optical and wireless communications and approach these limits using energy-efficient algorithms.”  

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Alex Alvarado is Full Professor in the Signal Processing Systems group at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e), where he leads the Information and Communication Theory Lab (ICT Lab). 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. During 2018-2022, he was a member of the TU/e Young Academy of Engineering. During 2018-2020, he served in the OFC subcommittee Digital and Electronic Subsystems (S4). He also served in the ECOC subcommittee Theory of Optical Communications during 2019-2022.

Alvarado has co-authored more than 200 papers in leading peer-reviewed journals and conferences, and a book about communication theory aspects of coded modulation (Wiley & Sons 2015). His research has been funded in part by an NWO VIDI grant and an ERC Starting grant.

Dr. Alvarado's research has received multiple awards, including Best Paper Awards at the 2018 and 2023 Asia Communications and Photonics Conference and at the 2019 Optoelectronics and Communications Conference, and Best Poster Awards at the 2009 IEEE Information Theory Workshop and at the 2013 IEEE Communication Theory Workshop. He is also recipient of the 2015 IEEE Transactions on Communications Exemplary Reviewer Award, and the 2015 Journal of Lightwave Technology Best Paper Award.

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, promoted to Associate Professor in 2018, and to Full Professor in 2023.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy

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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