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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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Research Output

Bit-interleaved coded modulation: fundamentals, analysis and design

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

Research output: Book/ReportBookAcademic

  • 66 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

  • 42 Citations (Scopus)
    2 Downloads (Pure)

    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

  • 66 Citations (Scopus)
    1 Downloads (Pure)

    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

  • 65 Citations (Scopus)

    Asymptotic comparison of ML and MAP detectors for multidimensional constellations

    Alvarado, A., Agrell, E. & Brännström, F., 1 Feb 2018, In : IEEE Transactions on Information Theory. 64, 2, p. 1231-1240 10 p., 7982634.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

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  • 3 Citations (Scopus)
    99 Downloads (Pure)

    Prizes

    Fundamentals of the Nonlinear Optical Channel (FUN-NOTCH)

    A.E. Alvarado (Recipient), 2018

    Prize: ERCStartingScientific

  • Journal of Lightwave Technology Paper Award

    Alex Alvarado (Recipient), 2018

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

  • Exemplary Reviewer Award

    Alex Alvarado (Recipient), 2015

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

    IEEE Communication Theory Workshop (CTW) Best Poster Award

    Alex Alvarado (Recipient), 2013

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

    Activities

    • 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

    Information theory

    1/09/13 → …

    Course

    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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    Forward Error Correction for Continuous Valued Quantum Key Distribution

    Author: Gümüs, K. & Alvarado, A., 2020

    Supervisor: Alvarado, A. (Supervisor 1), Eriksson, T. (External person) (Supervisor 2) & Schmalen, L. (External person) (Supervisor 2)

    Student thesis: Master