• Eindhoven University of Technology Department of Electrical Engineering FLX 9.094 5600 MB EINDHOVEN

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1979 …2024

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Research profile

Ton Koonen is a full professor of Electro-Optical Communications and Chair of Broadband Communication Networks in the department Telecommunication Technology and Electromagnetics. His areas of specialization include computer systems, architectures and networks, telecommunications, broadband and optical fiber-to/in-the-home. Ton has initiated and led several European and national R&D projects in this area on dynamically reconfigurable hybrid fiber access networks, fiber-wireless, packet-switched access, and short-range multimode (polymer) optical fiber networks, and label-controlled optical packet routed networks.

His current research interests are optical fiber-supported in-building networks (including optical wireless communication techniques, radio-over-fiber techniques, and high-capacity plastic optical fiber (POF) techniques), optical access networks, and spatial division multiplexed systems. His group has, for example, developed a Wi-Fi network that transmits signals via infrared light, achieving a speed of 42.8 Gb/s, 100 times faster than current networks generally achieve. At this speed, an entire film could be transferred in one second.

Academic background

Ton Koonen received his MSc (with honors) in Electrical Engineering from TU/e in 1979.In that year, he joined Philips Telecommunicatie Industrie (Telecommunications Industry). From 1987 to 2000 he worked on high-speed transmission systems and optical fiber systems for hybrid access networks at Bell Laboratories within Lucent. He has also worked as a professor at the University of Twente, holding a chair on Photonic Networks. 

Ton is chairman of the Electro-Optical Communication Systems (ECO) group, part of the COBRA institute and from September 2012 he was also vice-dean of the department Electrical Engineering. Ton is a Bell Labs Fellow, IEEE Fellow, OSA Fellow, ERC Advanced Investigator Grant Winner, Distinguished Guest Professor of Hunan University, Changsha, China, and has frequently acted as an auditor and reviewer on national and EC projects. Currently, he is involved in a number of access/in-home projects in the Freeband program, the IOP GenCom program, and the EC FP6 IST and FP7 ICT programs. He has authored and co-authored more than 250 conference and journal publications.

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Projects

Research Output

Circumventing LoS blocking in beam-steered optical wireless systems with real-time tracking and handover

Mekonnen, K. A., Pham, N., Huijskens, F. M., Tangdiongga, E., Mefleh, A. & Koonen, A. M. J. T., 8 Mar 2020, (Accepted/In press) Proceedings of the The Optical Networking and Communication Conference & Exhibition (OFC2020). Optical Society of America (OSA), 3 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contributionAcademicpeer-review

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Multi-user localization and upstream signaling for indoor OWC System using a camera technology

Pham, N., Mekonnen, K. A., Tangdiongga, E., Mefleh, A. & Koonen, A. M. J. T., 8 Mar 2020, (Accepted/In press) Proceedings OFC2020. Optical Society of America (OSA), 3 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contributionAcademicpeer-review

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Optical generation/detection of broadband microwave orbital angular momentum modes

Huang, J., Cao, Z., Zhao, X., Zhang, X., Liu, Y., Xiang, Y., Gerini, G. & Koonen, A. M. J. T., 15 Mar 2020, In : Journal of Lightwave Technology. 38, 6, p. 1202-1209 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

  • Optically controlled beam-steering wireless systems

    Koonen, A. M. J. T., Mekonnen, K. A., Cao, Z., Huijskens, F. M., Pham, N. & Tangdiongga, E., 8 Mar 2020, (Accepted/In press) Proceedings of the The Optical Networking and Communication Conference & Exhibition (OFC2020). Optical Society of America (OSA), 3 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contributionAcademicpeer-review

    Open Access
    File

    Ultrahigh-capacity optical-wireless communication using 2D gratings for steering and decoding of DPSK signals

    Mekonnen, K. A., Tangdiongga, E. & Koonen, A. M. J. T., 8 Mar 2020, (Accepted/In press) Proceedings of the The Optical Networking and Communication Conference & Exhibition (OFC2020). Optical Society of America (OSA), 3 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contributionAcademicpeer-review

    Open Access
    File

    Prizes

  • Fellow

    Ton Koonen (Recipient), 2013

    Prize: OtherFellowships & membershipsScientific

    Fellow Bell Labs Lucent Technologies

    Ton Koonen (Recipient), 1998

    Prize: OtherFellowships & membershipsScientific

    ICT Regie Award

    Ton Koonen (Recipient), 2009

    Prize: OtherDiscipline relatedProfessional

    Activities

    • 15 Contributed talk
    • 2 Workshop, seminar, course or exhibition

    Freeband BB Photonics Access Symposium, Eindhoven, The Netherlands

    Ton Koonen (Speaker)
    18 Apr 2008

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesContributed talkScientific

    IOP GenCom Werksymposium, De Vereeniging, Nijmegen, The Netherlands

    Ton Koonen (Organiser)
    29 Oct 2003

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesWorkshop, seminar, course or exhibitionScientific

    IOP GenCom Werksymposium, De Vereeniging, Nijmegen, The Netherlands

    Ton Koonen (Organiser)
    29 Oct 2003

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesWorkshop, seminar, course or exhibitionScientific

    Meeting of the Academisch Genootschap, Eindhoven, Netherlands

    Ton Koonen (Speaker)
    5 Nov 2001

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesContributed talkScientific

    10th International POF conference, Amsterdam, Netherlands

    Ton Koonen (Speaker)
    28 Sep 2001

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesContributed talkScientific

    Courses

    Student theses

    43-Gb/s POLMUX-RZ_DPSK vs. 43-Gb/s POLMUX-RZ-DQPSK modulation for the use in long-haul transmission systems

    Author: Sleiffer, V. A. J. M., 31 Jul 2010

    Supervisor: Koonen, A. (Supervisor 1)

    Student thesis: Master

    A data vortex switch for optical packet switching

    Author: Macias, M., 2003

    Supervisor: Tafur Monroy, I. (Supervisor 1), Nowbakht Irani, A. (Supervisor 2) & Koonen, A. (Supervisor 2)

    Student thesis: Master

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    A hybrid optical code division multiple access/radio-over-fiber system on a passively-split optical network

    Author: Spuesens, T., 31 Aug 2008

    Supervisor: Koonen, A. (Supervisor 1)

    Student thesis: Master

    A universal architecture for integration of control networks in an Internet environment

    Author: Jaspers, D., 31 Oct 2002

    Supervisor: Koonen, A. (Supervisor 1)

    Student thesis: Master

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    CATV as WDM overlay on APON based FTTH networks

    Author: Schoop, R., 30 Jun 2002

    Supervisor: Fredricx, F. (External person) (Supervisor 1) & Koonen, A. (Supervisor 2)

    Student thesis: Master

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