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Nicola Calabretta is an Assistant Professor in Electro-Optical Communication Systems and Senior Research Fellow at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e). His expertise is in telecommunications engineering, electrical engineering and optical engineering. Nicola’s research focuses on optical signal processing for highly spectral efficient multi-level modulation formats, high-speed electronics for processing of novel labeling techniques, FPGA implementation of scheduling algorithms for low latency control of large port optical switches, optical interconnects, photonic integrated wavelength selector with flexible bandwidth, photonic integrated optical switches and c optical nodes for metro networks. Applications of the group’s work on fast optical switches include performance enhancement for optical metro/access networks and data center networks.

Academic background

Nicola Calabretta received his PhD from TU/e in 2004 for his work in all-optical signal processing and optical packet switching. Prior to this, he studied Telecommunications Engineering at the Politecnico di Torino. Before joining the TU/e, he conducted research at DTU Fotonik, the Department of Photonics Engineering at the technical University of Denmark, where he worked on Radio-over-Fiber. He completed a postdoc at the Sant'Anna School of Advanced Studies (SSSA, Scuola Superiore di Studi Universitari e di Perfezionamento Sant'Anna) in Pisa, Italy, focusing on wavelength division multiplexing, passive optical network and optical transmission systems employing advanced modulation formats.

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Projects 2017 2022

Wideband Optical Networks

Calabretta, N., van der Avoird, M., Calabretta, N., van Mil, J., van Mil, J., Wang, Y. & Magalhães Gomes Kraemer, R.

Aston University


Project: Research direct

Data center Optical Switch Network Application deployment and modelling

Calabretta, N., Exarchakos, G., Calabretta, N., Croes, S., van Mil, J. & van Mil, J.


Project: Research direct


van Hout, J., Calabretta, N., Raz, O., Stabile, R., Tessema, N., Li, C. & van Mil, J.


Project: Research direct


Calabretta, N., Croes, S., Prifti, K., Exarchakos, G., van Mil, J. & van Mil, J.


Project: Research direct

Research Output 2000 2020

6 Downloads (Pure)

Numerical simulation of an InP photonic integrated cross-connect for deep neural networks on chip

Shi, B., Calabretta, N. & Stabile, R., 9 Jan 2020, In : Applied Sciences. 10, 2, 15 p., 474.

Research output: Contribution to journalSpecial issueAcademicpeer-review

Open Access

8 x 40 Gb/s WDM photonic integrated wavelength switch module for optical data center networks

Prifti, K., Tessema, N., Xue, X., Stabile, P. & Calabretta, N., 2019, ECIO 2019. 3 p.

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

wavelength division multiplexing
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Deep neural network through an InP SOA-based photonic integrated cross-connect

Shi, B., Calabretta, N. & Stabile, R., 4 Oct 2019, In : IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Quantum Electronics. 26, 1, 11 p., 7701111.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Service oriented architecture (SOA)
1 Citation (Scopus)
1 Downloads (Pure)

Electro-optic device in InP for wide angle of arrival detection in optical wireless communication

Cardarelli, S., Calabretta, N., Koelling, S., Stabile, R. & Williams, K., 22 Apr 2019, 2019 Optical Fiber Communications Conference and Exhibition, OFC 2019 - Proceedings. Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, 3 p. 8696527

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

wireless communication
Electrooptical effects
Optical fibers
error analysis
image classification

Activities 2011 2011

  • 1 Contributed talk

5th International Symposium on Ultrafast Photonic Technologies (ISUPT2011), 15-16 Septmber 2011, Berlin

Nicola Calabretta (Speaker)
15 Sep 2011

Activity: Talk or presentation typesContributed talkScientific


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