Fibre Optic nonlinear TEchnologies [FONTE]

– a European Industrial  Doctorate [EID]

H2020-MSCA-ITN-2017; Project Summary



in the FONTE project focuses on the development of disruptive nonlinear techniques and approaches to fibre-optic communications beyond the limits of current technology. The project will make important innovative steps in development of the technique of the nonlinear Fourier transform (NFT) and its implementation in the practical communication systems.



The FONTE consortium unites five world leading groups working in Fibre-optic communication systems, which have already made important contributions to this booming field: the four high profile academic groups of Aston Institute of Photonic Technologies at Aston University (UK), Technical University of Denmark (Denmark), Delft University of Technology (Netherlands) and Télécom ParisTech (France), alongside the industrial partner Nokia Bell Labs (Germany).


Latest News

FONTE ESRs have published Research Bulletins in several languages, among them Portuguese, Russian, Persian, Hindi.
Find them here



Million EUR received


Early Stage Researchers


Industrial Partner

ESR1: Vladislav Neskorniuk

Project: Novel design, coding and digital signal processing techniques for NFT-based systems
Host: Aston University, UK
(click on the photo for more info about Vlad, including social media)

ESR2: Vinod Bajaj

Project: Impact of Impairments on the NFT
Host: Delft University of Technology, Netherlands
(click on the photo for more info about Vinod, including social media)

ESR3: Stenio M. Ranzini

Project: Machine learning based optical performance monitoring
Host: Technical University of Denmark, Denmark
(click on the photo for more info about Stenio, including social media)

ESR4: Abtin Shahkarami

Project: Achievable spectral efficiencies of the NFDM in optical fibre mesh networks
Host: Telecom Paris, France
(click on the photo for more info about Abtin, including social media)

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Upcoming Dates
(full details in Members Area)

·  Training Event: Lake Como School on Advanced Studies on: MACHINE LEARNING PHOTONICS (training event for ESRs)
(14-18 September 2020, Como, Italy)
NEW DATES: March 15, 2021

· FONTE full network & management meeting, including 3rd Annual Workshop:
Co-located with ECOC2020; Fri 25th Sept 2020; 09:30-14:00; UKRO meeting room; Brussel (WP leaders  and ESRs required)
NEW LOCATION: online/virtual (09:30-14:00 CEST time)

·  Scientific Training: Machine Learning Symposium and Practical Course
(FONTE co-organised training event for ESRs)
(virtual/online event, 7-8 Sept 2020)

·  Scientific Training: Symposium Numerical implementation of Bayesian filtering for signal equalisation and demodulation
(FONTE co-training event for ESRs)
(virtual/online event, Oct 28, 2020)

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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie
Grant Agreement No 766115

Website created by C. Doering-Saad (2018)