20 Sept 2019

Check out this video about Branding Yourself, as well as others from the Marie Curie Alumni Association video chanel.  The Marie Curie Alumni Association Membership is free of charge and provides a variety of benefits, including microgrants for travel, but also other activities. Register here.


18 Sept 2019

FONTE’s Coordinator Prof Sergei Turitsyn is an invited speaker at today’s Optical Solitons and Frequency Comb Generation at Weierstrass Institute September, Berlin. Also disseminating FONTE project to colleagues.

ESR1 Vladislav Neskorniuk is making the best of the conference season, going back-to-back to both the TRANSNET Conference celebrating the achievements of the Optical Networks Group at University College London (UCL) and ECOC 2019 (Dublin).


11 Sept 2019

The Aston OSA SPIE student chapter has organised an interactive workshop delivered to early stage researchers and PhD students at AiPT . Delivered by our AiPT reseacher Olelsandr Kotlyar the tutorial was devoted to the most popular MachineLearning algorithm: neural networks!

10 Sept 2019

The new events calendar of the Marie Curie Alumni Association is out with intersting Webinars such as ‘Mobile Researchers and the Challenge of the Network: How to maintain Professional Connections over Time and Space?’ (tomorrow, 18.00h – 20.00h CET). register here

Register with the MCAA to receive reminders of upcoming events.


2 Sept 2019

Local seminars with high calibre speakers continue to run smoothly at our FONTE consortium members. In a packed seminar room today at AiPT/Aston a highly entertaining and stimulating talk by the eminent Prof John Dudley ending in the memorable words of the 2009 Nobel Prize winner Elisabeth Blackburn, upon finding out her latest research proposal had been rejected outright the very same day she was awarded the Nobel Prize that ‘even on the day you are awarded a Nobel Prize you still have those who doubt the validity of your research‘.


26-27 Aug 2019

Prof Turitsyn opened FONTE’s OTAW ML-Photonica today in the impressive venue of the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts. Follow our tweets at

Second day of our OTLW ML-Photonica. Some more great speakers today – as well as excellent food.

1 Aug 2019

ML-Photonica is almost upon us. FONTE’s Open-To-All Workshop (OTAW) in beautiful Belgrade will take place 26-27 August. Abstracts of talks are becoming availabe. Read Darko Ziba’s abstract here. talks are being recorded and will be made available to FONTE members via the private area in due course.


16 Jul 2019  Congratulations!

Stenio M. Ranzini, our ESR at DTU, has been awarded a competative Travel Grant from IEEE. The substantial award of $2500 will allow him to attend this year’s IEEE Photonics Conference (IPC 2019) in San Antonio, TX USA and present his FONTE research.

3 Porsches on stilts’ – seen near NBL

1 Jul 2019  First Year Network Meeting and Workshop

38oC in Stuttgart today, but it didn’t preventing us from having a hugely productive First Year Network Meeting and Workshop at FONTE’s Industrial Partner Nokia Bell Labs. All ESRs were able to hone their presentation skills and  improve on their public speaking competency. Their presentations detailing scientific progress, communication activities and publications since starting in FONTE led to group discussions about data, approaches and methodology. Throughout the day ESRs had ample opportunity for individual and small group sessions with their industrial and academic discuss their results and plan the near /  medium-term research strategies. (Additional images in Members Area)

Industrial & academic supervision in action at the FONTE 1st Year Network Meeting and Workshop at NBL

10 June 2019

FONTE will be represented at CLEO 2019 in Munich, where AiPT has a dedicated booth  with information about research and educational programmes at AiPT/Aston University..

20 May 2019

Great news: Aston has recruited! Vladislav Neskorniuk from the Russian Federation will join us in August 2019. He will be the final ESR to join FONTE.

16 May 2019

Happy International Day of Light to everyone!

5 May 2019

A warm welcome to Abtin Shakarami, our third ESR, who has just arrived at Telecom ParisTech. Abtin Shahkarami holds both a Bachelor and an Masters from the University of Tehran and has recently had a paper accepted in the prestigious Springer Nature JournalA stream-sensitive distributed approach for coniguring cascaded classiier topologies in real-time large-scale stream mining systems‘. Abtin is first author on this publication!


30 Apr 2019

Anoither first! Stenio submitted FONTE’s first publication ‘Joint low-complexity opto-electronic chromatic dispersion compensation for short-reach transmission‘ to IPC. Cross fingers for acceptance!


16 Apr 2019

New date for your diary: The FONTE 1st Year Workshop will take place in Stuttgart/Germany on Friday 28th June 2019. Entire consortium will be in attendance.


2 April 2019

FONTE is co-organising the symposium Machine Learning with  Photonics’, to be held in Belgrade as part of  PHOTONICA2019 (University of Belgrade, Serbia, 26-30 Aug 2019). Among the speakers is FONTE’s own Darko Zibar (DTU).

The Machine Learning symposium will be on 26 and 27 Aug.


8 Mar 2019

FONTE is co-organising the Workshop ‘Machine Learning for Optical Communications (MALOC)to coincide with the 21th International Conference on Transparent Optical Networks ICTON2019  at Angers, France, July 9th-13th, 2019

Read more here

1 March 2019

Going to OFC!

This week FONTE is represented at Optical Fiber Communication Conference and Exhibition (OFC; San Diego 3-7 March 2019), together with our sister projects WON and REAL-NET.


18-19 Feb 2019

Serious scientific training was completed by FONTE ESRs this week when attending the 2-day Winterschool at Nokia Bell Labs in Stuttgart. Thank you to the organisers! The training material is now available for FONTE consortium members in the members-only area of the website.

1 Feb 2019

ONE final FONTE position is available for a high-achieving Early Stage Researcher at Aston University, UK.  BREXIT may be just around the corner but do not let that put you off – the UK is open for business as usual. Apply here or by email to

29 Jan 2019

FONTE‘s sister projects WON ETN and REAL-NET EID kicked off in snowy Munich this week. Attendees were treated to home-made Italian tiramiso. Thank you, Antonio!

WON and REAL-NET websites coming soon!

4 Jan 2019

Check out Darko’s (WP Leader) video on ‘Machine Learning Concepts in Optical Communication Systems‘, the perfect introduction to the field!

11 Dec 2018

The Mid-Term Check with the EC/REA has been confirmed for Fri 27 Sept 2019 in Dublin, co-located wit ECOC2019. Everyone is expected to attend…. Participation of ESRs is mandatory. Check the  Members only  webpages for full details.


3 Dec 2018

Welcome to Vinod Bajaj, FONTE’s newest ESR, who has started this week at TU Delft!


19 Nov 2018

The FONTE position at Telecom ParisTech has been readvertised in EURAXESS. The position will remain open until a suitable candidate has been found.


1 Nov 2018

The FONTE position at Aston University has been readvertised in EURAXESS and the Aston University Recruitment Site  The deadline for application in 10 Dec 2018 or until the position has been filled.

25 Sept 2018

The FONTE consortium held a management catch-up meeting during the ECOC 2018 conference in Rome.


15 Sept 2018

Recruitment Update: FONTE is still looking to recruit 2 ESRs (at Aston and TelecomParis Tech). Get in touch with us if you are interested.


11 Sept 2018

Vinod Bajaj has accepted the FONTE position at TU Delft, where he will arrive in November. Congratulations to both Sander and Vinod! More details to follow soon.


4 Sept 2018

Say hello to Stenio Magalhães Ranzini, our new ESR at DTU, who started earlier this week! Congratulation to DTU who wins the chocolates for recruiting FONTE’s first ESR.

20 June 2018

FONTE recruitment stives to avoid ‘unconcious bias‘ during it’s recruitment process. Watch the Royal Society’s video about unconcious bias and how to avoid it


15 June 2018


FONTE had it’s first network-wide gathering during the Kick-off Meeting at Aston University (15 Jun 2018; Birmingham, UK). The meeting also included a tour of AiPT’s brand new photonics facilities in the basement of Aston University. Still a small group we are looking forward to recruiting our Early Stage Researches (ESRs) very soon. Chocolates for the winner that manages to recruit first!

(Additional images in Members Area)


1 June 2018

Hello World! FONTE has officially started today and will run until May 2022! Happy and fruitfull reseach to everyone!


8 March 2018

FONTE is  recruiting! Full details of the 4 positions available can be found here.

If this advert has expired please get in touch with the Project Coordinator Prof Sergei Turitsyn [] for a discussion about positions in FONTE (and other projects) currently available.