12 Nov 2019
AiPT has just been awarded the ITN project POST-DIGITAL (total award €3,9m) to develop new technology concepts for the post-digital era, when digital computational and communication technologies will reach their power limits. Alongside FONTE AiPT will be coordinating a total of 7 ITNs with a total of 60 ESRs!
04 Nov 2019
Vinod has arrived for his 18 months industrial secondment at Nokia Bell Labs, in Stuttgart, Germany. Good luck, Vinod, and please do find out what are ‘Maultaschen’. 🙂
31 Oct 2019
At AiPT Sergei has finally released the funds for our new staff uniform, to match the AiPT colour scheme.
Happy Haloween, FONTE!
25 Oct 2019
Another Outreach Activity completed!
Stenio participated in the DTU Project Day (https://www.fotonik.dtu.dk/english/education-ny/dtu-project-day-2019), representing the Machine Learning in Photonics Systems group. Speaking to a mixed audience of mainly to high school student from different backgrounds, Stenio was able to explain his research to an interested audience. The event at the DTU Fotonicks Department was well attended (and the free pizza and soft drinks had nothing to do with this!). Read full post here.
11 Oct 2019
Stenio, barely back from the States and IPC 2019, has been involved in a major public outreach event at DTU and Copenhagen. ‘Cultural Night‘ (https://www.kulturnatten.dk/en/Culture-night) is one of Copenhagen’s most attended cultural events. This year’s numbers are not yet known, but in 2018 a total of 240 organizations participated in the event, with 94.000 cultural passes being sold. More than 250 museums, theatres, libraries, churches, ministries, and parks throughout the city welcome the public during Copenhagen’s biggest annual one-day event.
Stenio present an overview of optical communication to the general public, a topic closely related to his PhD research,. He attended the event as part of DTU’s SPOC group (http://www.spoc.dtu.dk/ . It was an busy and stimulating night with a lot of people interested in the basic concept of optical communication to understand how all the information is connected in our world. Read full post here.
10 Oct 2019
Congratulations to Stenio, who has been invited to the 2-day PhD Workshop on Next-Generation Cloud Infrastructure organised by Microsoft Research Cambridge. This workshop is by invitation only and participation is fully paid for by the organisers. It looks like FONTE ESRs are already becoming a sought-after commodity 🙂
Vladislav is reaching out to industry today as part of the team representing AiPT at the 2-day event
Photonex2019 in Coventry, UK. He has already spoken at length to industry, such as the representative from IPG Photonics (photo on right). Read full post here
2 Oct 2019
Ever wondered what A day Without Photonics would be like?
2 Oct 2019
Stenio is at IPC 2019 in San Antonio (TX, USA) this week to present his research ‘Joint low-complexity opto-electronic chromatic dispersion compensation for short-reach transmission‘.
Alongside the conference social events such as The ‘Pesident’s Reception (IEEE Photonics Society)‘ and the ‘Photonics Pro Luncheon: Researchers Round Table‘ present ample opportunity for connecting students with top researchers and fellows.
27 Sept 2019
FONTE’s all important Mid-Term Check with our Project Officer is taking place in Dublin today. It’s all going smoothly thanks to lots of preparation. The talks form our ESRs are exciting and demonstrate that everyone is producing results and is planing their next dissemination and outreach activities.
Thank you to our PO for a very constructive meeting and to everyone else for the hard work getting us here.
22 Sept 2019
FONTE ESRs Vladislav, Vinod and Stenio are at ECOC 2019 in Dublin this week, where Vinod BAJAJ is our first ESR to present his research findings in a presentation entitled ‘Exact nonlinear frequency division multiplexing in lossy fibers’. Congratulations, Vinod!
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
@johnmdudley 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.
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 supervisors.to discuss their results and plan the near / medium-term research strategies. (Additional images in Members Area)
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 Journal ‘A stream-sensitive distributed approach for coniguring cascaded classiier topologies in real-time large-scale stream mining systems‘. https://doi.org/10.1007/s42452-019-0565-6. 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 http://www.icton2019.com 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 S.K.Turitsyn@aston.ac.uk
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
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 [firstname.lastname@example.org] for a discussion about positions in FONTE (and other projects) currently available.