Prof. Dr. Stephan Pachnicke

Stephan Pachnicke was born in Dortmund, Germany, in 1977. He received the MSc degree in Information Engineering from City University, London, United Kingdom in 2001 and the Dipl.-Ing. (MSc equivalent) and Dr.-Ing. (PhD equivalent) degrees in electrical engineering from TU Dortmund, Germany, in 2002 and 2005, respectively. In 2005 he also got the Dipl.-Wirt.-Ing. degree in business administration (MBA equivalent) from FernUniversitšt, Hagen, Germany. In January 2012 he finished his habilitation on optical transmission networks and at the same time has been appointed as Privatdozent (adjunct professor) at TU Dortmund.
From 2007 until 2011 he was working as Oberingenieur at the Chair of High Frequency Technology, TU Dortmund. Afterwards he was with ADVA Optical Networking SE in the Advanced Technology Group (CTO Office), where he was leading EU-funded research projects on next generation optical access. Furthermore, he was working on concepts for fixed-mobile convergence (FMC) and next generation data centers. In 2015 he was appointed Full Professor of Optical Communications. Since then he is heading the Chair of Communications. From 2020-2022 he was working as Managing Director of the Institute of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology at Christian-Albrechts-University Kiel, Germany and as a Member of the University Senate.
His research interests lie in the field of design and modeling of optical communication (sub-) systems, dynamic operation of optical networks as well as energy efficiency improvement studies. Current research topics include optimization of intra- and inter-data-center networks, transmission in the nonlinear Fourier domain, 5G & 6G mobile communications and visible light communications.
He is author or co-author of more than 220 scientific publications among them 5 books and more than 40 journal contributions. Furthermore, he is an inventor of several patents.
Stephan received several awards for his work among them the ITG award for outstanding research publications (ITG-Preis 2012), the PhD thesis award of TU Dortmund (Dissertationspreis 2006) and the VDE price for the best MSc thesis (VDE Preis Rhein/Ruhr 2002). In 2022 we was appointed member of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts. He is a member of VDE/ITG and a Senior Member of IEEE. Prof. Pachnicke is serving on the technical program committees of the European Conference of Optical Communication (ECOC), the Optical Fiber Communication Conference (OFC), the Asia Communications and Photonics Conference (ACP) and the International Conference on Photonics in Switching and Computing (PSC). He has been appointed as General Chair of the Signal Processing in Optical Communications Conference 2024 (SPPCom).

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