Antonio Napoli was born in Salerno, Italy, in 1974.

He received a Master degree in electronics engineering from Politecnico di Torino in 2002 and a Ph.D. degree with a thesis on "Electronic equalization for advanced modulation formats" in 2006 from the same university. During his university studies he was visiting student with an ERASMUS scholarship at the Technical University Wien (with Prof. Walter Leeb, Dr. Martin Strasser, and Dr. Peter Winzer), and a visiting researcher at Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya (Barcelona, with Prof. Josep Prat) and at University College London, UK (with Prof. Polina Bayvel, Dr. Robert Killey, and Dr. Seb Savory).

Since 2006 he joined the R&D of Siemens COM, where he was initially working on EDFA transient suppression for long and ultra-long-haul optical networks. In 2007, he became a member of the established joint venture between Nokia and Siemens, named Nokia Siemens Networks, where he was working on cutting-edge projects on robust and tolerant design of optical communications systems at 100 Gb/s and 400 Gb/s. In particular, he was involved in the design and development of future DSP-based coherent receivers for next-generation optical communication systems.

In 2013 he joined Coriant, where he has been involved in EU project working on data plane activities, such as for example in the EU FP-7 IDEALIST project. From Oct. 1st 2018, he is with Infinera. Dr. Napoli represents Infinera within the OIF, PLL Optical WG.

Starting from Jan. 1st 2019, he will coordinate the ETN Marie Curie WON (Wideband Optical Networks) with 14 PhD positions and he will also participate to the European Industrial Doctorate program REAL-NET. He is also representing Infinera within the European Flagship Project CiViQ on Quantum Communications.

His research interests include DSP for optical bandwidth variable transponders from metro to long-haul network receivers, advanced modulation techniques, and wideband optical system design and modeling.

Dr. Napoli is author or co-author of 139 peer-to-peer reviewed papers in leading conferences and magazines, distributed as follows: 44 journals and 95 conferences articles. He holds 7 patents in the fields of DSP algorithms for optical communication and numerous invention reports. He regularly supervises Ph.D. and master students.

Dr. Napoli

  • is TPC member at OFC (S5, Digital Transmission Systems), from 2018, where he co-organized two workshops.
  • has been named Top Reviewer for the IEEE / OSA Journal of Lightwave Technology in 2016
  • serves as a regular reviewer for IEEE/OSA J. of Lightwave technology, OSA J. of Optical Communications and Networking, OSA Optics Express, IEEE Photonic J., IEEE Photonic Technology Letters, and Optics Letters.
  • is also TPC member of Photonics in Switching and ONDM.
  • has been guest editor for the OSA Magazine Journal of Optical Communications and Networking, special call for papers on "Elastic Optical Networks"
  • is guest editor for the IEEE / OSA Journal of Lightwave Technology, special call for papers on "Ultra-Wideband WDM Systems"

Till 2012 he developed an aside activity as a lecturer in several universities around the world, giving a course entitled "Advanced digital signal processing for modern optical receivers".

Apart from his working related activities, he is also organizing, managing and financing projects to build libraries for orphans in destitute areas. In case you interested, please contact me on this topic.


Digital signal processing, advanced modulation formats, nonlinear equalization, and system design from metro to ultra-long optical transmission.

Curriculum vitae Antonio

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