Fotini Karinou was born in Arta, Greece, in 1983. She received the Diploma in Electrical and Computer Engineering with M.Sc. in Telecommunications and Information Theory, and the PhD degree on spectrally efficient wavelength division multiplexed (WDM) optical interconnect networks for high-performance computing systems, from the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering at the University of Patras, in Rio, Greece, in 2007, and 2012, respectively. From Oct. 2016 to May 2017, she was a visiting researcher at Vienna University, at the Experimental Physics Institute of Quantum Optics and Quantum Information (IQOQI) of Prof. A. Zeilinger, where she worked on quantum cryptography participating in the initial attempts for the realization of a commercial prototype of a quantum key distribution (QKD) system based on polarisation entanglement. From June 2011 to December 2011, she was a visiting researcher with the Photonics Department, at Denmark Technical University, in Copenhagen, Denmark, where she worked on advanced modulation techniques and spectrum-flexible reconfigurable cognitive optical networks.
From 2013 to middle 2018, he was a Senior R&D Engineer at Huawei Technologies Duesseldorf GmbH, Optical Technology Department, Optical & Quantum Laboratory, in the German Research Center in Munich, Germany, where she worked on optical transmission systems for datacom, metro/access, and long-haul networks. Also, on optical QKD systems and physical layer prototypes for quantum communications and their integration in WDM deployed telecom networks. Since June 2018 she is a Senior Researcher with the Systems and Networking Group, at Microsoft Research Ltd., Cambridge, U.K., where she is working on developing novel optical technologies for emerging cloud computing systems and network architectures.
Fotini has served in several honorary positions such as Committee Chair for the IEEE/OSA Optical Fiber Communication Conference (OFC) 2020 and Topic Chair for the IEEE Photonics Society Summer Topicals Meeting Series 2020, and as Technical Program Committee Member at OFC (2018-2021), at OSA Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics (CLEO) 2021, at IEEE Photonics Conference (IPC) 2020 and the Optoelectronics and Communications Conference (OECC) 2017. She is/has served as reviewer in various peer-reviewed journals i.e., IEEE Journal of Lightwave Technology, IEEE Photonics Technology Letters, JOSA B, IEEE/OSA Journal of Optical Communications and Networking, OSA Optics Express, OSA Optics Letters, IEEE Photonics, Elsevier Journal on Optical Technology, Elsevier Optics Communications, IET Electronic Letters and conferences on optical communications. She has authored and co-authored more than 80 publications in the in top tier (IEEE, OSA) journals and in the most prestigious optical fiber technology conferences several reporting record setting results and has worked in several European funded research projects.
• Optical transmission systems design and experiments
• Datacenter optical interconnects
• Optical fiber networks
• Optical transmitters and receivers