Peter Winzer

Peter J. Winzer heads the Optical Transmission Systems and Networks Research Department at Bell Labs, Alcatel-Lucent, in Holmdel, NJ. He received his Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the Vienna University of Technology, Austria, in 1998. Supported by the European Space Agency (ESA), he investigated photon-starved space-borne Doppler lidar and laser communications using high-sensitivity digital modulation and detection. At Bell Labs since 2000, he has focused on various aspects of high-bandwidth fiber-optic communication systems, including Raman amplification, advanced optical modulation formats and receiver concepts, digital signal processing and coding, as well as on robust network architectures for dynamic data services. He contributed to several high-speed and high-capacity optical transmission records with interface rates from 10 Gb/s to 1 Tb/s, including the first 100G and the first 400G electronically multiplexed optical transmission systems and the first field trial of live 100G video traffic over an existing carrier network. Since 2008 he has been investigating and promoting spatial multiplexing as a promising option to scale optical transport systems. He has widely published and patented and is actively involved in technical and organizational tasks with the IEEE Photonics Society and the Optical Society (OSA), currently serving as the Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE/OSA Journal of Lightwave Technology (JLT) as well as a Program Chair of the 2015 Optical Fiber Communication Conference (OFC). Previously, Dr. Winzer served for 3 years on the Board of Governors of the IEEE Photonics Society, for 6 years as an Associate Editor for JLT, and has guest-edited 6 Special Issues of various international journals. Among many other conference and workshop organizational activities, he served on the program committees of the Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics (CLEO), the IEEE Photonics Society’s Annual Meeting, OFC, and the European Conference on Optical Communication (ECOC), for which he acted as Program Chair in 2009 when the conference took place in his hometown, Vienna, Austria. Dr. Winzer is a Bell Labs Fellow,  and a Fellow of the IEEE and the OSA.

For JLT, he is

  • Heading the Editorial Board
  • Setting and executing strategic directions for the journal
  • Performing initial editorial checking on submitted manuscripts
  • Assigning submitted papers to Associate Editors
  • Overseeing review, decision, and rebuttal processes
  • Occassionally acting as Associate Editor or Reviewer