Peter Winzer

Dr. Winzer has recommended books in the following areas:

Peter J. Winzer 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, multiplexing schemes, 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 internationally promoting spatial multiplexing as a promising option to scale optical transport systems beyond the capacity limits of single-mode fiber. He currently heads the Optical Transmission Systems and Networks Research Department at Bell Labs in Holmdel, NJ. He has widely published and patented and is actively involved in technical and organizational tasks with the IEEE Photonics Society and the Optical Society of America (OSA), currently serving as Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE/OSA Journal of Lightwave Technology. He was Program Chair of the 2009 European Conference on Optical Communications (ECOC) and Program Chair and General Chair of the 2015 and 2017 Optical Fiber Communication Conference (OFC). Dr. Winzer is a Clarivate Highly Cited Researcher, the only one from industry in the Engineering category in 2015, a Bell Labs Fellow, a Fellow of the IEEE and the OSA, and an elected member of the US National Academy of Engineering. He received a Thomas Alva Edison Patent Award in 2017 and is the recipient of the 2018 John Tyndall Award.


  • GIT-Award of the Austrian Electrotechnical Society (1996)

  • Award of the Austrian Ministry of Science (1996)

  • Bell Labs President’s Award: Flexible Dispersion Mapping for Optical Networks (2005)

  • Distinguished Member of Technical Staff, Bell Labs (2007)

  • ASCINA Award for Principal Investigators (2009)

  • Fellow of the IEEE (2009)

  • Bell Labs Inventor’s Award (2011)

  • Fellow of the OSA (2012)

  • Bell Labs President’s Award: 400G Photonic Service Engine (2014)

  • Bell Labs Fellow (2014)

  • Clarivate Highly Cited Researcher (2015, 2016, 2017)

  • Thomas Alva Edison Patent Award (2017)

  • Elected Member of the US National Academy of Engineering (2017)

  • John Tyndall Award (2018)

  • Other Bell Labs internal awards: Differential Phase Shift Keyed (DPSK) Systems (2002), Metro Network Optimization (2004), 25-Tb/s Transmission Capacity Record (2007), 100G Field Trial with Live Video Traffic (2008), Dual-carrier Terabit Demo (2013)