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Prof. Dr.-Ing.  Laurent Schmalen
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Prof. Dr.-Ing. Laurent Schmalen

phone: +49 721 608-43345
laurent schmalenCou1∂kit edu

Geb.05.01, Kreuzstr. 11, D-76133 Karlsruhe

Curriculum

1999 Secondary education at Lycée Classique Diekirch
2005 Dipl.-Ing. (cum laude) in electrical engineering and information technology from RWTH Aachen University
2011 PhD/Dr.-Ing. (summa cum laude) in electrical engineering and information technology from RWTH Aachen University at the Institute of Communication Systems and Data Processing
2011-2019 Industrial research at Bell Labs
2014-2019 Guest lecturer at University of Stuttgart

 

Research Topics

  • Channel coding and coded modulation
  • High speed data transmission
  • Optical communications
  • Transmission over channels with nonlinear characteristics

 

Member of Professional Associations

 

Awards and Recognitions

2019 IEEE/OSA Journal of Lightwave Technology 2016 Best Paper Award
2019 IEEE/OSA Journal of Lightwave Technology Outstanding Reviewer Recognition
2019 Participation at the German-American Frontiers of Engineering Symposium (GAFOE) of the
Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung
2018 "Most Innovative AI Solution" at the Nokia Artificial Intelligence Conference
2018 Nokia ION Business Excellence Award
2015 Exemplary Reviewer Award of the IEEE Transactions on Communications
2014 Bell Labs President’s Award
2013 Bob Owens Best Student Paper Award at the IEEE Signal Processing Systems (SiPS) workshop
2012 Friedrich-Wilhelm-Preis of the RWTH Aachen University for outstanding scientific achievements in the PhD thesis
2012 Borchers-Plakette of the RWTH Aachen University
2011 E-Plus-Preis for an outstanding PhD thesis in communications
2010 Best Paper Award at the 9th ITG Conference on Speech Communication
2006 Friedrich-Wilhelm-Preis of the RWTH Aachen University for outstanding scientific achievements in the diploma thesis
2005 Springorum-Denkmünze for a diploma passed with distinction
2002 Aachen VDE Award

 

Selected Publications

  • B. Karanov, M. Chagnon, F. Thouin, T. A. Eriksson, H. Bülow, D. Lavery, P. Payvel and L. Schmalen, “End-to-end Deep Learning of Optical Fiber Communications,” IEEE/OSA Journal of Lightwave Technology, vol. 36, no. 20, pp. 4843-4855, Oct. 2018 [IEEEXplore Open Access], [arXiv]
  • V. Aref, N. Rengaswamy and L. Schmalen, “Finite-Length Analysis of Spatially-Coupled Regular LDPC Ensembles on Burst-Erasure Channels”, IEEE Transactions on Information Theory, vol. 64, no. 5, pp. 3431-3449, May 2018 [IEEEXplore], [arXiv]
  • L. Schmalen, A. Alvarado and R. Rios-Müller, “Performance Prediction of Nonbinary Forward Error Correction in Optical Transmission Experiments”, IEEE/OSA Journal of Lightwave Technology, vol. 35, no. 3, pp. 1015-1027, Feb. 2017 [IEEEXplore Open Access], [arXiv]
  • F. Buchali, F. Steiner, G. Böcherer, L. Schmalen, P. Schulte and W. Idler, “Rate Adaptation and Reach Increase by Probabilistically Shaped 64-QAM: An Experimental Demonstration”, IEEE/OSA Journal on Lightwave Technology, vol. 34, no. 87, pp. 1599-1609, Apr. 2016 [IEEEXplore]
  • L. Schmalen, “A Low-Complexity LDPC Coding Scheme for Channels with Phase Slips”, IEEE/OSA Journal on Lightwave Technology, vol. 33, no. 7, pp. 1319-1325, Apr. 2015 [IEEEXplore]
  • L. Schmalen, V. Aref, J. Cho, D. Suikat, D. Rösener, and A. Leven, “Spatially Coupled Soft-Decision Forward Error Correction for Future Lightwave Systems”, IEEE/OSA Journal on Lightwave Technology, vol. 33, no. 5, pp. 1109-1116, Mar. 2015 [IEEEXplore]
  • A. Leven and L. Schmalen, “Status and Recent Advances on Forward Error Correction Technologies for Lightwave Systems”, IEEE/OSA Journal on Lightwave Technology, vol. 32, no. 16, pp. 2735-2750, Aug. 2014 [IEEEXplore]
  • L. Schmalen, F. Buchali, A. Leven, and S. ten Brink, “A Generic Tool for Assessing the Soft-FEC Performance in Optical Transmission Experiments”, IEEE Photonics Technology Letters, vol. 24, no. 1, pp. 40-42, Jan. 2012 [IEEEXplore]
  • L. Schmalen and P. Vary, “Iterative Source-Channel Decoding with Reduced Error Floors”, IEEE Journal on Selected Topics in Signal Processing, vol. 5, no. 8, pp. 1577-1587, Dec. 2011 [IEEEXplore]
  • L. Schmalen, M. Adrat, T. Clevorn, and P. Vary, “EXIT-Chart Based System Design For Iterative Source-Channel Decoding with Fixed-Length Codes”, IEEE Transactions on Communications, vol. 59, no. 9, pp. 2406-2413, Sep. 2011 [IEEEXplore]

A complete list of publications can be found on my Google Scholar profile.