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    • School of Engineering and Applied Science, Aston University

      B4 7ET Birmingham

      United Kingdom

    20002019
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    General

    I studied at the University of Burgundy, Dijon, France where I was awarded the BSc and MSc degrees in Physics in 1998. I joined the Photonics Research Group (now Aston Institute of Photonic Technologies, AiPT) at Aston University in 1999, and I received a PhD degree for studies on optical solitons and nonlinear solitary waves in 2002. Since 2002, I have been working with AiPT and the Electrical and Electronic Supject Group in the School of Engineering and Applied Science, where I am currently a Senior Lecturer. 

    I have broad theoretical and modelling expertise in nonlinear optics and photonics, specialised in the exploration of fundamental theories of modern nonlinear science and their application in the context of fibre-optics communications and laser systems as well as in the design and modelling of novel nonlinear photonic systems and devices. I have published more than 60 papers in international peer-reviewed academic journals (6 invited and 1 editorial), 5 book chapters, and more than 120 papers in refereed international conference proceedings (37 invited conferences). I have produced 3 patents and co-edited a book on ‘Shaping Light in Nonlinear Optical Fibers’ published by Wiley. 

    I have been the Principal Investigator in various research projects sponsored by the EPSRC, The Leverhulme Trust, and the British Council. I have led an Erasmus+ Mobility programme with the Russian Federation and have been the Aston’s coordinator of an Erasmus Mundus Partnership programme between European, Australian and New Zealand institutions. I am currently the Aston’s coordinator of the Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree programme EMIMEO (Erasmus Master on Innovative Microwave Electronics and Optics) and the academic in charge of the Marie S.-Curie Fellowship project ProDelSys (Processing Systems with Optical Delay). I have supervised 2 PhD students and managed 2 Post-Doctoral Research Assistants. 

    I have more than ten years experience of teaching on undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in electrical, electronic and communications engineering and physics. I am the Programme Director for the BSc and MPhys degree programmes in Applied Physics at Aston University.

      

    Research Interests

    My areas of interest include:

    • Nonlinear wave theory
    • Dissipative solitons
    • Advanced all-optical signal processing and regeneration techniques for fibre-optics communication systems
    • Nonlinear optical pulse shaping and waveform generation in fibre-based systems and waveguides
    • Fibre laser technologies, including design and modelling of fibre lasers and laser dynamics
    • Modelling of optical waveguides in nonlinear crystals
    • Application of machine-learning techniques to photonics

    Teaching Activity

    I am currently the module leader for:

    • EE3DTR/EE401B: Digital Transmission
    • EE401A: Information Theory and Coding, and Traffic Theory
    • AP2MM1: Mathematical Methods 1
    • AP1MPH: Modern Physics

    I also supervise various Final Year undergraduate projects. 

     

    Qualifications

    • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
    • PhD in Engineering and Applied Science (“Mathematical and numerical modelling of dispersion-managed solitons, autosolitons and self-similar optical pulses”), Aston University, 2002
    • BSc and MSc with First Class Honours in Physics, University of Burgundy, Dijon, France, 1998

    Employment

    • 2009 – present: Lecturer, then Senior Lecturer in Electronic Engineering, School of Engineering and Applied Science, Aston University.
    • 2002 – 2009: Research Fellow, then Senior Research Fellow, School of Engineering and Applied Science, Aston University.

    Research Projects/Collaborations

    Research, cooperation and mobility grants

    • “Erasmus Mundus on Innovative Microwave Electronics and Optics (EMIMEO)”. Erasmus+: Higher Education – Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degrees (Call EAC-A05-2017) –Ref: 599060-EPP-1-2018-1-FR-EPPKA1-JMD-MOBMy role: Coordinator & Programme Director at Aston. Partners: Université de Limoges (Limoges, France); Università degli Studi di Brescia (Brescia, Italy); Aston University; University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU; Leioa, Spain). Funding body: European Commission. Value: €3,568,000 (total). Duration: 2019–2024
    • “Processing systems with optical delay (ProDelSys)”. Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions – Individual Fellowships (Call H2020-MSCA-IF-2017)–Ref: 792421Supervisor: Dr. Sonia Boscolo. Funding body: European Commission. Value: €183,454.80. Duration: 2018–2020

    • “Europe-Asia-Pacific Exchange Programme in Nanophotonics (NANOPHI)”. Erasmus Mundus Action 2 – Erasmus Mundus Partnerships – Strand II (Call EACEA/18/13) – Ref: 552066-EM-1-2014-1-IT-ERA MUNDUS-EMA22. My role: Coordinator & Principal Investigator at Aston. Partners: Università degli Studi di Brescia (Brescia, Italy); Université Paris Diderot – Paris 7 (Paris, France); King’s College London (London, UK); Aston University; University of Crete (Heraklion, Greece); Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski” (Sofia, Bulgaria); Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena (Jena, Germany); Australian National University (Canberra, Australia); Massey University (Auckland, New Zealand). Funding body: European Commission. Value: £111,607.14 (Aston University). Duration: 2014–2018

    • Erasmus+ KA107, Mobility with partner countries – Ref: 2015-1-UK01-KA107-012618. Principal Investigator: Dr. Sonia Boscolo. Partner Country: The Russian Federation (Novosibirsk State University). Funding body: European Commission. Value: €72,940 (Aston University). Duration: Academic year 2015/16

    • “Nonlinear waveguide-based all-optical waveform generators”. Leverhulme Trust Research Project Grant – Ref: RPG-278. Principal Investigator: Dr. Sonia Boscolo. Funding body: The Leverhulme Trust. Value: 221,415. Duration: 2011–2015
    • “Nonlinear pulse transformations in fibre optics”. Collaborative Research Grant – Alliance: Franco-British Research Partnership Programme – Ref: 10.002. My role: British Project Leader. Partners: Aston University, Université de Bourgogne (Dijon, France). Funding body: British Council (UK) & Ministère de la Recherche (France). Value: £4,400 (Aston University). Duration: 2010–2011

    •  “Modelling of carbon nanotube based nonlinear saturable absorbers for all-optical processing applications”. Collaborative Research Grant – British-Italian Partnership Programme for Early Career Researchers – Ref: PP10/15. My role: British Project Leader. Partners: Aston University, Università degli Studi Brescia (Italy). Funding body: British Council (UK) & Ministero dell’Istruzione, dell’Università e della Ricerca (Italy). Value: £3,000 (Aston University). Duration: 2010

    • “Dissipative nonlinear structures for digital photonic technologies”. EPSRC First Grant – Ref: EP/F02956X/1. Principal Investigator: Dr. Sonia Boscolo. Funding body: The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC). Value: £313,339 (EPSRC contribution). Duration: 2008–2011

    •  “Dissipative localized nonlinear optical structures”. Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowship – Ref: ECF/2005/0400. Principal Investigator: Dr. Sonia Boscolo. Funding body: The Leverhulme Trust. Value: £40,383. Duration: 2005–2007

    Travel grants

    • Royal Society Conference Grant (2005)
    • Royal Society Conference Grant (2004)
    • Royal Academy of Engineering Travel Grant (2004)

    PhD Supervision

    Research students

    • PhD project on “Surface nanoscale axial photonics”. Student: Sajid Zaki. Supervisory role: Co-supervisor. Start date: 1 April 2019.

    • PhD project on “Femtosecond laser inscription of integrated optical devices for nonlinear optics”. Student: Teerawat Piromjitpong. Supervisory role: Main supervisor. Start date: 1 January 2016; Completion date: 31 July 2019.

    • PhD project on “Design and optimisation of micro-structured waveguides in nonlinear crystals” (Leverhulme Trust funded). Student: Huseyin Karakuzu. Supervisory role: Main supervisor. Start date: 1 October 2012; Completion date: 31 December 2016.

    • PhD project on “Numerical and statistical analysis of long-haul undersea optical communication systems”. Student: Terence Broderick. Supervisory role: Co-supervisor. Year of completion: 2009

    • Supervision/Co-supervision of Master projects in telecommunications, wireless communications and networking, and electrical and electronic engineering (13 since 2010).

    Research assistants

    • Supervision of the work of the Marie S. Curie Research Fellow deployed on the funded project on “Processing systems with optical delay (ProDelSys)”. Research fellow: Dr. Marina Zajnulina. Duration: 2018–2020

    • Supervision of the work of the PDRA deployed on the Leverhulme Trust funded project on “Nonlinear waveguide-based all-optical waveform generators”. Research assistant: Dr. Mykhaylo Dubov. Duration: 2011–2013

    • Supervision of the work of the PDRA deployed on the EPSRC funded project on “Dissipative nonlinear structures for digital photonic technologies”. Research assistant: Dr. Brandon Bale. Duration: 2008–2011

    Responsibilities

    The following are the leadership and management roles that I have had at Aston University:

    • REF Reviewer within EAS (from 2019).
    • Coordinator and Programme Director for the Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree programme EMIMEO (from 2019)
    • Programme Director for the BSc (Hons) and fast-track MPhys (Hons) Degree Programmes Applied Physics in EAS (2013–present).
    • Member of the EEPE Management Team (2015–present).
    • Leader of the Applied Physics Working Team (2015–present).
    • Member of the Aston Institute of Photonic Technologies (AiPT) Management Team (2016–present).
    • Laboratory Manager for the AiPT labs on high repetition rate femtosecond laser inscription (2017–present) and waveguide characterisation (from 2018).
    • Member of the Athena Swan Self-assessment Team (2013/14).
    • President of the AiPT Women’s Chapter (2013–present).

     

    Administrative Roles

    • Coordinator and Programme Director for the Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree programme EMIMEO (from 2019)
    • Programme Director for the BSc (Hons) and fast-track MPhys (Hons) Degree Programmes Applied Physics in EAS (2013–present).

    Contact Details

    Room:  NW318
    Phone:  0121 204 3495 
    Email:  s.a.boscolo@aston.ac.uk 

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    Research Output 2000 2019

    Breathing dissipative solitons in mode-locked fiber lasers

    Peng, J., Boscolo, S., Zhao, Z. & Zeng, H., 1 Nov 2019, In : Science Advances. 5, 11, 7 p., eaax1110.

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    Breathing soliton dynamics in mode-locked fibre lasers

    Boscolo, S., Peng, J., Zhao, Z. & Zeng, H., 30 May 2019, Book of Abstracts of Partial Differential Equations in Analysis and Mathematical Physics. Cagliari, Sardinia (Italy), p. 27-28 2 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

    Open Access
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    fiber lasers
    solitary waves
    lasers
    Landau-Ginzburg equations

    Excitation of breather solitons in a mode-locked fibre laser

    Peng, J., Boscolo, S., Zhao, Z. & Zeng, H., 13 Jul 2019, 21st International Conference on Transparent Optical Networks, ICTON 2019. IEEE, 4 p. 8840390. (International Conference on Transparent Optical Networks; vol. 2019-July).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

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    breathing
    fiber lasers
    solitary waves
    laser cavities
    locking
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    Ultrashort pulses
    Waveguides
    Lithium
    Optical lattices
    Light polarization

    Nonlinear pulse sculpturing in passive and laser cavity fibre systems

    Boscolo, S., Gukov, I. & Finot, C., 29 Mar 2019, Proceedings of the French-Israel Symposium on Nonlinear and Quantum Optics (FRISNO 15). 1 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

    Open Access
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    laser cavities
    cavities
    fibers
    pulses
    machine learning

    Thesis

    Design and optimisation of micro-structured waveguides in nonlinear crystals

    Author: Karakuzu, H., 13 Aug 2017

    Supervisor: Boscolo, S. (Supervisor) & Dubov, M. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy

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    Activities 2012 2012

    • 1 Participation in conference

    Nonlinear Photonics

    Sonia Boscolo (Member of programme committee)
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