Laia Nadal

Laia Nadal | CTTC

Packet Optical Networks and Services (PONS)

Phd , Researcher

Phone: +34 93 645 29 00

Laia Nadal Reixats obtained her MSc Telecommunication Engineering degree from the Escola Tècnica Superior d’Enginyeria de Telecomunicació de Barcelona (ETSETB) of the University of Catalonia (UPC) in July 2010. In April 2012, she obtained the European Master of Research on Information and communication Technologies (MERIT) from the Signal Theory and Communications (TSC) department of the UPC. She performed her PhD in the Centre Tecnològic de Telecomunicacions de Catalunya (CTTC). Specifically, from May to August 2013 she was a Visiting Ph.D. Scholar in ADVA Optical Networking (Germany). In November 2014, she received her PhD degree (Cum Laude) from the TSC department of the UPC. From February 2015 to February 2017 she has held a Postdoctoral position at CTTC. Currently is a Senior Researcher of the Communication Networks Division at CTTC.

Her research interests include signal processing and advanced modulation formats for optical communication systems and high-capacity optical networks. Moreover, she has experience in the characterization of components, in measurement methods, experimental configurations implementation and programming interfaces of different lab instruments.

Participation in European and Spanish national projects

She has been involved in several European and Spanish national R&D proposal preparation and project execution, such as FP7 STRAUSS (G.A. 608528), FP7 IDEALIST (G. A. 317999), FARO (TEC2012-38119) and DESTELLO (TEC2015-69256-R). She has also participated in the thematic network PIC4TB (113553).

In the present, she is involved in EU H2020 BLUESPACE (G.A. 762055), in EU H2020 PASSION (G.A. 780326), in AURORAS (RTI2018-099178-B-I00), where she is leading a task, in ONFIRE H2020-MSCA-ITN-2017 (765275), where she is leading a technical WP and in H2020-ICT-2016-2 METRO-HAUL (G.A. 761727), where she is in charge of CTTC activities on transmission and subsystems.

Training activities, Reviewer and Events organization

She has supervised 6 MsC thesis and she has given invited talks (e.g. FiWiN5G winter school, ICTON conference).

She has been a reviewer of different journals such as IEEE Journal of Lightwave Technology, IEEE Transactions on Communications, IEEE Communications Letters, IEEE Photonics Journal and Optical Fiber Technology Journal.

She has been financial and registration chair at the IEEE/IFIP Optical Networks Design and Modelling (ONDM 2020).

She was financial and registration chair at the 39th Meeting of Wireless World Research Forum 2017 (WWRF39).

She has been part of the organization committee of International Symposium on Wireless Communication Systems (ISWCS14).

She has also participated in the organization of symposiums, workshops and summer schools, within the H2020-MSCA-ITN ONFIRE project, inviting as a speakers other CTTC division/unit members and external researchers/professors.

Dissemination and outreach

She has also authored and co-authored over 96 publications, including 15 journal papers, 80 international conference papers and 1 book chapter, targeting fiber optical communications.

She has given talks related to women in engineering in outreach activities in schools.

Google Schoolar (at 07/2020) Citations: 570, h-index: 12 , i-10 index: 18

Membership and other merits

She is a IEEE senior Member since April 2019 (SM’19).

In October 2010, she was awarded with the FPI grant from the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness (MINECO) to perform her PhD within the framework of the National project DORADO in the CTTC.

In 2013, she was awarded with a grant to perform a short stay within the FPI program from MINECO.


Experimental demonstration of a metro area network with terabit-capable sliceable bit-rate-variable transceivers using directly modulated VCSELs and coherent detection
Journal of Optical Communications and Networking. Vol 15. No. 3. pp. 103-113 January 2023.
Fabrega J.M., Vílchez F.J., Svaluto Moreolo M., Martínez R., Quispe A., Nadal L., Casellas R., Vilalta R., Muñoz R., Neumeyr C., Lee S.Y., Shin J.U., Jung H.D., Mariani G., Heuvelmans R., Gatto A., Parolari P., Boffi P., Tessema N.M., Calabretta N., Larrabeiti D., Fernández-Palacios J.P.
10.1364/JOCN.470434 Google Scholar
Enabling Multiband Transmission and Programmability in Disaggregated Optical Metro Networks
2023 Optical Fiber Communications Conference And Exhibition, Ofc 2023 - Proceedings. January 2023.
Nadal L., Casellas R., Fabrega J.M., Vílchez F.J., Moreolo M.S.
10.23919/OFC49934.2023.10116569 Google Scholar
Photonic and Quantum Communication Technologies for Optical Networks Evolution
International Conference on Transparent Optical Networks-ICTON. Vol 2023-July. January 2023.
Moreolo M.S., Nadal L., Fabrega J.M., Vilchez J.
10.1109/ICTON59386.2023.10207227 Google Scholar
All-optical aggregation and distribution of traffic in large metropolitan area networks using multi-Tb/s S-BVTs
Journal of Optical Communications and Networking. Vol 14. No. 5. pp. 316-326 January 2022.
Rapisarda, Mariangela, Alberto Hernández, José, GATTO, ALBERTO, PAROLARI, PAOLA, BOFFI, PIERPAOLO, Svaluto Moreolo, M., Fàbrega, J., Nadal, L., Martínez, R., LÓPEZ, VÍCTOR, FERNÁNDEZ-PALACIOS, JUAN-PEDRO, OTERO, GABRIEL, LARRABEITI, DAVID
10.1364/JOCN.448115 Google Scholar
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