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Kim Roberts

Kim Roberts is a passionate evangelist of new optical and high-capacity packet technologies and holds the distinction of being Ciena Corporation’s (previously Nortel’s) leading inventor. Kim holds more than 100 U.S. patents with many more pending.

Kim has been a major force in the field of digital signal processing (DSP) for optical transmission systems, and played a key role in virtually every optical innovation developed by Nortel. These range from the Superdecoder (the use of electronic signal processing of optical signals), the OC-48 regenerator, and the original OC-192 (10-Gbit/s) system to terrestrial optical amplifiers and the revolutionary eDCO precompensating transmitter. Building on these breakthroughs, Kim helped develop the DSP-assisted coherent transceivers that are at the heart of the world’s first coherent 40G and 100G optical systems.

Today Kim is responsible for Optical Systems development at Ciena, where he leads an R&D team focused on pushing the optical boundaries even further in terms of speed, distance and cost.

In recognition of the pioneering role he has played in the industry, Kim was named a Nortel Fellow and he received the Outstanding Engineer medal in 2008 from IEEE Canada.

Kim routinely shares his expertise with the research and education fields, and is in high demand as a speaker and committee member with industry organizations.

Kim holds a Bachelor degree in Electrical Engineering with an emphasis on mathematics, and a Master degree in Electrical Engineering with the topic of processing of brain signals, both from the University of British Columbia.

Institution: Ciena
SYTACom membership: Industry Collaborator