Sander Jansen was born in Maartensdijk, The Netherlands. He received the M.Sc. and Ph.D. degree (with highest honors) in Electric Engineering from the Eindhoven, University of Technology, The Netherlands.
In the summer of 2000 he conducted an internship at NEC in Kawasaki, Japan where he worked on an object tracking algorithm for multiple omniview cameras (cameras with a 360 degrees viewing range). For his master thesis he changed to fiber-optics and conducted both master thesis and Ph.D. research at the Siemens AG in Munich, Germany. His Master thesis was part of the European funded Information Society Technologies (IST) project FASHION where he worked on ultrafast optical signal processing. During this 9-month project he was the first to demonstrate optical time-division demultiplexing of 160 Gbit/s to 40 Gbit/s using four-wave mixing in a semiconductor optical amplifier.
His Ph.D. project focused on improving the performance and robustness for long-haul fiber-optic transmission systems. In particular the combination of optical phase conjugation (OPC) and advanced modulation formats was investigated. He experimentally demonstrated that nonlinear phase noise impairments in phase-modulated transmission systems can significantly be reduced with optical phase conjugation. Furthermore, he reported in 2005 the first long-haul (4,500-km), high data-rate (40-Gb/s per WDM channel) transmission experiment without inline dispersion compensation by combining DQPSK modulation with OPC. From September 2006 to May 2008 he was an associate research engineer at KDDI R&D Laboratories in Saitama, Japan where he specialized in OFDM for fiber-optic transmission systems. At the OFC 2007 he was the first to report long-haul transmission with OFDM using a novel method to compensate for laser phase noise. At the OFC 2008 he demonstrated WDM transmission of 100GbE optical OFDM over 1,000-km of fiber at 2-b/s/Hz spectral efficiency. Since June 2008 he is with Nokia Siemens Networks in Munich, Germany where he investigates and evaluates modulation formats for next generation 100GbE transmission systems. Main research interests are modulation formats, OFDM, coherent detection 100 Gbit/s Ethernet (100GbE) for long-haul fiber-optic transmission systems. He authored and co-authored 10+ patents and more than 70 refereed papers and conference contributions.
Dr. Jansen was awarded the IEEE Photonics Society [formerly known as Lasers & Electro-Optics Society (LEOS)] Graduate Student Fellowship in 2005 and the "KDDI Best Patent Award" in 2007. Recently he has received IEEE Photonics Society 2010 Young Investigator "for pioneering contributions in optical OFDM for fiber-optic transmission systems". Dr. Jansen is an Associate Editor for the IEEE Photonics Technology Letters and a Committee Member of the OFC, Photonics West and OECC.