Prestigious award for Tokyo professor

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The Optical Society and the IEEE Photonics Society have announced that Kazuro Kikuchi of the University of Tokyo in Japan is the recipient of the 2014 John Tyndall Award.

Kikuchi is being recognised for for 'pioneering contributions to the fundamental understanding of coherent detection techniques'. The award will be presented to Kikuchi during the plenary session of the 2014 Optical Fiber Communication (OFC) Conference taking place in San Francisco in March.
 
Kikuchi received a BSc in electrical engineering and an MSc and PhD in electronic engineering from the University of Tokyo. In 1979, he joined its department of electronic engineering and is currently a professor in the department of electrical engineering and information systems. Kikuchi has also worked at the Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology, the Department of Frontier Informatics, and Bell Communications Research.  He presently serves on the board of directors for Alnair Labs.
 
Throughout his career, Kikuchi’s research has focused on optical fibre communications including optical devices and systems. He is currently involved in coherent optical communication systems that realise multi-level modulation formats with digital signal processing.
 
'Kazuro’s continued leadership in revolutionising optical fibre communications has resulted in transmission speeds that were once unheard of,' said OSA CEO Elizabeth Rogan. 'The Tyndall Award was specifically designed to recognise the results of this caliber and we are honoured to present the award to Kazuro for his momentous achievements.'
 
Kikuchi has published more than 200 peer-reviewed journal articles, 250 conference papers, several book chapters, and three books. He is a fellow of the IEEE Photonics Society, a member of OSA, and a fellow of the Institute of Electronics, Information and Communication Engineers (IEICE).

He is the recipient of numerous awards including the IEICE Achievement Award, Ichimura Award, Japan IBM Science Prize, Sakurai Memorial Award, Hattori Hokosho Prize, Ericsson Telecommunications Award, Shida Rinzaburo Prize, Japan’s Prime Minister Award for the promotion of academy-industry collaboration, and the NEC C&C Prize.

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