Paris-Saclay, France

Sebastien Bigo

Activity Leader


Sébastien Bigo graduated from the Institut d’Optique Graduate School, in 1992. In 1996, he received a PhD degree in physics for a work devoted to all-optical processing and soliton transmission. He joined Alcatel Research & Innovation (now Alcatel-Lucent Bell Labs) in 1993, while being a student at the University of Besançon, France. In 1997, he started studying high-capacity WDM terrestrial systems, and conducted large-scale demonstration experiments, at 10Gbit/s, 40Gbit/s, 100Gbit/s  and 100Gbit/s channel rates. He is currently heading a research team devoted to optical networks. He has authored and co-authored more than 230 journal and conference papers, and 35 patent.


  • 1993 – 1996 Université de Franche Comté in Besançon, France

pHD in Physics

  • 1989 – 1992 Institut d'Optique Graduate School, Palaiseau, France

Engineering degree, major in Optics

  • 1987 – 1989 Lycée Masséna, Nice, France

Preparatory school for national competitive exams into Grandes Ecoles

Professional activites

At the end of 2011, Sébastien Bigo was elected to serve as Member of the Board of Governors of the IEEE Photonics Society for a three-year term.
He has been representing Alcatel-Lucent in Photonics 21. Photonics 21 is the official association designated by the European Commission to promote photonics and define research priorities for Europe
In 2014, Dr Bigo is Technical Program Chair of ECOC 2014, Europe's largest conference on optical communication, in Cannes, south of France.

Selected articles and publications

Sébastien's (not complete but regularly updated) list of more than 270 publications publications can be found on Google Scholar


Sébastien Bigo is inventor or co-inventor of more than 35 patents.

Honors & Awards


  • 2000, High Speed Awardfrom Alcatel chairman and top executives as one the five leading contributors of the successful TeraLightTM Fiber project (several millions of km sold).
  • Member of the Alcatel/Alcatel-Lucent Technical Academy since its creation
  • 2003, Grand Prix Général Ferrié, from the French ICT society.
  • 2005, Prize for the largest number of transfers of research assets into products, given by Alcatel Research senior management
  • 2007, Bell Labs Team Award for the French-US collaboration which resulted in the first demonstration of 25Tbit/s transmission
  • 2008, SEE-IEEE Léon Nicolas Brillouin Award for the “development of multi-terabit/s transmissions over thousands of kilometers »
  • 2009, second prize of the 2010 Chéreau-Lavet Inventor-Engineer Award (other awardees include inventors of A380 flight command, of MP3, of ink jet printers, of eye-care medicine, of ultrasonic analyzer)
  • 2010, among the three finalists of France’s Engineer of the year award, selected by a group of journalists
  • 2012, Bells Labs Fellow