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Werner Coomans

Antwerp, Belgium
Dept. Head, Fixed Networks


  • Ph.D. in Engineering Sciences (2009-2013) - Semiconductor Ring Lasers as Optical Neurons
    Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Brussels, Belgium.
  • Master in Engineering Sciences: Photonics (2007-2009)
    Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Brussels, Belgium and Universiteit Gent, Ghent, Belgium.
  • Bachelor in Engineering Sciences: Electronics and Information Technology (2004-2007)
    Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Brussels, Belgium.


Werner Coomans (werner.coomans@nokia-bell-labs.com) heads the Fixed Networks Department in Antwerp within the Access Lab of Nokia Bell Labs, focusing on next-generation gigabit access technologies leveraging legacy infrastructure. He actively contributes to several standardization bodies, such as ITU-T and CableLabs, has filed more than 15 patents, and was the recipient of a PhD Fellowship of the Research Foundation Flanders (FWO, 2009), the Bell Labs Outstanding Results Award (2018), and the Edison Patent Award for Telecommunications (2019). He joined Bell Labs in 2013, after obtaining an M.Sc. in Electrical Engineering (2009) and a Ph.D. in Engineering Sciences (2013) from the Vrije Universiteit Brussel on semiconductor lasers.


Research Interests

  • Coding Theory
  • Computational & Algorithmic Sciences
  • Information Systems
  • Modulation & Multiplexing
  • Network Architecture & Design
  • Optical Communication
  • System Integration

Honors and Awards

  • 2019 Edison Patent Award for Telecommunications - "Full Duplex Communication over a Shared Transmission Medium, US Patent 10,200,167"
  • 2018 Nokia Bell Labs Outstanding Results Award
  • Best Industry Paper Award for "XG-FAST: Towards 10 Gb/s Copper Access" at IEEE Global Commun. Conf.: 3rd IEEE Workshop on Telecommunication Standards: From Research to Standards, Austin, TX, December 2014.

Selected Articles and Publications

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