Students: Pier Giorgio Raponi (PhD, visiting scholar from SSSUP), Md Shafiqul Hai (M.Eng)

The project RODIN (Réseaux Optiques D’INterconnexion extensibles à haute efficacité énergétique - Energy-efficient and scalable optical interconnection networks) is a high-relevance project between Italy and Québec carried out in collaboration with Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna, Pisa.

RODIN aims at exploring the photonic switching technologies applied to interconnection networks in order to overcome the limitations of electronics in term of transmission rates, wiring density, data format transparency and electromagnetic field immunity. The project challenge is to design high-performance optical interconnection networks and efficient schedulers suitable for the designed architectures. The objectives prefixed are to ensure the scalability and energy efficiency of the optical interconnection networks and schedulers.

Visit the RODIN webiste here.


  • O. Liboiron-Ladouceur, I. Cerutti, P. G. Raponi, N. Andriolli, P. Castoldi,  "Energy-Efficient Design of a Scalable Optical Multiplane Interconnection Architecture," IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Quantum Electronics, special issue on "Green Photonics: Energy Efficiency in Quantum Electronics", vol. 17, no. 2, pp. 377-383, Mar./Apr. 2011.
  • P. G. Raponi, N. Andriolli, I. Cerutti, P. Castoldi; "A Two-Step Scheduling Framework for Space-Wavelength Modular Optical Interconnection Networks,” IET Communications, vol. 4, no. 18, pp. 2155-2165, Dec. 2010.
  • O. Liboiron-Ladouceur, I. Cerutti, P. G. Raponi, N. Andriolli, P. Castoldi, “Multi-Plane Optical Interconnection for Energy-Proportional Network Architectures,” in Proc. LEOS Summer Topicals Conference, Playa del Carmen, Mexico, Jul. 2010.

February 2014

  • Meet Prof. Liboiron-Ladouceur and her student Peicheng Liao who will be at OFC 2014 presenting our recent paper from the RODIN project: "Gain Effect on the Scalability of SOA-based Optical Space Switches" (paper M3E.5).

    September 2013

    • We wish the best to our team members Xi Lu who graduated with an M.Eng now working at Ciena and Postdoc Mehrdad Mirshafiei now with the R&D team at Ericsson.

      August 2013

      • Meet Prof. Liboiron-Ladouceur at ECOC 2013 in London where she will present on September 25 "A Compact Silicon-on-Insulator Optical Hybrid for Low Loss Integration with Balanced Photodetectors," paper We.2.B.2.

      June 2013

      • Meet one of our Photonic DataCom team members at the IEEE Summer Topicals this summer in July were we will present our recent work. Prof. Liboiron-Ladouceur is also giving an invited presentation at Photonics in Switching on July 5th in Kyoto, Japan.

      September 2012

      • The Photonic DataCom team presented two papers (WM4 and TuI3) at the IEEE Photonics Society Conference in San Francisco next September.

      Summer 2012

      • Professor Liboiron-Ladouceur is Chapter Chair of the IEEE Photonics Society. For information about local events go to website

      • The Photonic DataCom team presented three papers at the SPIE Photonics North Conference in Montreal.

      May 2012

      • We congratulate Mr. Meer Sakib for receiving the SPIE Graduate Scholarship.

      February 2012

      • Our project RODIN was awarded the Premio Venezia from the Italian Chamber of Commerce in Canada honouring excellence in collaborations between Quebec and Italy.

      October 2011

      • Professor Liboiron-Ladouceur has been awarded a Canada Research Chair in Photonic Interconnects

      • The Photonic DataCom team presented three papers at the IEEE Photonics Conference in Arlington, VA (Oct. 9-13)

      September 2011

      • We wish the best to Mr. Venkat Mahalingam (M.Eng. 2011) who is now working at Telus in Montreal as a network design engineer

      August 2011

      • We congratulate Mr. Meer Sakib for receiving the Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship