UNLOC is a UK research programme focused on unlocking the capacity of optical communications. It is a £4.8 million five-year collaborative project between the Optical Networks Group at UCL, Aston Institute of Photonic Technologies at Aston University and multiple industry partners. Funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), our team's mission is to unlock the capacity of optical communication systems.

Research within UNLOC focuses on developing new theoretical and experimental approaches to increase the capacity of optical fibre transmission technologies, which support and transform our economy, science, education, healthcare, transport and almost every other aspect of modern life.

Combining techniques from information theory, coding, advanced modulation formats, digital signal processing and advanced photonics, we develop breakthrough techniques to ensure that the underlying communications infrastructure can continue to meet the growing demand for faster and more reliable global networks.

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    Beyond state-of-the-art optical communications

    2 June 2017
    Full day symposium in partnership with Photonics Hyperhighway research programme

    Optical Fiber Communication Conference 2017

    19-23 March 2017, Los Angeles
    10 papers involving UNLOC members


    1 February 2017, 09:30–17:00
    Workshop at St. Catharine’s College, Cambridge 


        This project is supported under the Programme Grants Scheme of EPSRC with a reference number EP/J017582/1. The project started on 1 May, 2012 with funding spread over 5 years. The project has received a funding extension and is now funded until 28 February 2018.