Milorad Cvijetic

Adjunct Professor of Optical Sciences
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Meinel 429
Wyant College of Optical Sciences
The University of Arizona
1630 E. University Blvd.
P.O. Box 210094
Tucson, AZ 85721-0094


  • Professor: The University of Arizona, College of Optical Sciences, 2011-present
  • Vice President and Chief Technology Strategist: NEC Corporation of America, 2006-2011
  • Assistant Vice President: NEC America Inc., 2001-2006
  • Director: NEC America Inc., Photonic Networks, 1997-2001
  • Principal Member of Scientific Staff: Bell Northern Research and NORTEL, 1993-1997
  • Researcher and Lab Head: VTI Institute, 1984-1993

Professional Affiliations and Activities: 

  • IEEE: IEEE Communications Magazine, Steering Committee, Member
  • IEEE: IEEE Communications Magazine, 100G Series, Editor
  • IEEE Communications Society/The Optical Society (OSA)/IEEE Photonics Society: Optical Fiber Communication Conference and Exposition/National Fiber Optic Engineers Conference, Invited Speaker
  • IEEE Communications Society/OSA/IEEE Photonics Society: OFC/NFOE, Optical Wireless Workshop, Organizer
  • IEEE Communications Society/OSA/IEEE Photonics Society: OFC/NFOE, Short Course Instructor
  • IEEE Communications Society/OSA/IEEE Photonics Society: OFC/NFOE, Technical Committee, Member
  • IEEE Communications Society/OSA/IEEE Photonics Society: OFC/NFOE, Technical Subcommittee, Chair
  • IEEE: International Conference on Transparent Optical Networks, Invited Speaker
  • Optoelectronics and Communications Conference: Invited Speaker
  • SPIE: Conference, Invited Speaker
  • SPIE: Conference, Technical Committee, Member
  • The Optical Society (OSA): Associate Editor
  • Authored 22 U.S. patents in optical communications and networking


OPTI 430/530


OPTI 671

Specific Research Interests: 

  • High-speed DWDM optical transmission systems: advanced modulation formats and detection schemes.
  • Multilayer high-capacity optical networks.
  • Photonic and electronic technologies for optical networks.
  • Advanced optical access networks.
  • High-speed OFDM/WDM PON and free space optical systems.
  • Converged optical-wireless systems.
  • Optical quantum communications.

Research Summary: 

The Advanced Optical Networking Lab, directed by Milorad Cvijetic, has conducted research in optical transmission and networking, including activities related to the following:

  • high-speed optical transmission systems
  • advanced optical access and data center networks
  • multilayer elastic optical networks
  • optical quantum communications
  • free space optical transmission systems
  • employment and optimization of photonic and electronic technologies for optical transmission systems and networks

Their research deals with advanced adaptive multidimensional coded modulation formats that employ spectral (OFDM, Nyquist WDM) and spatial (spatial mode-based MIMO) components and multidimensional coherent detection schemes. Cvijetic's team has proposed so-called “spatial-spectral multidimensional concept,” which have been utilized for ultra-high-speed real-time optical networking experiments, as well as high-capacity quantum communication channels over optical fibers and free space.


  • Ph.D., University of Belgrade (Yugoslavia), 1984