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Academic biography

Liam Barry received his BE (Electronic Engineering) and MEngSc (Optical Communications) degrees from University College Dublin in 1991 and 1993 respectively. From February 1993 until January 1996 he was employed as a Research Engineer in the Optical Systems Department of France Telecom's Research Laboratories (now known as Orange Labs) in Lannion, France. During this period his research involved the use of ultra short optical pulses in high capacity optical networks, and as a result of this work he obtained his PhD Degree from the University of Rennes in France. In February 1996 he joined the Applied Optics Centre in Auckland University, New Zealand, as a Research Fellow. His work in New Zealand was mainly concerned with optical pulse generation and measurement, and the use of optical nonlinearities for high speed all-optical switching in fibre networks. In March 1998 he took up a lecturing position in the School of Electronic Engineering at Dublin City University, and established the Radio and Optical Communications Laboratory, which is part of The Rince Institute. From April 2006 until February 2010 he served as Director of The Rince Institute, an interdisciplinary research centre with over 100 researchers.  He is currently a Professor in the School of Electronic Engineering, a Principal Investigator for Science Foundation Ireland, and Director of the Radio and Optical Communications Laboratory. His main research interests are; all-optical signal processing, optical pulse generation and characterization, hybrid radio/fibre communication systems, wavelength tuneable lasers for reconfigurable optical networks, and optical performance monitoring. He has published over 200 articles in international peer reviewed journals, 250 papers in international peer reviewed conferences, and holds 10 patents in the area of optoelectronics. He was a TPC member for the European Conference on Optical Communications (ECOC) from 2004 to 2018 and served as ECOC Co-Chair for ECOC2019 in Dublin. He has also been a TPC member for the Optical Fibre Communication Conference (OFC) from 2007 to 2010, serving as Chair of the Optoelectronic Devices sub-committee for OFC 2010.