Senior Researcher, Optics and Nanoelectronics, NICTA
Dept. of EEE, University of Melbourne, Australia
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  JUL 2009- : Senior Researcher, Networked System, Victorian Research Laboratory, National ICT Australia (NICTA). Dept. of Electrical and Electronic Eng., University of Melbourne.  VIC-3010, Australia.
  JAN 2006-JUN 2009 : Researcher, Networked System, Victorian Research Laboratory, National ICT Australia (NICTA). Dept. of Electrical and Electronic Eng., University of Melbourne.  VIC-3010, Australia.
  OCT 2003-JAN 2006: Ph.D. Researcher, Centre for Ultra-Broadband Information Networks (CUBIN), Dept. of Electrical and Electronic Eng., University of Melbourne.  VIC-3010, Australia.
  FEB 2002-SEP 2003: Masters Student Researcher, Photonics Research Laboratory, Dept. of Electrical and Electronic Eng., University of Melbourne.  VIC-3010, Australia.
  NOV-DEC 2001:  Engineer (placement), Kingfisher International Pty Ltd, a telecommunication test & measurement equipment manufacturer located at Scoresby, VIC, Australia.
  NOV 1999-JUL 2001: Executive Director (Engineering), Fiber Optic Network Solutions (FONS) BD Ltd, a subsidiary of FONS Corp., MA, USA, located in Dhaka, Bangladesh
  NOV 1996-OCT 1999: Optical Engineer, FONS BD Ltd.
  National ICT Australia (JAN 2006  to till today)
National ICT Australia (NICTA) Australia’s Centre of Excellence for information and communications technology (ICT), is the leading Australia’s publicly funded ICT research organization. It’s mission is to be an enduring world-class ICT research institute with distinct focuses in key ICT and life science business areas. With the executive offices in Sydney, NICTA has currently six research laboratories in different states and has employed more than 500 research and development professionals by the end of 2006.

Masud Bakaul is a researcher and developer of NICTA’s MAMI project, which is driven by the development of commercially viable solutions for next generation optical performance monitors.  Since his inception in JAN 2006, he is actively involved in overcoming the challenges of the two potential products currently under development. The first is a low cost, polarization diversity based OSNR monitor that overcomes the requirement of polarization control and sensitivity to PMD.  The second is the development of a multi impairment monitor (MIM) that can diagnose and measure simultaneous multiple impairments in next generation DWDM optical networks. Apart from that, Dr. Bakaul is an active investigator of NICTA’s B2U project where he addresses the challenges of the next-generation convergent wireless and optical technologies, and the millimeter-wave radio-over-fiber technologies for broadband wireless access applications. The highlights of his current responsibilities are:

  • Modeling the products (under development) by computer simulation
  • Prototyping the products for experimental validation
  • Building an automated testbed for a 10Gbps optical system to characterize the performance of the prototypes with various network parameters, such as bit rates, extinction ratios, modulation formats, PMD, dispersion, crosstalk etc.
  • Use of NICTA’s 40Gbps testbed for enhanced characterization
  • Undertake excellent research in optical performance monitoring.
  • Active investigation in the broadband access arena that addresses the challenges of Ethernet and wireless (both IF and RF) access technologies towards their convergence in ‘last mile’ networks.
  • Publish and present the R&D outcome to the leading journals and conference.
  PRL/CUBIN, University of Melbourne (FEB 2002 –JAN 2006)

In FEB 2002, Masud Bakaul commenced his Masters by Research degree in the Photonics Research Laboratory (PRL), Dept. of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, University of Melbourne under the supervision of Prof Thas A Nirmalathas, Dr. Dalma Novak, Dr. Rod Waterhouse and Dr. Christina Lim. He fulfilled the requirements of the Masters by Research degree by SEP 2003. He then extended his investigation with the Centre for Ultra-Broadband Information Network (CUBIN) towards a Ph.D. degree and completed successfully in JAN 2006. His Ph.D. research focused on the development of system technologies for millimeter-wave radio frequency transport over fiber optics infrastructure. The major highlights of his Ph.D. investigations are:

  • Developing efficient system technologies (OADM, Multiplexing and Demultiplexing) which enable high frequency RF signals over WDM optical access infrastructure.
  • Integration of Ethernet and Wireless (both IF and RF) access technologies in a passive optical access infrastructure towards a converged last mile telecommunication access network.
  • Modeling of the proposed hypotheses both by theory as well as computer simulation.
  • Demonstration of the proposed hypotheses by experiments

His thesis was complemented with more than 20 publications in the renowned journals and conference proceedings. He was one of the recipients of the LEOS/Newport/Spectra-Physics research excellence awards in 2005.

  FONS BD Ltd (NOV 1996 –JUL 2001)

Masud Bakaul commenced his engineering career with Fiber Optic Network Solutions (FONS) Bangladesh LTD, a subsidiary of FONS Corp, Northborough, MA, USA. Founded in 1992, FONS Corp. is a developer and manufacturer of a complete line of passive fiber optic components including traditional fiber management and connectivity product lines. FONS is also a leading Fiber-to-the-Premise (FTTP) solutions provider in USA and Canada. With his inception as an optical engineer in NOV 1996, Masud Bakaul has undergone several early and mid career responsibilities in FONS BD. His responsibilities included:

  • leading a group of fiber optic components/subsystems manufacturing engineers and technicians from raw material pre-processing to quality control
  • developing manufacturing processes for optical components and sub-systems
  • document and manage technical designs and data by meeting ISO-9000 standards of practice
  • interacting the sales and marketing people to meet the special customers’ need

Moreover, he was actively involved in transferring ‘technical know how’ from FONS Corp to FONS BD Ltd. He finally left FONS in JUL 2001 when he was holding Executive Director (Engineering) position. FONS has recently been acquired by ADC, the leading telecommunication giant in the globe.

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