Sébastien Bigo received an engineering degree from Institut d’Optique Graduate School (1992) of Palaiseau, and a PhD degree in physics (1996). In 1993, he joined Nokia Bell Labs (Alcatel Research & Innovation at the time). He studied high-capacity fiber systems, broke 30 transmission records, at 10Gbit/s, 40Gbit/s, 100Gbit/s and 400Git/s bit-rates over 15 years, actively contributed to the invention of the Teralight fiber, to coherent fiber systems at 100Gbit/s, now used throughout the world.
His recent research interests have expanded to the automation of fiber networks. He has authored and co-authored more than 350 journal and conference papers, and 46 patents.
Dr Bigo is Bell Labs Fellow (2012), IEEE Fellow (2017). He received multiple awards, including the General Ferrié Award (2003), the IEEE/SEE Brillouin Award (2008), two Chéreau-Lavet Inventor-Engineer Awards (2010 and 2017) and the IMT Grand Prize of the Academy of Science of France (2017).