Cédric Ware: teaching activities

Finding ways to train people best is something I love doing.

I used to think teaching was a necessary ordeal in my line of work, and I still find it rather time-consuming; but I happen to really enjoy myself in the classroom, and it brings me a much deeper understanding of my field as well. Of course, I am lucky enough to have students from some of the best institutions in the country.

I thus have significant teaching resposibilities: from creating and managing entire courses to mentoring individual students, in topics that range from optics and quantum physics to more applied tutorials in line with my research.

On this page:

Master course on Optical Networks and Photonic Systems

I am currently building a full-semester course at the M.Sc./M.Eng. level, to begin in Fall 2015, in the framework of the newly-created Université Paris-Saclay.

The goal is to give students a global vision on what it takes to get data across a modern worldwide communications network, with a solid grounding in all required scientific and technical issues: network management and dimensioning; transmission on the optical channel; information theory and coding; and device and propagation physics.

Although other courses exist, specialized in any of the above-mentioned topics, I and my colleagues believe that the field of communications is evolving beyond the grasp of narrowly-specialized engineers. In particular, new issues linked to cloud computing are pushing networks to their limits, both globally and locally within data centers; meeting these challenges will unavoidably require thinking outside the traditional box of network “layers”.

That's what we want to train future researchers and engineers to tackle.

More information on contents, requirements, enrolling to be announced shortly.

First-year course on Micro- and Nano-Physics

I am in charge of getting TPT's 150-odd first-year students up to speed on “Micro- and Nano-Physics”: quantum and statistical physics applied to electronic devices.

This 30-hour introduction amounts to demystifying the magic word “quantum”, explaining the situations where older theories fail, and those where more familiar classical physics can still be used with a few corrections. The function of simple electronic devices is thus explained.

ATHENS exchange program course on optical communications

Pedagogy resources