José Capmany

Integrated Microwave Photonics: a key technology for current and future hybrid fixed-wireless information systems.
With the emergence of new information and communication paradigms such as 5G, the Internet of the Things and autonomous driving systems there will be the need for an efficient, low cost and low-power consumption interfacing of broadband wired and wireless communications. The integration of RF signal processing and conditioning functionalities in photonic chips that exploit the unique advantages brought by optics will be key. In this paper we review the recent progress made in the field of integrated Microwave Photonics, outline present state of the art and address the future challenges to be tackled by this hybrid technology.  We will also review current transnational efforts lead by the European union through H2020, ERC and COST programes towards the building of a global scientific and technical community with the required critical mass in this field.
José Capmany. was born in Madrid, Spain, on December 15 1962. He received the Ingeniero de Telecomunicacion degree from the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM) in 1987 and the Licenciado en Ciencias Físicas in 2009. He holds a PhD in Electrical Engineering from UPM and a PhD in Quantum Physics from the Universidad de Vigo. Since 1991 he is with the Departamento de Comunicaciones, Universitat Politècnica de València (UPV), where he started the activities on optical communications and photonics, founding the Photonics Research Labs ( He has been an Associate Professor from 1992 to 1996, and Full Professor in optical communications, systems, and networks since 1996. In parallel, he has been Telecommunications Engineering Faculty Vice-Dean from 1991 to 1996, and Deputy Head of the Communications Department since 1996. From 2002 to 2016, he was the Director of the Institute of Telecommunications and Multimedia (iTEAM) at UPVa ( His research activities and interests cover a wide range of subjects related to optical communications including microwave photonics (MWP), integrated optics, optical signal processing, fiber Bragg gratings, and more recently quantum cryptography and quantum information processing using photonics. He has published over 520 papers in international refereed journals and conferences and has been a member of the Technical Program Committees of the European Conference on Optical Communications (ECOC), the Optical Fiber Conference (OFC), the Integrated Optics and Optical Communications Conference (IOOC), CLEO Europe, and the Optoelectronics and Communications Conference (OECC). Professor Capmany has also carried out activities related to professional bodies and is the Founder and current Chairman of the IPS Spanish Chapter, and a Fellow of the Optical Society of America (OSA) and the Institution of Electrical Engineers (IEE). He has acted as a reviewer for over 35 SCI journals in the field of photonics and telecommunications. He is also a founder and chief innovation officer of the spin-off company VLC Photonics ( dedicated to the design of photonic integrated circuits and EPHHOX ( dedicated to MWP instrumentation.
Professor Capmany is the 2012 King James I Prize Laureate on novel technologies, the highest scientific distinction in Spain, for his outstanding contributions to the field of microwave photonics. He is also the recipient of the Extraordinary Doctorate Prize of the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid in 1992. He is a distinguished lecturer of the IEEE Photonics Society for the 2013-14 term, an associate Editor of IEEE Photonics Technology Letters and the IEEE Journal of Lightwave Technology. He has also been a Guest Editor for the IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Quantum Electronics, IEEE Transactions of Microwave Theory and Techniques and Optics Express feature issue on microwave photonics.