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Marija Furdek

Marija Furdek (S’09–M´13–SM´17) received the Dipl.-Ing. and the Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing, University of Zagreb, Croatia, in 2008 and 2012, respectively. 

Since 2019, she has been an Assistant Professor at Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg, Sweden. Previously, 2013-2019, she was with the Optical Networks Lab (ONLab) at KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Kista, Sweden. She was a visiting researcher at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA, Telecom Italia, Italy, and Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand. She has authored over a hundred publications in leading international journals and conferences. Her research interests include the design and optimization of high-performance optical networks supporting next generation services and AI-enabled physical-layer security and reliability. 

Dr. Furdek is a Senior Member of Optica and IEEE. She is a board member of the IEEE Sweden section VT/COM/IT chapter. She is an editor of the IEEE/Optica Journal of Optical Communications and Networking and of Springer Nature Photonic Network Communications. She was a guest editor of IEEE/Optica Journal of Lightwave Technology and of Elsevier Optical Fiber Technology. Dr. Furdek is the Principal Investigator of the project Safeguarding Optical Communication Networks from Cyber-Security Attacks, funded by the Swedish Research Council. She is the technical direction manager for the Swedish consortium of the Celtic Next flagship project AI-NET-PROTECT. As PI, work package leader and/or researcher, she has been contributing to over a dozen national and international scientific projects with academia and industry partners.  She is a TPC Co-Chair of EuCNC & 6G Summit 2023 and was a General Co-Chair of IEEE ONDM 2021 and the NETWORKS meeting at the Optica Advanced Photonics Congress 2016-2019. She received a Ph.D. thesis award in 2013, the 2013 Fabio Neri Best Paper Award of the Optical Switching and Networking journal, and best paper awards at MIPRO 2011, ACP 2011, RNDM 2017 and Optica Advanced Photonics Congress 2018.

Lecture Topics
  • Physical-layer security management in optical networks
  • Machine learning for physical-layer security breach diagnostics
  • Resilience of the communication network infrastructure to failures and attacks
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