Benoit Charbonnier received his engineering degree in 1994 from Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Télécommunications de Paris and received his Ph.D. degree in 1997 on 40 Gbps soliton transmission from the same institution. In 1997, he joined Nortel Network in Harlow, UK, in the Advanced Communications group where he worked on 80 Gbps long haul transmission and then, in 2001, joined Marconi Communications to develop an Ultra-Long Haul 10 Gb/s based transmission products. In 2004, he joined Orange Labs as a research engineer, focusing on next generation optical access networks and particularly on digital signal processing applied to optical communications. In 2015, he moved to CEA-Leti, Grenoble, leading the photonics program within the French Institute of Technology Nanoelec, developing industrial partnerships to promote silicon photonics technologies. He is now in charge of neuromorphic photonics applications within the silicon photonics lab.
Computing with light is gathering interest recently with prospects of ultra high speed computations hence at very low power consumption per operation. Leti's Silicon Photonics Platform with integrated IIIV, Phase Change Materials and Barium Titanate is well suited to deliver high performance low power circuits for computing as well as inference.