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Graphical user interfaces for teaching and research in optical communications
Author(s): Telmo Almeida; Rogerio Nogueira; Paulo André

Paper Abstract

This paper highlights the use of graphical user interfaces (GUIs) developed with the guide tool from Matlab® for university level optical communications courses and research activities. Graphical user interfaces programmed with Matlab® would not only improve the learning experience, making models easier to understand, but also could be tweaked and improved by students themselves. As Matlab® is already taught in many universities, this would ease the process. An example of a model for a stationary EDFA is given to demonstrate the ease of use and understanding of the role of all the different parameters of the model, so students can get a real interactive experience. Another considered potential application is in research. With GUIs, researchers can make real-time parameter optimization, quick assessments and calculations, or simply showcase their work to broader audiences who may not be so familiar with the topic. A practical example of a research application is given for a parameter optimization of a model for non-linear phenomena in uncompensated long-haul transmission links is given. Besides all the emphasis given to practical applications and potential situations for its use, the paper also covers the basic notions of the critical steps in making a successful Matlab® GUI. Ease of use, visual appearance and computation time are the key features of a successfully implemented GUI.

Paper Details

Date Published: 17 July 2014
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 9289, 12th Education and Training in Optics and Photonics Conference, 92891U (17 July 2014); doi: 10.1117/12.2070562
Show Author Affiliations
Telmo Almeida, Instituto de Telecomunicações (Portugal)
Univ. de Aveiro (Portugal)
Rogerio Nogueira, Instituto de Telecomunicações (Portugal)
Univ. de Aveiro (Portugal)
Paulo André, Instituto de Telecomunicações (Portugal)
Univ. de Aveiro (Portugal)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9289:
12th Education and Training in Optics and Photonics Conference
Manuel F. P. C. Martins Costa; Mourad Zghal, Editor(s)

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