The future of Internet depends on the ability of networks to sustain an ever-increasing traffic capacity. Optical communications, as the only technology capable of carrying such amounts of data over long distances, are already integral to modern digital society: core and metropolitan networks, fiber to the home, data center infrastructure, and soon 5G front-haul.

Nevertheless, the continued growth of traffic runs squarely into information-theory transmission limits and an uncontrolled energy consumption. Future networks need not only better-performing devices and systems, but to integrate them tightly, redesigning and optimizing the network across traditional layers.

This necessary cross-layer network design requires researchers and engineers possessing a global vision, and trained in all aspects of Optical Communications and Networking.

ROSP aims to train these people. Supported by teaching and research groups renowned worldwide, it offers:

  • vertical knowledge on Optical Communications: from Device Physics, through Optical Transmission to Networking, Information Theory and Digital Signal Processing;
  • open knowledge from Optical Communications to other applications of Photonics;
  • practical training with substantial laboratory work for all topics;
  • opportunity for both future research and applied work in companies linked with the domain of Photonics.

ROSP is an “M2”, one of the final-year tracks of the Master of Electrical Engineering of Université Paris-Saclay. It comprises a semester of formal training and another semester of internship in a company or public institution.

The course is taught entirely in English, though the French acronym ROSP (Réseaux Optiques et Systèmes Photoniques) is used for pronounceability reasons.


We aim to train engineers and researchers who can meet these challenges: design optical communication systems suited to given constraints and required applications; design cross-layer optical network architectures, from the physical layer to higher network layers; select optical components according to their performances among current and future solutions; and design the photonic devices needed for optical data processing and transport in future networks.

The expertise in optical solutions acquired by our students will let them not only to answer these major issues of the Information Technology sector, but other applications as well in the health industry, bioscience, energy, fabrication technologies, environment, and many others.

Who we are

ROSP is organized by leading French graduate schools and universities:

See the partners page for more about us.