Twisting light beams to communicate.

Education and Early Career

Abderrahmen Trichili received his diplôme National d'Ingénieur in wireless networks and communications, and PhD degree in Information and Communication Technology from the Engineering School of Communication of Tunis (Tunisia) in 2013 and 2017, respectively. During his doctoral study, he received a mobility fellowship from the University of Padova (Italy), where he spent one year at the Information Engineering Department (DEI). In February 2018, he joined KAUST University as a Postdoctoral Fellow at CEMSE.

Research Interest

Trichili's current areas of interest include optical wireless communication, space division multiplexing, simultaneous lightwave information and power transfer.

Honors and Awards

Trichili was awarded a 2017 SPIE Optics and Photonics Education Scholarship for his potential long-range contributions to the optics, photonics or other related fields. During his PhD, he received multiple travel grants to attend international conferences and workshops such as the 2016 frontier in Optics (FIO) conference in Rochester and the 24th Congress of the International Commission for Optics in Tokyo. In 2019, he was nominated by KAUST to attend the 69th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting (Physics). He has been recently awarded the Multiply Marie-Sklodowska-Curie fellowship to carry his research on structured light optical communications.

Selected Publications

[1] O. Alkhazragi, A. Trichili, I. Ashry, T. K. Ng, M.-S. Alouini, B. S. Ooi, ``Wide-field-of-view optical detectors using fused fiber-optic tapers," Optics Letters 46, 1916-1919 2021.

[2] A. Trichili, M. Cox, B. S. Ooi, and M.-S. Alouini, ``Roadmap to Free Space Optics," Journal of the Optical Society of America B 37(11), A184-A201 (2020).

[3] A. Trichili, C. Ben Issaid, B. S. Ooi, and M.-S. Alouini, ``A CNN based structured light communication scheme for Internet of underwater things applications," IEEE Internet of Things Journal 7(10), 10038-10047

[4] J. I. de Oliveira Filho, A. Trichili, B. S. Ooi, M.-S. Alouini, and K. N. Salama, ``Toward self-powered Internet of underwater things devices," IEEE Communications Magazine 58, 68-73 (2020).

[5] A. Trichili, K.-H. Park, M. Zghal, B. S. Ooi, M.-S. Alouini, ``Communicating using spatial mode multiplexing: Potentials, challenges and perspectives," IEEE Communications Surveys & Tutorials 21(4),
3175-3203 (2019).


Professional Memberships

  • Ph.D. in Information and Communication Technology, Engineering School of Communication of Tunis (SUP’COM), September 2017.
  • Diplome National d’Ingenieur, Engineering School of Communication of Tunis (SUP’COM), Tunisia, 2013.

Awards and Distinctions

  • 2017-SPIE optics and photonics education scholarship.
  • 2016-2017 University of Padova, PhD student mobility fellowship.