Received the B.Sc. degree in Electronics Engineering from the Federal University of Pernambuco (UFPE), in Recife, Brazil, in 1989, the M.Sc. degree in Physics from the same institution in 1991 and the PhD degree in Electronics Engineering from the University of Glasgow, Scotland, in 1995. Between 1995 and 1998 he was a visiting professor at the Physics Department of UFPE. In 1998 he joined the Photonics Group, Department of Electronics and Systems of UFPE, in Recife, where he currently is a Full Professor and the Head of Department. His research interests are in devices, subsystems, transmission systems and networking for optical communications and optical sensors. He has coordinated several research projects financed by state and federal agencies as well as by industries like SIEMENS-Brazil, PARKS and PADTEC. He also took part in other research projects sponsored by ERICSSON-Brazil and CHESF. He has authored more than 100 papers and 1 international patent. Prof. Joaquim Martins-Filho is a Senior Member of the IEEE (The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers), Senior Member of OSA (The Optical Society), Member of SBMO (Brazilian Microwave and Optoelectronics Society), Member of SBFoton (Brazilian Photonics and Optics Society) and SBrT (Brazilian Telecommunication Society), as well as a Research Fellow of the National Research Council of Brazil (CNPq). RID: http://www.researcherid.com/rid/C-6123-2011. Citations: http://scholar.google.com/citations?hl=en&user=BqzbDdsAAAAJ.