Dr. ir Idelfonso Tafur Monroy

Dr. ir Idelfonso Tafur Monroy

About BlueSpace Project TEAM Leader

Dr. ir Idelfonso Tafur Monroy is part of the Netherlands Institute for Photonics Integration (IPI) based at Eindhoven University of Technology. He is also affiliated with the University's Electro-Optical Communications (ECO) Research Group. His research focuses on photonic terahertz systems.

Academic Background

Idelfonso Tafur Monroy started his academic career in the Kharkov Polytechnic Institute in Ukraine, and graduated from the Bonch-Bruevitch Institute of Communications, St. Petersburg, Russia, in 1992, where he received a M.Sc. degree in multichannel telecommunications. In 1996 he received a Technology Licentiate degree in telecommunications theory from the Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden. The same year he joined the Electrical Engineering Department of the Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands, where he earned a Ph.D. degree in 1999 and worked as an assistant professor until 2006.

He has since founded and led from 2007 the metro-access and short-range communications group of the Department of Photonics Engineering at the Technical University of Denmark where he was Professor until June 2017. He has also been a guest Professor at the Beijing University of Post and Telecommunications, University of California at Berkeley and ITMO University Fellowship Professor.

Idelfonso has participated in several European research framework projects in photonic technologies and their applications to communication systems. He currently coordinates the H2020 ITN CELTA and 5G PPP blueSPACE projects. His research interests are in photonics technologies for hybrid optical-wireless communications, high-capacity optical fiber transmission, and short-range data links.

He is co-author of over 500 journal and conference papers and has graduated 20 PhD students. He is co-founder of the Danish start-up Bifrost Communications which is developing a device that amplifies and separates fiber optical signals with the potential savings for the global telecommunications industries millions of Euros. 

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The Netherlands Institute for Photonic Integration continues the research of the TU/e research school COBRA, tapping into the knowledge of an extensive staff of researchers along with a large cleanroom (800 square metres) optimized for photonics R&D. The research school has grown into one of the world’s leading proponents of photonics. There is intensive collaboration on photonics with the research groups of the University of Twente and TU Delft, as well as many institutions outside the Netherlands.

Photonic Integration Technology Center

In order to develop prototypes on the basis of scientific knowledge, a 'technology center', the Photinic Integration technology Center (PITC), has been established that will work in the same three specific focal areas as the IPI and extend the fundamental research results of the IPI to a level from which companies can take over further development.:

  • The PITC is driven by developments in research, but also by roadmaps and by input from companies united in PhotonDelta. In this way these companies have direct access to fundamental and applied research, on topics and on a level from which they can carry it further.


The Institute for Photonic Integration is the knowledge engine of the Photon Delta ecosystem, the sum of high-tech companies, knowledge institutions and authorities that have joined forces to gain a leading position in the development and commercialization of photonics.