José Capmany was born in Madrid, Spain, on December 15 1962. He received the Ingeniero de Telecomunicacion degree from the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM) in 1987 and the Licenciado en Ciencias Físicas in 2009. He holds a PhD in Electrical Engineering from UPM and a PhD in Quantum Physics from the Universidad de Vigo. Since 1991 he is with the Departamento de Comunicaciones, Universidad Politecnica de Valencia (UPV), where he started the activities on optical communications and photonics, founding the Optical Communications Group (www.gco.upv.es). He has been an Associate Professor from 1992 to 1996, and Full Professor in optical communications, systems, and networks since 1996. In parallel, he has been Telecommunications Engineering Faculty Vice-Dean from 1991 to 1996, and Deputy Head of the Communications Department since 1996. Since 2002, he is the Director of the ITEAM Research Institute, Universidad Politécnica de Valencia. His research activities and interests cover a wide range of subjects related to optical communications including optical signal processing, ring resonators, fiber gratings, RF filters, SCM, WDM, and CDMA transmission, wavelength conversion, optical bistability and more recently quantum cryptography and quantum information processing using photonics. He has published over 450 papers in international refereed journals and conferences and has been a member of the Technical Programme Committees of the European Conference on Optical Communications (ECOC), the Optical Fiber Conference (OFC), the Integrated Optics and Optical Communications Conference (IOOC), CLEO Europe, and the Optoelectronics and Communications Conference (OECC). Professor Capmany has also carried out activities related to professional bodies. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the Optical Society of America (OSA) and the Institution of Electrical Engineers (IEE). He has acted as a reviewer for over 25 SCI journals in the field of photonics and telecommunications. Professor Capmany is the recipient of King James I award on novel technologies 2012, the highest scientific distinction in Spain. He has also received other wards including the Extraordinary Doctorate Prize of the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid in 1992. He is an associate Editor of IEEE Photonics Technology Letters and is a Member of the Editorial Board of Fiber and Integrated Optics, Microwave and Optical Technology Letters. He has also been a Guest Editor for the IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Quantum Electronics.