A photograph of LiNbO3:Fe crystal prepared in the authors' lab.

Can holographic optical storage displace Hard Disk Drives?

  • Jiaqi Chu
  • Nathanaël Cheriere
  • Antony Rowstron


  • Depiction of an individual completing the one-hour order picking task with a back exosuit.

    In this informative video Dr Adam Quirk discusses recent work published in Communications Engineering developing a lightweight active back exosuit to assist workers when lifting heavy objects. They hope their design can reduce the risk of lowerback pain injury in the workplace - Chung, J. et al. Commun Eng 3, 35 (2024).

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    To celebtrate International Women in Engineering Day 2024 on June 23rd, Commmunications Engineering show cases interviews with female engineers across research and industry. We start with a viewpoint discussing the experience of those who have ventured into industry by launching a startup. Stay tuned for more to come.

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    David Mayerich is an Associate Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Houston. His research focuses on designing optical techniques for large-scale three-dimensional microscopy, as well as algorithms and analytical techniques for processing the resulting data.

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    For people with limited mobility, due congenital disability, aging, injury or medical conditions, assistive devices allow for greater normality in their everyday life. This collection will support high tech advances as well as innovative yet frugal assistive devices with the potential to improve mobility and transform lives.

    Open for submissions


  • Bahadır Utku Kesgin and Uğur Teğin propose using a Lorenz attractor as a nonlinear transfer function for neural network nodes. They design a power-efficient electrical circuit and use them for regression and classification test tasks.

    • Bahadır Utku Kesgin
    • Uğur Teğin
    ArticleOpen Access
  • Mohammad Askari and colleagues report a strategy for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles to perch on vertical poles and trees upon crash landing. An upturned nose passively reorients the robot, while dual-purpose wings secure the robot using an enveloping grasp, not unlike a hug.

    • Mohammad Askari
    • Michele Benciolini
    • Dario Floreano
    ArticleOpen Access
  • The light patterns in backscattering signals of Optical Fiber Tweezers (OFT) has been demonstrated able to discriminate a wide range of microparticles. Barros and Cunha take this a step further by extracting the phase spectral information from OFT backscattering signals. This approach allows for the detection and identification of tumoral cell and extracellular nanovesicle features in complex biological media.

    • Beatriz J. Barros
    • João P. S. Cunha
    ArticleOpen Access
  • Drs Papathanasiou & Pini, and colleagues present a model-based approach for efficient design of sorbent-based post-combustion carbon capture. They quantify operability-cost trade-offs and identify suitable candidate designs that satisfy CO2 purity and recovery constraints.

    • Steven Sachio
    • Adam Ward
    • Maria M. Papathanasiou
    ArticleOpen Access
  • Daniel Perez Lopez is Co-founder and Chief Technology Officer at iPronics, a company dedicated to the development and commercialization of integrated programmable photonic circuits. His company focuses both on hardware advances for novel circuit and component architectures as well as software advances leading to the creation of fault-tolerant automated routines enabling advanced optical networking and processing, specially for AI infrastructure and intra-datacenter communications. As a young entrepreneur, Daniel shares with us his experiences and insights of the academia-industry transition and building a spin-out company from his university research.

    Q&AOpen Access
  • A recent publication in Nature Communications describes the use of cameras on hovering drones to detect submillimetre displacements of bridge spans.

    • Anastasiia Vasylchenkova
    Research HighlightOpen Access
  • Learning from the 2023 Kahramanmaraş Earthquake Sequence offers valuable insights into disaster recovery. Carmine Galasso and Eyitayo Opabola delve into the intricacies of the “Build Back Better” (BBB) concept, underscoring the importance of recovery and reconstruction efforts toward a future that is not only more resilient but also more sustainable and equitable.

    • Carmine Galasso
    • Eyitayo A. Opabola
    CommentOpen Access
  • Recent high-profile concrete material failures, including the collapse of parts of public buildings in the UK, have highlighted the need for a greater understanding of the durability of concrete. Here, John Provis explores the need to recognise the complexity of concrete when planning both the research and application of this key construction material.

    • John L. Provis
    CommentOpen Access
  • Nanomaterial solutions to sustainable development goals are hindered in their path to commercialisation by an early-stage reliance on single metric optimisation. Here we formulate the PSEC challenge (Performance, Scalability, Environment and Cost) to integrate broader sustainability thinking with precise technical solutions and so enable successful commercialisation of these advanced materials.

    • Robert Pilling
    • Stuart R. Coles
    • Siddharth V. Patwardhan
    CommentOpen Access
  • On International Women in Engineering Day, we outline the ways that Communications Engineering supports the equitable inclusion of women in our publishing activities. We also suggest ways in which researchers can be supporters of diversity and inclusion when publishing their own research.

    EditorialOpen Access
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Communications Engineering coverage across the Nature Portfolio

Here we showcase Editorials, Research Highlights and News and Views articles published in Nature and the Nature Research and Reviews journals covering Communications Engineering publications. We also present Nature’s multimedia coverage of our research content.
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