Two symposiums will be held at OFC 2017; like invited and tutorial speakers, panel topics and organizers are chosen through a highly selective nominations process.
Continue to check back as descriptions and Invited Speakers for both symposiums will be added over the coming month.
What is Driving 5G, and How Can Optics Help?
Organizers: Björn Skubic, Ericsson Research, Broadband Technol., Sweden; Gee-Kung Chang, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA; Anna Tzanakaki, University of Athens, Greece; Jun Terada, NTT, Japan
The vision of 5G is commonly presented as part of the network vision for 2020 and beyond, which in turn embodies a number of services for the future information society in which everything that can connect to this society will do so. The typical services identified span across areas such as enhanced mobile broadband services, media distribution, Smart Cities, and the internet of things (IoT), with massive as well as ultra-reliable and low latency (critical) machine-type communications to support both end-user and operational purposes. Besides new services and applications, 5G will also need to support a wide range of business ecosystems and cooperation models supporting digitalization of industry and trends of business horizontalization. 5G goes far beyond the definition of new radio interfaces. 5G is about a new end-to-end network vision, in which softwarization and virtualization allow a common network infrastructure to be flexibly used for a variety of diverse applications.
The symposium will consist of two sessions. The first session will focus on “What is driving 5G?” with speakers from the 5G community as well as vertical industries that can be benefited adopting the 5G vision. This session will give an overview of the services, applications and ecosystems that are driving 5G and provide some insight on how these can create a new and substantial business opportunity for optical networking and its most advanced technologies. The second session will focus on the role of optics and will include speakers from the optical networking/communications community. This session will give an overview of how optics can play a key role for realizing 5G networks and will cover topics such as evolved x-haul, radio over fiber, distributed cloud connect (including edge/fog computing) and support for tactile (low latency) Internet applications.
Overcoming the Challenges in Large-Scale Integrated Photonics
Organizers: Po Dong, Nokia, USA; Benjamin Lee, IBM, USA; Erik Pennings, 7 Pennies, USA; Takuo Tanemura, University of Tokyo, Japan
Integrated photonics provides significant opportunities to develop highly compact and extremely functional components and subsystems for a wide range of communication and sensor applications. However, photonic integration brings with it unique manufacturing and packaging challenges, which can limit the commercial exploitation of novel integration concepts and slow the time-to-market. These challenges can be economic or technical in nature, and are often most apparent during the transition from prototype development to manufacturing. This symposium will provide a balanced view of the promises and challenges of integrated photonics, and it will focus on what is being done to get beyond the many roadblocks in order to enable a much larger market adoption. During the symposium, leaders in the field will address applications in traditional and non-traditional markets for integrated photonics, finding the right fabrication model using MPW or custom processing services, choosing Si versus InP platforms, optical and electrical packaging approaches, and other fundamental component challenges.