The Optical Networking and Communication
Conference & Exhibition

San Diego Convention Center,
San Diego, California, USA

3D-sensing Uses in Consumer and Automotive Markets

Thursday, 12 March, 12:15 - 13:30

Theater III

Session Description
3-D sensing has many applications in consumer markets (gesture and facial recognition, gaming, AR/VR to note a few) and in automotive markets, specifically for LIDAR and other advanced driver-assistance systems. Recent years have seen initial volume deployments in several of these segments, concurrently driving significant unit volumes for optical components and related hardware. This panel will discuss how these new applications are shaping the optics industry. Is there an opportunity for technical differentiation or is it mostly about execution and investment capital? Will 3-D sensing provide cost benefits to the core optics business?

Robert Blum, Director of Marketing and New Business Silicon Photonics Product Division, Intel, USA



Mehdi Asghari, CEO, SiLC Technologies
Silicon Photonics for Coherent Imaging Applications

This talk will demonstrate successful use of silicon photonics to enable a fully integrated single chip LiDAR to support high accuracy and long range 4D+ imaging applications.

Anand Gopalan, CEO, Velodyne
LIDAR for Automotive Applications


Vladimir Kozlov, CEO, LightCounting Market Research
3D Sensing Technologies Market Overview

LightCounting initiated coverage of the market for 3D depth sensors used in smartphones and automotive lidar. Our latest report reviews different 3D sensing technologies and includes historical data on shipments of these products in 2017-2019 and forecast for 2020-2024

Dr. Sanjai Parthasarathi, Chief Marketing Officer, II-VI
Photonics Innovations Enabling High Volume Applications of 3D Sensing in Consumer Electronics and Automotive Markets

Technologies and associated products originally developed for the optical communications industry have not only been finding their way into other market segments but also enabling recent disruptive innovations in Consumer Electronics, Automotive, and Life Sciences.  Irreversible megatrends such as 3D sensing, growth in mobile and 5G communications, electric and autonomous vehicles, Internet of Things with smart sensors, Industry 4.0 and point of care diagnostics are driven by innovative use of lasers, optics, detectors, engineered materials and integrated systems. 

Angela Suen, Director of Automotive Product Line Management, Lumentum
3D Sensing Devices



Robert Blum, Director of Marketing and New Business Silicon Photonics Product Division, Intel, USA

Robert Blum is Director of Marketing and New Business for Intel’s Silicon Photonics Product Division. Prior to joining Intel, Robert was Director of Strategic Marketing at Oclaro Inc., and held various Director of Product Management and Marketing roles for Oclaro’s telecommunications products and consumer laser portfolio. Before joining Oclaro, Robert was Product Line Manager for optical transmission components at JDS Uniphase Corporation and held various engineering and marketing management roles at Gemfire Corporation, all in California. Robert worked at Deutsche Telekom’s research labs in Darmstadt, Germany, while completing his master’s thesis and holds a doctorate degree in Physics from the University of Technology in Hamburg. He has also studied and done research at Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale in Lausanne, Switzerland, and at Stanford University, California.


Mehdi Asghari, CEO, SiLC Technologies

An accomplished and successful serial entrepreneur with 20 years of experience in the silicon photonics sector, Mehdi Asghari is the founder and CEO of SiLC Technologies, Mehdi’s third silicon photonics company. Previously, Mehdi was the VP of silicon photonics at Mellanox Technologies, where he was responsible for all silicon photonics technology and product development. Before that, he was the CTO at Kotura Inc. where he also lead technology and product development. Prior to Kotura, Mehdi was the VP of research and development at Bookham Inc, overseeing R&D and manufacturing transfer activities behind all of Bookham's silicon-based technologies and products. Mehdi has authored and co-authored over 150 journal and conference publications and holds more than 40 active patents within the fields of silicon photonics and optoelectronics. Mehdi is a graduate of Cambridge University and holds a master’s degree in optoelectronics from Heriot-Watt and St. Andrews Universities, with a Ph.D. in III/V integrated photonics from the University of Bath in the UK.


Anand Gopalan, CEO, Velodyne

Anand is a seasoned semiconductor executive with experience building and leading world-wide engineering organizations for the development of products in consumer, networking and enterprise domains. He has grown and managed organizations through deep and dynamic business model transitions and successfully delivered on a wide array of high-speed mixed signal, optical and RF products. Anand comes to Velodyne from Rambus where he was the VP of Engineering responsible for all chip and IP development activities for the Memory and Interfaced Division. In that capacity he was responsible for a global engineering team spread across multiple locations in North America and India that developed a variety of IP and products for Tier 1 ASIC and OEM customers. Prior to Rambus Anand spear-headed world-wide analog/Mixed signal design at Megachips Inc. Anand holds a BE degree in Electronics from Mumbai University as well as MS and PhD from the Rochester Institute of Technology in Electrical engineering and Microsystems engineering.


Vladimir Kozlov, CEO, Lightcounting Market Research

Vladimir Kozlov is the founder and CEO of LightCounting, an optical communications market research company established in 2004 with an objective of providing in-depth coverage of market and technologies for high speed optoelectronic interfaces employed in communications. By now, LightCounting is the leading market research company covering the optical networking supply chain, including Cloud companies, Service providers, equipment and component manufacturers. Dr. Kozlov has more than 30 years of experience in optoelectronic technologies and devices, optical communications and market research. Dr. Kozlov held market analyst, product development and research staff positions at RHK Inc., Lucent Technologies and Princeton University. Dr. Kozlov holds several US patents and has numerous publications in the area of optoelectronics. He received M.Sc. at Moscow State University in Russia and Ph.D in Physics at Brown University in the United States.

Dr. Sanjai Parthasarathi, Chief Marketing Officer, II-VI

Sanjai Parthasarathi joined II-VI in 2013 and has been the Chief Marketing Officer since 2019. Previously, Dr. Parthasarathi was Vice President, Product Marketing and Strategy, for II-VI Photonics since 2015. Prior to II-VI, he served as Senior Director, Product Line Management, at Oclaro. With over 28 years of broad management and technical experience, Dr. Parthasarathi has held a variety of progressive roles in R&D, manufacturing, product line management, and marketing, including senior business and technical management positions at Avanex Corporation, Oplink Communications, TeraStor, Western Digital, and Concurrent Technologies Corporation. Dr. Parthasarathi graduated from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, with a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering, and holds an M.S. in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from the University of Virginia and a Ph.D. in Engineering Science from the Pennsylvania State University.

Angela Suen, Director of Automotive Product Line Management, Lumentum

Angela Suen, Director of Automotive Product Line Management at Lumentum, has a wide spectrum of expertise in system designs, mix signal, embedded processors, and software algorithm. While at Lumentum, her focus has been on expanding market penetration for its photonics technology in automotive LiDAR applications. Early in her career, Angela designed electronics and conducted hands-on workshops as a design and field application engineer. She has served as a product marketing professional working closely with automotive customers on advanced driver assistance systems and autonomous driving while at TI, Xilinx, and the self-driving startup Angela holds an MSEE degree from Santa Clara University.

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