The Optical Networking and Communication
Conference & Exhibition

A Virtual Conference - Pacific Daylight Time (UTC-07:00)

Tuesday, 08 June 07:00 – 08:00

Session Description:

This session will provide a broad overview of DARPA's photonics portfolio; specifically highlighting PIPES and several other programs. There will be a focus on the technical PIPES results and a higher-level update on the other DARPA programs.


Gordon Keeler, DARPA, USA

Dr. Gordon Keeler is a Program Manager in the Microsystems Technology Office at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. His work focuses on accelerating the development of emerging photonics, electronics, and integration technologies to enable revolutionary optical microsystems. Prior to DARPA, he was a Principal Member of Technical Staff at Sandia National Laboratories and received a PhD in Applied Physics from Stanford University.


John Bowers, University of California, Santa Barbara, USA

John E. Bowers is Director of the Institute for Energy Efficiency and the Kavli Professor of Nanotechnology in the Departments of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Materials at the University of California at Santa Barbara. He received his master's and doctorate degrees from Stanford University. He previously worked for Bell Labs and Honeywell. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and a Fellow of the IEEE, OSA and American Physical Society. He is a recipient of the IEEE/LEOS William Streifer Award, the OSA Holonyak Award, the OSA/IEEE Tyndall Award and the IEEE Photonics award.  He has published two books, eleven book chapters, 800 journal papers, 1000 conference papers and has received 70 patents.

Vladimir Stojanovic, University of California, Berkeley/Ayar Labs, USA

Vladimir Stojanovic is the Chief Architect of Ayar Labs. Prior to founding Ayar Labs, he led the team that designed the world’s first processor to communicate using light. Vladimir is also a Professor of EECS at UC Berkeley, and was one of the key developers of the Rambus high-speed link technology. He holds a PhD from Stanford University.

Mike Watts, Analog Photonics, USA

Michael R. Watts is the CEO of Analog Photonics in Boston MA where they are developing chip-scale Optical Phased Array LiDAR and Datacom Products.  Mike also serves as CTO of AIM Photonics, the $600M public-private partnership to advance the state of US Manufacturing in Silicon Photonics.  From 2010 to 2019, Dr. Watts was an Associate Professor (with Tenure) in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.  Prior to MIT, Mike was a Principle Member of Technical Staff at Sandia National Labs where he led their Silicon Photonic development effort from 2005-to-2010, focussing on ultralow power communications and sensing applications.  Prior to Sandia, Mike was at MIT where he earned both his S.M. and PhD degrees in Electrical Engineering with theses in Silicon Photonics, developing the first polarization independent microphotonic circuit.   From 1996-to-1999, Mike was a Member of Technical Staff at Draper’s Fiber Optics Group, and in 1996 Mike earned his BSEE from Tufts University. 

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