The Optical Networking and Communication
Conference & Exhibition

San Diego Convention Center,
San Diego, California, USA

Defining Key Areas for Industry Roadmap Development

Wednesday, 6 March, 12:00-14:00
Theater II, Hall E
Session organized by ON2020

Session Description

ON2020 is identifying a multitude of key areas within optical networking where the generation of an insightful visionary roadmap of that area will be or particular benefit to the general industry. This activity includes gathering insight from industry leaders and participants. This forum will provide an overview of each of the topic areas, the current status of the generation of the visionary roadmap, and a call to participate in the generation of that roadmap. Topic areas include traffic evolution, optics integration onto switch and coherent engines and the transport network in 10 years (physical layer and autonomy/control).


Brandon Collings, Chief Technology Officer, Lumentum, USA

Brandon is CTO for Lumentum and is responsible for defining and driving the product and
technology roadmaps and strategies. He held this same role for JDSU’s Communication and
Commercial Optical Products business unit which separated to become Lumentum in August 2015.
Prior to JDSU, he held optical network design and development positions at Ciena and Internet
Photonics, and was a Member of the Technical Staff at Bell Labs performing research on advanced
optical communication network designs and non-linear performance impairments. He holds a Ph.D.
from Princeton University in Electrical Engineering.


Peter WinzerPeter Winzer, Director, Optical Transmission Subsystems Research, Nokia Bell Labs, USA

Peter J. Winzer is the Chair of the ON2020 Industry Connections activity and heads Nokia Bell Labs’ Optical Transmission Research. At Bell Labs he has contributed to many high-speed optical transmission records and pioneered spatial multiplexing to scale optical communication systems. He has widely published and patented and is actively involved in the community (Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE/OSA Journal of Lightwave Technology (2013-2018); Program Chair of ECOC (2009); Program/General Chair of OFC (2015/2017)). He is a Highly Cited Researcher, Bell Labs Fellow, Fellow of IEEE and OSA, elected member of the US National Academy of Engineering, and has received multiple awards for his work.


Albert Rafel, Optical Networks Research, BT, UK
Chris Cole, Vice President Advanced Development, Finisar, USA
Winston Way, CTO, NeoPhotonics, USA​
Chandrasekhar (Chandra) Sethumadhavan, Distinguished Member of Technical Staff,  Nokia Bell Labs, USA​
Maarten Vissers, VP of OTN Product Line, Huawei Technologies, Netherlands
Martin Birk, Director, Optical Platforms, AT&T, USA


Albert Rafel, Optical Networks Research, BT, UK

Traffic Evolution in Optical Networks​

Albert Rafel is a Telecoms Engineer with a PhD on Optical Communications, both degrees from UPC (Technical University of Catalonia). Albert lectured at UPC between 1996 and 2001. He joined BT in April 2001 where he has been leading research on fibre access, providing technical consultancy on optical fibre system and network performance, evolution, cost modelling and architectures. Albert is active in Standardisation activities and has participated in numerous European collaborative projects, currently being Technical Manager of the H2020 Metro-Haul Project. Albert has published several technical papers in international conferences and journals and is co-inventor of several patents.


Chris Cole, Vice President Advanced Development, Finisar, USA

Optics Integration onto Switch Engines

Chris Cole is Vice President, Advanced Development at Finisar Corp., where he is architecting and leading the development of 100, 200, and 400 Gb/s optical transceivers. He received a B.S. in Aeronautics and Astronautics, and B.S. and M.S. in Electrical Engineering from MIT. At Hughes Aircraft Co. (now Boeing SDC) and MIT Lincoln Laboratory, Chris contributed to imaging and communication satellite programs. As a Director at Acuson Corp. (now Siemens Ultrasound,) he co-architected and co-managed the development of the Sequoia coherent imaging ultrasound platform. Prior to Finisar, Chris led the development of 10 and 40 Gb/s optics at BBN. He is a Fellow of the IEEE.


Winston Way, CTO, NeoPhotonics, USA​

Optics Integration onto Coherent Engines

Winston I. Way is CTO for NeoPhotonics Corporation. He has been with NeoPhotonics since 2009. His current responsibility is to steer the product strategy and explore innovative technologies. He is a Fellow of the IEEE and the Optical Society of America.


Chandrasekhar (Chandra) Sethumadhavan, Distinguished Member of Technical Staff,  Nokia Bell Labs, USA​

Transmission Systems

Dr. Chandrasekhar has been with Nokia Bell Labs (formerly AT&T Bell Laboratories) since 1986. He initially worked on compound semiconductor devices and high-speed optoelectronic integrated circuits (OEICs). Since 1999, he has been actively involved in WDM Optical Networking research at 40Gb/s, 100Gb/s and beyond 100Gb/s. His current interests include coherent optical transmission systems for high spectral efficiency transport beyond 100Gb/s, multi-carrier superchannels, and software-defined transponders for efficient end-to-end optical networking. He is a Fellow of the IEEE, a Fellow of the Optical Society of America, and Fellow, Nokia Bell Labs.


Maarten Vissers, VP of OTN Product Line, Huawei Technologies, Netherlands

Transport Network Protocols

Maarten Vissers is a VP of OTN Product Line in Huawei Technologies since 2016, in which role he is responsible for the technical aspects of the cloudification of the optical transport network to support its clients in the emerging Cloud era in 2020 and beyond. Prior to this, he was a technical director in the European R&D Center of Huawei Technologies since 2008. In that role he was responsible for the technical aspects of the extension of the OTN into a global multi-service and flexible transport network technology operated under SDN control and management. Since 1991 he is an active contributor to and editor of various transport network standards in ITU-T, OIF, IEEE and other standards organizations.


Martin Birk, Director, Optical Platforms, AT&T, USA

Network Autonomy and ControlMartin Birk received his master's and doctorate degrees from Germany’s University of Ulm in 1994 and 1999, respectively. Since 1999, he has been with AT&T Labs in New Jersey, working on high-speed optical transmission at data rates of 100Gb/s and above. In 2016, Martin received the AT&T Fellow award.

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