The Optical Networking and Communication
Conference & Exhibition

San Diego Convention Center,
San Diego, California, USA

Thursday, 7 March, 11:00-13:00
Theater III, Hall G
Session organized by Plastic Optical Fiber Trade Organization (POFTO)
 

Session Description

The POF Symposium will cover recent developments in plastic optical fibers (POF) technology, applications, technical standards, industry progress and new markets. Leading technical experts and key industry players from adjacent industries such as automotive, aerospace, and consumer electronics will be invited to speak at the event.

The POF Symposium agenda will reflect the nature of the POF market - very broad covering all the applications from low to high speed data links, low cost networks for automobiles, homes, aircraft and drones, POF sensors for medical and industrial use and for infrastructure health monitoring, POF for consumer electronics (4K/8K HDTV), as a few examples. There is new R&D on new materials, fiber types, sources, detectors, systems, and instrumentation. POF components are used for green applications such as solar collectors, direct conversion, and energy conservative lighting.

The IEEE published a new IEEE 802.3bv standard “Gigabit Ethernet over Plastic Optical Fiber” in March 2017 that is intended to support Gigabit transmission over POF in key markets like automotive, professional and home networking. IEEE is now pushing POF Ethernet in automobile networking.

Many of the POF users are manufacturers of components, subsystems, and systems which have POF designed into them as critical components. We will invite speakers from auto makers and aircraft manufacturers that have used POF in their latest car models and airplanes, home installers from Europe, consumer electronics companies from Asia, and service providers/cable operators who are evaluating the technology from the U.S.

Moderator

Hui PanDr. Hui Pan, Chief Economist, Plastic Optical Fiber Trade Organization (POFTO), USA

As Chief Economist, Dr. Pan tracks the global telecom and POF market developments, and is responsible for all marketing and business development activities of the POF trade organization. POFTO strives to actively promote the proliferation of Plastic Optical Fiber systems serving both data communication and non-data markets. Pan has a PhD in economics from Northeastern University in the United States.

Keynote Presentation

Yasuhiro KoikeYasuhiro Koike, Director, Keio Photonics Research Institute (KPRI) and Professor, Keio University, Japan
Recent Progress and Challenges of GI POF towards IoT Era

Yasuhiro Koike is highly regarded internationally as the inventor of Graded-Index Plastic Optical fiber (GI POF). He also invented Zero Birefringent Polymer and Super Birefringent Polymer which have been used in major LCD TVs. He was a Core Researcher of the research project of Face-to-Face Communication system based on the above mentioned technologies on the FIRST Program which was initiated by the Cabinet Office of Japan in 2014.

He has been the General Chair of International POF Conference since 1992. He was conferred as an Honorary Doctorate of Eindhoven University of Technology in 2007. He is a recipient of International Engineering and Technology Award of the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE), the Fujiwara Award, and Medal with Purple Ribbon awarded by Emperor of Japan, SID Special Recognition Award, etc.

Speakers

Robert Evert, Scientific Assistant for Teaching and Research, Technical University Braunschweig - Institut fuer Hochfrequenztechnik, Germany
Fengyuan Shi, PhD Student, Engineering Department, University of Cambridge, UK
Dennis Horwitz, Vice President of Sales & Marketing, Micronor Inc., USA
Yoshihiro Tsukamoto, Manager, Fiber Optics Team, Plastic Molding Material Group, Specialty Resins and Plastics Department, Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation, Japan

Ton Koonen, Professor, Institute for Photonic Integration, Eindhoven University of Technology, Eindhoven, The Netherlands


Biographies

Robert Evert, Scientific Assistant for Teaching and Research, Technical University Braunschweig - Institut fuer Hochfrequenztechnik, Germany
Development of Active Polymer Optical Fibers for Laser Applications

Robert Evert is a research assistant at the Institut fuer Hochfrequenztechnik of the TU Braunschweig, where he is currently working on the fabrication of high temperature copolymer optical fibers using a fiber drawing tower and evaluating the possible usage of these fibers for aircraft applications.

After receiving his MS in electrical engineering and a specialization in communication technology at the TU Braunschweig in October 2013, he finished his PhD about the fabrication and characterization of optical fibers made from copolymers in September 2018.

 

Fengyuan Shi, PhD Student, Engineering Department, University of Cambridge, UK
Flexible Polymer Waveguides and POFs for High-Speed Short Reach Links

Fengyuan Shi received his Bachelor’s degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from the University of Birmingham in 2014. After that, he enrolled in the Integrated Photonics and Electronic Systems CDT in the University of Cambridge and received a master degree in 2015. Currently, he is the final year PhD student at the University of Cambridge and his interests focus on optical interconnects, flexible polymer waveguides and bandwidth studies, etc. His PhD project is on ‘Automotive grade printed and flexible optical network for self-learning and autonomous car’.

 

Dennis Horwitz, Vice President of Sales & Marketing, Micronor Inc., USA
POF-based Rotary and Linear Absolute Position Sensors Enable New Medical and Industrial Applications

Dennis Horwitz received his B.S.E.E. and M.S.E.E. degrees from the University of California at Los Angles and has more than 35 years’ experience in research and development, product development, standards development, sales, and marketing of fiber optic test equipment, sensors and components. He was co-founder of two successful start-ups in fiber optic test and measurement: Photodyne Inc. (1979–1990) and Rifocs Corp. (1990–2003). He is currently co-founder and Vice President of Sales/Marketing for Micronor Inc., a manufacturer and distributor of fiber optic kinetic sensors for medical and industrial applications.

 

Yoshihiro Tsukamoto, Manager, Fiber Optics Team, Plastic Molding Material Group, Specialty Resins and Plastics Department, Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation, Japan
POF Technology in Automotive Applications 

 
Graduate School of Science and Engineering, University of Tsukuba

 

1999: Mitsubishi Rayon Co., Ltd (2017~ Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation)

- Involved in POF R&D, technical support to customers and promotion of POF to new markets

1999~: R&D/Hiroshima

- Development of wide bandwidth POF for premises and residential networking

- Development of heat resistant POF and cables

2008~: Plant engineer/Toyama Plant

- Production technology and quality control of POF plant

- Technical support to partner companies and customers

2016~: Sales manager in EU and US market /Tokyo head office

 

Ton Koonen, Professor, Institute for Photonic Integration, Eindhoven University of Technology, Eindhoven, The Netherlands

POF-based Broadband Indoor Networks with Wired/Wireless Service Delivery

Ton Koonen is full professor in Eindhoven University of Technology since 2001. He is chairman of the group Electro-Optical Communication Systems and vice-dean of the Department Electrical Engineering. Before 2001, he worked for more than 20 years in applied research in industry, amongst others in Bell Labs - Lucent Technologies as member of technical staff and technical manager. He is Bell Labs Fellow, IEEE Fellow, OSA Fellow, and Distinguished Guest Professor of Hunan University, Changsha, China. His current research interests are in access and in-building fiber network techniques, including high-capacity POF networks and radio-over-fiber techniques.

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