The Optical Networking and Communication
Conference & Exhibition

San Diego Convention Center,
San Diego, California, USA

Thursday, 15 March, 11:00-13:00
Theater III, Hall B2
Session organized by Plastic Optical Fiber Trade Organization (POFTO)

Session Description

The Plastic Optical Fiber Trade Organization (POFTO) will organize a POF Symposium during OFC 2018 that will cover recent developments in plastic optical fibers (POF) technology, applications, technical standards, industry progress and new markets. Speakers from around the world will review opportunities for POF in areas such as Gigabit POF, 4K/8K ultra high definition television (UHDTV), home networking, active optical cables, aerospace & automobile applications, POF sources & sensors, and high-temperature POF, among others.


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 KoikeCapillary of POF Network in 8K Era
Yasuhiro Koike, Director, Keio Photonics Research Institute (KPRI) and Professor, Keio University, Japan

Prof. Koike earned his M.S. and PhD in the Graduate School of Engineering of Keio University. He is the director of Keio Photonics Research Institute and has been a professor at Keio University since 1997. Koike specializes in “photonics polymer” such as graded-index polymer optical fiber (GI POF), highly scattered optical transmission (HSOT) polymer, zero birefringence polymer, etc. He has just completed a four-year project of Face-to-Face Communication system based on photonics polymer technologies in the national program initiated by the Cabinet Office of Japan in 2014. He is a recipient of International Engineering and Technology Award of the Society of Plastics Engineers, and Medal with Purple Ribbon from the Imperial Palace.


Frank GrazianoNew Market Opportunities for GI-POF
Frank Graziano, CEO, Board Member, Chromis Fiberoptics, Inc., USA
Frank Graziano has been building businesses for more than 30 years in industries as varied as financial derivatives, consumer electronics, cybersecurity, bricks and mortar retail, and cloud services. He is a former member of angel-investing group Golden Seeds, and is a mentor to TechLaunch and World Accelerator, both NJ-based start-up accelerators. Frank has an MBA from Columbia Business School and a BS in Chemistry/Business, summa cum laude, from the University of Scranton.
Ton KoonenPOF System Techniques for the Wired and Wireless Indoor Delivery of Broadband Services
Ton Koonen, Professor, COBRA Institute, Eindhoven University of Technology, Eindhoven, The Netherlands

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.
Kien TruongBoeing Commercial Airplanes Fiber Optic Evolution - Applications of POF in Commercial Aircraft
T. Kien Truong, Technical Fellow - Avionics & Fiber Optics, The Boeing Company, USA
Kien Truong is a Boeing Technical Fellow and has been with Boeing Commercial Airplanes (BCA) for 30 years working in Avionics.


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