The panels provide an interactive learning environment and are open to all conference registrants. Similar to invited and tutorial speakers, panel topics and organizers are chosen through a highly selective nominations process.

All times are Pacific Standard Time (UTC-08:00)

Monday, 07 March
14:00 - 16:00

Programmable Photonic Chips for Artificial Intelligence, Computing and Optical Networks

Organizers: David Marpaung, Universiteit Twente, Netherlands; Cheryl Sorace-Agaskar, MIT Lincoln Laboratory, USA

Tuesday, 08 March
14:00 - 16:00

Technologies for Breaking the Metro/Access Barrier

Organizers: Norman Swenson, Infinera, USA; Alberto Campos, Cablelabs, USA

Tuesday, 08 March
14:00 - 16:00

What are the Parallelization Technologies for Cost and Energy Efficient 1.6Tb Links?

Organizers: Tomoyuki Akiyama, Fujitsu Laboratories Ltd., Japan; Long Chen, Acacia Communications, Inc., USA; Gloria Hoefler, Infinera Corp., USA; Zuowei Shen, Google LLC, USA

Tuesday, 08 March
14:00 - 16:00

What is the Role of Machine Learning in Optical Access Networks?

Organizers: Michael Freiberger, Verizon Communications Inc., USA; Marco Ruffini, Univ. of Dublin Trinity College, Ireland; Junwen Zhang, Fudan Univ., China

Wednesday, 09 March
08:00 - 10:00

Optical Wireless Communications for Indoor Access Networks - Practical Solutions Beyond Table-top Demos

Organizers: Nan Chi, Fudan Univ., China; Thomas Clark, John Hopkins Univ., USA

Wednesday, 09 March
08:00 - 10:00

Progress and Roadmap in Silicon Photonics Foundries and Supply Chains

Organizers: Omer Khayam, Google LLC, USA; Di Liang, Hewlett Packard Labs, UCSB, USA; Joris Van Campenhout, IMEC, Belgium

Wednesday, 09 March
14:00 - 16:00

The Role of Photonics for Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning at the Edge: What, Why and How?

Organizers: Hitesh Ballani, Microsoft Research Ltd., UK; Thomas Van Vaerenbergh, Hewlett Packard Ent., Belgium; S. J. Ben Yoo, Univ. of California Davis, USA

Thursday, 10 March
08:00 - 10:00

Fiber Optic Sensor Technologies and Their Applications

Organizers: Xiaoyi Bao, Univ. of Ottawa, Canada; Yosuke Mizuno, Yokohama National Univ., Japan; Raja Ahmad, Molex, USA; John Ballato, Clemson University, USA

Thursday, 10 March
08:00 - 10:00

Has the Time Come for Coherent Optics in Access Networks? 

Organizers: Naveena Genay, Orange Labs Network, France; Dora van Veen, Nokia Corp., USA; Mu Xu, CableLabs, USA