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 Daylight Time (UTC-07:00)

Monday, 07 June
13:00 - 15:00

Deployment Challenges of 400G Optics and Beyond

Organizers: Friedel Gerfers, Technische Universität Berlin, Germany;  Zuowei Shen, Google, USA;  Liang Zhang, Huawei Technologies, Germany

Tuesday, 08 June
03:00 - 05:00

THz Communication for Beyond 5G Networks

Organizers: Mohamed-Slim "Slim" Alouini, King Abdullah Univ. of Science & Tech (KAUST), Saudia Arabia;  Yikai Su, Shanghai Jiao Tong Univ., China

Tuesday, 08 June
14:00 - 16:00

Challenges of Coherent Transponders Approaching the Shannon Limit

Organizers: Steve Grubb, Facebook, USA;  Priyanth Mehta, Ciena, USA;  Georg Mohs, Subcom, USA

Thursday, 10 June
12:30 - 14:30

PON Disaggregation, from SDN Abstraction to Full Virtualization. Benefits, Obstacles and Trends

Organizers: Luiz Anet Neto, IMT Atlantique, France; Daniel Kilper, Univ. of Arizona, USA; Marco Ruffini, Trinity College, Ireland

Thursday, 10 June
15:00 - 17:00

Advanced Laser Technologies in Post-100Gbaud Era

Organizers: Geert Morthier, Ghent Univ. – IMEC, Belgium;  Hideyuki Nasu, Furukawa, Japan;  Hanxing Shi, Juniper Networks, USA

Thursday, 10 June
15:00 - 17:00

Pros and Cons of Low-margin Optical Networks

Organizers: Martin Birk, Curbius, USA;  Yvan Pointurier, Huawei, France;  Jane M. Simmons, Monarch Network Architects, USA;  Sorin Tibuleac, ADVA Optical Networking, USA

Friday, 11 June
10:30 - 12:30

Is Optical Switching Finally Ready For Large-scale Deployment in Datacenters and Advanced Networks?

Organizers: Hideaki Furukawa, National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT), Japan;  Kazuhiro Ikeda, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), Japan;  Richard Jensen, H+S Polatis Inc., USA