• A Hybrid Conference – In-Person and Virtual Presentations
  • Technical Conference:  05 – 09 March 2023
  • Exhibition: 07 – 09 March 2023
  • San Diego Convention Center, San Diego, California, USA

Optical Fiber Sensing: Technology and Emerging Applications


Raja Ahmad, Cisco Systems, USA
Ting Wang, NEC, USA
Georg Rademacher, NICT, Japan
Mikael Mazur, Nokia Bell Labs, USA

Optical fibers have underpinned the development of the internet by serving as a robust pipeline for data transfer over long distances with high fidelity. Recently, however, it has been recognized that the vast infrastructure of optical fiber networks can also be leveraged for monitoring ultra-small environmental perturbations across the world. In this workshop, the experts from across the fields will present their views about the new developments in, and the leveraging of existing, optical fiber networks for sensing. In particular, the discussion will revolve around possibilities, challenges and impact of the optical fiber sensing networks within the context of smart cities and IoTs foreseen in the future.

Session 1:
This session focuses on broadening the perspective of fiber sensing using telecom components and networks to advance fields outside telecom. The panel consists of speakers representing different scientific areas and aims at creating a discussion forum for how telecom networks can further be utilized. 

Session 2: 
This session focuses on the telecom/network operator perspective of fiber sensing to improve future optical communication systems. The panel, which consists of academia, equipment manufacturers and network operators, aims to further discuss the aspect of how, why and when to implement and use fiber sensing in optical networks.


Dan Bluhmental, UCSB, USA

Pierepaolo Boffi, Politechnico Milan, Italy

Lea Bouffant, Cornell, USA

Miguel Gonzalez-Herraez, Universidad de Alcala, Spain

Leo Hollberg, Stanford University, USA

Paul Ohodnicki, University of Pittsburgh, USA

Charlotte Rowe, Los Alamos National Lab, USA

Hiroshi Takahashi, NTT, Japan

Paul Westbrook, OFS, USA