The Optical Networking and Communication
Conference & Exhibition

San Diego Convention Center,
San Diego, California, USA

2018 Plenary Speakers

Plenary Sessions


John C. Doyle, Jean-Lou Chameau Professor of Control and Dynamical Systems, Electrical Engineer, and BioEngineering , California Institute of Technology (Caltech), USA

Talk: Universal Laws and Architectures in Complex Networks

Abstract: Effective layered architectures such as the brain seamlessly integrate high level goal and decision making and planning with fast lower level sensing, reflex, and action and facilitate learning, adaptation, augmentation (tools), and teamwork, while maintaining internal homeostasis despite the severe demands such actions can put on the whole body’s physiology, and despite being implemented in highly energy efficient hardware that has distributed, sparse, quantized, noisy, delayed, and saturating sensing, communications, computing, and actuation. Similar layering extends downward into the cellular level, and many aspects of this convergent evolution will increasingly dominate our most advanced technologies. Live demos using audience’s brains highlight universal laws and architectures and their relevance to future network technologies. We’ll briefly give pointers to a new unified mathematical framework that we hope will facilitate reverse engineering cells, brains, and societies and forward engineering future network architectures.

Biography: John Doyle conducts research on mathematical foundations for complex networks with applications in biology, technology, medicine, ecology, neuroscience and multiscale physics that integrates theory from control, computation, communication, optimization and statistics (e.g., Machine Learning). An emphasis is on universal laws and architectures, robustness/efficiency and speed/accuracy tradeoffs, adaptability and evolvability and large scale systems with sparse, saturating, delayed, quantized, uncertain sensing, communications, computing and actuation. His students and research group developed software packages like the Matlab Robust Control Toolbox and the Systems Biology Markup Language (SBML). HIs early work was on robustness of feedback control systems with applications to aerospace and process control.

Doyle received the BS&MS in EE, MIT (1977), and PhD in Math, UC Berkeley (1984). He was a consultant at Honeywell Systems and Research Center from 1976 to 1990.
Marcus Weldon, President, Nokia Bell Labs, USA

Talk: The Future of Dynamic Deterministic Networking  
Abstract: We are at the dawn of the next industrial revolution – an era that will be defined by new demands on network performance as myriad devices and machine systems are connected to intelligent control functions in the cloud to achieve higher degrees of automation and productivity.  The demands will be for ultralow latency and ultrahigh capacity, ‘perfect’ reliability and infinite adaptability, requiring an unprecedented degree of dynamism in the setup and control of network paths.  But just as importantly, these paths, which are the foundation for ‘virtual private services’ provided to thousands of infrastructure and industrial systems, need to be deterministic — the performance is ‘guaranteed’ under all circumstances — due to the mission critical nature of many of the associated services.  In this talk, I will discuss how novel optical and packet-optical networking techniques and technologies will be critical to creating this Deterministic Dynamic Networking digital fabric.

Biography: Marcus Weldon is considered one of the luminaries in the industry in terms of the clarity, depth and breadth of his vision for the future of networks. He has championed many technological disruptions in telecommunications networks, from the evolution and convergence of networks to “all IP,” the evolution of copper-based Access networks to support sophisticated interference cancellation (so-called vectoring), the evolution of wireless networks to highly-distributed networks of small cells and the emergence of virtualization and Software Defined Networking as profound industry changing forces that will drive a new integrated and federated network architecture and economics.

Weldon became the thirteenth President of Bell Labs in December 2013. In 2005 he moved from research to hold a variety of CTO roles in different business divisions, before becoming the Corporate CTO with responsibility for defining the future direction of the industry and the associated evolution of the Alcatel-Lucent portfolio. In 1995 he joined the Physics Division at AT&T Bell Labs as a post-doctoral researcher, before becoming a Member of Technical Staff in the Optical Materials Division. He has won a series of scientific and engineering society awards for his work on electronic and optical materials, and holds numerous patents related to that work.

Weldon holds a BS in chemistry and computer science from King’s College, London, and a PhD in physical chemistry from Harvard University.

Chengliang Zhang, Vice President of China Telecom Beijing Research Institute, China

Talk: Optical Networking in the Cloud and 5G Era
Abstract: This plenary talk will present the recent optical network evolution of China Telecom and other major Chinese network operators, which are enabled by modern technologies such as coherent 100G/200G, ROADM/WSS, transport SDN, and data center connectivity. With the intensification of cloud-based services and 5G wireless developments, we will also discuss how optical transport network (OTN) need to be transformed to better address future demands such as higher capacity, lower latency, and service-specific network slicing.

Biography: Chengliang Zhang has worked extensively in the optical networks, SDN/NFV and network evolution. Previous to his current position, from 2002 to 2014, he was a deputy Chief Engineer at China Telecom Corporation Limited Beijing Research Institute (CTBRI), conducting research on optical networks and broadband networks. From 1995 to 2002, he worked as an engineer and a director of Transmission and Access Research Department at China Information and Communication Research Institute where he engaged in research on optical networks.
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