The Optical Networking and Communication
Conference & Exhibition

San Diego Convention Center,
San Diego, California, USA

2018 Special Events

Special Events at OFC

STEM Outreach Lunch & Learn

The IEEE Photonics Society and The Optical Society (OSA) are hosting a STEM Outreach Lunch & Learn at the Optical Fiber Communication Conference (OFC). At this "Lunch & Learn", guest speakers from the San Diego STEM Ecosystem and UC San Diego CREATE will share resources on how to enable more young minds to become enthused about STEM, how companies can better support teachers and how best to reach underrepresented students in undeserved communities. The talks will focus on a K-20 approach to outreach and local pre-university teachers will be in attendance. 
Lab Automation Hackathon

Organizers: Nick Fontaine, Nokia Bell Labs, USA; Binbin Guan, Acacia Communications, USA; Jochen Schroeder, Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden

Lab work is most efficient when data can be acquired in an automated way. Especially when taking measurements over long durations automated acquisition avoids introducing human error and allows researchers to concentrate on the fun part of experimental work. Open source software in easy to learn languages such as Python provides just as much, or more features/interoperability for lab automation than alternative commercial software. In this hackathon several researchers with 10+ years experience of lab automation will show you the power of using Python to quickly get a lab experiment running and display the measurements in a browser. We will learn from companies that work in photonics how they take advantage of Python to create easy interfaces to their software and hardware. Bring a laptop to participate in the exercise. There will also be plenty of time for mingling and discussion. 

The Suzanne R. Nagel Lounge

Named in honor of the first women chair of OFC, Suzanne R. Nagel, the lounge is a dedicated, networking space offering attendees the opportunity to meet colleagues, explore new business opportunities and have expert headshots taken. Attendees can participate in small professional development sessions throughout the week focused on topics ranging from resume writing to navigating the “men's club”. Suzanne was also the first woman president of the IEEE Photonics Society, board member of the Women in Engineering Program Advocates Network and first woman to be named an AT&T Bell Laboratories Fellow, the highest technical level of recognition at the organization. As a fellow of both the The Optical Society and IEEE Photonics Society, Suzanne is a pioneer in the field that set out to use her visibility to help create mentoring opportunities for other women in science. 

Sponsored by: IEEE Communications Society,  IEEE Photonics Society,  and The Optical Society

Data Science Career Opportunities

Instructor: Roberto Reif, Metis, USA

Sponsored by the OSA Foundation and Milton and Rosalind Chang, this course provides​ ​an​ ​introduction​ ​to​ ​careers​ ​in​ ​data​ ​science.​ ​It​ ​incorporates​ ​interactive lectures​ ​and​ ​group​ ​exercises.​ ​By attending this course, attendees​ ​will​ ​learn​ ​how​ ​their​ ​technical​ ​skills​ ​can​ ​transition​ ​into the​ ​data​ ​science​ ​field​ ​and​ ​what​ ​a​ ​career​ ​in​ ​data​ ​science​ ​is​ ​like, understand​ ​what​ ​the​ ​field​ ​of​ ​data​ ​science​ is ​and the​ ​roles,​ ​necessary​ ​skills,​ ​and​ ​types​ ​of​ ​problems​ ​data​ ​scientists work​ ​on, and gain insight into ​the​ ​data​ ​science​ ​project​ ​lifecycle​ ​and​ ​outputs​.

Roberto Reif is a senior data scientists at Metis. Prior to Metis, he led the signal processing team at Sensoria Inc. and was a program manager at Microsoft. He has worked on applications in the healthcare, internet of things, biomedical optics, and business intelligence. He has a PhD in Biomedical Engineering from Boston University's Biomedical Optics Laboratory and completed a senior postdoctoral research fellowship at the University of Washington's Biophotonics and Imaging Laboratory. He has co-authored several scientific publications, book chapters, and patents.

OFC Awards Ceremony and Luncheon 

The conference sponsorsIEEE Communications Society,  IEEE Photonics Society, and The Optical Society—will present awards and honors in a special luncheon. The lunch is open to anyone who purchases a ticket, but seating is limited. 
OFC will also recognize the winner of the John Tyndall Award and acknowledge all other awards and honors recipients during the plenary session.
The following awards will be presented at the luncheon:
2018 John Tyndall Award
IEEE Communications Society 2018 Fellows
IEEE Photonics Society 2018 Fellows
The Optical Society 2018 Fellows
IEEE/OSA Journal of Lightwave Technology (JLT) Best Paper Award
Corning Outstanding Student Paper Competition, OSAF
The Tingye Li Innovation Prize, OSAF

Talk and Tour: Case Installation of Fiber-based Distributed Antenna System at the San Diego Convention Center

A panel of the parties responsible for the recent fiber-based DAS (Distributed Antenna System) installation at San Diego Convention Center speak to the drivers, challenges, strategy and technology considerations behind the project. This comprehensive case study conversation will cover the multi-dimensional perspective of all stakeholders – including the venue (SDCC), network owner, solutions integrator, technology vendor and the City of San Diego—as they address various topics surrounding the system deployment. Plus, the audience will learn project lifecycle best practices and glean the impact upon guest satisfaction and future convention bookings.

Connected OFCITY Challenge 2018: Lighting Up the Emerging World

Organizers: Marco Ruffini, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland; Inder Monga, ESNet, USA; Jun Shan Wey, ZTE, USA

Building on the success of its first two editions, the Connected OFCity Challenge returns in 2018 with a renewed format.

Alibaba and Google will collaboratively take on the challenge to develop communications infrastructure and services based on requirements defined by South African National Research Network (SANReN), Network Startup Resource Center (NSRC), and CSquared, to address the pressing needs for two cities in a fast  developing area in East Africa.

OIDA VIP Industry Leaders Speed Meetings Lunch

This session brings together Industry Executives to share their business experience – from how they started their careers and lessons learned along the way, to using their degree in an executive position – with Recent Graduates and Students. The program starts with information networking during lunch and then transitions into “speed meetings” – small, brief visits with each executive to discuss careers, industry trends or other career topics.

Participating Executives included:
Yuliya Akulova, Director Silicon Photonics Products Division, Intel Corporation
Aref Chowdhury, Chief Technology Officer Optics, Nokia
Saurabh Kumar, Principal Network Development Engineer, Amazon Web Services
Mike Zammit, Vice President and General Manager, Go!Foton

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OIDA Workshop on Scalable Integrated Photonics for 5G and IoT

This workshop will examine this opportunity for integrated photonics through plenary and invited talks by leading experts in the field covering the following topics:  
  • The 5G and IoT markets as they related to integrated photonic devices—where are the largest opportunities and where is the low hanging fruit for photonics to have impact? Overview of the high level business and technical metrics that integrated photonics needs to meet for these applications.
  • Major themes and approaches used in 5G and IoT that are relevant to photonic systems. Learn about cloud radio access networks, CPRI, radio over fiber, NFV and SDN.
  • In depth analysis of the major technical challenges related to scalable manufacturing, low power, and low cost of integrated photonics in emerging 5G and IoT applications. Including presentations of the state-of- the-art technologies.
  • Reports from large international R&D programs on integrated photonics and their strategies for 5G and IoT.
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OIDA Executive Forum - An Exclusive Event for Business Leaders in Networking and Communication Technology

OIDA Executive Forum provides you with an exclusive opportunity to hear insider perspectives in an uncensored environment, while participating in high-level networking. Attend Executive Forum and join industry leaders from top companies as key innovations are assessed and profitable business strategies are fully debated.

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Photonic Integrated Circuits (PIC) Workshop

The 5th workshop on Photonic Integrated Circuits (PIC) will have a large group of sponsor companies and consist of sponsor presentations, then a networking break with catering plus a mini market fair, followed by several use case presentations.

Driven by 100Gbps in long-haul as well as in datacenter applications, photonic integration is rapidly picking up momentum as it is becoming an indispensable part of those solutions. The purpose of the workshop is to create a one-stop-shop for everyone interested in photonic integration as it brings together all the key players offering solutions, whether foundries, simulation software, packaging, test & measurement, or turn-key solutions. A specific emphasis is on multi-project wafer shuttles (MPW) plus the accompanying Process Design Kits (PDK) as these provides important toolkits to reduce the cost for developing a new chip.

The workshop will provide the audience with a good overall picture of the state-of-art in PICs as well as how to take advantage of existing suppliers to save time and cost. The workshop is free of charge, but does require advance registration. Food and drinks will be provided, and there will be plenty of time to network with the sponsor companies. The workshop is organized by 7 Pennies, OSA Industry Development Associates and is sponsored by a consortium of over fifteen PIC services providers covering the entire PIC value chain.

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