The Optical Networking and Communication
Conference & Exhibition

San Diego Convention Center,
San Diego, California, USA

OSA Member Lounge Technical Talks

Grab the Narrative: How to Tell Your Story

Tuesday, 5 March, 11:30 - 12:00

Moderator: Dan Bennett, StoryGrip, USA

Talk Description:
Learn how to identify, record/report, and disseminate the human-interest stories, scientific and other stories that happen in your work. Story examples and advice on how to best move those stories forward will be provided.

Dan Bennett, Founder, StoryGrip, USA

Dan Bennett has more than 25 years experience as a reporter and communications consultant. His work has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Entertainment Weekly, Movieline, PRWeek and National Lampoon. For the last several years, Dan has led innovative storytelling workshops, helping organizations, associations, researchers and governments identify, tell and disseminate their stories through words, video, social media and more.

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Hot Topics in Optical Network Design

Tuesday, 5 March, 13:30 - 14:00

Moderator: Jane Simmons, Monarch Network Architects, USA

Talk Description:
We will provide an overview of some of the trending topics in the optical networking industry.  Come learn what all those buzz words really mean!

Jane Simmons, Founder, Monarch Network Architects, USA

Jane M. Simmons has been involved in the research and development of optical networks for more than 20 years.  She is the founder of Monarch Network Architects, which provides optical network architectural services and design tools.  She previously served as the Chief Network Architect of Corvis Corp.  While at Corvis, she performed the network design and the link engineering for the first commercially deployed all-optical backbone network.  Through pioneering algorithmic and architectural optimizations, she played a significant role in the adoption of all-optical networking in telecommunications networks. Prior to Corvis, Dr. Simmons worked at Bell Labs/AT&T Labs Research, where she conducted research on backbone, regional, and broadband access networks. She received a BS, Summa Cum Laude, from Princeton University, and SM and PhD degrees from MIT, all in Electrical Engineering.  She is a Fellow of the IEEE, the Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE/OSA Journal of Optical Communications and Networking, and is the author of the textbook Optical Network Design and Planning, now in its second edition.

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Hot Topics on Evolving Optical Networks toward the Decade of 2020s

Wednesday, 6 March, 10:30 - 11:00

Moderator: Xiang Liu, Futurewei Technologies, Huawei R&D, USA 

Talk Description:
In this OSA Member Lounge talk, some exciting technical topics in addressing the emerging applications such as 5G, 8K, AR/VR in the upcoming decade of the 2020s will be discussed. As an executive committee member of the IEEE Optical Networks 2020 (ON2020) Industry Connection Activity, Dr. Liu will also briefly share the ongoing technical topics being explored by ON2020.

Xiang Liu, Senior Director of Optical Access Network Research, Futurewei Technologies, USA 

Xiang Liu is the Senior Director of Optical Access Network Research at Futurewei Technologies. He had been with Bell Labs working on high-speed optical transmission technologies since 2000. He has authored over 340 publications and holds over 85 US patents. He has served as a General Co-Chair of OFC 2018, and is currently serving as a Deputy Editor of Optics Express and an Executive Committee member of the IEEE ON2020 industry connection activity. Xiang received a PhD. degree in applied physics from Cornell University. Dr. Liu is a Fellow of the OSA and the IEEE.

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Multi-layer Topology: How Workflow is Driving LLDP as the Tool to Align the Layers

Wednesday, 6 March, 11:00 - 11:30

Moderator: Michael Freiberger, Principle Engineer, Verizon, USA

Talk Description:
Multi-layer topology requirements in the service provider workflow are causing the optical industry to turn to LLDP sniffing technology. Representatives here at OFC are producing the chipsets for this, or are integrating those chipsets into their products, so we have a ripe opportunity for a good discussion.

Michael Freiberger, Principle Engineer, Verizon, USA

With more than 20 years of optical and data networking experience, Mike Freiberger is responsible for managing the technical requirements of vendor projects for Verizon’s metro optical platforms to assure compliance with Verizon’s vision of optimal performance on these optical networks.  Mike also creates security requirements based on the Verizon Corporate Security Policy and Baselines as well as industry standards. Mike is a Certified Information System Security Professional (CISSP) with certification and represents security best practices and points of view to the transport industry. In addition to his wireline responsibilities, Mike has worked on mobile backhaul and fronthaul technologies and development. Mike is a member of The Optical Society and has spoken on optical topics at OSA conferences as well as other industry conferences hosted by Informa and Lightwave.

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Why IP/Optical Integration Will Finally Happen and How

Wednesday, 6 March, 15:00 - 15:30

Moderator: Ori Gerstel, Founder and CTO, Sedona Systems, Israel

IP and optical networks are physically interlinked in most service provider network, yet have been historically managed separately, reducing network efficiency and increasing its management complexity. Service providers are finally starting to deploy integrated automation solutions that promise to address both the cost and the complexity issues. Moreover, they enable new types of services, not supported in today’s networks. I’ll explain the forces behind this trend, the impact on the network, and will demonstrate such a use case in action.

Ori Gerstel, Founder and CTO, Sedona Systems, Israel

Ori is founder and CTO of Sedona Systems – a leading supplier of multilayer network control software. Before starting Sedona, Ori was a Principal Engineer at Cisco, where he was responsible for driving the architecture of router-transport integration. Before joining Cisco in 2002, Ori held senior architecture positions at Tellabs and Nortel, where he architected the first mesh optical network and the first fully switched optical network, respectively. He started his work in optical networking at IBM, where the first commercial DWDM system was developed. For his contributions, Ori was awarded the grade of IEEE Fellow (2008) and OSA Fellow (2014). Ori has published approximately 100 papers in the main international conferences and journals in the field, as well as several book chapters. He holds over 35 granted patents on optical and multilayer networks, and a similar number of pending patents. He served as Editor in Chief for IEEE/OSA JOCN and as a conference committee member and co-chair of several conferences and is regularly invited to teach short courses, attend panels, and give plenary talks at the main conferences of the field. He also serves as steering committee member for OFC. Ori holds a PhD from Technion (Israel Institute of Technology).

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