The Optical Networking and Communication
Conference & Exhibition

San Diego Convention Center,
San Diego, California, USA

There are 4 symposia planned. Please check back for dates and times.
5G Trials, Pilots, and Demonstrations
Future Photonic Devices and Materials for Optical Communications
Photonics for IoT and Sensing: Manufacturing, Packaging and Applications
Network Automation


5G Trials, Pilots, and Demonstrations
Monday, 4 March, 08:00 - 16:00
Room 6F

Organizers: Thomas Pfeiffer, Nokia Bell Labs, Germany; Jun Terada, NTT, Japan; Shan Wey, ZTE, USA

The fifth generation mobile networks (5G) have promised to transform mobile broadband services through a new network architecture that will enable significantly faster access speed, ultra-reliable low latency communications, and massive machine-to-machine communications, not only for mission critical applications but for everyone everywhere. As the industry is progressing towards 5G standards and 5G capable technologies, the deployment of 5G networks is about to become reality as evidenced by the flood of new product announcements and field trial reports by network operators.

This symposium is intended to update the OFC community about the latest progress of 5G trials, pilots, and demonstrations. Use case scenarios involving a wide range of relevant vertical sectors, e.g., mobile broadband access, connected transport, digital health, smart cities/venues, creative media, will be discussed. By reporting on recent progress, we hope to highlight the role of photonic technologies in delivering 5G network solutions and further inspire and challenge the photonics industry to advance developments targeting the future mobile communication networks.

The symposium is divided into three sessions. The first session will focus on 5G requirements and how major system vendors will realize x-haul transport over optical systems. The second session will provide insight into the perspectives and first experiences of leading telecom network operators and industrial players using 5G technologies. The third session finally will showcase future applications and field trials related to public sector initiatives.

Session 1 - 5G Trials: Vendor's Perspective
Monday, 4 March, 08:00 - 10:00

Francis Dominique, Nokia, USA
Requirements of 5G Radio Netwoks on Optical X-haul Transport

Li Mo, ZTE, China
ZTE's 5G Trials

Fabio Cavaliere, Ericsson, Italy
Ericsson's 5G Trials

Soundarakumar Masilamani, C-DOT, India
5G Rural Strategy in India

Session 2 - 5G Trials: Network Operators' and Vertical Industries' Perspective
Monday, 4 March, 10:30 - 12:30

Kent McCammon, AT&T, USA 
Recent Progress of AT&T's 5G Trials

Yukihiko Okumura, NTT DoCoMo, Japan
5G Trials in Japan

Walid Mathlouthi, Google, USA
Regulatory Aspects for 5G to Enable New Business Models

Yuji Inoue, Toyota InfoTechnology Center, Japan
Industry 4.0

Session 3 - 5G Trials: Public Sector Initiatives
Monday, 4 March, 14:00 - 16:00

Dimitra Simeonidou, University of Bristol, UK
Test Bed and Trials for 5G Content Delivery in England

Harald Haas, University of Edinburgh, UK
5G Rural Trials in Scotland

COSMOS: An Advanced Optical and Wireless Networking Testbed in NYC

Moises Ribeiro, Universidade Federal do Espírito Santo, Brazil
5G Research and Testbeds in Brazil

Future Photonic Devices and Materials for Optical Communications
Monday, 4 March, 08:00 - 16:00
Room 6C

Organizers: Roel Baets, Ghent University, INTEC and IMEC, Belgium; Joyce Poon, University of Toronto, Canada

Integrated photonics has been a major enabler for a wide variety of optical communication systems across distances ranging from thousands of kilometers to meters. Continued advances in optical communications, whether in application or performance, demand new developments in photonic devices and materials. This symposium will explore the emerging physical technologies that can enable guided-wave and free-space optical communications of the future. Topics to be discussed include multi-material and multi-device integration, phase-change materials, metamaterials, 2D materials, non-planar architectures, devices for quantum information, and enabling fabrication approaches.

Session 1
Monday, 4 March, 8:00 - 10:00

Harry Atwater, California Institute of Technology, USA
Tunable Metasurfaces

Andrea Blanco-Redondo, University of Sydney, Australia
Topological Photonics

David Wright, University of Exeter, UK
Integrated Phase-change Photonics: A Strategy for Merging Communication and Computing Technologies

Kerry Vahala, California Institute of Technology, USA
Silicon-chip-based Brillouin Lasers and Soliton Microcombs Using an Integrated Ultra-high-Q Silica Resonator

Session 2
Monday, 4 March, 10:30 - 12:30

Brian Corbett, Tyndall National Institute, Ireland
Transfer Printing for Heterogeneous Integration

Philipp Dietrich, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany
3D Printing in Photonic Integration

Niels Quack, EPFL, Switzerland
Silicon Photonic MEMS: Exploiting Mechanics at the Nanoscale to Enhance Photonic Integrated Circuits

Kevin Williams, TU Eindhoven, Netherlands
Indium-phosphide Membrane on Silicon

Session 3
Monday, 4 March, 14:00--16:00

Dirk Englund, MIT, USA
Quantum Si Ph

Marko Loncar, Harvard University, USA
Integrated LiNbO3 Photonics and Applications

Marco Romagnoli, CNIT, Italy
Graphene Photonics for Optical Communications

Shiyoshi Yokoyama, Kyushu University, Japan
Long-term Stable Electro-optic Polymers for Hybrid Integration

Photonics for IoT and Sensing: Manufacturing, Packaging and Applications
Tuesday, 5 March, 14:00 - 18:30
Room 6C

Organizers: William Green, IBM TJ Watson Research Center, USA; Paul Westbrook, OFS Labs, USA; Kevin Williams, Technische Universiteit Eindhoven, Netherlands

Optical device technologies, especially highly integrated photonic circuits, play an increasing role not only in communications but also in IoT and other sensing applications. Given that many mass-market sensing and IoT applications are expected to drive significantly larger chip volumes than most optical communications applications, there is interest in the combination of both areas to increase volumes and revenues as business justification for further investments. Synergies between sensing and communications are being explored for the technology, fabrication and packaging development. The discussed photonic technologies shall be relevant to optical communications, either using similar device/packaging technologies as those used in optical communications or expect to have a big impact on future optical communication networks. This special symposium will focus on emerging photonic devices for IoT and other sensing applications. Topics may include: - LIDAR systems using integrated photonics or VCSEL-based 3-D sensors, - manufacturing and packaging challenges - photonic integrated circuits based sensors for a wide range of applications, such as: analog/RF, environmental, OCT, biomedical - fiber-based and distributed sensor technologies and applications. 

Julie Eng, Finisar, USA
Technology and Market for 3D Sensing

Bjorn Globisch, Fraunhofer HHI: Fraunhofer Heinrich-Hertz-Institut, Germany
Photonic Terahertz Solutions for Sensing, Spectroscopy and Wireless Ccommunication

Pim Kat, Technobis, Netherlands
Shifting Fiber Optic Sensing Performance and Cost Paradigms with Integrated Photonics

Arne Leinse, Lionix, Netherlands
Photonic Integrated Circuit based Sensing Modules with Hybrid Integration in the Silicon Nitride TriPleX Platform

Chris Minto, Optasense and Fiber Optic Sensing Association (FOSA), USA
Towards 1 Billion Sensors:  Distributed Fibre Sensing as a Pervasive IOT Contributor

Cibby Pulikkaseril, Baraja, New South Wales
Laser Eyes for Driverless Cars: The Road to Automotive LIDAR

Gerard Wysocki, Princeton University, USA
Mid-infrared Dual-comb Spectroscopy with Interband- and Quantum-cascade Lasers – Recent Progress toward Integrated Photonics Chemical Sensing

Filiz Yesilkoy, Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne, Switzerland
Integrated Nanophotonic Biosensors for Point-of Care Diagnostics and Bioanalytical Applications    

Network Automation
Wednesday, 6 March, 14:00 - 18:30
Room 6F

Organizers: Filippo Cugini, CNIT, Italy; Josué Kuri, Google, USA; Takafumi Tanaka, NTT Network Innovation Labs, Japan; Szilard Zsigmond, Nokia Corp., USA

Highly flexible transport networks become a reality, allowing automation in all the aspects of a network lifecycle, including design, deployment, operation and performance monitoring. Such changes lead to significant cost reductions while increasing the overall reliability of the network. A fully automated network will be one of the ultimate goals for every telecom and data center network operator. Moreover, the transformation towards full automation will provide significant opportunities and benefits to device and equipment vendors. The goals of this symposium are to clarify network operator requirements for automation as well as to discuss new technologies to evolve networks towards full automation. Topics to be addressed include Zero-touch provisioning and operation, intent-based configuration, streaming telemetry, AI-based monitoring, self-optimization, programmability for end-to-end automation and automation in multi-vendor environments. This symposium will help audiences image why, how and when the future fully automated network will be realized.

Marco Bertolini, Nokia Corp., Italy
Network Self-Optimization

Eric Breverman, Google, USA
Zero Touch Operation - Telemetry

Andrea Campanella, ONF, Italy
Intent-based Network Operation

Paul Gunning, BT, UK
Programmability for End-to-end Automation

Andrew Leong, Facebook Inc., USA
Zero Touch Operation Across Multiple Layers and Datacenter Operation

Vijoy Pandey, Cisco, USA
Evolution of Network Automation

Ravikumar Pattamatta, RIL, India
Possibility to Eliminate Network Operation Center (NOC)

Luis Velasco, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Spain
Fault Management Based on AI/machine Learning

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