The Optical Networking and Communication
Conference & Exhibition

San Diego Convention Center,
San Diego, California, USA


The workshops provide opportunities to discuss and debate the latest technologies. Workshop topics are controversial in nature and meant to be highly interactive amongst both the speakers and the audience. The format of each session is determined by the organizers. In the past, many workshops have consisted of a series of short presentations (5 to 10 minutes) from people involved in the field followed by a panel discussion driven by questions from the audience.

The workshops provide an interactive learning environment and are open to all conference registrants. Similar to invited and tutorial speakers, workshop topics and organizers are chosen through a highly selective nominations process.

Optical Components for fJ/bit Exascale Computing: How and When?
Organizers: Frank Peters, University College Cork, Ireland; Yasuhiro Matsui, Finisar, USA; Hideyuki Nasu, Furukawa Electric, Japan

What Will Drive the Transition to Coherent Intra-Data-Center Optics?
Organizers: Fotini Karinou, Microsoft Research Ltd, UK; Clint Schow, University of California Santa Barbara, USA; Joe Kahn. Stanford University, USA

800G and Beyond: Will Coherent Prevail at Short-Reach Distances?
Organizers: Takahito Tanimura, Fujitsu Laboratories Ltd., Japan; Zhensheng Jia, CableLabs, USA; Timo Pfau, Acacia Communications Inc., USA

Are Radical Photonic Devices and Architectures Needed for Future Data Centers?
Organizers: Maura Raburn, Google, USA; Kenya Suzuki, NTT Device Innovation Center, Japan; Yikai Su, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China

What ROADM/OXC Technologies Will Cost‐effectively Enable Dynamic and Reconfigurable Optical Networks in 5G Era?
Organizers: Gangxiang Shen, Soochow University, China; Andrew Lord, BT Exact, UK; Francesca Parmigiani, Microsoft Research Ltd, UK

Does Disaggregation Support Data Center Evolution?
Organizers: Michela Svaluto Moreolo, Centre Tecnològic De Telecomunicacions De Catalunya, Spain; Madeleine Glick, Columbia University, USA; Ken-ichi Kitayama, The Graduate School For The Creation Of New Photonics Industies, Japan

Optics for Neuromorphic Computing and Machine Learning: Status, Prospects and Challenges
Organizers: Paraskevas Bakopoulos, Mellanox Technologies, Greece; Bhavin Shastri, Queen's University, Canada; Chigo    Okonkwo, TU Eindhoven, Netherlands

Converged 5G and Heterogeneous Services Access Networks: How to Achieve Ultra-low Latency and High Reliability?
Organizers: Thomas Pfeiffer, Nokia Bella Labs, Germany; Junichi Kani, NTT Access Service Systems, Japan; Elaine Wong, University of Melbourne, Australia

Trends and Perspectives in Space-division Multiplexed Transmission and Related Devices
Organizers: Roland Ryf, Nokia Bell Labs, USA; Sergio Leon-Saval, University of Sydney, Australia; Cristian Antonelli, University of L’Aquila, Italy

Network Analytics in the Age of Machine Learning: How to Share Data and Maximize Synergies Among Transport Systems and Network Operators
Organizers: Antonio Napoli, Infinera Corp., Germany; Takayuki Mizuno, NTT Network Innovation Laboratories, Japan; Mark Filer, Microsoft, USA 

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