The Optical Networking and Communication
Conference & Exhibition

San Diego Convention Center,
San Diego, California, USA

2018 Workshops

2018 Workshops

OFC 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. Like invited and tutorial speakers, workshop topics and organizers are chosen through a highly selective nominations process.


AI-Assisted Automated Network Operation: Getting Matured or Not?
Organizers: Reza Nejabati, University of Bristol, UK; Luis Velasco, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Spain; Qunbi Zhuge, Ciena, USA
Can Undersea System Designs be Truly “Open” and Independent from Initial Terminal Equipment Selections?
Organizers: Dmitri Foursa, TE Subcom, USA; Lara Garrett, TE Subcom, USA; Tim Stuch, Facebook, USA
DSP for Short Reach and Client Optics - What Makes Sense?
Organizers: Benn Thomsen, Microsoft, UK; André Richter, VPIphotonics, Germany; Rene Schmogrow, Google, USA

Electro-optical Integration in a Package. What Technologies and Business Models can Make it Happen?
Organizers: Chris Cole, Finisar Corp., USA; Marco Fiorentino, Hewlett Packard Labs, USA; Bert Offrein, IBM Research GmbH, Switzerland; Samuel Palermo, Texas A&M Univ., USA
Field Trials: Is it Make or Break for Innovative Technologies?
Organizers: S. Chandrasekhar, Nokia Bell Labs, USA; Robert Killey, University College London, UK
Optical Integration beyond Silicon Photonics: Why, What and How?
Organizers: Daniel Blumenthal, University of California, Santa Barbara, USA; Benjamin Eggleton, University of Sydney, Australia; Leif Oxenløwe, DTU, Denmark
Ultimate Capacity Limits for TDM/TDMA PON
Organizers: Derek Nesset, Huawei, UK; Naoki Suzuki, Mitsubishi Electric, Japan; Lilin Yi, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China

When Will We Need to Scale the Fiber Capacity? What is the Most Realistic Approach?
Organizers: Cristian Antonelli, Università dell 'Aquila, Italy; Takemi Hasegawa, Sumitomo, Japan; Ming-Jun Lin, Corning, USA; Antonio Napoli, Coriant, Germany

Will Cloud-Optical Boxes Change the Way Today’s Networks are Deployed?
Organizers: Harald Bock, Coriant, USA; Andrew Lord, British Telecom, UK

Will Optical Switching Drive Data Center Design in 2028?
Organizers: Haoshuo Chen, Nokia Bell Labs, USA; Piero Gambini, STMicroelectronics, Italy, Richard Jensen, Polatis, USA; Hiroyuki Tsuda, Keio University, Japan

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