The Optical Networking and Communication
Conference & Exhibition

San Diego Convention Center,
San Diego, California, USA


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.

Artificial Intelligence for Data Centers Operators and Optical Network Providers - Why and When?
Organizers: Danish Rafique, ADVA Optical Networking, Germany; Antonio Napoli, Coriant R&D GmbH, Germany; Yawei Yin, Alibaba Group, China

Datacenter Optics Reliability: Can We Standardize Requirements, and Can They be Relaxed Given Redundancies and <~5-Year Lifetimes?
Long Chen, Acacia Communications Inc., USA; Maura Raburn, Google Inc., USA; Hanxing Shi, Finisar, USA

High Noon: Silicon Photonics vs. Rest of the World
Giampiero Contestabile, Scuola Superiore Sant Anna di Pisa, Italy; Geert Morthier, Ghent Univ., Belgium; Kenya Suzuki, NTT Device Innovation Center, Japan

Opportunities and Challenges for Optical Switching in the Data Center
Organizers: Yvan Pointurier, Nokia Bell Labs, France; Paolo Costa, Microsoft, USA; S.J. Ben Yoo, Univ. of California at Davis, USA

Optical Experiments and Testing: FEC-ON or FEC-OFF?
Organizers: Alex Alvarado, Eindhoven Univ. of Technology, Netherlands; Yi Cai, ZTE USA Inc., USA

Super DACs and ADCs - To Interleave or not to Interleave
Daniel Blumenthal, Univ. of California at Santa Barbara, USA; Robert Elschner, Fraunhofer Inst Nachricht Henrich-Hertz, Germany; Takayuki Mizuno, NTT Network Innovation Laboratories, Japan

What is a Real Killer Application of SDM, Telecom or Non-Telecom?
Rodigro Amezcua-Correa, Univ. of Central Florida, CREOL, USA; Haoshuo Chen, Nokia Bell Labs, USA; Takemi Hasegawa, Sumitomo Electric Industries Ltd., Japan 

Which One Will Succeed in Data Center Applications, Multi-Chip or Monolithic Integrated Optoelectronic Chip?
Dominic Goodwill, Huawei Technologies R&D, Canada; Yasuhiro Matsui, Finisar Corporation, USA; James (Zhou) Zhiping, Peking Univ., China

Will Advanced Direct-Detection Systems Ever be the Solution of Choice for Metro and Access Applications?
Organizers: Cristian Antonelli, Universita degli Studi dell'Aquila, ItalyLilin Yi, Shanghai Jiao Tong Univ., China; Robert Killey, Univ. College London, UK

Will Coherent Optics Become a Reality for Intra-Data Center Applications?
Organizers: Fred Bucahli, Nokia Bell Labs, Germany; Ken Jackson, Sumitomo Electric Device Innovations, USA 

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