The Optical Networking and Communication
Conference & Exhibition

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Optical Wireless Communications: What Is Stopping Us?

Sunday, June 6, 2021
8:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Organizer:

Volker Jungnickel, Fraunhofer, Germany
Norman Swenson, Norman Swenson Consulting, USA

Description:

This workshop aims at figuring out what role optical wireless communications (OWC) could play in Beyond 5G and 6G Wireless Networks. OWC distinguishes into long- and short-range applications.  OWC gains importance where it can leverage the unique selling points of the light medium as opposed to RF, such as ultra-high capacity, immunity against electromagnetic interference, the possibility to communicate wirelessly through water, and the ability to provide additional security.  There are synergies when combining OWC with radio technology, yielding a hybrid system having better properties than the individual technologies could offer. 

Short-range OWC systems provide high-speed mobile access in hotspot areas, also denoted as Light Fidelity (LiFi). LiFi is coming out of previous niche applications just recently covering business applications first, maybe followed by a significant customer market.

Long-range OWC systems comprise fixed and tracked/directed free-space optical (FSO) links e.g., between buildings/towers and in space, both space-to-space and space-to-ground. Different applications impose different requirements in terms of pointing and tracking, and immunity to atmospheric effects. 

The workshop will include speakers representing a broad range of LiFi and FSO applications during two sessions. A panel follows each session, so that the audience can contribute, too.

1st  session: LiFi
2nd session (FSO terrestrial and space)

Speakers:

Session One: LiFi

Gee-Kung Chang, Georgia Tech, USA
Talk Title: Key Enabling Technologies for Post 5G

Harald Haas, Univ. Strathclyde, U.K.
Talk Title: Tbit/s Optical Wireless for Beyond 5G

Ton Koonen, TU Eindhoven, Netherlands
Talk Title: From Wide Beams to Personalized Narrow Ones: Components, Systems and Potential

Kai Lennert Bober, Fraunhofer HHI, Germany
Talk Title: LiFi from the System Point of View

Jean-Paul Linnartz, Signify/Philips Research, Netherlands
Talk Title: Rolling out LiFi: Translating User Experiences into Research Challenges


Session Two: FSO

Baris I. Erkmen, X, USA
Talk Title:
Free Space Optical Communications for Terrestrial Applications

Morio Toyoshima, NICT, Japan
Talk Title: Outlook for Satellite Communication Using Free Space Optics

Hamid Hemmati, ViaSat, USA
Talk Title: High-Rate Optical Feederlink to GEO Satellites

Joachim Horwath, Mynaric, Germany
Talk Title:
Cost Efficient LEO-optical Inter-satellite Links: Overcoming the Challenges

Katherine Newell, Applied Physics Laboratory, Johns Hopkins University, USA
Talk Title: FSO System Considerations at Sea

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