Demo Zone


Paolo Monti, Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden
Reza Nejabati, University of Bristol, United Kingdom
Marco Ruffini, University of Dublin Trinity College, Ireland

The "OFC Demo Zone" features live demonstrations of research projects and proof-of-concept implementations in the space of optical communication devices, systems, and networks.

Such demonstrations take place in a dedicated booth in the demo zone equipped with a table, a monitor, and a bulletin board. The demonstrations are shown to small groups favoring a very interactive format with real-time exchanges between attendees and demo presenters. Demonstrations are typically executed on demand and may involve a combination of on-site and remote equipment.

The OFC Demo Zone covers topics ranging from SDN/NFV and software tools/functions to software and hardware aspects on all conference topics.

Live demonstrations are an opportunity to present technical achievements in greater detail and should facilitate vivid discussions with attendees.

Note: The OFC committee is planning for an in-person meeting in San Diego in 2022. In the unfortunate case the presenter(s) of an accepted Demo will not be able to attend OFC in person (due to changes in travel restrictions and/or regulations) it will be possible to accommodate alternative means of presentation (e.g., recorded or remote presentations).

Submission Deadline: 16 November 2021, 12:00 EST (UTC-05:00)

Demo Proposal Submission Method
Adherence to the instructions for the preparation of the demo proposals is imperative. No changes or revisions will be allowed after the deadline. Proposals for demonstrations must be submitted via the online submission system, with a demo description in PDF format in adherence to the OFC regular paper style guide. Do NOT email, fax, or mail your proposal. A completed electronic submission is due before the published deadline. A complete submission should be three pages in length and will include the following:

  • A 35-word abstract
  • An Overview section giving a full description of the research and technologies to be demonstrated
  • An Innovation section describing the problem and novelty of the approach in solving it
  • An OFC Relevance section explaining why OFC audience and communities should be interested in this demo
  • The demo proposal summary abstract paper should explain the objective and contents of the demo, and detail its configuration and main elements. The objective should be to demonstrate an innovative application, a working prototype or a novel concept in the space of optical communication devices, systems, and networks.
  • Demonstrations should be based on technical achievements and prototypes at a research stage (i.e. no pre-commercial or product demonstrations are allowed).

Style Guide

Style guides are provided in a variety of different formats to support authors’ needs. Style guides are the same for all OSA managed meetings. Be sure to confirm page count and paper size requirements for the meeting to which you are submitting.

IMPORTANT! Please embed all fonts; use standard fonts when possible. Problems may occur if non-English font packages (for example, Japanese, Korean or Chinese fonts, etc.) are used in the body of your paper summary, as well as in all figures and tables. Characters in these fonts cannot be seen by reviewers. In the past, we have had particular trouble with MS-PGothic, MS-Gothic, and MS-Mincho.

Proof your work before submitting. Changes or revisions are not accepted after the submission deadline. 

If you have any questions regarding the paper preparation process, please contact OSA Technical Papers staff at

For each selected demo, a rectangular table, 2 chairs, a power outlet strip (5 outlets), an 8-foot-high x 4-foot-wide (244 cm x 122 cm) bulletin board (as for the poster session), WLAN connectivity (on best effort basis), and dedicated Ethernet line will be provided.  Should additional equipment be required (e.g. a large monitor or better network connectivity), this can be supplied as paid service by the OFC AV company subject to individual agreement.

Peer Review
Demo proposals will undergo a selection process conducted by OFC Demo Zone organizers and Program Chairs.

The followings are not requirements but recommendations which will be considered in the selection process:

  • Live demonstrations are preferred. Pre-recorded videos and other material can be used as support/backup material but should not be the main technical content of the demonstration.
  • Demo proposals should avoid overlaps with the regular OFC tracks. The focus of a Demo proposal should be on proof of concept prototyping, showcasing novel feature sets and/or applications rather than focusing on experimental results only, i.e., such papers are better suited for the regular OFC tracks.
  • Demonstrations highlighting the use of open platforms, components, and interfaces (e.g. Open Source Software projects) are also preferred.

All technical information contained in the demo proposal summary must be approved for public distribution by all controlling organizations before submission. OFC is a public forum for the exchange of information. For all reasonable questions (including technical detail), presenters are encouraged to have answers approved for distribution before the presentation. Authors not interested in discussing their work with attendees in a conference setting are encouraged to submit their work to other forums.