• A Hybrid Conference – In-Person and Virtual Presentations
  • Technical Conference:  05 – 09 March 2023
  • Exhibition: 07 – 09 March 2023
  • San Diego Convention Center, San Diego, California, USA

Demo Zone

Chigo Okonkwo, Technische Universiteit Eindhoven, Netherlands
Ben Puttnam, National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT), Japan
Marco Ruffini, University of Dublin Trinity College, Ireland

Fatima Gunning, Tyndall National Institute, Ireland
Ezra Ip, NEC Laboratories America Inc, USA
Dora Van Veen, Nokia Bell Labs, USA
Raul Muñoz, CTTC, Spain

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 occur in a dedicated booth in the demo zone equipped with a table, a monitor, and a bulletin board. They are shown to small groups, favoring an 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. They can include recorded video or live connections to remote hardware or experiments.

Topic Categories

The 2023 OFC Demo Zone covers aspects of network orchestration and intelligence, hardware, and physical layer transmission. These include, but are not limited to:

  • Automated device alignment or characterization setups
  • Automated measurement setups for high-capacity transmission experiments including the use of novel optical fibers;
  • Systems, sub-systems and devices for free-space, microwave, or optical fiber transmission;
  • Digital processing sub-systems and sensing;
  • Optical access networks and their convergence with metro transport, wireless access networks, and MEC;
  • Network virtualization and slicing, and software-defined control of networks;
  • Application of AI and ML to optical networking, including autonomous network management and control;
  • Quantum networking, including demonstration of entanglement distribution, implementing advanced QKD applications and quantum protocols;
  • Novel networking elements and concepts, including those supporting time deterministic and low latency;
  • Programmable networks, including softwarised network functions and programmable hardware.

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

Submission Deadline: 15 November 2022, 12:00 Noon 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 complete electronic submission is due before the published deadline. It should be three pages in length and will include the following:

  • A 35-word abstract
  • An Overview section giving a complete description of the demo's research theme and the technologies being demonstrated.
  • An Innovation section describing the problem and demo's novelty in solving it.
  • An OFC Relevance section explaining why the OFC audience and communities should be interested in this demo
  • A Demo content & implementation section clearly explaining: (i) the objectives and the configuration of the demo, (ii) how the demonstration will be physically set up, including description of equipment to be used; (iii) how the demo will be presented to the attendees, and (iv) how attendees might be able to interact with the demonstration (this last feature is essential to make the session engaging).
  • The objective should be to demonstrate an innovative application, a working prototype, or a novel concept in the space of optical communication devices, systems, transmissions 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).

The title of the demo and the primary demo presenter's name and affiliation must appear on the first page with all additional authors and their affiliations. Proof your work before submitting it.

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 that will be considered in the selection process:

  • Prepare the Demo proposal following the sectioning explained above, with particular attention to the Innovation and OFC relevance and Demo implementation & content sections.
  • 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 the 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 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.

The authors will be notified of the evaluation decisions the week of 5-9 December 2022.

Style Guide

Style guides are provided in a variety of different formats to support authors’ needs. Style guides are the same for all Optica 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.

If you have any questions regarding the paper preparation process, please contact Optica Technical Papers staff at cstech@optica.org.