The Optical Networking and Communication
Conference & Exhibition

San Diego Convention Center,
San Diego, California, USA

2019 Special Events

Events will continue to be added as OFC approaches - be sure to check back for updates!
 


Lab Automation Hackathon

星期日, 3 三月, 20:00 - 22:00

Room 17B

Organizers: Nick Fontaine, Nokia Bell Labs, USA; Binbin Guan, Acacia Communications, USA; Jochen Schroeder, Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden

Lab work is most efficient when data can be acquired in an automated way. Especially when taking measurements over long durations automated acquisition avoids introducing human error and allows researchers to concentrate on the fun part of experimental work. Open source software in easy to learn languages such as Python provides just as much, or more features/interoperability for lab automation than alternative commercial software. In this hackathon, several researchers with 10+ years experience of lab automation will show you the power of using Python to quickly get a lab experiment running and display the measurements in a browser. We will learn from companies that work in photonics and how they take advantage of Python to create easy interfaces to their software and hardware. Bring a laptop to participate in the exercise. There will also be plenty of time for mingling and discussion. Pizza and drinks will be served.

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The Suzanne R. Nagel Lounge

Exhibit Hall B, Booth 6325

The Nagel Lounge, new in 2018, was a popular area and will be even bigger and better in 2019. Come visit this dedicated, inclusive space to create connections, spark conversations and generate awareness of diversity and gender inclusion within the OFC community. The program this year features over 25 half hour talks from industry leaders on various topics to boost your career in optics. Stop by and get a professional headshot to take home with you.

Lounge Hours

Tuesday, 5 March: 10:00 - 17:00
Wednesday, 6 March: 10:00 - 17:00
Thursday, 7 March: 10:00 - 16:00

 

See the full program of speakers.



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OSA Member Lounge Technical Talks

Exhibit Hall Booth 3039

OSA Member Lounge Technical Programs

OSA Members are invited to the Member Lounge (Booth 6337) to grab some light refreshments and participate in a series of informal 30 minute technical sessions. These sessions will provide members an intimate opportunity to connect with leaders in the field and network with colleagues.

OSA Fellows Event
15:30 - 17:00, Tuesday, 5 March
Engage in an opportunity to network with OSA Fellows and enjoy light refreshments. 

Happy Hour
14:00 - 15:00, Wednesday, 6 March

See the full program of speakers.

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OSA Technical Group Event

星期一, 4 三月, 12:30 - 14:00

Room 14A, Mezzanine Level

Career Prospects in the Fiber Optics Industry Discussion and Networking Event

Members of the OSA Fiber Optics Technology Technical Group are invited to join their Career Prospects in the Fiber Optics Industry Discussion and Networking Event. This event will bring together a panel of carefully selected experienced professionals from the fiber optics industry, giving young professionals the opportunity to hear about the panelists’ career paths, lessons learned, and the avenues offered to them by their degrees. There will be a brief introduction of the panel members, followed by small-group discussions that will allow participants to debate technological trends, prospects of the fiber optics industry, the added value of graduate studies in fiber optics, and the career perspectives they might offer. We also aim to provide a great networking opportunity, bringing together the bright young professionals of our technical group with some widely recognizable names in our field.

If you would like to attend this event, please RSVP to let us know. 

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OFC and Co-sponsors Awards Ceremony and Luncheon

星期二, 5 三月, 12:00 - 14:00

Ballroom 20A

The conference sponsors — IEEE Communications Society,  IEEE Photonics Society, and The Optical Society — will present awards and honors in a special luncheon. The lunch is open to anyone who purchases a ticket, but seating is limited. Tickets will be available for purchase for $45 USD at registration.

OFC will also recognize the winner of the IEEE Photonics Society/ The Optical Society John Tyndall Award and acknowledge all other awards and honors recipients during the plenary session.

The following awards will be presented at the luncheon:

John Tyndall Award, presented by IEEE Photonics Society and The Optical Society
The Optical Society 2019 Fellows
IEEE Communications Society 2019 Fellows
IEEE Photonics Society 2019 Fellows
IEEE Communications Society Charles Kao Award for Best Optical Communications & Networking Paper
IEEE/The Optical Society Journal of Lightwave Technology (JLT) Best Paper Award
The OSA Foundation Tingye Li Innovation Prize
The OSA Foundation Corning Outstanding Student Paper Prize
The OSA Foundation Corning Women in Optical Communications Scholarship

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OIDA VIP Industry Leaders Speed Meetings Event

星期二, 5 三月, 12:00 - 13:30

Exhibit Hall A, Booth 6445

This session brings together Industry Executives to share their business experience – from how they started their careers and lessons learned along the way, to using their degree in an executive position – with Recent Graduates and Students. The program starts with information networking during lunch and then transitions into “speed meetings” – small, brief visits with each executive to discuss careers, industry trends or other career topics.

Participating Executives include:

Shamin Akhtar, Chief Optical Network Architect, Apple
Robert Blum, Director of Strategic Marketing and Business Development, Intel
Eve Griliches, Sr. Product Marketing, Optical BU, Cisco Systems
Michael Zammit, Vice President & General Manager, Go!Foton


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Conference Reception

星期二, 5 三月, 18:30 - 20:00

Ballroom 20

Celebrate Mardi Gras with friends and colleagues at the conference reception. Tickets for this event are included with all full conference registrations. Additional tickets may be purchased at Registration for $85.

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OFC Rise and Shine Morning Run

星期三, 6 三月, 06:00 - 07:00

Bottom of San Diego Convention Center Stairs (front entrance)

Pack your running shoes and meet up for an early morning, 3 mile run or walk with fellow OFC colleagues. Light breakfast will be provided at the finish line. To sign up please visit the link here.

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OSA Technical Group Event

星期三, 6 三月, 11:30 - 12:30

Room 30E, Upper Level

OSA Optics in Digital Systems Technical Group Networking Event & Tech Trends Discussion

Join the OSA Optics in Digital Systems Technical Group for a special event focusing on the exciting topics in this field being presented at OFC 2019. Our featured speaker Dr. Qunbi Zhuge, Subcommittee Chair of S4 Digital and Electronic Subsystems, will be highlighting some of the important technological trends from the conference. Following the conclusion of Dr. Zhuge’s talk, attendees will have the opportunity to learn more about the Optics in Digital Systems Technical Group, and network with colleagues.

If you would like to attend this event, please RSVP to let us know. 

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OSA Technical Group Event

星期三, 6 三月, 18:45 - 19:45

Room 30E, Upper Level

Feasibility and Perspectives of Integrated Silicon Photonics in LiDAR and Other Applications Panel Discussion

All OFC attendees are invited to join this panel discussion, hosted by the OSA Photonic Detection Technical Group. Moderated by Shuren Hu of GlobalFoundries, this event aims to gather consensus on the future development direction of integrated photonics LiDAR, provide a stage for the major companies to answer questions about the LiDAR industry, and offer an opportunity for networking with major decision-makers in the LiDAR field. The event will begin with a brief introduction from each of the speakers, followed by a moderated question-and-answer session with the audience. Panelists include: Ted Letavic, GlobalFoundries; Cibby Pulikkaseril, Baraja; Aaron Birkbeck, Rockley Photonics; Martin Zirngibl, Finisar; and Jonathan Luff, SiLC Technologies.

No RSVP required.

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OIDA Workshop on Manufacturing and Building the Supply Chain for Integrated Photonics

星期日, 3 三月, 07:30 - 17:00

Hilton San Diego Bayfront, Indigo Ballroom DH. Separate registration required.

This workshop will review and address the key challenges associated with manufacturing integrated photonic components. Invited speakers will discuss critical aspects of the ecosystem, providing insights on the current manufacturing challenges and what is being done to address them. Panel sessions will provide a unique opportunity for speakers and the audience to propose and review ways to strengthen collaborations across the ecosystem and to build a more effective manufacturing supply chain. The workshop is especially suited to those interested in providing integrated photonic manufacturing services and to the users of these services.

Separate registration required. Learn More

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OIDA Executive Forum - An Exclusive Event for Business Leaders in Networking and Communication Technology

星期一, 4 三月, 08:30 - 19:00

Hilton San Diego Bayfront, Indigo Ballroom DH. Separate registration required.

The premier event for leaders in optical networking and communications, OIDA Executive Forum provides attendees with an exclusive opportunity to hear insider perspectives in an uncensored environment, while participating in high-level networking. This annual event showcases prominent industry leaders in the optical networking and communications sector as they present the latest technological advances and business models. Attendees participate in cutting-edge discussions and unmatched peer-to-peer networking as they hear real world solutions to help better manage their businesses.

Separate registration required. Learn more.

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