OSA Industry Development Associates host workshops, meetings and special networking sessions throughout the year. Upcoming events are listed below. The Presentation Archive provides members and event attendees with slide presentations and online video recordings from meetings that took place in recent years. The Publications & Report Library features summary and roadmap reports that feature content presented at OSA events.

"There has been tremendous activity in data networking technologies, including the advent of network virtualization and software-defined networking.  The OIDA workshop provided an excellent opportunity to understand how this technology will apply to next generation optical networks."
Casimer DeCusatis, Ph.D., Distinguished Engineer, IBM Corporation

Upcoming Events

CLEO Market Focus
CLEO sessions covering business and commercialized applications including industrial lasers, defense, biophotonics, and energy.
11 May - 14 May 2015
Location: San Jose Convention Center, San Jose, CA, USA

How to Communicate HighTech to the Market: PR/Marketing Workshop for Startups
OSA Entrepreneur Training workshop available at Laser Munich 2105. Hall A4, Room A 41/42
24 June - 24 June 2015
Location: Messe Munchen, Munich, Germany

Space-Division Multiplexing Workshop
Internet traffic grows approximately 100 times every 10 years and the majority of the traffic is carried by single-mode fiber communication systems. However, the capacity that a single fiber can carry is reaching its theoretical limits due to the nonlinear shannon limit. The only option for continued capacity growth is to use additional spatial paths either in parallel single-mode fibers or through more integrated solutions such as fibers that have multiple cores, multiple modes, or both. In addition to these novel fibers, the success of space division multiplexing will depend on highly integrated and cost effective components that exploit multimode technology to simultaneously process the parallel data streams. Such components include switches, new fibers, amplifiers, filters, multi-mode and multi-core amplifiers, mode-converters. Although space division multiplexing has potential to significantly reduce the cost and complexity of parallel systems, it also has its challenges. The closely packed spatial-paths can couple which causes crosstalk. The modes also have different losses and gains which cause mode dependent losses. Should this crosstalk be dealt with using advanced digital signal processing techniques, and what types of new components do we need to handle the mode dependencies? In recent years, outside of optical communications interest in multimode photonics research has been rapidly growing in quite disparate disciplines within optics, largely independently. With applications as diverse as searching for extra-solar planets to cutting sheet-metal. These research disciplines include biomedical imaging, astronomy, sensing, high-power amplifiers and quantum information science. Space-division multiplexing and these fields have very different applications but rely on many related techniques and suffer from many of the same technical challenges.
28 June - 28 June 2015
Location: Omni Parker House Hotel, Boston, Massachusetts, USA

Recent Events

OIDA Software Defined Photonic and Data Center Networks Workshop
09 March 2014 - Moscone Center, San Francisco, USA

EPIC Technology Workshop "Meet or eat? Collaboration and/or Competition in Photonic Integrated Circuit"
Supported by OIDA
05 December 2013 - Switzerland

20th OIDA Annual Forum
18 November - Special Pre-Event Afternoon of Programming Offered Exclusively to OIDA Members
19 November 2013 - Full Day of Programming Open to All
Location: Georgetown University Hotel and Conference Center
Washington, DC, USA

OIDA Complimentary Program on Industrial Lasers
28 October 2013 - Marriott Paris Rive Gauche Hotel and Convention Center
Paris, France

2013 Technology Exploration Forum
At TEF 2013, “The Future of Ethernet”, Ethernet industry leaders, stakeholders, and industry visionaries like Ethernet inventor Robert (Bob) Metcalfe, will discuss Ethernet’s path forward.
15 October 2013 -

OIDA Status and Future of Photonic Integration Workshop - Sponsored by Infinera
This workshop will review the current status and roadmaps and key-enabling technologies for photonic integration. The forum will review technologies that range from chip, to package to system level implementation across the computer comm., data comm., metro, and long-haul markets.
17 September 2013 - OSA/OIDA Headquarters
Washington, DC

Florida Photonics Cluster Meeting - Presentation by Tom Hausken, OIDA's Sr. Engineering & Applications Advisor
11 September 2013 - Orlando, FL

Photonics North, Plenary Presentation by Tom Hausken, OIDA's Sr. Engineering & Applications Advisor
04 June 2013 - Ottawa, Canada

OIDA Focus Group on Optical Manufacturing
30 May 2013 - Washington, DC

CPIA Cluster Meeting - Presentation by Tom Hausken, OIDA's Sr. Engineering & Applications Advisor
22 May 2013 - Boulder, CO