Annual Forum Schedule

7:30 - 8:30 Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:30 - 10:20 Session 1: Overview of the Optics and Photonics Market in 2014 and Beyond
10:20 - 10:40 Coffee Break
10:40 - 12:00 Session 2: U.S. Government Policy and Funding Overlook
12:00 - 13:00 Lunch Break
13:00 - 14:00 Financial Perspective
14:00 - 15:35 Session 3: Regional Markets and Technology Roadmaps
15:35 - 16:00 Coffee Break
16:00 - 17:30 Session 4: New and Interesting Trends
17:30 - 19:30 Networking Reception

Annual Forum Sessions

Session 1: Overview of the Optics and Photonics Market in 2014 and Beyond
Receive an overview of the industry, with a special focus on the optical communications market.  Speakers will summarize OIDA's recent market and roadmapping studies, reports, advocacy efforts, and an update on the National Photonics Initiative and advocacy efforts and provide guidance on how to best use this information in your own business planning.

Review and Outlook for the U.S. and Global Photonics Market
Tom Hausken, Senior Science Advisor, OSA/OIDA
Dr. Hausken will review the market for photonics products, from both global and U.S. perspectives.  The talk will give a top-level review of key segments and the overall market, as well as provide a perspective on the mid-term prospects for the industry.

The 2014 Optical Communication Market
Vladimir Kozlov, Founder and CEO, LightCounting
Abstract available soon.

A Pragmatic View of Optical Fiber Communication Systems and Components
Ferris Lipscomb, VP of Marketing, NeoPhotonics Corp.
Rapid Technology developments in both Photonic Integrated Circuits and CMOS based Digital Signal Processors are transforming every segment of fiber optic communications.  Moore’s law has resulted in exponentially increasing computing power distributed into nearly every aspect of life, which has in turn created a similar increase in the demand for data communications.  Moore’s law has again come to the rescue in the form of DSP and PIC enabled fiber optic systems, which have increased data rates to 100Gbps and above, while reducing cost, power and size.  We present an overview of these developments in the Optical Fiber Communications market, including long-haul, metro and datacenter systems.

U.S. Perspective on the Photonics and Optoelectronic Industry
Chris Fish, Vice President, McAllister and Quinn
Abstract not available.

Session 2: Government Policy and Funding Outlook
U.S. government officials present views on the upcoming programs in photonics, with an update on the current funding climate in Washington.

A Brief History of DARPA Photonics and Future Opportunities
Josh Conway, Program Manager, DARPA
Abstract not available.

Imaging Technology
Dr. Ravi Athale, Program Officer, Office of Naval Research
Imaging systems has exhibited explosive growth in commercial as well as defense applications.  It has been driven partly by developments in silicon microelectronics and by wafer scale  fabrication and assembly of optical elements.  Future developments could evolve a radical rethinking of structure and function of imaging systems.

Can Integrated Micro-optics Transform Flat Panel Solar Cells?
Mike Haney, Progam Director, ARPA-E
Building upon the techniques and success of integrated electronic circuits, micro-scale optics and photonic technologies have proven to be disruptive in an expanding number of markets, including displays, cameras, and lighting.  This presentation explores how incorporating micro-optical and photonic integration techniques might lead to a similar level of market disruption in photovoltaic (PV) solar energy harvesting.  Specifically, combining micro-optics – to concentrate and manage the received solar spectrum, with pixelated multi-junction PV cells – to convert the solar energy to electricity, could provide a significant step up in overall energy harvesting efficiency relative to conventional flat panel PV technology.  If such performance could be attained while also reducing the cost per Watt, it could contribute to a substantial geographic and demographic expansion of PV in the marketplace.  Significant technical challenges, however, must be overcome if micro-scale concentrated PV is to become a reality.   A planned new development program at ARPA-E to address these challenges is reviewed.

Financial Perspective

This session features two perspectives on private funding of photonics from the financial sector, focusing on optical communications and on financing of “disruptive technology” companies.

Industry Structure is Key to Growth and Profitability
Natarajan 'Subu' Subrahmanyan, The Juda Group
While optical communications presents the only solution to meeting the sharply growing bandwidth needs of communications networks, vendors of optical components and systems have been unable to translate their value add and innovation into profitability. This presentation will focus on growth opportunities in the datacenter and telco markets as well as challenges and opportunities for revenue growth and profitability created by industry structure.

Investment Banking Perspective:  Financing Disruptive Technology Companies
Cameron Gray, Managing Director, Investment Banking, MDB Capital Group
The flow of investment capital to disruptive technology companies is a contentious subject, often invoking terms like “broken”, “flawed”, or “dysfunctional”.  Yet sophisticated investors all want to be involved in the next Apple, Qualcomm, or Tesla.  In this presentation, the investment banking perspective of MDB Capital will be described.  In short, MDB Capital believes and has demonstrated that IPO exits can be viable, attractive paths for suitable disruptive technology companies.  The presentation will detail how MDB Capital screens deals, how MDB Capital thinks about enhancing the probability that disruptive technology companies become strong public companies, and what the client experience is.  Our track record launching public companies strongly suggests that disruptive technology companies should consider an IPO exit as a viable financing alternative early in their lifecycles.


Session 3: Regional Markets and Technology Roadmaps
In contrast to the earlier session featuring U.S. government funding, a panel of representatives from large national photonics markets discuss their national industries, and the new priorities and programs in those regions.

2015 Administration Outlook for Manufacturing and Commercialization
Jason Miller, Office of the President, White House
Abstract not available.

The Overview of the Photonics Industry in Taiwan
Murphy Lin, Photonics Industry & Technology Development Association (PIDA)

Overview of the Optoelectronics Industry in Japan
Yasuhisa Odani, Optoelectronics Industry and Technology Development Association (OITDA)


Session 4: New and Interesting Trends
This session highlights opportunities in new and interesting applications in photonics.

Laser Illumination for Performance Projection and Fiber-delivered Lighting
William Beck, Barco
LEDs are ubiquitous in the specialty lighting market.  Visible lasers as a specialty light source are only now emerging, driven by an unlikely application - high performance Digital Cinema projection.  The emergence of modern 3D cinema and a trend toward premium large format (PLF) theaters are the twin trends driving the application of visible Red, Green and Blue (RGB) lasers for projection.  This year, several major Cinema projector suppliers have introduced high-end commercial 3D projection systems, both free space and fiber-coupled and numerous suppliers have introduced consumer and professional projectors based on Blue laser-Pumped Phosphor (BPP) illumination systems.  Markets, applications, requirements, benefits, technology and product status will be reviewed along with remaining challenges and new technology needs.  Finally, the application of RGB laser "engines" to a range of fiber-delivered specialty lighting applications will be discussed.

Semiconductor Laser: The Growth Engine for the Success of Industrial Lasers  
Georg Treusch, Managing Director, TRUMPF Photonics, Inc.
A short review of high power semiconductor laser developments and markets. Their evolution to the main pump source for industrial solid state lasers and to an actual contender in this market. Building blocks for a successful business for high power semiconductor lasers.