Photonic Networks and Devices

Photonic Networks and Devices

Photonic devices and networking concepts that drive future network scaling and performance for next-generation applications.
NETWORKS bring together researchers and engineers from various communities that intersect in today's applications that require photonic networks. The new applications and network architectures will both drive and utilize innovations in optical transmission and photonic devices. Growing demands for bandwidth, flexibility, programmability, resilience, low cost, high integration, high functionality, low power consumption, and small footprint require novel solutions in photonic networks and devices. New management paradigms in the framework of software-defined networking are needed for efficient and dynamic programmability of virtualized network resources. The meeting focuses at fostering research that supports the future scaling and performance requirements of emerging applications, including spectrally and spatially multiplexed systems, data center and data-center interconnection, cloud infrastructure, and content delivery.

  • Space Division Multiplexed and multi-dimensional devices, systems and networks
    • Transmission systems with record capacity
    • SDM-based network applications
    • Components and devices utilizing space for a higher degree of integration
    • Unique applications using the spatial dimension
    • Specialty fibers
    • Digital signal processing for SDM applications
  • Technologies, systems and interconnects for Data Centers and High Performance Computing
    • Optical networks to support inter data center communication and cloud applications
    • Disaggregated Data Center and HPC architectures, algorithms and protocols
    • Flexible bandwidth assignment schemes for intra- and inter-datacenter communication
    • Cost effective and energy efficient devices for on-chip and chip-to-chip interconnects
  • Network design and operations
    • Optical network architectures for metro, access and backbone networks
    • Routing and spectrum assignment for WDM and flexible grid / elastic optical networks
    • Optical access network architectures and protocols
    • Energy efficiency and sustainability of optical networks and devices
    • Resiliency and security of optical networks
    • Techno-economic studies
  • Network control and management
    • Software-defined networks and network function virtualization
    • Network control, orchestration and monitoring
    • Open optical transport and open network operating systems
    • Optical white box systems for deeply programmable networks
  • Advanced high-capacity transmission systems and enabling technologies
    • Methods to achieve multi-terabit capacity networking 
    • Point-point transmission or shared bus/tree topologies, burst transmission
    • 5G convergence applications
    • Advanced optical modulation formats
Dimitra Simeonidou, University of BristolUnited KingdomLighting the Way Towards a New Era of Digital Transformation, Plenary

Jose Antonio-Lopez, University of Central Florida, CREOLUnited StatesSpace Division Multiplexing Fibers and Amplifiers, Invited

Katherine Barabash, IBM Israel IsraelMulti-site Software Defined Networking -- Connectivity, Orchestration, and Telemetry, Invited

Marianne Bigot, Prysmian GroupFranceNext-Generation Multimode Fibers for Space Division Multiplexing, Invited

Nicola Calabretta, Technische Universiteit EindhovenNetherlandsOPSquare: Towards Petabit/s Optical Data Center Networks Based on Fast WDM Optical Cross-Connect Switches and Optical Flow Control, Invited

David Caplan, MIT Lincoln LabUnited StatesMulti-format Optical Transceivers for Terrestrial and Satellite-based Free-space Optical Communications, Invited

Vincent Chan, Massachusetts Institute of TechnologyUnited StatesFree Space Optical Network Architecture, Invited

Haoshuo Chen, Nokia Bell LabsUnited StatesMode Scrambler for Multimode Fiber Transmission with Reduced Computational Complexity, Invited

Yigal Ezra, ColorChip, Ltd.IsraelEmerging Integrated Optics Based Solutions for Data Center Interconnect, Invited

Monia Ghobadi, MicrosoftUnited StatesProgrammable Optical Networks, Invited

Richard Grzybowski, MACOMUnited StatesMACOM’s Laser Integrated PIC (L-PIC) platform using Self-Aligned Etch Facet Technology (SAEFTTM) For Data Center Networks, Invited

Michael Haney, Advanced Research Projects Agency-EnergyUnited StatesIntegrated Photonic Networks for Data Centers – the ARPA-e ENLITENED Program, Invited

Saurabh Jain, University of SouthamptonUnited KingdomHigh Core Count Multicore Fiber Amplifiers, Invited

Admela Jukan, Technische Universität BraunschweigEvolution towards Smart Optical Networking: Where Artificial Intelligence (AI) meets the World of Photonics, Invited

Joseph Kahn, Stanford UniversityUnited StatesLow-Complexity Modeling of Dynamic Mode-Division Multiplexing Channels, Invited

Giovanni Milione, NEC Laboratories America IncUnited StatesUsing Elliptical Core Optical Fibers for MIMO-less Space Division Multiplexing , Invited

Takayuki Mizuno, NTT Network Innovation LaboratoriesJapanHigh-capacity Dense Space Division Multiplexed Multicore Fiber Transmission, Invited

David Neilson, Nokia Bell LabsUnited StatesOptical Switching for Space Division Multiplexed Systems, Invited

Georg Rademacher, National Inst of Information & Comm TechJapanCrosstalk Fluctuations in Homogeneous Multi-Core Fibers, Invited

Roland Ryf, Nokia CorporationUnited StatesCoupled-core Fibers: Where Mode Scrambling Mitigates Nonlinear Effects, Invited

Kunimasa Saitoh, Hokkaido UniversityJapanDesign and Analysis of Weakly- and Strongly-coupled Multicore Fibers, Invited

Jesse Simsarian, Nokia Bell LabsUnited StatesTransport Network OS: from Physical to Abstractions, Invited

Oleg Sinkin, TE SubComUnited StatesSDM Concepts for Submarine Transmission, Invited

Domenico Siracusa, Fondazione Bruno KesslerItalyYamato: an SDN Platform to Control and Virtualize Spectrally and Spatially Flexible Optical Networks, Invited

Daiki Soma, KDDI Research, Inc.JapanWeakly-coupled Few-mode Fiber Transmission with Partial MIMO DSP, Invited

Suresh Subramaniam, George Washington UniversityUnited StatesOptics in Data Center Networks, Invited

Ian White, University of CambridgeUnited KingdomHigh Port Court Switch Architectures for Data Center Applications, Invited

Lena Wosinska, Kungliga Tekniska HogskolanSwedenOptical Network Architectures for Datacenters, Invited

S. J. Ben Yoo, University of California DavisUnited StatesApplication-Driven Flexible Optical Interconnects for future Data Centers, Invited

Siyuan Yu, University of BristolUnited KingdomScalable Mode Division Multiplexing Transmission using Orbital Angular Momentum Mode Groups in Ring Core Fibres, Invited


Nicolas FontaineNokia Corporation, United States
Marija FurdekKTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden

Program Chair

Werner KlausNational Inst of Information & Comm Tech, Japan
Dan MaromHebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel


Data Centers, Cloud Computing and Software-defined Networking
Yuval Bachar, LinkedIn, USA
Davide Careglio, Universidad Politecnica de Catalunya, Spain
Paolo Costa, Microsoft Research, UK
Hai Feng Liu, Intel, USA
Reza Nejabati, University of Bristol, UK
Wenda Ni, Viscore Technologies Inc., Canada

Network Design, Operations and High-capacity Transmission Systems
Wolfgang Freude, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany
George Rouskas, North Carolina State University, USA
Gangxiang Shen, Soochow University, China
Elaine Wong, University of Melbourne, Australia
Xiaoxia Wu, Juniper, USA

Space Division Multiplexed and Multi-dimensional Devices, Systems and Networks 
Joel Carpenter, University of Queensland, Australia
Sognian Fu, HUST, Wuhan, China
Tetsuya Hayashi, Sumitomo Electric Industries Ltd., Japan
Koji Igarashi, Osaka University, Japan
Yongmin Jung, Optical Research Center Southampton, UK
Sophie LaRochelle, University of Laval, Canada
Jun Sakaguchi, National Inst of Information & Comm Tech, Japan
Pierre Sillard, Prysmian Group, France 

OSA FoundationStudent & Early Career Professional Development & Networking Lunch and Learn

Tuesday, 25 July, 12:30 - 14:00
Toulouse A

Join us for an interactive lunch and learn program focused on professional development within the Advanced Photonics field. This program will engage students and early career professionals with the key leaders in the field who will share their professional development journey and provide useful tips to those who attend. Lunch will be provided.

OSA Material Studies Technical GroupEmerging Optical Materials: Perovskites, 2D Optical Materials and Nanocolloids

Wednesday, 26 July, 12:30 – 14:00
St Charles B

Join the OSA Optical Material Studies Technical Group for a panel discussion exploring new and emerging optical materials. The panel will feature Dr. Barry Rand of Princeton University, Dr. Christian Klinke from the University of Hamburg, Dr. Parag Deotar from the University of Michigan, and Dr. García de Arquer from the University of Toronto. Each panelist will give a five minute talk highlighting the progress and challenges of their respective areas. Following their talks Dr. Garo Khanarian, who serves as chair of the Optical Material Studies Technical Group, will lead a discussion bringing together the different topics and opening the conversation to participation from attendees. An RSVP is required for this technical group event as lunch will be provided.

Plenary and Tutorial Speakers

Ben EggletonBen Eggleton, University of Sydney, Australia
Inducing and Harnessing Photon-phonon Interactions in Nanoscale Integrated Circuits

Professor Benjamin Eggleton is an ARC Laureate Fellow and Professor of Physics at the University of Sydney, Director of the ARC Centre for Ultrahigh bandwidth Devices for Optical Systems (CUDOS), and Director of the Institute of Photonics and Optical Science (IPOS) at the University of Sydney. He obtained the Bachelor's degree (with honors) in Science in 1992 and Ph.D. degree in Physics from the University of Sydney in 1996.

Shu Namiki
Shu Namiki, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, Japan
Challenges and Impact of Dynamic Optical-Layer Switching - Ten years of VICTORIES and Beyond

Shu Namiki is a Director of Data Photonics Project Unit of the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), Tsukuba, Japan. His current research interests include software defined dynamic optical path networking and their enabling devices such as nonlinear fiber-optics and silicon photonics. He is currently serving as Chair of Executive Committee of a national project called “Vertically Integrated Center for Technologies of Optical Routing toward Ideal Energy Savings (VICTORIES)” in collaboration with ten telecom-related companies. He has co-authored more than 300 conference presentations, papers, book chapters, articles, and patents. Dr. Namiki is a Fellow of OSA, and a member of IEICE, JSAP, and IEEE Photonics Society and Communications Society

Dimitra Simeonidou
Dimitra Simeonidou, University of Bristol, UK
Lighting the Way Towards a New Era of Digital Transformation

Dimitra is a Full Professor at the University of Bristol, the Director of the Smart Internet Lab (, the Chief Scientific Officer (CSO) of Bristol Is Open and the Head of the High Performance Networks group (HPN). 
Her research is focusing in the fields of High Performance Networks, Software Defined Networking, Network Convergence and Smart City infrastructures. She is the author and co-author of over 400 publications, numerous patents and several major contributions to standards. She worked in Alcatel Submarine Networks as a Principle Engineer and she has been co-founder of two spin-out companies. The latest company is the University of Bristol, venture capital funded, spin-out Zeetta Networks (, delivering SDN solutions for enterprise networks. Since 2015,  Dimitra has been the technical architect and the CSO of the smart city project Bristol Is Open (, delivering the world’s first open and programmable experimental test-bed at city-scale. Dimitra is a Royal Society Wolfson scholar

Tutorial Speakers

Svetlana BoriskinaSvetlana Boriskina, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA
Novel Optical Materials and Applications (NOMA)

Topological Materials: New Horizons for Energy and Sustainability

Svetlana V. Boriskina is a Research Scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), USA. Her research blends nanophotonics, plasmonics, hydrodynamics, thermodynamics and mechanics to explore intricate details of light-matter interaction on the nanoscale. Svetlana is interested in fundamental aspects of energy transfer between quantum emitters, propagating and trapped photons, electron plasma oscillations (plasmons) and nanomechanical oscillations as well as in thermodynamic limitations on light trapping and energy conversion. These fundamental studies have already directly contributed to the development of new multi-functional devices and nanostructured materials for applications ranging from light generation and optical information processing to bio(chemical)sensing and solar energy harvesting and conversion.

Barry RandBarry Rand, Princeton University, USA
Novel Optical Materials and Applications (NOMA)

Metal Halide Perovskites: Processing, Interfaces, and Light Emitting Devices
We study the use of metal halide perovskites for light emitting diodes (LEDs). By understanding interface chemistry and improving film formation, we demonstrate green and red perovskite LEDs with external quantum efficiencies of approximately 10%.

Barry Rand earned a BE in electrical engineering from The Cooper Union in 2001. Then he received MA and PhD degrees in electrical engineering from Princeton University, in 2003 and 2007, respectively. From 2007 to 2013, he was at imec in Leuven, Belgium. Since 2013, he is an assistant professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment at Princeton University. He has authored more than 85 refereed journal publications, has 19 issued US patents, and has received the 3M Nontenured Faculty Award (2014), DuPont Young Professor Award (2015), DARPA Young Faculty Award (2015), and ONR Young Investigator Program Award (2016).

Frans WillemsFrans M.J. Willems, TU Eindhoven, The Netherlands
Signal Processing in Photonics Communications (SPPCom)

Information Theory and its Application to Optical Communication
The tutorial focuses on the foundations of communication which were developed and are further investigated within the field of information theory. The lecture starts with the equivalence between waveform and vector communication in the additive white Gaussian noise (AWGN) case. Then the capacity of the AWGN channel is discussed and we briefly focus on the error-correcting codes that achieve capacity. It turns out that for larger signal- to-noise ratios codes based on uniform signalling do not achieve capacity. Shaping methods are required to close the gap. We will discuss enumerative shaping techniques, and will demonstrate that their performance is good also at small block-lengths.

In the second part of the tutorial we will discuss communication over optical channels with intensity modulation and direct detection. We will show that by using the so-called square- root transform this channel becomes equivalent to a one-sided AWGN channel. This result makes it possible to directly apply the signal processing techniques that were developed for the AWGN case. The tutorial ends with some consequences of the square-root transform (signalling on a square grid, dependence of signal-to-noise ratio on distance, filtering in the optical domain). 

Frans M.J. Willems was born in Stein, The Netherlands, on June 26, 1954. He received the M.Sc. degree in electrical engineering from Eindhoven University of Technology, Eindhoven, The Netherlands, and the Ph.D. degree from the Catholic University of Louvain, Louvain, Belgium, in 1979 and 1982 respectively. From 1979 to 1982 he was a research assistant at the Catholic University of Louvain. Since 1982, he is a staff member at the Electrical Engineering Department of Eindhoven University of Technology. His research contributions are in the areas of multi-user information theory and noiseless source coding. Dr. Willems received the Marconi Young Scientist Award in 1982. From 1988 to 1990, he served as Associate Editor for Shannon Theory for the IEEE Transactions on Information Theory. He is co-recipient of the 1996 IEEE Information Theory Society Paper Award. From 1998 to 2000 he was a member of the Board of Governors of the IEEE Information Theory Society. Since 1999 he is connected to Philips Research Laboratories as an advisor. From 2001 to 2004 he served as an Associate Editor for Information Theory for the European Transactions on Telecommunications. Dr. Willems is a Fellow of the IEEE since 2005.