Photonics in Switching

Photonics in Switching

Photonics in Switching addresses all aspects of optical switching components & devices, optical switching functions & building blocks, optical systems and optical networking.

Photonics in Switching highlights the latest research activities in areas related to "Photonics in Switching" and will be presented in an environment that is conducive to in-depth and open discussions of the trends in this area. Research topics include optical switching technologies that allow dense integration of photonic and electronic functionalities operating side-by-side; various aspects of photonics in computing systems; optical subsystem technologies and architectures including optical signal processing, integrated advanced modulation schemes; optical-code translation,  label switching and processing; and optical networking and computing architectures and systems including optical cross-connects and interconnects, reconfigurable optical add-drop multiplexers, optical packet and burst switching routers, rapidly reconfigurable networks and next-generation protocols and architectures.

Optical Switching Technology & Devices
  • Optoelectronic and all-optical switches
  • Optoelectronic and all-optical wavelength converters
  • Photonic memory and optical buffers
  • Integrated photonic switching technologies
  • 2D and 3D MEMS switches
  • Silicon photonic switching devices
  • Tunable devices for wavelength switching and routing
  • Nanophotonic metamaterials and devices for switching and routing
  • Wavelength selective switches
  • Split and select switches
  • Plasmonic switches
  • Optical switches for multi-core fibers
  • Mode switching and control devices
  • Optical reconfiguration techniques and technologies for computing systems
  • Optical reconfiguration techniques and technologies for datacenters
Optical Switching Functions & Building Blocks
  • Optoelectronic and all-optical signal processing, wavelength conversion, label swapping, code translation/processing, and header recognition.
  • Optoelectronic- and all-optical signal regeneration, impairment compensation, and performance monitoring
  • Optical grooming and aggregation techniques
  • Photonic memory and optical buffering functionality
  • Optical receiver pre-processing and signal conditioning
  • Optical pre-compensation and pre-distortion
  • Advanced modulation techniques and coding/decoding subsystems
  • RF over optical processing and transmission
  • Microwave photonics
  • Comparison of all-optical, electronic, and hybrid-optoelectronic functionality
  • Burst switching compatible transceiver technology
  • Optical cross-connects
  • Reconfigurable optical add-drop mux/demux
  • Photonic packet switching and routers
  • Photonic burst switching routers
Optical Networks & Systems
  • Rapidly reconfigurable networks
  • Software defined optical networks and data centers
  • Optical network control and management
  • Wavelength routing and assignment
  • Physical layer design and control
  • Next-generation GMPLS, ASON, Photonic MPLS, OpenFlow
  • Software defined networking for photonic systems
  • Optoelectronic label switching networks
  • IP-over-optical architectures
  • Energy efficient architectures and algorithms
  • Cross-layer architectures and algorithms
  • Application-aware and service-oriented architectures
  • Converged mobile and optical networks
  • Optical network testbeds and field trials
  • Optical access and aggregation networks
  • High-performance data server, computing networks and Data Centers
  • OCS/OTDM/OPS/OSDM systems and their networking
  • Optical interconnects
  • Optical access systems
  • Optics in Data Centers
Shu Namiki, AISTJapanChallenges and Impact of Dynamic Optical-Layer Switching - Ten years of VICTORIES and Beyond, Plenary

Nicola Andriolli, Scuola Superiore Sant Anna di PisaItalySilicon Photonic Multi-Microring Network on Chip, Invited

Jose Azana, INRS-Energie Materiaux et TelecomCanadaEnergy-efficient advanced processing of periodic optical waveforms through combined phase-only temporal modulation and spectral filtering , Invited

Eric Bernier, Huawei Technologies R&DCanadaSilicon Photonic Switches and Devices for Scalable Systems , Invited

Martin Bouda, Fujitsu Laboratories of America IncUnited StatesHolistic Optical Network Optimization across Network and Physical Layers, Invited

Alberto Castro, University of California DavisUnited StatesBrokered-based Orchestration for Service Provisioning in Multi-domain Networks, Invited

Michael Eiselt, ADVA Optical Networking SEGermanyOptical Technologies in Support of 5G, Invited

Ivana Gasulla Mestre, Universitat Politècnica de ValènciaSpainFiber-distributed Signal Processing: Where the Space Dimension Comes into Play , Invited

Paolo Ghelfi, CNITItalyPhotonics Implementing Wireless Functionalities in 5G Systems, Invited

Kiichi Hamamoto, Kyushu UniversityJapanOptical Mode Switch and Mode Selective Light Source toward Flexible Mode-division Network, Invited

Hiroshi Hasegawa, Nagoya UniversityJapanTheory and Progress of Large-scale Optical Switching and Elastically-hybrid Optical Switching , Invited

Daniel Kilper, The University of ArizonaUnited StatesSoftware-defined Optical Data Centers and Cloud , Invited

Takahiro Kodama, Yamanashi universityJapanMode and Code Division Multiplexing System for Asynchronous Optical Access Network, Invited

Cosimo Lacava, University of SouthamptonUnited KingdomSilicon Photonic Modulators for High Speed Optical Analog Links, Invited

David Marpaung, University of Sydney, AustraliaAustraliaIntegrated Microwave Photonic Brillouin Processor, Invited

Nick Parsons, Polatis, Inc.United KingdomHigh Radix Optical Switch Solutions, Invited

Richard Penty, University of CambridgeUnited KingdomScaling of Low Energy InP based SOA Switches, Invited

Paul Prucnal, Princeton UniversityUnited StatesEmergence of Neuromorphic Photonics, Invited

Carsten Schmidt-Langhorst, Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz InstituteGermanyAdvanced Polarization-Insensitive Optical Signal Processing Using Orthogonal Signal and Idler Fields, Invited

Hiroshi Yamazaki, NTT Device Technology LaboratoriesJapanDigital-Preprocessed Analog-Multiplexed DAC Technology for High-Speed Optical Transmission, Invited

Xinliang Zhang, Huazhong Univ of Science and TechnologyChinaPhotonic Integrated Chips for Optical Computing , Invited

Linjie Zhou, Shanghai Jiao Tong UniversityChinaSilicon Reconfigurable Optical Switch based on Dual-ring Assisted Mach-Zehnder Interferometers , Invited

Lars Zimmermann, IHP GmbHTransmitters in Photonic BiCMOS , Invited

Dan Marom, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel
Clint Schow, University of California Santa Barbara, USA
Hiroyuki Tsuda, Keio University, Japan

Program Chairs
Giampiero Contestabile, Scuola Superiore Sant Anna di Pisa, Italy
Hiroaki Harai, National Inst of Information & Comm Tech, Japan
Odile Liboiron-Ladouceur, McGill University, Canada


Optical Switching Technology & Devices
Giampiero Contestabile, Scuola Superiore Sant Anna di Pisa, Italy, Subcommittee Chair
Nicola Calabretta, Technical University of Eindhoven, Netherlands
Isabella Cerutti, Nokia Italia, Italy
Guilhem de Valicourt, Bell Laboratories – Nokia, USA
Akihiro Maruta, Osaka University, Japan
Francesca Parmigiani, University of Southampton, UK
Luca Potì, CNIT, Italy
Katsuyuki Utaka, Waseda University, Japan
Xuelin Yang, Jiao Tong University, China
Yuki Yoshida, NICT, Japan 
Yu Yu, Wuhan National Laboratory for Optoelectronics, China

Optical Switching Functions & Building Blocks
Odile Liboiron-Ladouceur, McGill University, Canada, Subcommittee Chair
Antonella Bogoni, CNIT Pisa, Italy
Maurizio Burla, ETH, Switzerland
José Capmany, University Valencia, Spain
Gabriella Cincotti, University of Roma, Italy
Nicolas Dupuis, IBM TJ Watson, USA
Guifang Li, CREOL, USA
Yoshiaki Nakano, The University of Tokyo, Japan
Robert Norwood, University of Arizona, USA
Hiroyuki Uenohara, Tokyo Institute University, Japan
Kenneth K.Y. Wong, University of Hong Kong, China
John Xiupu Zhang, Concordia, Canada

Optical Networks & Systems
Hiroaki Harai, National Inst of Information & Comm Tech, Japan, Subcommittee Chair
Filippo Cugini, CNIT, Italy
Rudra Dutta, North Carolina State University, USA
Roberto Proietti, University of California, Davis, USA
Weiqiang Sun, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China
Hideki Tode, Osaka Prefecture University, Japan
Anna Tzanakaki, University of Athens, Greece
Xi Wang, Fujitsu Labs of America, USA
Lena Wosinska, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden

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.