Signal Processing in Photonics Communications

Signal Processing in Photonics Communications

Optical and electronic signal processing for photonic communication systems ranging from on-chip communications to ultra-long haul transmission.

Signal processing is required in many types of photonic communication systems and networks - from on-chip data transfer to ultra-long haul transmission. SPPComm covers advances in signal processing for transmitters and receivers, including techniques for mitigating the effects of transmission impairments and non-ideal components/devices, key transmitter/receiver functions, forward error correction, and enabling technologies. SPPComm also includes software-defined networks, space division multiplexed systems, Tb/s superchannel systems, and broadband hybrid wireless-optical communication systems.

  • Spectrally efficient modulation formats and detection schemes
  • Channel equalization and compensation
  • Polarization, clock, carrier, and phase recovery in coherent receivers
  • Channel estimation, distortion identification, and performance monitoring
  • Orthogonal frequency-division multiplexing (OFDM)
  • Nyquist and near-Nyquist signaling
  • Signal processing for space-division multiplexing
  • MIMO algorithms and implementations
  • Forward error correction
  • DAC, ADC and DSP technologies
  • DSP complexity and power consumption
  • DSP for integrated active components characterization
  • All-optical techniques for wavelength conversion and translation, regeneration, correlation, and mitigation of transmission impairments
  • Real-time demonstration of high-speed electronic circuits and subsystems
  • Applications to access, metro, regional, long haul and ultra-long-haul networks
  • Applications to short-reach systems using single- and multi-mode fiber
  • Applications to free space optical communication systems
Frans Willems, Technische Universiteit EindhovenInformation Theory and its Application to Optical Communication, Tutorial

Alex Alvarado, Eindhoven University of TechnologyNetherlandsOn the Design of Coded Modulation for Fiber Optical Communications, Invited

Benedikt Baeuerle, ETH ZurichSwitzerlandFPGA-based Realtime Receivers for Nyquist-FDM, Invited

Georg Böcherer, Technical University of MunichGermanyFour Dimensional Probabilistic Shaping for Fiber-Optic Communication, Invited

Henning Buelow, Nokia Bell LabsGermanyModulation of the Nonlinear Spectrum in Experiment, Invited

Jose Capmany, Universidad Politecnica de ValenciaSpainMulti-purpose Programmable Optical Chips, Invited

John Cartledge, Queen's University at KingstonCanadaVolterra Equalization for Nonlinearities in Optical Fiber Communications, Invited

Xi Chen, Nokia Bell LabsUnited StatesDSP Aided High Symbol Rate Signal Generation , Invited

Ivan Djordjevic, The University of ArizonaUnited StatesFEC Coding for Non-uniform QAM, Invited

Joerg-Peter Elbers, ADVA Optical Networking SEGermanyPAM4 vs Coherent for DCI Applications, Invited

Felix Frey, Ulm UniversityGermanyOptimized Detection and Decoding of 4D Signals for the Nonlinear Fiber-optical Channel , Invited

Michael Galili, Technical University of DenmarkDenmarkAll-optical Signal Processing of OTDM and OFDM Signals based on Time-domain Optical Fourier Transformation, Invited

Qian Hu, Nokia Bell LabsGermanyExperimental Demonstration of Probabilistically Shaped QAM, Invited

Faisal Khan, The Hong Kong Polytechnic UniversityHong KongMachine Learning Methods for Optical Communication Systems, Invited

Jie Pan, ADVA Optical NetworkingUnited StatesROADM Impairments and Mitigation in Tightly Spaced DWDM Systems, Invited

Periklis Petropoulos, University of SouthamptonUnited KingdomAll-optical Mitigation of Nonlinear Effects in Practical Transmission Links, Invited

Christian Schaeffer, Helmut Schmidt Univ, Univ of FAF HamburgGermanySignal Processing Methods for Quantum Receivers, Invited

William Shieh, University of MelbourneAustraliaComplex Imaging Algorithms Applicable to Coherent Communication, Invited

Tomoo Takahara, Fujitsu LimitedJapanImplementation Considerations of Optical Discrete Multi-Tone, Invited

Ben Wu, Rowan UniversityUnited StatesPrinciple and Security Analysis of Optical Steganography based on Wide Band Amplifier Noise , Invited

Fangyuan Zhang, McGill UniversityCanadaPractical Implementation for Fiber Nonlinear Mitigation and Compensation , Invited


Andrea CarenaPolitecnico di Torino, Italy
Darko ZibarTechnical University of Denmark, Denmark

Program Chair

Chigo OkonkwoTechnische Universiteit Eindhoven, Netherlands
Timo PfauAcacia Communications, Inc., United States


Xi ChenNokia Bell Labs, United States
Roger GiddingsBangor University, United Kingdom
Neil GonzalezNational University of Colombia, Colombia
David HillerkussHuawei Technologies Duesseldorf GmbH, Germany
Koji IgarashiOsaka University, Japan
Alan Pak Tao LauHong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong
Fabio PittalàHuawei Technologies Duesseldorf GmbH, Germany
Jacklyn ReisBrPHOTONICS, Brazil
Yi WengUniversity of Louisiana at Lafayette, United States
Kenneth Kin-Yip WongUniversity of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Henk WymeerschChalmers Tekniska Hogskola, Sweden
Yang YueJuniper Networks, United States
Qunbi ZhugeCiena Corporation, Canada

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.