Plenary Speakers

Yuri VlasovApplications of Integrated Photonics Technology - From Optical Interconnects to Neurophotonics
Yurii Vlasov, IBM Research, USA

Abstract: The IBM Silicon Nanophotonics technology enables cost-efficient optical links that connect racks, modules, and chips together with ultra-low power single-die optical transceivers. I will give an overview of its historical development, technology differentiators, current status and a roadmap.

Bio: Dr. Yurii Vlasov is a Manager at IBM Research. For the last 12 years at IBM, he led the development of silicon nanophotonics starting from its initial exploratory research stage up to manufacturing and product development. He served as a company-wide strategist focused on the long-term vision of nanophotonics aligned with the IBM product division roadmap. He also contributed to the development of IEEE standards on 100G Ethernet optical links. Vlasov was elected a Fellow of both OSA and APS, as well as a Senior Member of the IEEE. He was awarded several IBM Outstanding Technical Achievement Awards, the “Best of IBM” Award and the IBM 2011 Corporate Award, as well as was named “Scientist of the Year” by the Scientific American journal.

Norman L. SwensonSignal Processing ASICs for Optical Fiber Communications
Norman L. Swenson; ClariPhy, USA

Abstract: Signal processing for optical communications has made tremendous strides in the last decade.  This talk gives an overview on recent progress in this area, focusing on commercially available ASICs and ongoing research to advance the state of the art.

Bio: Dr. Swenson, a co-founder of ClariPhy, previously served as CTO and VP Engineering at Kestrel Solutions, a maker of optical networking systems for local exchange carriers. Prior to Kestrel, he was Chief Engineer and Program Manager for Advanced Communications at Lockheed Martin, where he directed research in multi-gigabit communication systems. Dr. Swenson received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University, where he developed novel applications of signal processing for fiber optic communication channels. He received an M.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Southern California and a B.A. in Physics and Computer Science from UC Berkeley. Dr. Swenson has sixteen patents issued or pending and has authored several journal and conference publications.