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Grow your business network at an Optica industry event.

Access quality information, unparalleled professional networking, and unique opportunities to grow your business at Optica industry events.

We offer a variety of in-person, virtual and hybrid events—both stand-alone, and at major conferences and exhibitions. These include dedicated workshops and forums on key optics and photonics topics, special funding events, and intimate networking dinners. Participate in an Industry event to advance your career and your company’s bottom line.

Check back frequently as new events are continually being posted. Past events—both live and virtual/on-demand—can be viewed by clicking the “Past Events” tab below.

From PhD to CEO: Making An Exciting Leap Into Business with Michele Lacerenza

28 October 2021, 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Ever wondered what challenges you might face when not only transitioning to industry but also when setting up your own business? In this webinar series, young European entrepreneurs share their stories of how they moved from the lab to the executive office. Register for this one to hear from Michele Lacerenza from pioNIRS.

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Sponsored Webinar: Digitizing Optical Product Manufacturing Traceability: The What, Why & AI

8 November 2021, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Today’s optical communications products are more complex. They require higher orders of reliability. On top of that, your end customers are demanding more visibility into your ability to deliver on time. This requires that you now have requisite visibility from all of your own suppliers, across the globe. Overall, the market is demanding better supply chain visibility, with higher product quality and traceability.

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Managing (and Leading) a Project Team

9 November 2021, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Principles for more effective technical leadership. As we scientists and engineers advance in our careers, many of us move on to roles where we manage a project, a team, or even an entire business unit. To be effective, we find we must learn many new skills that were not part of our technical training. Effective leaders often find that some habits and patterns of thinking they developed during their technical training don’t work so well when leading a group to achieve challenging goals. We also find that understanding how to manage a team is not the same as ‘leading’ a team to accomplish great things. In this webinar we will review some important principles that address some of the toughest questions that technical managers face: What’s most important for keeping a project on schedule? How do good leaders make hard decisions? What do you do when there’s no good answer? Is the maxim ‘Ask for forgiveness, not permission’ actually good advice? If you are a manager, or if you aspire to become one, this webinar will give you insight that will help you be more effective.

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Mobile optical pluggables (MOPA) – solutions, technologies and standardization of optics for 5G

11 November 2021, 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

This talk will outline the recent work by 5 leading companies (Ericsson, Nokia, Sumitomo, Lumentum, II-VI) in the initiative called mobile optical pluggables (MOPA). The MOPA initiative has produced a 55-page technical paper outlining all relevant optical solutions for 5G networks. These solutions, called optical blueprints, cover all parts of the 5G network: the low-layer split (aka fronthual), high-layer split, and backhaul, for all relevant distances (2-80 km), and technologies (grey optics, WDM optics, packet multiplexing, PON). Finally, an outlook into future needs and technologies will be made.

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OIDA Webinar Series: Navigating Rough Employment Waters: Advice from an Employment Attorney

On Demand

30 April 2020, 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM

As companies are battling to keep operations running, protecting and retaining their workforce is on the forefront of their minds. Faced with declining sales, disruptive supply-chains, and forced closure of businesses, employers are being forced to consider pay-cuts, lay-offs, reduction in hours, or furlough of their employees. While a time of stress for employers and employees alike, it is also an opportunity for re-invention and innovation. OIDA Council Member, Anjul Loiacono, will moderate a discussion with Tracy Armstrong, an employment attorney at Wilentz Law Firm. Tracy will provide her expert advice to employers and employees as they navigate these times. This Webinar will primarily cover employment law in the United States, however we encourage all our OIDA Members to attend to collect ideas and perspectives on how to manage your workforce during a crisis.


OIDA Webinar Series: Maneuvering through the Supply Chain Minefield: Targeting a V-Profile Recovery from COVID-19

On Demand

23 April 2020, 11:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Debbie Wilson from Lumentum will moderate a fireside chat with Gray Williams. Gray will share advice from lessons learned managing and fighting fires in global supply chains for over 30 years with numerous systems and component firms including Oclaro, Logitech, 3Com, AMD and NEC . He has also served as an examiner for the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award and currently consults to a variety firms, bringing senior leadership and processes in communications, logistics, planning and execution toward improving customer satisfaction, profitability and cash flow.


OIDA Webinar Series Kickoff: Navigating Your Businesses Out of the COVID-19 Storm

On Demand

16 April 2020, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

OIDA Response to Covid-19 Webinar Series will share timely content with our industry community.


Neurophotonics: reading and writing neuronal activity at the relevant spatiotemporal scales

On Demand

9 April 2020, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Dr. Valentina Emiliani will review the most significant breakthroughs of the past years, which enable reading and writing neuronal activity at the relevant spatiotemporal scale for brain circuits manipulation, with particular emphasis on the most recent advances in circuit optogenetics.


Mueller Polarimetry of Structured and Random Media: from Metrology to Biomedicine

On Demand

7 April 2020, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

The basics of optical polarization and Mueller polarimetry as well as the review of physical phenomena of interaction of polarized light with different complex media (layered, periodical, scattering, anisotropic and absorbing) will be introduced first. Then it will be demonstrated that theoretical and experimental studies of interaction of polarized light with matter provide a lot of valuable information about the macroscopic and microscopic properties of object under study, including its diattenuation, birefringence, depolarization, scattering and absorption properties, surface topography, etc. This information can be used in numerous applications, from optical metrology to cancer detection and staging. The basic advantages of optical polarimetric techniques consist in being relatively low-cost, fast, non-contact and non-destructive, thus allowing in-situ and real-time measurements in many applications.


The Rise of Freeform Surfaces in the Design of Optical Systems

6 April 2020, 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Freeform optics has set a new path for optical system design across a wide range of applications spanning from microscopy to space optics, including the billion $ consumer market of near-eye displays for augmented reality that set us on this technology path in the first place. Today, freeform optics have been demonstrated to yield compact, achromatic, and high-performance imaging systems that are poised to enable the science of tomorrow. In this webinar, we will briefly introduce freeform optics and highlight emerging design methods. We will then present success stories and highlight active research in digital viewfinder, imager, and spectrometer designs that we anticipate will stimulate cooperation towards accelerating gain in enabling knowledge in freeform optics.


2020 OIDA Executive Forum at OFC

9 March 2020, 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM

The premier event for leaders in optical networking and communications, OIDA Executive Forum provides attendees with an exclusive opportunity to hear insider perspectives in an uncensored environment, while participating in high-level networking. This annual event showcases prominent industry leaders in the optical networking and communications sector as they present the latest technological advances and business models. Attendees participate in cutting-edge discussions and unmatched peer-to-peer networking as they hear real world solutions to help better manage their businesses.


OIDA Workshop On Embedded Photonic Manufacturing for Data Centers

8 March 2020, 7:30 AM - 6:30 AM

Data centers increasingly rely on embedded photonics for enhanced connectivity between servers, memory, and computational systems. Furthermore, the integration of photonic functionality on to a single chip and co-packaged with electronics provides a route to further increase bandwidth and operational efficiencies, addressing many of the emerging challenges on data centre roadmaps. In addition new applications for photonics are emerging in AI and machine learning, which will likely require advanced packaging approaches supporting high bandwidth connectivity. However, even though embedded photonic technologies have been shown to achieve much lower link and switch budgets when compared to conventional electronic technologies, their wide-spread deployment is still impeded by significant technical, manufacturing and cost barriers.


Using non-linear optics to shine light on aerospace engineering challenges

On Demand

19 February 2020, 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Sir Horace Lamb famously said that “I am an old man now, and when I die and go to heaven, there are two matters on which I hope for enlightenment. One is quantum electrodynamics and the other is the turbulent motion of fluids. About the former, I am really rather optimistic.” Although nowadays we can travel in less than a day’s time from Perth, Australia to London, UK, and from Newark, USA to Singapore, there are still many open scientific questions in the aerospace engineering realm, especially when it comes to supersonic and hypersonic flight. Mastering hypersonic wind tunnels is one key component of the research involved but advanced, accurate and non-perturbative diagnostics is another key part. In this talk I will discuss laser diagnostic efforts developed to tackle the latter, by concentrating on the research efforts of our group in this field by utilizing Coherent Rayleigh-Brillouin scattering (CRBS).


How to control infrared light with phonon polaritons: a tutorial

On Demand

18 February 2020, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Phonon polaritons (PhPs) emerge from the strong interaction between infrared (IR) photons within a spectral band and the atomic lattice vibrations (phonons) in ionic or ionic-like materials. In the vicinity of phonon polaritons extraordinary photonic responses are available; high-permittivity, near-zero permittivity (ENZ) as well as plasmonic-like properties are possible. This webinar tutorial will take the attendee from the basics of PhP photonic responses to current advanced PhP paradigms and metamaterials reporting on extreme IR light control. These platforms unleash new capabilities to harness IR light impacting a range of modern applications and gave rise to the emerging and growing field known as phonon polaritonics.


The journey to higher precision freeform optics

On Demand

18 February 2020, 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Freeform optical surfaces have been offering optical designers and system integrators the ability to design lighter weight, off-axis and more compact systems for over three decades. Manufacturing innovations are gradually increasing the availability of precision freeform optics. This talk will overview examples of challenges and successes that have been encountered in the manufacturing, testing, and aligning of freeforms, highlighting the importance of partnership between optical designers, fabricators and system integrators in the process


Optical Biopsy with Gabor Domain Optical Coherence Microscopy

On Demand

17 February 2020, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Breaking the cellular resolution limit of optical coherence tomography, Gabor-domain optical coherence microscopy achieves an isotropic 2-micron resolution in 3D, opening the path towards optical biopsy.


Enhancing Wireless Communications with Photonics

On Demand

17 February 2020, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

With the increase in demand for bandwidth, the current wireless communication networks are reaching a bottleneck. Microwave photonics (MWP), which combines the advantages of microwave electronics and photonics thus enabling larger bandwidths and increased flexibility has the potential to release this bottleneck. In this webinar, I will introduce the world of MWP and will highlight how it can be a driving force for next-generation communications. I will then outline our recent efforts to solve some of the current challenges using on-chip photonic devices


Vision- and Sensor-based Human Activity Recognition

On Demand

17 February 2020, 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM

Globally, research activities on healthcare, elderly support, smart homes, activity of daily living (ADL) are progressing rapidly due to the advent of IoT sensor-based systems and devices. There is a huge progress recently on vision-based activity and gait analysis – because of the availability of GPUs and the intense involvement of deep learning-based methodologies. However, the challenges are complex and diversified, and hence, the progress in these domains are still constrained by a number of genuine challenges. In this webinar, these scopes and challenges will be summarized and some way outs will be outlined.


Career Accelerator for Optical Communications

12 January 2020, 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM

The program focuses on core skills needed to succeed including leadership, team building, business strategy, finance, marketing communication and negotiation skills. Sessions are led by experts representing key companies in the field. These speakers practice what they teach every day.


Annual OSA 5G Summit

16 October 2019, 11:55 AM - 12:00 AM

The OSA 5G Summit provides a platform for industry leaders, innovators and research from industry, academia, and government community to collaborate, learn and exchange ideas with this new emerging technology.


OIDA Forum on Optics in Autonomy

27 June 2019, 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM

This business development event aims to match leaders of transport applications needing new solutions with early-stage technologies. Applications are specifically in autonomous vehicles, such as cars, trucks, delivery vehicles, campus shuttle buses, delivery drones, and so forth. Technologies include LIDAR and other imaging subsystems, adaptive illumination systems, sensor fusion, and the in-vehicle optical data transmission and networking systems that link the subsystems together.


2019 OIDA Executive Forum at OFC

4 March 2019, 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM

The premier event for leaders in optical networking and communications, OIDA Executive Forum provides attendees with an exclusive opportunity to hear insider perspectives in an uncensored environment, while participating in high-level networking. This annual event showcases prominent industry leaders in the optical networking and communications sector as they present the latest technological advances and business models. Attendees participate in cutting-edge discussions and unmatched peer-to-peer networking as they hear real world solutions to help better manage their businesses.


OIDA Workshop on Manufacturing and Building the Supply Chain for Integrated Photonics

3 March 2019, 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM

These capabilities include component design, fabrication, packaging and test. However, these capabilities are fragmented, both from a geographic, but more importantly, an integrated ecosystem perspective. There is an urgent need for the different parts of the integrated photonic ecosystem to collaborate and to build a more efficient manufacturing supply chain, similar to that for integrated electronics. Overcoming this challenge will be a critical step forward in accelerating the mass market uptake of integrated photonics.

This workshop will review and address the key challenges associated with manufacturing integrated photonic components. Invited speakers will discuss critical aspects of the ecosystem, providing insights on the current manufacturing challenges and what is being done to address them. Panel sessions will provide a unique opportunity for speakers and the audience to propose and review ways to strengthen collaborations across the ecosystem and to build a more effective manufacturing supply chain. The workshop is especially suited to those interested in providing integrated photonic manufacturing services and to the users of these services.


OIDA Executive Forum on the Exploding Role of Optics in Sensing

14 May 2018, 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM

Who should attend: • Business development and strategic marketing staff from industry, including large companies and start-ups • Private and corporate investors • Program managers and research directors from government funding and research agencies • Directors from university centers Theme: The Executive Forum-style event aims to match applications needing improvement with promising early-stage technologies to lead eventually to commercial solutions in a range of sectors, spanning consumer to industrial markets. While the ultimate activity is “matchmaking” with this end in mind, the workshop will focus on segments within the field that have particular promise today, such as Smart Cities, mobility and automation, Big Data and AI, and manufacturing issues related to these products. Some key questions for discussion will be: • What is needed from the photonics industry? What are the problems that optics and photonics can have the greatest impact? • What are the enabling technologies that have the most promise? • What are the bottlenecks or “showstoppers” among photonics technologies today, and potential solutions?

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