Speakers

Philippe Absil

Vice President R&D, Head of the 3D and Silicon Photonics Technologies Department, IMEC

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Philippe Absil received his Ph.D. degree from the Department of Electrical Engineering, University of Maryland, College Park, MD, USA, in 2000. His doctoral work contributed to the early demonstrations of semiconductor microring resonators. In the early 2000s, he developed the passive photonics platform technology for Little Optics, Inc., Annapolis Junction, MD USA. He is now Vice President R&D and the head of the 3-D and Silicon Photonics Technologies Department at Imec since 2013 and has been responsible for the silicon photonics technology platform development since 2010. Before that he spent seven years managing the advanced CMOS scaling program at Imec.

Philippe Absil received his Ph.D. degree from the Department of Electrical Engineering, University of Maryland, College Park, MD, USA, in 2000. His doctoral work contributed to the early...

Hitesh Ballani

Intel

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Hitesh Ballani is a Senior Principal Research Manager at Microsoft Research in Cambridge, UK. His research aims to build systems and networks for next-generation data centers. His current focus is on developing optical technologies for the cloud. Previously, he worked on a Quality-of-Service architecture for networked storage that ships in Windows Server. He graduated with a PhD in Computer Science from Cornell University in 2009 and then joined Microsoft.

Hitesh Ballani is a Senior Principal Research Manager at Microsoft Research in Cambridge, UK. His research aims to build systems and networks for next-generation data centers. His current focus is...

Alexis Black Björlin

Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Optical Systems Division, Broadcom

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Alexis Björlin is Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Optical Systems Division (OSD). Dr. Björlin leads the business unit responsible for developing and manufacturing devices used in optical communications. Prior to joining the company, Dr. Björlin was corporate vice president and general manager of the data center connectivity group at Intel, having responsibility for three business units: the networking division, the high-performance computing fabric division, and the silicon photonics division. While at Intel, Dr. Björlin commercialized Intel's silicon photonics technology, served on the board of directors for the Intel Capital Diversity Initiative, and was a frequent speaker and advocate for women and diversity in technology. Prior to Intel, Dr. Björlin served as president and a member of the board of directors for Source Photonics, a private equity-owned, global fiber optics manufacturer. Dr. Björlin holds a BS in materials science & engineering from MIT and a Ph. D. in materials science from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Alexis Björlin is Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Optical Systems Division (OSD). Dr. Björlin leads the business unit responsible for developing and manufacturing devices used in...

Robert Blum

Director, Strategic Marketing & Business Development , Intel Corporation

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Robert Blum is Director of Strategic Marketing and Business Development for Intel’s Silicon Photonics Product Division. Prior to joining Intel, Robert was Director of Strategic Marketing at Oclaro Inc., and held various Director level roles for Oclaro’s DWDM and consumer laser portfolio. Before joining Oclaro, Robert was Product Line Manager for optical transmission components at JDS Uniphase Corporation and held various engineering and marketing management roles at Gemfire Corporation, all in California. Robert worked at Deutsche Telekom’s research labs in Germany as part of his master’s thesis at TU Darmstadt and holds a doctorate degree in Physics from TUHH in Hamburg. He has also studied and done research at Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale in Lausanne, Switzerland, and at Stanford University, California.

Robert Blum is Director of Strategic Marketing and Business Development for Intel’s Silicon Photonics Product Division. Prior to joining Intel, Robert was Director of Strategic Marketing at Oclaro...

Darius Bunandar

Founder and Chief Scientist, Lightmatter

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Darius Bunandar is a Founder of Lightmatter, a startup developing the next-generation artificial intelligence (AI) processor. Lightmatter’s hardware combines photonic and electronic integrated circuits into a new AI computing architecture that is faster and more efficient than what’s feasible using traditional technologies. Lightmatter secured a Series A funding from Matrix Partners, Spark Capital, and GV (formerly Google Ventures). As Chief Scientist at Lightmatter, Darius coordinates the company’s research and development in new hardware architectures as well as new algorithms. Before founding Lightmatter, Darius obtained his PhD in physics at MIT studying quantum computation and communications using compact nanophotonic circuits. His interests in computing began when he was simulating extreme physical phenomena using supercomputers. With the Caltech-Cornell Simulating-eXtreme-Spacetimes (SXS) collaboration, he developed software to visualize how binary black holes can distort the night sky by warping space-time with their gravitational pull. He also briefly worked as a Blast Engineer—numerically simulating explosions and performing actual large-scale blast experiments—at BakerRisk: an engineering consulting firm in San Antonio, Texas. He previously earned his BS degrees in both Physics and Mechanical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin.

Darius Bunandar is a Founder of Lightmatter, a startup developing the next-generation artificial intelligence (AI) processor. Lightmatter’s hardware combines photonic and electronic integrated...

David Chen

AVP of Transceiver Technology & Strategic Marketing, Applied Optoelectronics, Inc. (AOI)

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As AVP of Transceiver Technology & Strategic Marketing at Applied Optoelectronics, Inc. (AOI), David involves with advance technology platform definition for next generation transceiver projects/products for data transmission applications including Data Center applications. Prior to joining AOI, David holds several senior management positions for transceiver projects/products developments in companies such as Multiplex, Emcore, Sumitomo, JDSU, etc. Before Multiplex Inc., David also served as MTS in AT&T/Lucent Bell Laboratory in Allentown/Breinigsville, PA for 15 years. David holds a MS in Electrical Engineering from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois and a BS in Physics from Fu Jen Catholic University in Taipei, Taiwan.

As AVP of Transceiver Technology & Strategic Marketing at Applied Optoelectronics, Inc. (AOI), David involves with advance technology platform definition for next generation transceiver projects...

Larry Dennison

Director of Network Research, NVIDIA

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Dr. Dennison joined NVIDIA in September of 2013 and leads the Network Research Group. His current research interests include large networks of GPUs, switch micro-architectures, network-on-chip and photonic interconnects. At, NVIDIA, he was the principal investigator for the DesignForward project which was responsible for several GPU shared-memory concepts such as NVSHMEM and NCCL. His team proposed development of a GPU shared memory fabric and developed the first NVSwitch architecture. Prior to NVIDIA, he worked on software systems such as high-performance distributed applications, database scaling for the cloud and software-defined networking. He also architected and led the development of the ASIC chipset for the Avici Terabit Router which utilized a 3-D toroidal network. At BBN, Dr. Dennison was the principal investigator for MicroPathfinder, a wearable computer that connected to other wearables over a very low power RF network. Dr. Dennison holds Ph.D., M.S., and B.S. degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Dr. Dennison joined NVIDIA in September of 2013 and leads the Network Research Group. His current research interests include large networks of GPUs, switch micro-architectures, network-on-chip and...

Ken Giewont

Fellow - Technology Development, GLOBALFOUNDRIES

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Ken Giewont is a Fellow at GLOBALFOUNDRIES within the Technology Solutions organization as the technical lead of Silicon Photonics Technology Development located at the Fishkill, NY fab10 facility. His focus has been to establish a manufacturable 300mm Silicon Photonics Foundry platform with a continued focus on definition and execution of a development roadmap. Previously, he worked at IBM Microelectronics as a process integration engineer developing and manufacturing leading edge CMOS technologies. Collectively, he has >25 years of experience in area of semiconductor development and manufacturing, process integration, characterization, failure analysis and project management. He earned an Engineering Science BS from Penn State University 1n 1984 and an Electrical Engineering MS from Syracuse University 1n 1990.

Ken Giewont is a Fellow at GLOBALFOUNDRIES within the Technology Solutions organization as the technical lead of Silicon Photonics Technology Development located at the Fishkill, NY fab10 facility....

Madeleine Glick

Senior Research Scientist, Columbia University

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Madeleine Glick is a Senior Research Scientist at the Lightwave Research Laboratory of the Columbia Nano Initiative, Columbia University. She received her Ph.D. in Physics at Columbia University after which she joined the Department of Physics, Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL) Lausanne, Switzerland, focusing on research in electro-optic effects in GaAs and InP-based materials. From 1992 to 1996, she was a Research Associate with CERN, Geneva, Switzerland, as part of the Lightwave Links for Analogue Signal Transfer Project for the Large Hadron Collider. From 2002-2011 Madeleine was Principal Engineer at Intel (Intel Research Cambridge UK, Intel Research Pittsburgh) leading research on optical interconnects for data centers. Her research interests are in applying photonic devices and interconnects to computing systems. Madeleine is a Fellow of the Institute of Physics, and a Senior Member of IEEE and OSA.

Madeleine Glick is a Senior Research Scientist at the Lightwave Research Laboratory of the Columbia Nano Initiative, Columbia University. She received her Ph.D. in Physics at Columbia University...

Richard Grzybowski

General Manager of Silicon Photonics, Lightwave Business Unit, MACOM

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Dr. Richard Grzybowski is the General Manager of Silicon Photonics in the MACOM Lightwave Business Unit where he leads the silicon photonics design team. Before being acquired by MACOM, Dr. Grzybowski was Chief Technical Officer at Photonic Controls, an organization specializing in wrapping electronic control and packaging around systems with photonic cores, silicon photonic design, control and testing. Prior to this, Dr. Grzybowski was Research Director of Systems Engineering & Program Management at Corning Inc. where he led the systems engineering competency for the Science & Technology organization with special emphasis on early stage programs for keystone components in complex systems. Dr. Grzybowski developed and led an organization of program leaders bringing systems engineering to major projects. Products developed included high performance glass manufacturing, automotive controls, ultra-capacitors, RF distribution systems, optical backplanes (25G), optical switches (40G), and optical transceivers from research to early stage manufacturing. Dr. Grzybowski has authored and been awarded multiple DoD, DARPA and DoE contracts where he has served as program manager and chief systems engineer. These programs have included the delivery of supercomputer optical interconnect products and harsh environment jet engine control systems. Dr. Grzybowski has served as Chairman of the Industrial Board of Directors for the Optoelectronics Industry Development Association (OIDA) and is currently Chairman of the Industrial Board of Directors for the MIT Microphotonics Center’s Communication Technologies Roadmapping Consortium. Richard holds a Ph.D. from the University of Connecticut, a M.S. from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and a B.S. from Yale University—all in electrical engineering. He has 24 patents, over 90 publications and is a co-author of the book High Temperature Electronics (CRC Press). Richard is a senior member of the IEEE, past Secretary of INCOSE and General Chair of the 2014 IEEE Optical Interconnects Conference.

Dr. Richard Grzybowski is the General Manager of Silicon Photonics in the MACOM Lightwave Business Unit where he leads the silicon photonics design team. Before being acquired by MACOM, Dr...

Tom Hausken

Senior Industry Advisor, The Optical Society

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With over 35 years in optoelectronics, Dr. Hausken focuses on industry activities at OSA—The Optical Society. This includes OIDA (OSA Industry Development Associates, now a trade association within OSA), where he held a position earlier in his career. For 13 years until 2012, Dr. Hausken led market research and strategy consulting for lasers, image sensors, and a range of other photonic products at Strategies Unlimited. He was also a telecom policy analyst at the U.S. Congressional Office of Technology Assessment, and held R&D and production positions at Alcatel and Texas Instruments in photonics and electronics. He has a PhD from the University of California at Santa Barbara, in optoelectronics.

With over 35 years in optoelectronics, Dr. Hausken focuses on industry activities at OSA—The Optical Society. This includes OIDA (OSA Industry Development Associates, now a trade association within...

Gordon Keeler

Program Manager in the Microsystems Technology Office (MTO), Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency,DARPA

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Dr. Gordon Keeler is a Program Manager in the Microsystems Technology Office at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. At DARPA, his efforts focus on accelerating the development of emerging photonics, electronics, and integration technologies, and enabling revolutionary optical microsystems. Current programs in his portfolio include DODOS, MOABB, PIPES, CHIPS, and LUMOS. Prior to joining DARPA, Dr. Keeler was a Principal Member of Technical Staff at Sandia National Laboratories. At Sandia, his research focused on the creation of compound semiconductor optoelectronics and heterogeneous integration techniques to prototype solutions for optical sensing, imaging, communications, and high performance computing applications. His technical interests include semiconductor lasers, modulators, and detectors; nanophotonics and plasmonics; semiconductor materials and device physics; nonlinear, RF, and ultrafast photonics; novel photonic materials and their integration with mature platforms; and microscale optoelectronic packaging technologies. Dr. Keeler has co-authored more than 100 peer-reviewed publications and conference proceedings, and holds several patents in the field of photonics. He was the chair of the Albuquerque Chapter of the IEEE Photonics Society, is an IEEE senior member, and a member of the OSA. He received the Honors Bachelor of Science degree in Physics from Lakehead University, and the Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in Applied Physics from Stanford University.

Dr. Gordon Keeler is a Program Manager in the Microsystems Technology Office at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. At DARPA, his efforts focus on accelerating the development of...

Daniel Kilper

Research Professor, Optical Sciences, CIAN, University of Arizona

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Dr. Dan Kilper is a research professor in the College of Optical Sciences at the University of Arizona and is administrative director of the Center for Integrated Access Networks (CIAN), Tucson. He holds a joint appointment in Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Arizona and an adjunct faculty position at the Data Science Institute at Columbia University. He received a PhD in Physics from the University of Michigan in 1996. From 2000-2013, he was a member of technical staff at Bell Labs. He received the Bell Labs President's Gold Medal Award for his work on physical layer control that enabled the first continental scale transparent network. He is recognized internationally as a pioneer in physical layer monitoring and control including its use in software defined networks for metro, data centers, and 5G wireless applications. He holds seven patents and authored five book chapters and more than one hundred fifty peer-reviewed publications.

Dr. Dan Kilper is a research professor in the College of Optical Sciences at the University of Arizona and is administrative director of the Center for Integrated Access Networks (CIAN), Tucson. He...

Twan Korthorst

Director, Synopsys Photonic Solutions, Phoenix/Synopsys

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Twan Korthorst is Director for Photonic Solutions at Synopsys. He has been active in the field of chip design and fabrication for non-traditional semiconductor micro and nano technologies for 25 years. After roles in product engineering and fabrication he joined the PhoeniX Software team in 2007 and developed the company into a leading supplier of design solutions for photonic ICs in his role as CEO. In February 2018, Synopsys acquired PhoeniX Software, bringing together industries widest portfolio of solutions for designing and manufacturing photonic devices, optical communication systems and photonic integrated circuits within one organization and one single support channel. Twan is leading the product management, business development and customer support teams and continues to advocate for integrated photonics technologies around the world. Synopsys is accelerating the adoption of photonics and PIC technology with software to design energy efficient, high-performance photonic devices, systems, and integrated circuits. The Photonic Solutions portfolio offers a seamless design flow from concept to manufacturable design, supported by photonics experts. We are dedicated to helping our customers design the next generation of communications, sensing, and imaging solutions. www.synopsys.com/photonic-solutions.html

Twan Korthorst is Director for Photonic Solutions at Synopsys. He has been active in the field of chip design and fabrication for non-traditional semiconductor micro and nano technologies for 25...

Thomas Liljeberg

General Manager, Photonic Integration; Silicon Photonics Products Division, Intel

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Thomas Liljeberg is the General Manager, Photonic Integration in the Silicon Photonics Products Division at Intel Corporation, where he is responsible for the technology and product development for integrated and co-packaged photonics. From 2004 to 2015, he was at Source Photonics serving in various roles in Product Management and R&D management, most recently as Executive VP of Product Line Management. Prior to Source Photonics, he was with Agility Communications. Thomas Liljeberg holds a Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from University of California, Santa Barbara, and a MSEE from Technical University of Denmark.

Thomas Liljeberg is the General Manager, Photonic Integration in the Silicon Photonics Products Division at Intel Corporation, where he is responsible for the technology and product development for...

Sun Min

Optical Architect, Tencent

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Dr. Sun Min was majored in Microelectronics and Solid-State Electronics in Nanjing University. After receiving his Ph. D, in 2012 he joined Lab of Huawei, where he focused on the next generation photoelectricity component and awarded several related patents since 2013. He has been engaged as an Optical Architect at Tencent, in charge of the data center optical interconnection from 2018 till now. His expertise involves chip-level technology (quantum-dot laser, new VCSEL and hybrid integrated silicon photonics and so on), packaging technique (non-hermetic package), module level application and data center system architecture, etc. He also has some researches in photoelectricity integration in consumer production.

Dr. Sun Min was majored in Microelectronics and Solid-State Electronics in Nanjing University. After receiving his Ph. D, in 2012 he joined Lab of Huawei, where he focused on the next generation...

Peter O'Brien

Director, European Photonics Packaging Pilot Line (PIXAPP) & Head of Photonics Packaging Group, Tyndall Institute

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Prof. Peter O’Brien is Director of the European Photonics Packaging Pilot Line (PIXAPP) and head of the Photonics Packaging Group at the Tyndall Institute, University College Cork, Ireland. He was a post-doctoral scholar at Caltech and NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, where he was involved in the development of submillimetre wave devices for sensing applications. He also founded and was CEO of a start-up company manufacturing speciality photonic systems for bio-imaging applications, which he sold in 2009. He received his degree and PhD in Physics from Trinity College Dublin and University College Cork respectively.

Prof. Peter O’Brien is Director of the European Photonics Packaging Pilot Line (PIXAPP) and head of the Photonics Packaging Group at the Tyndall Institute, University College Cork, Ireland. He was...

Sven Otte

CEO, Sicoya

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Sven Otte is the Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of Sicoya. Prior to that Sven served as the Global Business head of FCI’s high speed optoelectronics group. Before joining FCI he was Global Vice President of Engineering at MergeOptics, Senior IC Design Engineer at Multilink Technologies and Senior System Architect at Santel Networks in Fremont, USA. Sven holds a Ph.D. in optical communications from the University of Kiel and authored several articles about electronic dispersion compensation, optical transmission systems and Silicon Photonics technologies.

Sven Otte is the Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of Sicoya. Prior to that Sven served as the Global Business head of FCI’s high speed optoelectronics group. Before joining FCI he was Global...

Sandeep Razdan

Senior Principal Engineer in the Optical Systems Division (OSD), Broadcom

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Sandeep Razdan is a Senior Principal Engineer in the Optical Systems Division (OSD) at Broadcom, leading Integration Technology Development for next generation optical communication devices and systems. His focus is on developing end-to-end process & test technologies, opto-electronic integration architectures & scalable supply chain solutions for Broadcom’s next generation optical products portfolio. Prior to Broadcom, Sandeep was Senior Manager in the Component Quality & Technology group at Cisco, leading a team of process & reliability engineers focused on developing Silicon photonics based 100G+ optical products for Data Center applications. Before Cisco, Sandeep was a Senior Staff Engineer at Intel’s Silicon Photonics Products Division managing integration design & technology development for 100G PSM4 & CWDM4 products. Sandeep holds a PhD in Materials Science & Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY and has 20+ patents in the fields of Silicon Photonics and Semiconductor processing.

Sandeep Razdan is a Senior Principal Engineer in the Optical Systems Division (OSD) at Broadcom, leading Integration Technology Development for next generation optical communication devices and...

Ted Schmidt

Distinguished Engineer, Silicon Photonics, Juniper

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Ted Schmidt has over 20 years of experience in the fiberoptic communications industry, spanning network architecture, DWDM system R&D, and optical transceiver R&D for inter and intra data center interconnect. Dr. Schmidt is currently a Distinguished Engineer in the Aurrion Silicon Photonics group at Juniper Networks. At Juniper Networks he has led both DWDM transceiver development for inter data center interconnect and standards based transceiver development for intra data center interconnect. His interests include high speed optical communications technologies, including advanced modulation formats and photonics integration. Dr. Schmidt has authored over 50 technical articles and two book chapters on his research interests and is a Senior Member of the IEEE.

Ted Schmidt has over 20 years of experience in the fiberoptic communications industry, spanning network architecture, DWDM system R&D, and optical transceiver R&D for inter and intra data center...

Greg Young

Vice President & General Manager, Cisco

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Greg Young is Vice President & General Manager at Cisco and continues to lead the Luxtera team. Prior to joining Cisco, Greg was President and CEO of Luxtera, Inc. (acquired by Cisco Systems Inc 02/2019 for $660M). Luxtera develops silicon photonics, which integrates fiber optics with silicon electronics. Greg joined Luxtera in late 2007, attracting and deploying over $250M of both investment and project funding from top-tier VCs and networking, computing, and semiconductor industry leaders. Greg scaled Luxtera from early stage scientific research through to million-unit production volumes and profitability. Luxtera has been widely recognized as the world’s leader in Silicon Photonics, and is the top supplier of optical transceiver devices for deployment in marquee Cloud Data Centers and 4/5G mobile infrastructure. Prior to joining Luxtera in 2007, Greg was the Vice President and General Manager of the High-Speed Ethernet Controller business unit at Broadcom where he managed the growth of the business unit from concept to over $350M in revenue and number one market share position. Prior to joining Broadcom in 1999, Greg was with Intel where he held several engineering, marketing, and business leadership positions in the networking and video conferencing business units. Greg started his career as an inventor / entrepreneur in the early 90’s after attending San Diego State University with a focus in Applied Mathematics and Computer Science. He currently resides in San Diego with his wife of 20 years and four children.

Greg Young is Vice President & General Manager at Cisco and continues to lead the Luxtera team. Prior to joining Cisco, Greg was President and CEO of Luxtera, Inc. (acquired by Cisco Systems Inc...