26th International Conference on Optical Fiber Sensors

24 September 2018 – 28 September 2018 SwissTech Convention Center, EPFL Campus, Lausanne, Vaud Switzerland

The 26th OFS conference (OFS-26) will be held in Lausanne, known as the “Olympic Capital” where the modern games were refounded, situated on the shore of Lake Geneva in the foothill of the Alps, during 24-28 of September 2018. It will offer plenary and invited talks, contributed oral and poster presentations, workshops, and exhibitions from industrial partners. Social events will also take place to foster networking among the participants in a friendly setting.


A. New Sensor Technology

  • Physical, mechanical, and electromagnetic sensors (including acoustic sensors)
  • Chemical, environmental, biological and medical sensors and biophotonics
  • Interferometric, polarimetric and laser based sensors (including gyroscopes and resonators)
  • Micro- and nano-structured fibre sensors (including photonic crystal fibre and gratingbased sensors)
  • Distributed and multiplexed sensing and sensor networking
  • Other technologies (including imaging-related and those based on smart-phone platforms).

 B. Applications and field tests

  • Environmental, security, defence and industrial applications; technology commercialisation and standardisation
  • Smart structures (including structural health monitoring and photonics in additive manufacturing)

 C. New Fibre and Photonic Sensing Technologies and Platforms

  • New elements (fibres, devices and subsystems), effects (e.g., plasmonics), technologies (including nanophotonics) and materials (e.g., metamaterials, structured, etc.) for photonic sensing
  • Integrated photonics, cavity opto-mechanics and quantum sensing techniques, precision metrology, frequency combs.



  • Alain Aspect, Institut d'OptiqueFrance 
    From Einstein's questions to quantum bits : the second quantum revolution Plenary
  • Arthur Hartog, Schlumberger LtdUnited Kingdom 
    40 Year of Distributed Sensing Plenary
  • Michel Mayor, Observatory of GenevaSwitzerland 
    Extrasolar Planets: Old Philosophical Question - New Domain of Astrophysics Plenary
  • Gilberto Brambilla, University of SouthamptonUnited Kingdom 
    Nanowires and Microwaves for Optical Sensing
  • Kevin Cook, University of Technology SydneyAustralia 
    3D Printing of Optical Fibres and Waveguides
  • Kishan Dholakia, University of St AndrewsUnited Kingdom 
    Multimode fibre based imaging for neuroscience
  • Diego Di Francesca, Laboratoire Hubert CurienFrance 
    Implementation of Fiber Sensors in CERN
  • Osgar Ohanian, Luna Innovations IncorporatedUnited States 
    OFDR on Photonic Circuits: Building Fiber Optic Sensing Infrastructure in a CMOS Production Facility
  • Luca Schenato, National Research Council of ItalyItaly 
    Distributed Sensing in Geotechnical and Hydrological Applications
  • Hwa Yaw Tam, Hong Kong Polytechnic UniversityHong Kong 
    Fiber Bragg Grating Sensors in Railway Engineering
  • Avi Zadok, School of Engineering, Bar-Ilan University, Ramat-Gan 52900, Israel 
    Guided Acoustic Wave Brillouin Scattering in Single-Mode and Multi-Core Fibers: Fundamentals and Engineering Applications



General Chair

Luc Thévenaz, EPFL Switzerland

General Co-Chair

Moshe Tur, Tel Aviv University, Israel

Technical Program Chair

Miguel González Herráez, University of Alcalá de Henares, Spain

Technical Program Co-Chair

Avinoam Zadok, University of Bar-Ilan, Israel
Marcelo Soto, EPFL, Switzerland

European Technical Program Committee

Gabriele Bolognini, CNR, IMM Institute, Bologna, Italy
Gilberto Brambilla, University of Southampton, United Kingdom
Christophe Caucheteur, University of Mons, Belgium
Andrea Cusano, University of Sannio, Italy
Denis Donlagic, Univerza v Mariboru, Slovenia
Sylvain Girard, Universite Saint Etienne, France
Miguel Gonzalez Herraez, Universidad de Alcala, Spain
Pedro Alberto da Silva Jorge, INESC PORTO, Portugal
Manuel Lopez-Amo, Universidad Publica de Navarra, Spain
Walter Margulis, RISE Acreo AB, Sweden
Luis Rodriguez Cobo, Universidad de Cantabria, Spain
Marcelo Soto, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Switzerland
Tong Sun, City University, United Kingdom
Moshe Tur, Tel-Aviv University, Israel
Waclaw Urbanczyk, Politechnika Wroclawska, Poland
Avi Zadok, Bar-Ilan University, Israel

Americas Technical Program Committee

Jacques Albert, Carleton University, Canada
Xiaoyi Bao, University of Ottawa, Canada
Suraj Bramhavar, Boston University, United States
Michel Digonnet, Stanford University, United States
Peter Dragic, Univ of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, United States
Tinko Eftimov, University of Quebec in Outaouais, Canada
José Fabris, Federal University of Technology-PR, Brazil
Marcos Franco, IEAv - Institute of Advanced Studies, Brazil
Clay Kirkendall, US Naval Research Laboratory, United States
Robert Lieberman, Lumoptix LLC, United States
Kara Peters, North Carolina State University, United States
Gary Pickrell, Virginia Tech, United States
Joao Batista Rosolem, CPQD Foundation, Brazil
Aleksander Sade Paterno, Telecommunication Research and Development Center, Brazil
Axel Schulzgen, University of Central Florida, United States
Pedro Torres Trujillo, Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Colombia

Asia Pacific Technical Program Committee

Scott Foster, Defence Science & Tech Organisation, Australia
Bai-Ou Guan, Jinan University, China
Zuyuan He, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China
Brendan Kennedy, The University of Western Australia, Australia
Il-Bum Kwon, Korea Research Inst of Standards & Sci, South Korea
Yosuke Mizuno, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan
Hideaki Murayama, University of Tokyo, Japan
Kazuhide Nakajima, Nippon Telegraph & Telephone Corp, Japan
Koji Omichi, Fujikura Ltd., Japan
Yun-Jiang Rao, Univ of Electronic Science & Tech China, China
Kwang Yong Song, Chung-Ang University, South Korea
Balaji Srinivasan, Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, India
Satoshi Tanaka, National Defense Academy, Japan
Yosuke Tanaka, Tokyo Univ of Agriculture and Technology, Japan
Minghong Yang, Wuhan Univ Tech
Libo Yuan, Guilin University of Electronic Technolo, China


Plenary Session

Michel Mayor

Observatory of Geneva, Switzerland

Extrasolar Planets: Old Philosophical Question - New Domain of Astrophysics Plenary

Thanks to the development of astronomical instrumentation it has been possible to give an answer to the old philosophical question: do other worlds exist in the Universe? We will discuss the huge amount of discoveries made during the last two decades. Today some researches address a much more ambitious goal: to detect traces of Life outside our own solar system.

About the Speaker

Michel Mayor is emeritus professor of astrophysics at the University of Geneva. After a master in physics at the University of Lausanne in 1966, he obtained in 1971 a PhD of astronomy at the University of Geneva. During his career he was mostly working in the fields of stellar dynamics and kinematics.  His research and instrumental developments were at the root of his search for extrasolar planets.  In 1995, with Didier Queloz, one of his PhD students, they discovered the first exoplanet hosted by a solar type star. This discovery had very profound impact on the theory of planetary system formation and initiates a new chapter of astronomy.

Michel Mayor is a foreign member of the French Academy of Sciences and of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States. He obtained several Prizes for his achievements: among the most recent ones, the Kyoto and Wolf Prizes.

Alain Aspect

Institut d'Optique, France

From Einstein's Questions to Quantum Bits: The New Quantum Revolution

In 1935, with co-authors Podolsky and Rosen, Einstein discovered a weird quantum situation, in which particles in a pair are so strongly correlated that Schrödinger called them “entangled”. By analyzing that situation, Einstein concluded that the quantum formalism is incomplete. Niels Bohr immediately opposed that conclusion, and the debate lasted until the death of these two giants of physics.

In 1964, John Bell discovered that it is possible to settle the debate experimentally, by testing the now celebrated "Bell's inequalities", and to show directly that the revolutionary concept of entanglement is indeed a reality. A long series of experiments, started in 1972, yield more and more precise results, in situations closer and closer to the ideal theoretical scheme. 

After explaining the debate, and describing some experiments, I will also show how this conceptual discussion has prompted the emergence of the new field of quantum information and quantum technologies.

About the Speaker

Alain Aspect is known for his experiments illuminating the most intriguing properties of quantum mechanics. His Bell's inequalities tests with pairs of entangled photons (1982) have contributed to settle a debate between Albert Einstein and Nils Bohr, started in 1935. He has also, with Philippe Grangier, given a striking demonstration of wave-particle duality for a single photon, and realized the Wheeler's delayed choice experiment. After his contribution to the development of laser cooling of atoms, with Claude Cohen-Tannoudji (1985-1992), he has switched to atom optics, where the group he has established revisits landmarks in quantum optics and develops quantum simulators of disordered materials. A professor at the Institut d'Optique graduate school and at Ecole Polytechnique (University Paris-Saclay), he is a member of several academies (France, USA, Austria, UK, Belgium). Among the awards he has received: the CNRS gold medal (2005), the Wolf prize in Physics (2010), the Nils Bohr Gold medal and the Albert Einstein medal (2012), the Ives medal/Quinn prize of the OSA (2013), the Balzan prize in quantum information (2014). 

Arthur Hartog

Schlumberger Ltd, United Kingdom

40 Year of Distributed Sensing Plenary

The paper reviews the many strands of distributed optical fibre sensors from physics to technology, implementation and applications. It also discusses outstanding challenges, opportunities and recent advances in the technology and its uses.

About the Speaker

Arthur Hartog gained a B. Sc. In Electronics at the University of Southampton, where he was first exposed to the world of optical fibres. He followed up with a Ph.D. in the Optical Fibre Research Group in a team led by Prof. W.A. Gambling at the same university. In his doctoral and post-doctoral research, he focused on measurements of light propagation in optical fibres, including research in optical time-domain reflectometry. This work led to the first demonstration of a distributed optical fibre sensor in 1982. 

In 1984, Arthur moved to York Ltd, a start-up providing instrumentation for manufacturers of optical fibre preforms, fibres and cables as well as speciality optical fibres (these businesses still continue as part of Photon Kinetics, Inc for the instrumentation and as Fibercore Ltd for the speciality fibre). After initial work on OTDR and other measurements at York Ltd, he set up a team to design and commercialize the first Raman distributed temperature sensor, a business that was eventually separated as York Sensors Ltd. During his time at York and York Sensors, he dealt with most aspects of the product life, from research to manufacturing, including applications development and working with strategic overseas partners.

After several changes of ownership, York Sensors became part of Schlumberger, the leading oilfield services company. As a Schlumberger Fellow, Arthur continues to research optical fibre sensors and their applications to the oilfield while providing advice on wider matters within the company. 

Arthur Hartog is a Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and of the Optical Society of America and a Member of the European Association of Geoscientists & Engineers. 



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