Photonic devices and networking concepts that drive future network scaling and performance for next-generation applications.

NETWORKS bring together researchers and engineers from various communities that intersect in today's applications that require photonic networks. The new applications and network architectures will both drive and utilize innovations in optical transmission and photonic devices. Growing demands for bandwidth, flexibility, programmability, resilience, low cost, high integration, high functionality, low power consumption, and small footprint require novel solutions in photonic networks and devices. New management paradigms in the framework of software-defined networking are needed for efficient and dynamic programmability of virtualized network resources. The meeting focuses at fostering research that supports the future scaling and performance requirements of emerging applications, including spectrally and spatially multiplexed systems, data center and data-center interconnection, cloud infrastructure, and content delivery.

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Committee Members

  • Nicolas Fontaine, Nokia Bell Labs, United States , Chair
  • Marija Furdek, Kungliga Tekniska Hogskolan Kista, Sweden , Chair
  • Werner Klaus, National Inst of Information & Comm Tech, Japan , Program Chair
  • Nick Parsons, HUBER+SUHNER Polatis, Inc, United Kingdom , Program Chair
  • Domenico Siracusa, Fondazione Bruno Kessler, Italy , Program Chair
  • Yuval Bachar, Linkedin, United States
  • Katherine Barabash, IBM Israel , Israel
  • Nicola Calabretta, Technische Universiteit Eindhoven, Netherlands
  • David Caplan, MIT Lincoln Lab, United States
  • Isabella Cerutti, Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna, Italy
  • Michael Eiselt, ADVA Optical Networking SE, Germany
  • Wolfgang Freude, Karlsruher Institut für Technologie, Germany
  • Monia Ghobadi, Microsoft, United States
  • Koji Igarashi, Osaka University, Japan
  • Reza Nejabati, University of Bristol, United Kingdom
  • Wenda Ni, Azure Networking, Microsoft Corporation, Canada
  • João Pedro, Coriant, Portugal
  • George Rouskas, North Carolina State University, United States
  • Gangxiang Shen, Soochow University, China
  • Gustavo Villares, IBM Research GmbH, Switzerland


Nicolas Fontaine

Nokia Bell Labs, UNITED STATES

Marija Furdek

Kungliga Tekniska Hogskolan Kista, SWEDEN

Werner Klaus

National Inst of Information & Comm Tech, JAPAN
Program Chair

Nick Parsons

Program Chair

Domenico Siracusa

Fondazione Bruno Kessler, ITALY
Program Chair


OSA - The Optical Society

Platinum Corporate Sponsors

II-VI Laser Enterprise


Swiss Photonics

Gold Corporate Sponsor


Corporate Sponsor

American Elements, global manufacturer of high purity metals, substrates, laser crystals, advanced materials for semiconductors, optoelectronics, & LEDs.


Eulitha AG
II-VI Laser Enterprise GmbH
FiberBridge Photonics
IOP Publishing Ltd
NKT Photonics GmbH
OptiGrate Corp
Santec USA Corporation
Synopsys, Inc
Thorlabs GmbH
Zurich Instruments 

Corporate Contribution

Anritsu Company
II-VI Laser Enterprise GmbH
Sensirion AG