The OSA Advanced Photonics Congress Plenary Session will feature prominent speakers from a variety of disciplines related to the congress.

Keren Bergman

Columbia University, USA

Empowering Flexible and Scalable High Performance Architectures with Embedded Photonics

The explosive growth in data analytics applications that rely on machine and deep learning techniques are seismically changing the landscape of high performance architectures. Driven by these applications, systems’ performance is increasingly bottlenecked by the energy and communications costs of interconnecting the numerous heterogeneous compute and memory resources. Recent advances in integrated silicon photonics offer the opportunity of embedding optical connectivity that directly delivers high off-chip communication bandwidth densities with low power consumption. This talk will review these advances and introduce the concept of embedded photonics for addressing data-movement challenges in high-performance systems. Beyond alleviating the bandwidth/energy bottlenecks, embedded photonics can enable new disaggregated architectures that leverage the distance independence of optical transmission. We will discuss how the envisioned modular system interconnected by a unified photonic fabric can be flexibly composed to create custom architectures tailored for specific applications.

The explosive growth in data analytics applications that rely on machine and deep learning techniques are seismically changing the landscape of high performance architectures. Driven by these...

About the Speaker

Keren Bergman is the Charles Batchelor Professor of Electrical Engineering at Columbia University where she also serves as the Scientific Director of the Columbia Nano Initiative. Professor Bergman received a Bachelor of Science from Bucknell University in 1988, and a Master of Science in 1991 and a doctorate in 1994 from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology all in electrical engineering. At Columbia, Bergman leads the Lightwave Research Laboratory encompassing multiple cross-disciplinary programs at the intersection of computing and photonics. Bergman serves on the Leadership Council of the American Institute of Manufacturing (AIM) Photonics leading projects that support the institute’s silicon photonics manufacturing capabilities and Datacom applications. She is the recipient of the 2016 IEEE Photonics Engineering Award and is a Fellow of the Optical Society of America (OSA) and IEEE.

Keren Bergman is the Charles Batchelor Professor of Electrical Engineering at Columbia University where she also serves as the Scientific Director of the Columbia Nano Initiative. Professor...

Sarah Kurtz

University of California Merced and NREL, USA

A New Era for Solar Electricity

The solar electricity industry has grown so big that it is now bumping up against limits of growth: In 2017, the net expansion of solar electricity generating capacity was greater than the combined net growth of fossil fuel and nuclear electricity generating capacity. As the industry works through a turning point, the technology continues to mature, with the optical design of solar cells becoming increasingly important. 

The solar electricity industry has grown so big that it is now bumping up against limits of growth: In 2017, the net expansion of solar electricity generating capacity was greater than the...

About the Speaker

Sarah Kurtz obtained her doctorate in 1985 from Harvard University and has worked since then at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, in Golden, Colorado.  She is known for her contributions to developing multijunction, GaInP/GaAs solar cells, supporting the Concentrator Photovoltaic (PV) industry, and, more recently, her work with PV performance and reliability.  Her work has been recognized with a jointly received Dan David Prize in 2007 and the Cherry Award in 2012.  She has now moved to the University of California Merced, where she is excited to be a small part of  California's adoption of renewable energy.

Sarah Kurtz obtained her doctorate in 1985 from Harvard University and has worked since then at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, in Golden, Colorado.  She is known for her...

Bryan Robinson

MIT Lincoln Lab, USA

Next-generation Space-based Laser Communications

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About the Speaker

Biography available soon.

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