Signal Processing in Photonic Communications


Signal processing is required in many types of photonic communication systems and networks including backbone metro and long-haul applications, data center interconnects (DCI), optical access networks, free space communications, and so forth.

SPPCom covers the state-of-the-art advances in digital and analog (electronic and optical) signal processing techniques for all of these applications, to address the ever-increasing capacity demand, reduce cost per bit, and enable future photonic communication services. SPPCom brings together researchers and engineers from various areas to share their knowledge, cutting-edge research and visions.

The scope of this meeting includes the following five major categories: 1) digital and electronic signal processing, 2) optical signal processing, 3) radio-over-fiber and free space optical communication, 4) passive optical networks (PON), and 5) applications of machine learning (ML) in optical communication.

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Committee Members

  • Chigo Okonkwo, Technische Universiteit Eindhoven, Netherlands , Chair
  • Timo Pfau, Acacia Communications, Inc., United States , Chair
  • Xi Chen, Nokia Bell Labs, United States , Program Chair
  • Qunbi Zhuge, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Canada , Program Chair
  • Benedikt Baeuerle, ETH Zurich, Switzerland
  • Di Che, The University of Melbourne, Australia
  • Hany Elgala, State University of New York at Albany
  • Tobias Fehenberger, Technical University of Munich, Germany
  • Neil Gonzalez, National University of Colombia, Colombia
  • David Hillerkuss, Huawei Technologies Co Ltd, Germany
  • Koji Igarashi, Osaka University, Japan
  • Danish Rafique, ADVA Optical Networking, Germany
  • Jacklyn Reis, Idea! Electronic Systems, Brazil
  • Naoki Suzuki, Mitsubishi Electric Corporation, Japan
  • Henk Wymeersch, Chalmers Tekniska Hogskola, Sweden
  • Lilin Yi, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China
  • Yang Yue, Juniper Networks, United States


Chigo Okonkwo

Technische Universiteit Eindhoven, NETHERLANDS

Timo Pfau

Acacia Communications, Inc., UNITED STATES

Xi Chen

Nokia Bell Labs, UNITED STATES
Program Chair

Qunbi Zhuge

Shanghai Jiao Tong University, CANADA
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