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Executive Forum 2018 Recap

The 2018 edition of the OIDA Executive Forum in advance of OFC has wrapped up, and it is hard to determine any one major theme of the program this year. Once again, this was a worthwhile event with perspectives given from a wide variety of industry movers and shakers. However, it seems that we are at an interesting point in the optical industry where requirements are somewhat fragmented and...

Added: 21 Mar 2018


Breaking the Optical Glass Ceiling – What comes after 400G/600G?

​Successive rounds of optical innovation and investment have delivered higher capacity networks with significantly decreased cost-per-bit transmitted.  In the near future, as we approach Shannon’s limit, gains will become more incremental, and the cost-per-bit of added capacity will become more linear. As an industry, will we be able to break through the optical glass ceiling to...

Added: 11 Mar 2018


International Women’s Day: So Much Already Achieved And Still So Much To Be Done

These are outlandish times in our society. On the one hand, women have never experienced the current level of independence, empowerment, and social equity that we know today. On the other hand, this wave of change comes accompanied by a wave of social conscience stirring, which obliges women and men to confront their unconsciously acquired behaviour and biases. The result of this self-analysis...

Added: 08 Mar 2018


Pavel Peterka on the Importance of Collaboration

For this installment of Senior Member Insights, we talk with Pavel Peterka. Pavel is currently a senior research scientist at the Institute of Photonics and Electronics of the Czech Academy of Sciences. Since 2007, he has taught a one-semester course on fiber lasers and amplifiers at the Czech Technical University in Prague.  

Added: 27 Feb 2018


Joel Villatoro on Being Open to Opportunity

In this installment of Senior Member Insights we talk with Joel Villatoro. Joel is currently an Ikerbasque research professor at the University of the Basque Country, Bilbao, Spain. Prior to joining the University of the Basque Country, Joel was a research fellow in industrial photonics at Aston Institute of Photonic Technologies, Birmingham, U.K., and a researcher at the Institute of...

Added: 27 Feb 2018


Luminar Technologies’ Co-Founder & CTO Jason Eichenholz, Welcomes Questions in this Ask Me Anything

Creating LiDAR your life can depend on, Luminar uses advanced LiDAR sensors to measure millions of points per second, and put that resolution where it matters most. This allows Luminar sensors to see not just where objects are, but what they are — even at distance. Co-Founder and CTO, Jason Eichenholz is a serial entrepreneur and pioneer in laser, optics and photonics product...

Added: 18 Feb 2018


Judith Dawes on Juggling Leadership and Teaching

In this instalment of Senor Member Insights, we talk with Judith Dawes, professor of physics at Macquarie University, where she chairs the Faculty Women in STEM committee and is a member of the university senate. Judith has recently been elected treasurer of Science and Technology Australia, and until 2017, was a chief investigator of the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for...

Added: 13 Feb 2018


Driving Diversity, Closing the Gap: Celebrating International Day for Women and Girls in Science

The fourth industrial revolution dawns upon us and with that evokes a quintessential question, how do we, as women and girls in science, seek opportunities and be influential during this shift of science, technology and innovation? We are currently in an era where science and physical systems are fusing to develop emerging technology that is based on artificial intelligence, robotics, Internet...

Added: 11 Feb 2018


Neset Akozbek on the Power of Persistence

For this installment of Senior Member Insights, we talk with Neset Akozbek, a senior research scientist at AEgis Technologies Group Inc in Huntsville, Ala., USA, where he leads a small R&D group in applied research and advanced technology development in nanophotonics. In addition, Neset is a defense contractor at the U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Research and Engineering Center, supporting...

Added: 30 Jan 2018


Cloud Data Center Evolution - From 0 to 400G

Cloud services and consumer products that rely on Cloud Data Centers have created a rapid evolution in Data Center capabilities. As services like the Internet of Things (IoT), audio/video content delivery, big data processing and social media continue to demand greater speeds, the Cloud Data Center industry is making strides to create solutions that are energy efficient and easily expandable...

Added: 19 Jan 2018