Thursday 21 September 2017, 10:30-11:30     Room F4-F5
SC 1 – Fibers, Fiber Devices and Fiber Amplifiers

David Richardson, Optoelectronics Research Centre – University of Southampton, UK
“Optical Amplifiers for Space-Division-Multiplexed Systems”

David Richardson obtained his B.Sc. and PhD in fundamental physics from Sussex University U.K. in 1985 and 1989 respectively. He joined the Optoelectronics Research Centre (ORC) at the University of Southampton in 1989 and was awarded a Royal Society University Fellowship in 1991 in recognition of his pioneering work on short pulse fibre lasers. Professor Richardson has been Deputy Director of the ORC with responsibility for optical fibre and laser related research since 2000. He has published more than 1000 research papers and produced more than 30 patents during his time at Southampton. He was one of the co-founders of SPI Lasers Ltd an ORC spin-off venture acquired by the Trumpf Group in 2008. Professor Richardson is a Fellow of the IEEE, OSA and IET and was elected a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering in 2009. He received a Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award in 2013 for his optical communications research and was a recipient of the H2020 “Breaking the Optical Transmission Barriers” Horizon Prize following his involvement in the PHOTONMAP consortium.



Wednesday 20 September 2017, 08:30-09:30    Room F3
SC 2 – Integrated Optoelectronic Devices and Optical Processors

Christopher R. Doerr, Acacia, USA
“Integrated Silicon Photonics”

Christopher R. Doerr earned a B.S. in aeronautical engineering and a B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.  He was a pilot in the U.S. Air Force.  Since joining Bell Labs in 1995, Doerr’s research has focused on integrated devices for optical communication.  He received the OSA Engineering Excellence Award in 2002.  He is a Fellow of IEEE, OSA, and Bell Labs.  He was Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Photonics Technology Letters from 2006-2008. He was awarded the IEEE William Streifer Scientific Achievement Award in 2009.  He was a Technical and General Chair of OFC.  He joined Acacia Communications in 2011, where he is AVP of Integrated Photonics.

Monday 18 September 2017, 16:00-17:00    Room F4
SC 3 – Digital Techniques for Optical Communication Systems

Erik Agrell, Chalmers, Sweden
“Capacity Bounds in Optical Communications”

Erik Agrell is a Professor in Communication Systems at Chalmers University of Technology since 2009. In 2010, he cofounded the Fiber-Optic Communications Research Center (FORCE) at Chalmers, where he leads the signals and systems research area. He is a Visiting Professor at University College London in 2014–2017. His research interests belong to the fields of information theory, coding theory, and digital communications, and his favorite applications are found in optical communications. He received the 1990 John Ericsson Medal, the 2009 ITW Best Poster Award, the 2011 GlobeCom Best Paper Award, the 2013 CTW Best Poster Award, and the 2013 Chalmers Supervisor of the Year Award.


Wednesday 20 September 2017, 13:30-14:30    Room F6
SC 4 – Transmission Subsystems and Optical Network Elements

Nicolas K. Fontaine, Nokia Bell Labs, USA
“Components For Space-Division Multiplexing”

Nicolas K. Fontaine is currently a Distinguished Member of the Technical Staff at Nokia Bell Labs working in the advanced photonics division at the Crawford Hill lab. He obtained his Ph. D. in 2010 from the University of California, Davis. At Bell Labs, he develops devices for space-division multiplexing in multi-core and few mode fibers, builds switching devices, and investigates spectral slice coherent receivers for THz bandwidth waveform measurement.


Monday 18 September 2017, 14:00-15:00    Room F1
SC 5 – Datacom and Computercom Hardware

Benjamin Lee, IBM, USA
”Silicon Photonic Switching: Technology and Architecture”

Benjamin G. Lee received the B.S. degree from Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK, USA, in 2004, and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Columbia University, New York, NY, USA, in 2006 and 2009, respectively, all in electrical engineering. In 2009, he became a Postdoctoral Researcher at IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center, Yorktown Heights, NY, USA, where he is currently a Research Staff Member. His research interests include silicon photonic devices, integrated optical switches and networks for high-performance computing systems and datacenters, and highly parallel multimode transceivers. He is a Member of the Optical Society and the IEEE Photonics Society. He currently serves on the Board of Governors for the Photonics Society.


Wednesday 20 September 2017, 10:30-11:30     Room F5
SC 6 – Point-to-Point Transmission Links

Sergei K. Turitsyn, Aston University, UK
”Nonlinear Fourier Transform Based Transmission”

Professor Sergei K. Turitsyn graduated from the Department of Physics of the Novosibirsk University, in 1982 and received his Ph.D. degree in Theoretical and Mathematical Physics from the Budker Institute of Nuclear Physics, Novosibirsk, Russia in 1986. In 1992 he moved to Germany, first, as a Humboldt Fellow and then working in the collaborative projects with Deutsche Telekom. Currently, he is a director of the Aston Institute of Photonic Technologies. He was a Principal Investigator in 55 national and international, research and industrial projects. Turitsyn was the recipient of a Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award in 2005. In 2011 he was awarded the European Research Council Advanced Grant. In 2014 he received Lebedev medal by the Rozhdestvensky Optical Society and in 2016 Aston 50th Anniversary Chair medal. He is a Fellow of the Optical Society of America and the Institute of Physics.



Tuesday 19 September 2017, 08:30-09:30     Room G4
SC 7 – Core, Metro, and Data Centre Networks

Ramon Casellas, CTTC, Spain
“Control, Management and Orchestration of Optical Networks: An Introduction, Challenges and Current Trends”

Ramon Casellas (IEEE Senior Member) is with CTTC, Spain, since 2006 where he holds a Senior Researcher position. Before, he worked as an associate professor at the networks and computer science department at the ENST France, having obtained his Ph.D. in 2002. Since joining CTTC, he has been involved in multiple European, national and industry grant research projects, on topics related to traffic engineering, network optimization and network control and management, with emphasis on optical and multi-layer transport networks. His research interests include the GMPLS/PCE architectures and protocols, Software Defined Networks (SDN) and Network Function Virtualization (NFV). He has coauthored over 150 papers, 4 book chapters and 4 IETF RFCs.

Tuesday 19 September 2017, 13:30-14:30    Room F2
SC 8 – Access, Local Area and Indoor Networks

Ton Koonen, Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands
“Optical Wireless Systems: Technology, Trends and Applications”

Ton Koonen is Full Professor in Eindhoven University of Technology since 2001. He is Chairman of the group Electro-Optical Communication Systems since 2004, Vice-Dean of the Dept. Electrical Engineering since 2012, and Scientific Director of the Institute for Photonic Integration at TU/e since Jan. 2016. Before 2001, he worked more than 20 years in applied research in industry, amongst others in Philips Telecommunication Industry and Bell Labs – Lucent Technologies. He is a Bell Labs Fellow (1998), IEEE Fellow (2007), OSA Fellow (2013), and Distinguished Guest Professor of Hunan University, Changsha, China (2014). In 2011, he received an Advanced Investigator Grant of the European Research Council. He (co-)authored more than 650 papers on optical fiber communication. His current research interests include spatial division multiplexed systems, access and in-building fiber networks, including high-capacity POF networks, radio-over-fiber techniques, and optical wireless communication techniques.