2018 Invited Speakers

Biophotonics (BIO)

Topic Chair: Martin Villiger, Harvard Medical School, MA, USA

Liang Gao, University of Illinois, IL, USA
Sylvain Gigan, Laboratoire Kastler Brossel, France, “Optical Imaging in Complex Biological Media: A Tutorial”
Rainer Leitgeb
, Medical University of Vienna, Austria
Michelle Sanders, Boston University, USA, “Label-free Photothermal Imaging for Tissue Studies”
Lei Shao
, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, China, “Laser-tweezed Gold Nanorod Motors and Their Application for DNA Probing”
Nima Tabatabaei, York University, Toronto, Canada, “Dental Thermo-Photonic Imaging” 

Displays and Lighting (DISL)

Topic Chair: Nicolas Laurand, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, UK

James Murphy, GE, USA, Red Phosphors
Maria Tchernycheva, University Paris Sud, CNRS, France, “Flexible Inorganic LEDs with Semiconductor Nanowires” 
Francois Templier, France, “High Brightness GaN Microdisplays for Augmented Reality Applications”
Rong-Jun Xie, Xiamen University, Previously NIMS of Japan, China, “Narrow band green emitting phosphor (beta and gamma SiAION)”
Haizheng Zhong
, Beijing Institute of Technology, China, “In-situ Fabricated Perovskite Quantum Dots for Display Technology”

High Power/Intensity Sources (HPIS)

Topic Chair: Oliver Muecke, DESY Center for Free-Electron Laser Science, Germany

Cord Arnold, Univ. Lund, Sweden, “Precision Measurements with Attosecond Pulse Trains”
Antoine Comby, Université de Bordeaux – CNRS – CEA, CELIA, France, “Attosecond-resolved photoionization of chiral molecules”
Wim Leemans
, LBNL, USA, “Multi-GeV Electron Bunch Acceleration from Laser Plasma Acceleration at BELLA”
Yuya Morimoto
, MPQ, Germany, “Diffraction and Microscopy with Attosecond Electron Pulses”
Donald Umstadter
, Univ. Nebraska-Lincoln, USA, “Extremely High-order Multiphoton Thomson Scattering: Synchrotron Hard X-rays from Ultra-intense Laser Light “
Yong Wang
, Colorado State University, USA, “High repetition rate petawatt laser and high-contrast ultra-high intensity second harmonic beamline”

Microwave Photonics (MWP)

Topic Chair: Christina Lim, University of Melbourne, Australia | Vice Chair: Meredith Hutchinson, NRL, USA

Edward Ackerman, Photonic Systems, Inc., “Microwave Photonics in the Industry”
Fabien Bretenaker, French National Centre for Scientific Research, France, “Low-noise Dual-frequency VECSELs for Microwave Photonics and Metrology Applications”
Hwan Seok Chung, ETRI, Korea, “Low Latency PON and RoF for 5G Wireless Systems”
Atsushi Kanno, NICT, Japan, “Seamless waveform transport technology in 5G and IoT era”
Johnathan Klamkin, UCSB, USA, “Integrated Optical Beam Forming Networks/Hybrid laser integration for microwave photonics”
Alwyn Seeds, UCL, UK, “THz over fiber for high capacity wireless transmission”
Xiaoxiao Xue, Tsinghua University, “On-chip Optical Frequency Comb Generation for RF Photonic Applications”

Nanophotonics (NANO)

Topic Chair: Zubin Jacob, Purdue University, IN, USA

Uriel Levy, “Hot atomic vapor and nanophotonics”
Mo Li, “on-chip spin-momentum locking”                                                    
Zhaowei Liu, “super-resolution imaging with nanophotonic structures”     
Pinar Menguc
, “Engineering with Near-field Radiative Transfer” 
David Norris
, ETH, “The Next Generation of Colloidal Quantum Emitters for Nanophotonics and Plasmonics”                                           
Alessandro Salandrino, University of Kansas, USA, “Plasmonic Parametric Resonance”
Hong Tang
, Yale University, USA, “On-chip Superconducting Nanowire Single Photon Detectors”

Non-Linear and Ultrafast Optics (NLUO)

Topic Chair: Majid Ebrahim-Zadeh, ICFO - The Institute of Photonic Sciences, Spain

Alexander Gaeta, U. Columbia, USA, “Chip-Based Frequency Combs” 
Franz Kaertner
, CFEL, Hamburg, Germany, “High Energy THz Pulses for Electron Acceleration”
Martti Kauranen
, Tampere University of Technology, Finland, “Vector-field Nonlinear Microscopy of Nano-objects”
Anna Peacock
, “University of Southampton UK Nonlinear optics in semiconductor optical fibres”
Christian Pedersen, Denmark Technical University, Denmark, “Nonlinear upconversion imaging and spectroscopy” 
Eric Potma
, University of California, Irvine, USA, “Nonlinear Microscopy and Single-molecule Nonlinear Optics” 
Thomas Sudmeyer
, University of Nauchatel, Switzerland, “Time and frequency measurement” 
Dawn Tan
, Singapore, “University for Design and Technology Singapore High nonlinear figure of merit nonlinear optics leveraging CMOS compatible, ultra-silicon-rich nitride devices”

Optical Communications (OC)

Topic Chair: Hussam Batshon, SubCom, NJ, USA | Vice Chair: Gabriella Bosco, Politecnico di Torino, Italy

David Caplan, MIT, Lincoln Laboratory, USA, “Scalable High-Performance Multi-format Optical Transceivers” 
Lidia Galdino
, University College, London, UK, “The Impact of Transceiver Limited SNR on Digital Back Propagation Performance” 
Elias Giacoumidis
, Dublin City University, School of Electronic Engineering, The RINCE Institute, Radio and Optical Communications Laboratory, Ireland, “Machine-learning-based Nonlinearity Equalization Techniques for Coherent Optical Communication Systems”
Qian Hu
, Nokia Bell labs, Germany, “Flexible Bitrate Based on Pragmatic QAM and Probabilistic Shaped QAM” 
Koji Igarashi
, Osaka Univ., Japan, “Signal Processing for Ultra-dense WDM/SDM Transmission Systems” 
Kazuro Kikuchi, National Institution for Academic Degrees and Quality Enhancement of Higher Education, Japan, “Stokes-vector Receivers and Their Performance Analysis” 
Daiki Soma, KDDI Research, Japan, “10Pbit/s SDM/WDM Transmission”
Ryuichi Sugizaki, Furukawa Electric Co., LTD, “Recent technologies on multicore EDFA”
Qunbi Zhuge, Mcgill Univ. / Ciena, Canada, “400 Gb/s Data Center Interconnects: Coherent Detection vs. Direct Detection” 

Optical Fiber Technology

Topic Chair: Michael (Misha) Brodsky, ARL, USA

John Ballato, Clemson University, USA, “Novel Material Approach to Advanced Optical Fibers and Fiber Lasers”
Nicolas Joly
, Max Planck Institute, Germany, “From Third Harmonic to Triplet Generation in Microstructured Fibers” 
Ming-Jun Li
, Corning, USA, “Beyond Single Mode Optical Fibers for Optical Commnunication and Sensing” 
Francesco Poletti
, Southhampton University UK Anti-resonant optical fibers and their applications
Martin Rochette, McGill University, Canada, “Tailoring the Nonlinear Gain of Chalcogenide Glass for Mid-infrared Applications “
Michael Watts
, Analog Photonics, USA, “Phased Array LiDAR” 
Paul Westbrook, OFS, USA, “Multicore fibers for sensing applications” 
Dong-Il (i L) Yeom, Ajou University, Korea, “Electrically controlled all-fiber graphene devices” 

Optical Interconnects

Topic Chair: Judson Ryckman, Clemson University, SC, USA

John Bowers, UCSB, CA, USA, “Optical Integration: The Path To Terabit Transceivers” 
Jaime Cardenas
, Univ. of Rochester, Scalable, “Low Loss Fiber to Chip Packaging” 
Frederic Gardes
, University of Southampton, UK, “Group IV compounds and mid index waveguides for enhanced CMOS photonics” 
David Plant, McGill University, Canada
Chi Xiong, IBM, NY, USA

Optical Micro / Nano Resonators and Devices

Topic Chair, Michael (Misha) Sumetsky, Aston University, UK

Ali Adibi, “Low-power High-speed Resonance-based Integrated Photonic Modulators” 
Pascal Del’Haye
, “Microresonator Isolators Based on the Nonreciprocity of the Kerr Effect” 
Michael Gorodetsky
, “Self-injection locking of laser diodes to microresonators and microcombs” 
Marko Loncar
, “Integrated High-Q LiNbO3 Resonators and Applications”
Sahin Ozdemir, “Optomechanics with PT-symmetric Resonators”
Scott Papp, “Photonic-chip frequency combs for optical synthesis and metrology”
Frank Vollmer
, “Exploring the Nanoscale with Optoplasmonic Sensors”
Lan Yang
, “Optical resonators at exceptional points”

Optical Networks and Systems

Topic Chair: Ioannis Roudas, Montana State University, MT, USA

Keren Bergman, Columbia University, NY, USA, “Optical Interconnects for Extreme Computing” 
Xi Chen
, Nokia Bell Labs, NJ, USA, “DSP for data center interconnection” 
Xiaoliang Chen, UC Davis, CA, USA, “Knowledge-based Service Provisioning in Multi-domain Elastic Optical Networks”
Karthik Choutagunta, Stanford University, CA, USA, “Modal Dispersion and Mode-dependent Loss in Multi-mode Fibers: Modeling, Measurement and Compensation”
Ming Jun Li, Corning NY, USA, “Novel optical fibers for future data centers optical interconnects” 
Biswanath Mukherjee, UC Davis, CA, USA, “Migrating from Fixed Grid to Flexible Grid Optical Networks” 
Lena Wosinska, KTH, Sweden, “Optical Interconnect Architectures for Data Centers”

Photonic Integration and Packaging (PIP)

Topic Chair: Joyce Poon, University of Toronto, Canada | Vice Chair: Lars Zimmermann, IHP, Germany

Schmid Jens, National Research Council, Canada, Canada
Augustin Luc
, SMART Photonics, Netherlands, “Photonic Integration and Packaging”
Tekin Tolga, Fraunhofer IZM Institute, Berlin, Germany

Photonic Materials and Metamaterials (PMM)

Topic Chair: Minjoo (Larry) Lee, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, IL, USA | Topic Co-Chair: Stephanie Law, U. Delaware, DE, USA

Alexey Belyanin, TAMU, USA, “Optics of materials with Dirac and Weyl fermions”
Chris Bower
, X-celeprint, Ireland, “Photonic Device Integration Using Elastomer Stamp Printing”
Rachel Oliver
, Cambridge, UK, “Nitride Single Photon Sources”
Wolfgang Stolz, Philipps-Universität Marburg, Germany, “Monolithic Integration of III/V-based Functionalities to CMOS-based Si-micro- and Nanoelectronics”

Photodetectors, Sensors, Systems and Imaging (PSSI)

Topic Chair: Andrew Sarangan, University of Dayton, OH, USA

Andreas Beling, University of Virginia, VA, USA, “III-V Photodiodes on Silicon”
Eric R. Fossum
, Darmouth University, NH, USA
Philippe Guyot-Sionnest
, University of Chicago, IL, USA, “Colloidal Quantum Dots for Infrared Detection and Emission” 
Michael Kelly
, MITLL/Copious Imaging LLC, USA, “Computational Pixel Image Sensors” 
Mathew Konkol
, Phase Sensitive Innovations DE, USA, “High-Power Photonic Antenna Arrays” 
Jo Shien Ng, Sheffield University, UK, “AlGaAsSb Avalanche Photodiodes” 
Dong Pan
, SiFotonics, MA, USA, “Performance and Applications of 25G/50G Ge/Si Avalanched Photodiodes” 
David Ting, “Jet Propulsion Lab CA USA III-V Semiconductor Unipolar Barrier Infrared Detectors” 

Semiconductor Lasers (

Topic Chair: Nelson Tansu, Lehigh University, PA, USA | Vice Chair: Dieter Bimberg, Technical University of Berlin, Germany

Shigehisa Arai, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan, “Low Threshold Current and High-speed Operation of Membrane Lasers”
Mikhail Belkin
, University of Texas at Austin, US, ” Photonic Integration with Quantum Cascade Lasers”
Daniel Blumenthal
, UCSB, US, “Ultra-Narrow Linewidth Photonic Integrated Brillouin Lasers”
Stefan Breuer
, Technische Universität Darmstadt, Germany, “Ultrafast Semiconductor Lasers: Pulse Generation and Stabilization”
Jérôme Faist, ETH, Zurich, “Switzerland Frequency combs in quantum-cascade lasers”
Frederic Grillot, Télécom ParisTech, France, “Utilizing the Complex Dynamics of QD lasers for Ultrafast Devices”
Michael Kneissl, Technical University of Berlin, Germany, “AIGaN-based Deep UV Lasers – Challenges and Prospects”
Kei May Lau, HKUST, HK, “InAs quantum dot lasers on Silicon” 
Lute Maleki
, GM Cruise, US, “Automotive LIDAR”
Luke Mawst,
University of Wisconsin-Madison, US, “High Power MOCVD-grown Quantum Cascade Lasers”
Jerry Meyer, Naval Research Lab, US, “Recent Progress on Interband Cascade Laser Research”
Qian Sun, Suzhou Institute of Nano-Tech and Nano-Bionics(Sinano), China, “GaN-based laser diodes on Silicon”