Sunday Program

Sunday Program

10 November 2024

To kick-off the conference week, the IEEE Photonics Society has year-over-year put together an innovative and comprehensive Sunday Program to introduce new forums and panels to the IEEE Photonics Conference. Below is the list of this year’s programs.

Time: 8:30am-10:00am

An Outlook on Future Optical Network Architecture and Photonic Technologies for the Internet

It has been almost fifty years since optical fibers were introduced into Internet architecture. Initially, fiber communications were utilized as a high-speed, low-loss communication technology. Later, optical amplifiers boosted the reach of optical links. More recently, optical frequency channelling, coherent communications, and packet-optical switching have given rise to modern optical networking, which is now deployed in various Internet segments.

This session intends to report on the latest advancements in knowledge surrounding optical networks and photonic technologies, developed within the national research program RESTART (RESearch and innovation on future Telecommunications systems and networks, to make Italy smarter), funded through the National Recovery and Resilience Plan (NRRP). RESTART is the largest communications research program ever funded by the Italian Government.

The main research outcomes achieved in the first half of the RESTART program will be highlighted. There will be a focus on advancements in photonic integration technologies and devices, capacity scaling in optical communications, novel optical transmission techniques and systems, innovative network monitoring approaches, control techniques of optical networks, as well as optical security.

Piero Castoldi
, Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, Pisa, Italy

Time 1:30pm-3:00pm

From Wireless Telegraphy to Free Space Communications: Celebrating 150 Years Since Marconi’s Birth 

This year the world celebrates the 150th anniversary of the birth of Guglielmo Marconi, the Italian inventor and electrical engineer who pioneered radio communication.

It was 1895 when Marconi managed to transmit and receive wireless signals for the first time. Only six years later, in 1901, he transmitted the first radio signal across the Atlantic Ocean. Marconi’s pioneering role in the development of wireless telegraphy led to him being jointly awarded the 1909 Nobel Prize in Physics with Karl Braun.

The session aims to remember the inventor, but, above all, to celebrate over a century of scientific research that has revolutionized the realm of telecommunications.  Photonics has made an essential contribution to this field, providing advanced technologies that have transformed our ability to connect.

Antigone Marino
, President of the IEEE Photonics Society Italy Chapter, Italy

Time: 3:30pm-5:00pm

Hack your research! Tools and Tricks for Today’s Telecommunications Techies 

Come and learn the most powerful techniques expert researchers and professionals use to enhance their productivity and make their life easier. Join us and take this chance to upgrade your work methods and discuss while enjoying food and drinks in an informal, relaxed, and fun way.

Our everyday research is most fun and productive when we concentrate on creative problem solving. Good news: for almost all other tasks, there are tools available for you to make your engineering life easier. Many software packages written by the large community allow you to quickly and easily automate menial tasks, build graphical user interfaces, visualize data and much more! This event aims to bring awareness of these packages by hosting multiple interactive demos of mostly free and open-source software built in easy-to-learn languages such as Python. The demos are set up around informal discussion tables with plenty of time for inspiring discussion and questions, alternated with lighting talks and videos showing the usage of these tools.

This event is an opportunity to learn how to tap into and use the available public resources, and to learn about the newest tools developed by PhD students and researchers alike. From students to highly experienced experts, everybody is welcome to learn and share ways to boost their research. Benefit and learn from the trial-and-error of others and get a kickstart in productivity!

Vliet Vincent van, Eindhoven University of Technology, Netherlands
Mohamad Idjadi, Nokia Bell Labs, USA
Giammarco Di Sciullo, University of L’Aquila, Italy
Besma Kalla, Eindhoven University of Technology, Netherlands
Amol Delmade, Dublin City University, Ireland

Advisory Committee:
Nicolas Fontaine
, Nokia Bell Labs, USA
Roland Ryf, Nokia Bell Labs, USA
Jochen Schroeder, Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden