Industry Events

Grow your business network at an Optica industry event.

Access quality information, unparalleled professional networking, and unique opportunities to grow your business at Optica industry events.

We offer a variety of in-person, virtual and hybrid events—both stand-alone, and at major conferences and exhibitions. These include dedicated workshops and forums on key optics and photonics topics, special funding events, and intimate networking dinners. Participate in an Industry event to advance your career and your company’s bottom line.

Check back frequently as new events are continually being posted. Past events—both live and virtual/on-demand—can be viewed by clicking the “Past Events” tab below.

Industry Tutorial: Simulation of Classical & Quantum Communications over FSO Satellite Links

20 July 2022, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Free space optical (FSO) communication technology based on the optical signal transmission through a free-space channel has gained significant interest in recent years. FSO satellite links have the potential to establish a global all-optical communication network that could cope with the increasing demands for high data rates and communication capacity. Moreover, satellite-based quantum key distribution (QKD) could provide secure and private communication between distant users.

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IPv6-based 5G/6G, IoT, Cloud Computing and Blockchain

25 July 2022, 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

The new internet based on IPv6 The IPv6 Deployment worldwide is becoming a reality now with some countries achieving more than 60% user penetration with France (70%), Belgium (63%), USA (50%) and India (60%) at the top ranking ( and reaching double digits v6 coverage on Google IPv6 stats. May Autonomous Networks (ASN) reach more than 90% with v6 preferred or v6 capable: ( Over 2.5 Billion users are accessing Internet over IPv6 and probably not even knowing it. ( If this trend continues, we should achieve 90% by 2025 which would be the inflection point when the full roll-out of IPv6 becomes a strategic plumbing decision of the networks to move to IPv6-Only and start divorcing IPv4 from the Internet. The US Government has already set some dates to move to IPv6-Only by 2025. New topics are more on the lime light such as Cloud Computing, Internet of Things, 5G/6G, … However, these fields are taking IP networking for granted designing them on IPv4/NAT building non-scalable and non-end to end solutions. The IPv6 Forum is driving new initiatives to garner support and create awareness in these areas:

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Designing Your Own Career Path in the Private Sector

10 August 2022, 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Scientists and engineers often struggle to plan a private sector career. Most of our professors have no experience designing an industry career path and can’t help us. I recall my own advisor telling me “If you go into industry, you are on your own!” But it’s not as hard as it seems to design a career path that is exciting, rewarding, and most of all, fits your own personal strengths and interests. In this webinar Dr. Giltner will teach you the process. Dr. Giltner has used his own career and have taught to many others.

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Optica Online Industry Meeting: Photonics Packaging, Assembly and Testing

29 August 2022, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Attendees, including assembly and test service providers and tool/equipment manufacturers, will discuss the packaging and testing of optical modules including passive/active optical alignment, wafer-level vs die level packaging and testing, thermal considerations or volume vs price.

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Optica Online Industry Meeting: New Ultrafast Laser Applications

27 September 2022, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Ultrafast Lasers (pico- and femtosecond) have improved machine tool processes in micro-machining, sub-micron precision 3D printing and thin-film material processing and microscopy and spectroscopy. Attendees will discuss some of these new applications directly with the end-users.

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Optica Online Industry Meeting: LIDAR 2.0 Miniaturization

25 October 2022, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Where is the future of LiDAR? Demanding end-users will describe what they are looking for from the supply chain of laser manufacturers, detector and imaging-processing specialists, optics, electronics, scanners and packaging experts.

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Optica Co-Packaged vs. Pluggable Optics Industry Summit at DuPont Silicon Valley Technology & Innovation Center

26 October 2022, 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM

The Optica CPO vs. Pluggable Optics Industry Summit will bring companies together in the supply chain to discuss the innovations and deployment of optics in data center applications and beyond. Users and system integrators will give their views about the technology trends, timelines, and what’s needed from the optics community as the industry migrates from face-pluggable transceivers to optics co-packaged with switch electronics. What’s already here? What’s coming? What’s missing?

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Optica Quantum Industry Summit at iXblue

08 November 2022, 8:00 AM - 7:00 PM

The purpose of the Optica Quantum Industry Summit is to bring together the companies in the supply chain with a focus on end-user needs towards the commercialization of upcoming products resulting of the current R&D initiatives. The event will address individually four4 main application areas in which a paradigm shift is expected: quantum communication, quantum sensing, quantum computing and quantum imaging.

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Optica Online Industry Meeting: Automotive Lighting

22 November 2022, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Today’s automotive lighting industry faces the need of implementing ever smaller and more exotic LED and micro-optics solutions that require high reliability, robustness against electromagnetic interference, and thermal management. This discussion will involve the Tier 1 suppliers and OEMs.

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Laser Congress and Exhibition

11 December 2022, 12:00 AM - 11:59 PM

This conference provides a comprehensive view of the latest advances in solid state laser development along with recent new applications. Of high interest are the high order nonlinear effects made possible by the development of ultra-high brightness and high power radiation sources. Also covered are other sophisticated applications of numerous highly capable solid state sources and associated devices for free space and quantum communications, LIDAR for autonomous vehicles, beam steering, materials modification such as laser peening, micro-machining, and brittle material processing. The exhibition features the latest products resulting from these advances.

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Optica Online Industry Meeting: Photonics for Medical Devices

17 January 2023, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Photonics technologies bring new approaches in healthcare applications in diagnostics and therapeutics as well as for medical devices such as surgical guidance tools, patient monitoring and diagnostics devices, etc. This meeting will address the challenges of development of medical devices and integration of the photonics technologies in them. We will discuss point-of-care devices, wearable devices, digital health technologies and their integration with IoT will be discussed, following the vision and demands of medical companies and medical doctors.

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Towards 6G: Massive MIMO is a Reality – What is Next?

16 June 2022, 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Associate professor Emil Björnson introduces the Massive MIMO concept, explains how it will be used in 5G, and what is next. In particular, he explains how to conduct forward-looking 6G research.

Can a Scientist be a Good Entrepreneur?

14 June 2022, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

To many people, the career path of a scientist and of an entrepreneur seem very different. But in fact, many scientists have become very successful entrepreneurs. Have you thought about starting your own company and creating something to make the world a better place? Dr. Giltner will relay lessons from successful scientists turned entrepreneurs to teach you what you need to know and what you need to watch out for!

The Innovation School

12 June 2022, 12:00 AM - 11:59 PM

During this 4-day immersive experience, you will discover how to identify high potential ideas, validate them using key tactics of customer discovery and evidence, vet them through innovation experimentation and develop pitches on new solutions, products or ventures.

5G Spectrum Sharing: A Network Economics View

25 May 2022, 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

The evolution of commercial wireless networks to 5G and beyond will continue to increase the demands for wireless spectrum. Traditionally, commercial wireless service providers have utilized spectrum that is exclusively licensed to them. Moving forward, these networks will increasingly operate in spectrum that is shared including utilizing unlicensed spectrum and the tiered sharing approach recently adopted for the Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS) adopted for sharing the 3.5 GHZ band with incumbent users. The success of these approaches is in turn tightly coupled to the economic impact they have on the competition between wireless service providers. In this talk we will discuss a framework for gaining insight into these impacts based on game theoretic models for competition with congestible resources. We will utilize this framework to illustrate potential impacts of different emerging sharing scenarios.

Measuring the Power and Beam Profile of Divergent Laser Sources

On Demand

11 May 2022, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Lasers with large beam divergence are used in a number of applications, such as remote sensing, optical communications, and materials processing. Large beam divergences create challenges for reliably characterizing lasers. This is primarily because the beam size from such lasers grows quickly over a short distance, and beam conditioning optics and sensors used to measure these beams can have a strong angular dependence.

Career Accelerator

01 May 2022, 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM

To compete and succeed in the optics and photonics field today, students and early career professionals need to develop skills inside and outside the lab to understand how to utilize their expertise in this ever-growing and changing sector.

Integrated quantum photonic platform by femtosecond laser waveguide writing

29 April 2022, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

The field of quantum photonics promises to revolutionize the way in which we process information, thanks to the peculiar and counterintuitive properties of quantum states of light. In this regard, the use of photonic integrated circuits (PICs) will enable the miniaturization of the experimental setup needed for the generation, manipulation, and detection of single photons, beneficial for achieving a stable and scalable operation. During this talk, the role of femtosecond laser waveguide writing in the field of quantum photonics will be discussed. This microfabrication platform, based on the nonlinear interaction between an ultrafast laser and a transparent substrate, provides unique advantages, such as the possibility of inscribing complex three-dimensional waveguiding structures with low losses and a polarization insensitive behavior. After a general introduction, some selected applications of fs laser written PICs will be reported, mainly in the field of quantum information processing and quantum artificial intelligence with photons.

Engineering Challenges with Augmented Reality Smart Glasses

29 April 2022, 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

There are many challenges to provide comfortable, enjoyable and immersive AR experience with an eyewear. These challenges are overcome by adapting the display/optical engine to the human visual system. In this webinar, I will talk about FOV, motion-to-photon latency, angular resolution, world locking, MTF, waveguide combiners; such are the backbone of the functionality and performance of an AR glass.

Complex optical components based on geometric phase

28 April 2022, 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Many areas in Photonics demand the design and construction of complex optical systems that require overcoming challenges in control, efficiency, and miniaturization, which are not possible to achieve with the usual diffractive and refractive elements. Recently, a promising type of optics has emerged that exploits the geometric phase (GP) shift also known as Pancharatnam–Berry phase to modify wavefronts or shaping beams by introducing spatially varying anisotropy. GP promises a new generation of electro-optical elements with arbitrary phase profiles that potentially can overcome those challenges and be incorporated into a wide variety of modern optical systems to have improvements in a wide range of applications.

Plasmonic (metal) nanostructures and their applications in nanophotonics

28 April 2022, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Plasmonic nanostructures are extremely interesting for their resonant and waveguiding properties, and their ability to concentrate and enhance optical fields. These fundamental properties have driven the exploration of many applications, including nanoscale optoelectronic devices (lasers, detectors, modulators, beam steering devices), biosensors for disease detection, or the rendering of colours for decorative or security purposes. The talk will present an overview of such applications, while discussing salient features of this exciting field, which has become central to the area of nanophotonics.

Designing achievable optical systems for the lab and for space

28 April 2022, 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Careful design work at the beginning of a project can make for a faster overall design process and less pain down the road. These steps include careful requirement writing, testing plans, error budgets, tolerance analysis, and project risk assessments. This presentation will give a broad overview of these engineering concepts, with examples of how to apply them to projects from graduate research to space telescope design. This talk is aimed at younger Optica members or for members from a physics or pure science background that now operate in engineering roles.

Discover a surprising career path in international standards development

27 April 2022, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

What is a standard? Why do we need it? And what is standardization all about? Dr. Jun Shan Wey will share her experience working on Passive Optical Networks to convince you that standards development can be an exciting career path.

Optical research at primarily undergraduate institutions: Ultrafast fiber lasers & negative curvature optical fibers

26 April 2022, 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Conducting research in optical sciences often require expensive and complicated equipment, and dedicated workforce. In this talk, Dr. Akosman will discuss aspects of his own career, which has oscillated between teaching several engineering courses and forming an undergraduate research team at Roger Williams University. Lasers laboratory at RWU currently runs two main optical research projects on ultrafast fiber lasers and negative curvature fibers, and supported by several agencies.

Are you an explorer or a settler? Career strategies in optical networking

26 April 2022, 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

With 5G ramping up, enabling groundbreaking services, and opening up business opportunities, it’s a great time to talk about optical fiber networks and recall that they are at the foundation of mobile connectivity. While we mostly use mobile devices to connect to the network, all this data from phone and video calls, streaming, and social media is aggregated at a nearby site and converted to/from optical signals carried over optical fiber. Optical networks ensure efficient transmission of large data volumes with low latency – across a city, a state, a continent, or even an ocean. And as requirements for bandwidth and differentiated services go up, optical networks continue to evolve. In this webinar, Teresa Monteiro will discuss current challenges in optical networking and the diversity of skills and profiles required to advance this domain. She will also share aspects of her own career, which started in high-energy physics and evolved to optical system engineering, product management, and solution marketing and communications. There have been times in Teresa’s career when she settled and other times when she laced up the hiking boots to explore. What will your journey be like?

Optical thermometry based on inorganic micro and nanocrystals doped with lanthanide ions

25 April 2022, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Temperature is a physical quantity that measures the internal thermal state of a medium. This concept has surpassed the boundaries of physical science long ago, becoming an important parameter for different fields of knowledge and technological development. In our daily activities, for instance, it is necessary to measure temperature to cook and to evaluate our health and the weather. The accurate and precise measurement of temperature is essential for a wide range of areas from basic science to industrial processes. With the advance of technology, it became necessary to develop temperature sensors with spatial resolution at micro and nanometric scales. Amongst the proposed methods, optical thermometry based on the luminescence of inorganic micro and nanocrystals doped with lanthanide ions became one of the most promising as it can provide measurements of temperature with high spatial resolution, accuracy, and precision. In this presentation, I will give an overview about luminescent thermometry and present some of the strategies we have proposed to improve the performance of these devices.

Forging the topological states

25 April 2022, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Topological states in Hermitian systems are known for their robustness against the disorders and their localization at the edge or surface of a finite structure with nontrivial topology. While such a picture is still valid in non-Hermitian systems new features such as skin effect and delocalization arise in those systems which allows for extra possibilities for engineering the topological robust states. Despite these new possibilities still, the control over topological states is very limited. For example, topological robust states are localized as their energy is located inside the gap. For practical applications, such as a topological laser, for instance, it would be beneficial if one can generate a topological state that is not localized, or its energy is not located in the gap. In my talk, I will demonstrate the observation and origin of robust bulk states in a disordered non-Hermitian system. In contrast to topological edge states, the robust bulk states are distributed all over the system and thus allow us to access the whole system. This subject opens a new direction for a new form of robust states that are not necessarily localized on one side of the system.

From PhD to Investor: Financing The Exciting Leap Into Business with Olivia Nicoletti

On Demand

21 April 2022, 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Ever wondered what challenges you might face when not only transitioning to industry but also when setting up your own business? In this webinar series, young European entrepreneurs share their stories of how they moved from the lab to the executive office. Register for this session to hear from Olivia Nicoletti from PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), Italy.

Can a Scientist Find a Rewarding Career in Industry?

20 April 2022, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

When considering a career in industry, many scientists face real challenges. We know that the private sector is a great place for engineers, but what about those of us with science training? Can we find a rewarding career path? Will we enjoy working in industry? In the last ten years I have interviewed dozens of scientists who have built successful careers in industry, seeking to learn what they enjoy about their careers and what strengths made them so successful. This webinar is a compilation of what I’ve learned from those interviews, as well as from my own private sector career, to answer that critical question posed in the title.

Workshop - Quantum technologies: Where are we at?

20 April 2022, 9:45 AM - 1:15 PM

This is an Optica Industry Event (formerly OIDA – OSA Industry Development Associates). Quantum technologies: Where are we at? Updates on commercial viability, scaling challenges, and technical progress. This workshop will examine the current state-of-the-art in data center, terrestrial and satellite-assisted quantum computing and communications, identifying key applications and the role of integrated photonics. It will give specific attention to the novel manufacturing and packaging requirements on integrated photonics and emerging solutions—asking what’s commercially viable and updates on recent progress in that direction. The workshop will identify key challenges to be addressed in using integrated photonics in these quantum applications and develop recommendations to bring attention to critical needs.

Unleashing the Terahertz Band for 6G: From Theory to Experiments

13 April 2022, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Terahertz (THz)-band (0.1–10 THz) communication is envisioned as a key wireless technology in 6G and beyond systems. In the last decade, the THz technology gap has been progressively closed through major advancements in electronic, photonic, and plasmonic technologies. In parallel, the propagation of THz signals has been studied through both physics-based and data-driven approaches, debunking some of the myths about the THz channel. Nevertheless, there are several communication and networking roadblocks that need to be overcome to unleash the spectrum above 100 GHz. In this talk, the state of the art and open challenges at the physical, link and network layers of THz communication systems will be presented. Specific topics include novel ultrabroadband waveforms designs that can not only overcome but leverage the distance-dependent bandwidth resulting from molecular absorption; intelligent reflecting surfaces able to engineer wavefronts in ways that in the past were only available to optical systems; new receiver initiated medium access control protocols for ultra-directional links coupled with expedited neighbor discovery strategies’ and cross-layer multi-hop relaying strategies. Moreover, a glimpse at state-of-the-art experimental platforms for THz communication networks will be provided.