Australian Conference on Optical Fibre Technology (ACOFT)

05 September 2016 – 08 September 2016 SMC Conference & Function Centre, Sydney, New South Wales Australia

ACOFT addresses all aspects of guided wave optics including the theory, materials, technologies and applications associated with waveguide devices and integrated photonics.

ACOFT covers new developments and innovation in the fields of optical fibre and waveguide devices. Key topics include mid-infrared photonics, integrated photonics, optical communications and sensing.

  1. Guided wave physics
  2. Advances in optical fibre technology
  3. Planar and integrated photonics
  4. Optical communication, network systems and data centers
  5. Mid-infrared guided wave optics
  6. Sensing and novel applications


  1. Guided wave physics
  • Linear photonics

  • Nonlinear photonics

  1. Advances in optical fibre technology

  • Microstructured fibre

  • Novel optical fibres

  • Fibre fabrication, handling and characterization

  • Fibre amplifiers and lasers

  • Fibre components

  • Materials for optical fibres

  1. Planar and integrated photonics

  • Silicon photonics

  • Passive waveguides and lightwave circuits

  • 3D photonics

  • Nonlinear devices

  • Active devices

  1. Optical communication, network systems and data centers

  • High speed transmission

  • Digital signal processing and protocols

  • Energy efficient communication

  • Space division multiplexing

  • Radio over fibre and microwave photonics

  1. Mid-infrared guided wave optics

  • Mid-infrared glass science and development

  • Mid-infrared devices

  • Mid-infrared applications

  1. Sensing and novel applications

  • Strain and temperature sensing

  • Chemical fibre sensing

  • Quantum photonics

  • Fibre imaging


Thomas Koch, University of ArizonaUnited States, Plenary

Jean Armstrong, Monash UniversityDesigning compact receivers for optical wireless communications and visible light positioning, Invited

Martin Bernier, Universite LavalCanadaNew strategies for mid-IR fiber-based light generation, Invited

Jae Daniel, Aether Photonics Metal coated active fibres for high power and light weight laser designs, Invited

Woei Ming Lee, Australian National UniversityAustraliaHigh Speed Temporal Modulation with Cascaded Fibre Delay Line and Micro-structured Mirrors, Invited

Anna Peacock, University of SouthamptonUnited KingdomTowards in-fiber silicon photonics, Invited

Nikita Simakov, Defence Science and Technology GroupAustraliaPulsed Thulium and Holmium Fibre Lasers, Invited

Silvia Soria, Ist di Fisica Applicata Nello CarraraItalyNonlinear Kerr Effect in Solid and Hollow Micro Spherical Resonators, Invited

Real Vallee, Universite LavalCanadaRecent development in mid-infrared fluoride glass fiber lasers, Invited

Elaine Wong, University of MelbourneAustraliaOptical Networks for Healthcare, Invited


Michael WithfordMacquarie University, Australia

Program Chair

Stuart JacksonMacquarie University, Australia


Adrian CarterNufern, Australia
Simon GrossMacquarie University, Australia
Alexander HemmingDefence Science Technology Group, Australia
Steven HinckleyEdith Cowan University, Australia
Brendan KennedyThe University of Western Australia, Australia
David LancasterUniversity of South Australia
Sergio Leon-SavalUniversity of Sydney, Australia
Stephen Madden
Ampalavanapilla NirmalathasUniversity of Melbourne, Australia
Frederique VanholsbeeckUniversity of Auckland, New Zealand

Welcome Reception
4 September 2016; 18:00 - 19:30
Marble Foyer
Join your fellow attendees for light fare and networking. The event is open to committee/presenting author/student and full conference attendees. Conference attendees may purchase extra tickets for their guest(s).

Tribute Session for the Late Professor John Love
6 September 2016, 13:00 - 14:00
A special session has been scheduled to pay tribute to the late Professor John Love. The session will include short talks from some of John’s colleagues celebrating his key contributions to Australian Photonics. Box lunches will be provided. RSVP required, please see registration.

Conference Banquet
6 September 2016, 18:00 - 20:30
Waterfront on the Rocks
Join your fellow attendees for a festive evening and another opportunity to network with your colleagues. Guest tickets are available for $90 USD, as extra guest tickets are limited, please check registration for availability.

OSAF Meet the Professionals Happy Hour
Hosted by OSA Ambassador Chad Husko
Location: Marble Foyer, SMC Conference & Function Centre, Sydney, Australia
Date/Time: 7 September, 20:00 – 21:30
The Optical Society and OSA Foundation invite students and early career professionals who are OSA Members to attend a happy hour with leaders from the meeting fiber technology field. This is an opportunity to network with industry representatives, meeting chairs/committee members and exhibitors over light fare and drinks. RSVP online.

Symposium: Fiber Bragg Gratings - From Laboratory to the Real World

As a part of the 2016 BGPP Topical Meeting, papers are sought that describe efforts to transition the fiber Bragg grating, FBG, technology from a low technology readiness level to industrial application. Specifically, papers are being solicited that cover processes of moving the FBG technology from laboratories of academia through small R&D efforts to much broader industrial applications.

The topics of solicited papers include but are not limited to:
•Performance of FBG systems in real environments;
•Miniaturization efforts to make entire FBG systems suitable for on-board, in-flight, and other applications with space and weight limitations;
•Integration and packaging of the FBGs;
•Effects of harsh environments (temperature, pressure, etc.) on the performance of FBG systems;
•Signal processing of data from fiber Bragg gratings and system integration of FBGs with signal processing units; •Standardization efforts for different industries and applications;
•Specialized applications of FBGs in communication, oil and gas industry, aerospace missions, and other areas.

Symposium Organizers:
Greg Adamovsky, NASA Glenn Research Center, USA
Edgar Mendoza, Redondo Optics, USA

30 Years of Fiber Bragg Grating Sensor Technology

Alan Kersey
ADK Consulting and Insight Photonic Solutions, Inc., USA

Abstract: The first publication on the sensing potential for side-written Bragg gratings in optical fiber appeared as a patent PCT publication by the Meltz et al. group from UTC in 1986.  In the 30 years that have followed, we have seen an extraordinary series of developments in fiber Bragg grating (FBG) sensor technology, taking it from early conceptual laboratory demonstrations to powerful commercial distributed sensing platforms, with many companies now developing and marketing FBG systems and ‘interrogator’ units.  This paper will review this history, highlight some of the key developments in the sensing capabilities developed and touch on some truly novel applications of the technology. The paper will also review more recent applications based on the use of extremely weak draw-tower written grating arrays that exploit the unique properties of Bragg gratings in ways to enable creative & differentiated sensing capabilities. 



Photonic Integration: Building the Ecosystem

Thomas Koch
University of  Arizona, USA


Nonlinear world of commercial photonic systems

Sergei K. Turitsyn
Aston Institute of Photonic Technologies (AIPT), UK

Abstract: Many nonlinear photonic technologies are already weaved into the operation of commercial systems. Nonlinearity is an essential component in the design of numerous photonic devices, but it is often shunned by engineers in view of its practical  intractability and greatly increased difficulty of comprehension of system behavior.  The understanding and mastering of nonlinear effects can translate into improving performance of the existing devices and enabling a new generation of engineering concepts. Our recent work on nonlinear science of fibre lasers and optical communications systems will be reviewed.


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Sponsoring Organizations


Corporate Sponsors

American Elements, global manufacturer of high purity metals, substrates, laser crystals, advanced materials for semiconductors, optoelectronics, & LEDs.
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Engineers Enterprise
Keysight Technologies Australia
Lastek Pty Ltd
Xiton Photonics  GmbH