Photonic Networks and Devices

29 July 2019 – 01 August 2019 Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport, Burlingame, CA, California United States

NETWORKS bring together researchers and engineers from various communities that intersect in today's applications that require photonic networks. The new applications and network architectures will both drive and utilize innovations in optical transmission and photonic devices. Growing demands for bandwidth, flexibility, programmability, resilience, low cost, high integration, high functionality, low power consumption, and small footprint require novel solutions in photonic networks and devices. New management paradigms in the framework of software-defined networking are needed for efficient and dynamic programmability of virtualized network resources. The meeting focuses at fostering research that supports the future scaling and performance requirements of emerging applications, including spectrally and spatially multiplexed systems, data center and data-center interconnection, cloud infrastructure, and content delivery.



  • Network control and management
    • Software-defined networks and network function virtualization (SDN/NFV)
    • Machine learning approaches for advanced network management
    • Network control and orchestration
    • Network performance monitoring and analytics
    • Optical white box systems for deeply programmable networks
  • Technologies, components, systems and interconnects for Data Centers and High Performance Computing
    • Optical networks to support inter data center communication and cloud applications
    • Disaggregated Data Center and HPC architectures, algorithms and protocols
    • Resource provisioning schemes for intra- and inter-datacenter communication
    • Cost effective and energy efficient devices for on-chip and chip-to-chip interconnects
  • Network design and operations
    • Optical network architectures and protocols for metro, access and backbone networks
    • Optical routers and switches, including ROADM, WSS, cross-connects and optical packet/burst switching
    • Energy efficient and sustainable optical networks
    • Resilience and security of optical networks
    • Techno-economic studies
  • Advanced high-capacity transmission systems and enabling technologies
    • Transmission systems with record capacity
    • Methods to achieve multi-terabit capacity networking
    • Point-point transmission or shared bus/tree topologies, burst transmission
    • 5G transport networks and convergence applications
    • Advanced optical modulation formats
  • Future networks
    • SDM-based network applications, network elements and unique applications using the spatial dimension
    • Free-space optics for short- and long-reach applications including balloon and drone-aided communications
    • Devices and systems enabling quantum networking



  • Timo Aalto, VTT Technical Research Centre of FinlandFinland 
    Polarization Independent and Ultra-broadband Silicon Photonics for Future Networks
  • Nihel Benzaoui, Nokia Bell Labs 
    Latency Control in Deterministic and Dynamic Networks
  • Giacomo Bernini, NextworksItaly 
    End-to-end Network slicing and Orchestration of NFV/MEC Services in 5G Infrastructures with SDM-based Fronthaul
  • Daniel Blumenthal, University of California Santa BarbaraUnited States 
    Ultra-stable Integrated Lasers and Low-cost, Low-energy Coherent Data Center Interconnects
  • Antonella Bogoni, CNITItaly 
    Microwave Photonics for a Radar Network
  • Mohit Chamania, ADVA Optical NetworkingGermany 
    Analytics-driven Network Management
  • Pavel Cheben, National Research Council CanadaCanada 
    Subwavelength Metamaterial Nanophotonic Waveguide Devices
  • Jiajia Chen, Kungliga Tekniska HogskolanUnited States 
    5G Transport Networks: Capacity, Latency and Cost
  • Xi Chen, Nokia Bell LabsUnited States 
    Single Wavelength Intensity-modulation and Direct Detection at 500 Gb/s
  • Nikolaos Panteleimon Diamantopoulos, NTT Device Technology Labs., NTT Corp.Japan 
    Membrane-based DMLs-on-Si for Energy-efficient 400GbE SDM Transmission
  • Po Dong, Nokia Bell LabsUnited States 
    The Scalability of Silicon Photonics for Optical Networks
  • Johannes Fischer, Fraunhofer Inst Nachricht Henrich-HertzGermany 
    Optical Multi-band Networks: Maximizing Lifetime of Deployed Fiber Infrastructure
  • Lidia Galdino, University College LondonUnited Kingdom 
    Candidate Technologies for Ultra-wideband Optical Fiber Communications
  • Bodhisattwa Gangopadhyay, Infinera CorporationPortugal 
    Designing Ultra-reliable 5G-ready Transport Networks
  • Fatima Garcia Gunning, Tyndall National InstituteIreland 
    Configuration and Monitoring of the Optical Physical Layer Using Software-Defined Tools
  • Kiyo Ishii, AIST TokyoJapan 
    Path Computation and Topology Description Scheme for Consistently Supporting Heterogeneous Optical Node Structures
  • Masahiko Jinno, Kagawa UniversityJapan 
    Spatial Channel Network (SCN): Benefits of Introducing Spatial Bypass into Optical Networks
  • Andrey Kobyakov, Corning Research & Development CorpUnited States 
    Optical Solutions for Next-generation Wireless Networks
  • Michael Krainak, NASA Goddard Space Flight CenterUnited States 
    NASA Optical Communication Strategy and Technology
  • Cedric Lam, GoogleUnited States 
    Scaling the Next Generation Broadband Access Networks with Super-PON
  • Roberto Proietti, University of California Davis 
    Machine-learning-aided Service Provisioning in Multi-domain Optical Networks
  • Sebastian Randel, Karlsruher Institut für TechnologieGermany 
    Low-complexity Kramers-Kronig Receivers and their Applications
  • Marco Ruffini, University of Dublin Trinity CollegeIreland 
    Full PON Virtulisation Supporting Multi-tenancy Beyond 5G
  • Takahito Tanimura, Fujitsu Laboratories Ltd.Japan 
    Visualizing Physical-layer Information by Neural Networks toward Efficient Network Operation
  • Olga Vassilieva, Fujitsu Laboratories of America IncUnited States 
    Optimization of Modulation Formats for Improved Quality of Transmission
  • Krzysztof Walkowiak, Politechnika WroclawskaPoland 
    Data Analytics for Re-dimensioning of SDM Links in Spectrally-spatially Flexible Optical Networks
  • Elaine Wong, University of MelbourneAustralia 
    Achieving Low-latency H2M Communications through Predicting Bandwidth Demand: A Comparative Study of Statistical Prediction and Machine Learning Techniques
  • Thomas Wood, LGS Innovations LLCUnited States 
    Free-space Laser Communication: Coming Soon to a Satellite Near You
  • Qiong Zhang, Fujitsu Laboratories of America IncUnited States 
    How the Metro Network Evolves in the MEC Era



  • David Caplan, MIT Lincoln Lab, United States , Chair
  • Marija Furdek, Chalmers Tekniska Hogskola, Sweden , Chair
  • Marco Fiorentino, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, United States , Program Chair
  • Nick Parsons, HUBER+SUHNER Polatis, Inc, United Kingdom , Program Chair
  • Domenico Siracusa, Fondazione Bruno Kessler, Italy , Program Chair
  • Hitesh Ballani, Microsoft Corp, United Kingdom
  • Isabella Cerutti, Nokia Bell Labs, Italy
  • Michael Eiselt, ADVA Optical Networking SE, Germany
  • Wolfgang Freude, Karlsruher Institut für Technologie, Germany
  • David Geisler, Massachusetts Inst of Tech Lincoln Lab, United States
  • Hiroshi Hasegawa, Nagoya University, Japan
  • Admela Jukan, TU Braunschweig, Germany
  • Josue Kuri, Google, United States
  • Paulo Monteiro, IT /UA, Portugal
  • Wenda Ni, Microsoft Azure Networking, United States
  • João Pedro, Infinera, Portugal
  • Jelena Pesic, Nokia-Bell-Labs, France
  • Benjamin Puttnam, National Inst Info & Comm Tech (NICT), Japan
  • George Rouskas, North Carolina State University, United States
  • Gangxiang Shen, Soochow University, China
  • Salvatore Spadaro, Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya, Spain
  • Michela Svaluto Moreolo, Ctr Tecnològic de Telecom de Catalunya, Spain
  • Anna Tzanakaki, University of Athens, Greece
  • Michael Vasilyev, University of Texas at Arlington, United States
  • Shuang Yin, Google, United States
  • Zuqing Zhu, Univ of Science and Technology of China, China


Plenary Session

Keren Bergman

Columbia University, USA

Empowering Flexible and Scalable High Performance Architectures with Embedded Photonics

The explosive growth in data analytics applications that rely on machine and deep learning techniques are seismically changing the landscape of high performance architectures. Driven by these applications, systems' performance is increasingly bottlenecked by the energy and communications costs of interconnecting the numerous heterogeneous compute and memory resources. Recent advances in integrated silicon photonics offer the opportunity of embedding optical connectivity that directly delivers high off-chip communication bandwidth densities with low power consumption. This talk will review these advances and introduce the concept of embedded photonics for addressing data-movement challenges in high-performance systems. Beyond alleviating the bandwidth/energy bottlenecks, embedded photonics can enable new disaggregated architectures that leverage the distance independence of optical transmission. We will discuss how the envisioned modular system interconnected by a unified photonic fabric can be flexibly composed to create custom architectures tailored for specific applications.

About the Speaker

Keren Bergman is the Charles Batchelor Professor of Electrical Engineering at Columbia University where she also serves as the Scientific Director of the Columbia Nano Initiative. Professor Bergman received a BS from Bucknell University in 1988, and a MS in 1991 and a PhD in 1994 from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology all in electrical engineering. At Columbia, Bergman leads the Lightwave Research Laboratory encompassing multiple cross-disciplinary programs at the intersection of computing and photonics. Bergman serves on the Leadership Council of the American Institute of Manufacturing (AIM) Photonics leading projects that support the institute's silicon photonics manufacturing capabilities and Datacom applications. She is the recipient of the 2016 IEEE Photonics Engineering Award and is a Fellow of the Optical Society of America (OSA) and IEEE.

Sarah Kurtz

University of California Merced and NREL, USA

A New Era for Solar Electricity

The solar electricity industry has grown so big that it is now bumping up against limits of growth: In 2017, the net expansion of solar electricity generating capacity was greater than the combined net growth of fossil fuel and nuclear electricity generating capacity. As the industry works through a turning point, the technology continues to mature, with the optical design of solar cells becoming increasingly important.

About the Speaker

Sarah Kurtz obtained her doctorate in 1985 from Harvard University and has worked since then at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, in Golden, Colorado. She is known for her contributions to developing multijunction, GaInP/GaAs solar cells, supporting the Concentrator Photovoltaic (PV) industry, and, more recently, her work with PV performance and reliability.  Her work has been recognized with a jointly received Dan David Prize in 2007 and the Cherry Award in 2012. She has now moved to the University of California Merced, where she is excited to be a small part of California's adoption of renewable energy.

Bryan Robinson

MIT Lincoln Lab, USA

Next-generation Space-based Laser Communications

Recent successful demonstrations have proven that free-space optical communications (FSOC) are possible and capable of exceeding the performance of traditional radio frequency space communications links. Rapid advancement of optical communications technology, driven by developments in the fiber telecommunications industry, will enable revolutionary future space communications systems. This plenary presentation will review the current state of the art for free-space optical communications and discuss efforts underway to provide new operational capabilities.

About the Speaker

Bryan Robinson is the associate leader of the Optical Communications Technology Group at MIT Lincoln Laboratory. For the past decade, Dr. Robinson has led efforts to develop and demonstrate free-space laser communications systems. He was the lead systems engineer for the Lunar Laser Communications Demonstration (2009-2014), where he helped architect the laser communication system, oversaw development of the space and ground terminals, and led the system operations for NASA's first successful demonstration of high-rate laser communications from space. Today he leads a variety of follow-on efforts to develop enabling laser communications capabilities for future near-Earth and deep-space missions, including NASA's human exploration efforts on the International Space Station and the upcoming Orion Crew Exploration Vehicle.


Special Events

Congress Reception - A Culinary Tour of San Francisco

Monday, 29 July 2019, 18:30 – 20:00
Grand Peninsula D

Join us for a Culinary Tour of San Francisco at the Congress Reception. Tickets for this event are included in the registration fee for Technical Attendees. Additional guest tickets can be purchased for US$ 75.

Student & Early Career Professional Development & Networking Lunch and Learn

Tuesday, 30 July, 12:30 - 14:00
Bayside Room

This program will provide a unique opportunity for students and early career professionals, who are close to finishing or who have recently finished their doctorate degree, to interact with experienced researchers. Key industry and academic leaders in the community will be matched for each student based on the student's preference or similarity of research interests. Students interested in all career paths – from those seeking an academic position, to those wishing to start a technology business, to those interested in government/public service, to those looking to translate their benchwork skills to product development – are encouraged to apply.  Students will have an opportunity to discuss their ongoing research and career plans with their mentor, while mentors will share their professional journey and provide useful tips to those who attend. Lunch will be provided.

This workshop is complimentary for OSA Members and space is limited. Not all who apply will be able to attend due to space limitations and priority will be given to those who have most recently or are close to graduation.

Hosted by OSA Foundation 

Workshop: Hands-on Introduction to Data Analytics and Machine Learning in Optical Networks

Wednesday, 31 July, 12:30 – 14:00 (time subject to change)
Bayside Room

Organizers: Carlos Natalino Silva and Marija Furdek, Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden

Please note, participants must supply their own laptop and install the development tools utilized during the tutorial prior to attending this workshop. If you have any questions or issues while installing the platform necessary to follow this hands-on tutorial, please email directly.

In this workshop/tutorial, the audience will be guided through the first steps necessary for applying data analytics and machine learning to optical networks. We will begin with a brief introduction to the fundamentals of data analytics and machine learning. We will then focus on representative optical networking use cases suitable for the application of machine learning. Using the available development tools (e.g., Jupyter Lab), the attendees will be encouraged to explore a previously defined dataset using their laptops. The workshop will enable the participants to perform data importing and selection (e.g., removing samples with missing features), as well as visualizing the dataset characteristics. Normalization techniques will be discussed and applied to the dataset. Then, the attendees will explore the correlation between the different features of the dataset. An unsupervised learning algorithm will be applied to the dataset, followed by a supervised learning algorithm that will build upon the information learned from the unsupervised approach. The tutorial will be concluded with an interactive discussion on the remaining challenges and ideas for extensions.

Congress Banquet (Separate Fee Required)

Wednesday, 31 July, 18:30 – 20:30 (time subject to change)
Domenico Winery, San Carlos, CA

Enjoy the evening with your fellow colleagues amid the aromas of wine aging in French oak barrels at the Congress Banquet. This boutique winery specializes in “Cal-Italia” varietals such as Primitivo, Barbera, and Sangiovese. Come enjoy a glass of wine and a delicious meal with your colleagues! Tickets can be purchased for US $85.

Guided  Google Campus Tour(Separate Fee Required)

Friday, 2 August, 10:00 - 12:00
Google Campus, Mountain View

Thanks to Shuang Yin and Jusue Kuri of Google and members of the NETWORKS Program Committee, 40 attendees will have the opportunity to visit Google Headquarters on Friday, 2 August from 10:00 – 12:00. The visit will include a Google Visitor Center tour, Google Campus tour, and a Google Onsite Merchant Store visit. The expected duration of the tour is approximately 2 hours. Buses will depart the hotel at 09:20, 40 minutes prior to the start of the tour.

Seats are filling up fast for this special event. The cost to attend is $20. If you would like to purchase a ticket please log into your registration and add it as an optional item. You will be asked to enter your confirmation number.

Deadline for registration is Wednesday, 31 July. Should you have any questions or concerns, please email

For all the Google Tour photos, please visit here.


Special Sessions

Symposium: A Light in Digital Darkness: Optical Wireless Communications to Connect the Unconnected

Tuesday, 30 July 2019, 19:00 - 21:00
Grand Peninsula EF

The role of Internet and Communication Technology (ICT) in bringing about a revolution in almost all aspects of human life needs no introduction. It is indeed a well-known fact that the transmission of information at a rapid pace has transformed all spheres of human life such as education, health, and economy to name a few. Despite this tremendous advantages that come with ICT, it is a fact that almost 4 billion people in the world are still “unconnected or under-connected” or suffer from the “digital/connectivity divide,” a term coined in order to emphasize the lack of communications infrastructure in many parts of the world. In this symposium, top experts will offer ways to provide high speed connectivity in rural areas along with efficient and cost-effective backhauling methods for rural traffic. In particular, Free Space Optical Communications (FSOC)-based solutions for both: (i) integrated satellite-airborne-ground networks providing global coverage and connectivity and (ii) terrestrial mesh/multi-hop directive networks connecting far-flung regions of the state will be discussed and debated.

Moderator: Hany El-Gala, University at Albany – State University of New York (SUNY), USA


Title: Smart Villages: When Affordablity Meets Connectivity
Mohamed-Slim Alouini (Fellow IEEE), KAUST, Saudi Arabia

Title:  Loon's SDN and its Applicability in Stratospheric and Satellite Network Operations
Brian Barritt, Loon, USA

Title:  Free-space Optical Communications (FSOC) for Connectivity in the Emerging World
Baris I. Erkmen, X, USA

Title:  Connectivity for the Unconnected Population
Hamid Hemmati, Facebook Inc., USA

Title: THz and Photonic Seamless Networks for Easy-deployable High-speed Access
Tetsuya Kawanishi, Waseda University, Japan

Title: Issues Relevant to Implementing All-optical Technologies for Free-space Optical Wireless Communications Global Internet Connectivity in Remote Places
Arun K. Majumdar, Colorado State University-Pueblo, USA

Title: Development of Hybrid High-throughput Satellite (HTS) Communications System with Optical Feeder Links for the Next Generation Satellite Communications
Morio Toyoshima, National Institute of Information and Communications Technology, Japan

Quantum Technologies Symposium

Wednesday, 31 July 2019, 08:00 - 16:00
Grand Peninsula EF

Quantum technology is maturing, with fields like quantum computing and quantum key distribution approaching commercialization. First quantum computers are being made available to the general public and quantum key distribution systems are being deployed. Quantum computers promise a significant increase in the speed at which complex mathematical problems can be solved. As a result, numerous classical encryption algorithms used in telecommunication are in danger of being easily broken. Next to “post-quantum cryptography”, quantum key distribution (QKD) has been proposed as a solution to ensure secure communication in the era of quantum computing. Most systems shown so far are laboratory prototypes to prove the general concept and to build first QKD links, whose stringent requirements for a successful deployment in commercial networks are yet to be addressed. Transforming QKD into a widely deployable technology entails major challenges that require close interaction between the quantum and the telecommunications community. The long history and deep knowledge of classical communication principles from the latter group can support the commercialization of the theoretical findings of the former, leading to more elegant and simpler solutions for future quantum systems.

This symposium will provide an introduction to quantum technologies and a platform to improve collaboration and understanding between the classical communication community and the quantum community. Quantum researchers, classical communication researchers and telecome operators will provide  a broad range of insights.

Chairs & Speakers


Marija Furdek, Kungliga Tekniska Hogskolan Kista, Sweden
David Hillerkuss, Huawei Technologies, Germany

Keynote Speaker:

Alexander Ling, Centre for Quantum Technologies, Singapore (Keynote)
Quantum Key Distribution and Miniaturization of Quantum Systems

Part One:

Qiang Zhang, Univ of Science and Technology of China, China (Tutorial)
Quantum Key Distribution

Part Two:

Jelena Vuckovic, Stanford University, USA
Quantum Photonics

Daniel J. Blumenthal, University of California Santa Barbara, USA
Ultra-low Loss Waveguide Platforms for Integration of Quantum Circuits

Imran Khan, InfiniQuant, Germany
Commercialization of QKD

John Gariano and Ivan B. Djordjevic, University of Arizona, USA
SKR Improvement for an Entanglement Assisted BB84 FSO System Using Adaptive Optics

Leif Katsuo Oxenløwe, Technical University of Denmark, Denmark
High-dimensional Quantum Communication in Optical Fibres Using Spatial States​

Part Three:

Andrew Lord, British Telecom, IK
QKD and its Application in Future Telecoms Networks

Tobias Eriksson, National Inst of Information & Comm Tech, Japan 
Challenges in Parallel Operation of Quantum Key Distribution and Data Transmission

Akihisa Tomita, Hokkaido University, Japan
A Long-term Secure Data Transmission and Storage Network Based on Quantum Key Distribution

Reza Nejabati, University of Bristol, United Kingdom
Pushing Boundaries of Quantum Secured Networking: Towards a Fully Dynamic Quantum Secured Optical Network

Vicente Martin, Politechnical University of Madrid, Spain
The Madrid Quantum Network: A Quantum-classical Integrated Infrastructure


Best Student Paper Prize

Congratulations to the 2019 Advanced Photonics Best Student Paper Prize Recipients

Integrated Photonics Research, Silicon and Nanophotonics

1st: Qianhuan Yu, High-Responsivity Photodiodes Heterogeneously Integrated on Silicon Nitride Waveguides
2nd: Victoria Rosborough, Monolithic Integration of Widely-Tunable DBR and DFB Lasers with One-Step Grating Formation
3rd: Abu Naim Rakib Ahmed, Electro-Optically Tunable Modified Racetrack Resonator in Hybrid Si3N4-LiNbO3

Novel Optical Materials and Applications

1st: Alireza Shahsafi, Decoupling of temperature and thermal radiation
2nd: Evan Wang, Realization of Topology-Optimized Multilayer Metasurfaces
3rd: Kyun Kyu Kim, Transparent Wearable 3D touch: Self-generated Multiscale Structure Engineered by Laser-induced Thermal Gradient

Optical Devices and Materials for Solar Energy and Solid-state Lighting

Shared 1st:
Raphael Schmager, Nanophotonic perovskite thin-film solar cells by thermal nano-imprint lithography
Woochan Lee, Down-conversion based near-infrared organic light-emitting diodes with high efficiency and low roll-off
Eryn Fenning, Planar Light Guide Concentrators for Building Integrated Photovoltaics

Signal Processing in Photonic Communications

1st: Erik Borjeson, Towards FPGA Emulation of Fiber-Optic Channels for Deep-BER Evaluation of DSP Implementations
2nd: Saikrishna Reddy Konatham, GHz-speed Tracking of the Frequency Spectrum of Complex Continuous Waveforms through Photonic Analog Processing
3rd: Arnaud Dumenil, Low-Complexity PDL-Resilient Signaling Design