02 December 2021, 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
The pressures for scientists to publish large numbers of papers in high-impact journals has led to growing concerns about the reliability and accuracy of the scientific literature. Dr. Burns will provide insight on the ethical obligations of all participants in the publishing process, summarizing some of the types of misconduct encountered by journal editors, as well as how these are dealt with to ensure the reliability of the scientific record. Dr. Taylor and Ms. Cohen will share some case studies for participants to discuss in breakout groups.
11 November 2021, 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
This talk will outline the recent work by 5 leading companies (Ericsson, Nokia, Sumitomo, Lumentum, II-VI) in the initiative called mobile optical pluggables (MOPA). The MOPA initiative has produced a 55-page technical paper outlining all relevant optical solutions for 5G networks. These solutions, called optical blueprints, cover all parts of the 5G network: the low-layer split (aka fronthual), high-layer split, and backhaul, for all relevant distances (2-80 km), and technologies (grey optics, WDM optics, packet multiplexing, PON). Finally, an outlook into future needs and technologies will be made.
09 November 2021, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Principles for more effective technical leadership.
As we scientists and engineers advance in our careers, many of us move on to roles where we manage a project, a team, or even an entire business unit. To be effective, we find we must learn many new skills that were not part of our technical training. Effective leaders often find that some habits and patterns of thinking they developed during their technical training don’t work so well when leading a group to achieve challenging goals. We also find that understanding how to manage a team is not the same as ‘leading’ a team to accomplish great things.
In this webinar we will review some important principles that address some of the toughest questions that technical managers face: What’s most important for keeping a project on schedule? How do good leaders make hard decisions? What do you do when there’s no good answer? Is the maxim ‘Ask for forgiveness, not permission’ actually good advice? If you are a manager, or if you aspire to become one, this webinar will give you insight that will help you be more effective.
21 October 2021, 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
In this presentation, I will highlight major research and innovation challenges for emerging 6G system. I will examine key performance parameters (KPIs), and likely applications which require such stringent KPIs. I will also introduce technology enablers which will underpin 6G systems.
13 October 2021, 10:00 AM - 2:30 PM
Optical communication systems have provided ever-increasing data transmission capacities, and there is a set of core concepts that are fundamental to understanding many of the crucial technical areas. The intent of this course is to provide key background information to enable participants to facilitate an understanding of more advanced topics in this area.
07 October 2021, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Join Zemax CTO Sanjay Gangadhara as he reviews recent innovations in the optics and photonics industry and discusses how these innovations are being driven by key technologies such as diffractive optics and computational imaging. Dr. Gangadhara will also describe how simulation of these technologies enables rapid advancements in applications from data communications to LIDAR, medical imaging to mixed reality.
25 August 2021, 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
Coherent optical communication has made great progress in the past decade, enabling a large capacity increase for long-haul and metro optical networks. As the cost and power consumption of coherent transceiver continuously decreases, its application in mobile fronthaul network is receiving increasing attentions. This webinar will introduce various aspects of coherent technologies in the scenario of B5G and 6G fronthaul, including high speed modulation, energy-efficient implementation of digital signal processing, point-to-multipoint architecture, resource allocation, and so forth.
19 August 2021, 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Sometimes we get lost in the throws of life- work, family, school, children, deadlines, deliverables, milestones, pregnancies, death, life. And while “life” is happening, we somehow believe we are “in-control”. In an instant, this sense of control can be shaken to its core by a death, tragedy, job loss or other life “shift”. March 2020 marked a shift in the way we lived and did business. While countries gave it various names- Shelter-in-place, Lockdown, Quarantine - the world saw a change in the way we lived our daily lives. People went from going to work every day to work-at-home, or in many cases, job shifts, furloughs or job loss. There are many items that are important in times like these – health and wellness (in all aspects of your being), safety, security, shelter, clothing, nourishment (to name a few). It can certainly feel like the carpet has been ripped from under you when circumstances change. Whether you are feeling the impact of COVID-19, a change at work or home, or you are getting ready to make a change, this workshop is designed to help you understand that you were made for such a time as this.
This session will provide you with frameworks to use as you continue in your current role, and/or transition to your next opportunity and/or move to the next phase in your life. Each person’s transition is different, and we will provide you with tools to assist you in this moment in time, as well as reference material to assist you during your transition. Ultimately, you will walk away understanding that there is a purpose behind your path, and guidelines as to how to maximize it.
17 August 2021, 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
While there are a number of courses on laser design, this course emphasizes a systems‐level overview of the design and engineering of optical systems which incorporate these unique sources of light. Starting with a review of Gaussian beam characteristics and propagation, we then look at laser system optics, beam control and scanning, detectors specific to laser systems, and the integration of these topics for developing a complete laser-based optical system. The emphasis is on real‐world design problems, as well as the commercial off-the‐shelf (COTS) components used to solve them.
15 July 2021, 12:00 PM - 1:30 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.
23 June 2021, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
This webinar will introduce the concept of Power over Fiber (PoF) and potential applications envisioned of that technology in support of 5G networks with optical fronthauling using different types of optical fibers from SMF to MCF with SDM capabilities. It will cover dedicated and shared scenarios showing different tests on ARoF transmission for different modulation formats compliant with 5G New Radio (NR) standard. All as part of works in H2020 BlueSPACE (https://bluespace-5gppp.squarespace.com/news) and TEFLON (http://teflon-cm.es/). Some proposals in the IoT environment will also be shown. It will be an open forum to discuss about the potential of PoF fostering the pending energy efficiency strategy in 5G networks and beyond.
26 May 2021, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Digital technologies have been identified as key in addressing fundamental challenges associated with societal and economic objectives, such as improved quality of living for citizens, sustainable development and economic growth. In this context, 5G infrastructures will play a fundamental role in bringing these technologies to society transforming their every day’s life in the way services are provided, and businesses are run. However, this transformation requires new service capabilities that network operators need to support including: i) connectivity for a growing number of very diverse devices, ii) ubiquitous access with varying degrees of mobility in heterogeneous environments and, iii) mission critical services, supporting highly variable performance attributes in a cost and energy-efficient manner. These demanding and diverse requirements bring the need of a paradigm shift migrating from closed purposely developed infrastructures into open elastic ecosystems able to support a variety of very diverse services and end-users. These ecosystems will rely on flexible architectural models adopting convergence and integration of a variety of network and compute technologies, network softwarisation, hardware programmability and disaggregation of compute/storage and network resources. In this context, the webinar will focus on describing the relevant ecosystem and the key role that advanced optical networking solutions can play in the 5G era and beyond. Performance evaluation results as well as relevant demonstration activities will be also discussed.
24 May 2021, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
This talk will present some recent innovations in access networks architectures, protocols and technology to enhance support for 5G and beyond. It will explore how virtualisation and open networking have changed the research scene and boosted investigation of Machine learning and AI for development of intelligent control planes. It will also show evolution paths towards seamless integration of central office, edge cloud and wireless access.
03 May 2021, 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Imagine a world where intelligence is added to all elements of manufacturing. Picture a
manufacturing floor where every single “thing” is able to produce, receive and analyze
data (hence making every “thing“ a “smart thing“). Now, imagine that all “smart things“
are connected such that they can exchange data with each other, analyze the data, and
make and execute decisions. When we move beyond the “thing“ being simply smart, to
a place where we are:
1. Utilizing machine learning, artificial intelligence, and other forms of data science
and analytics to improve manufacturing processes
2. Building digital threads and digital twins for cradle to grave track and traceability,
3. Establishing connected communications within a digital supply chain
then we are moving toward the true meaning of the smart factory. One can imagine the
ease of tracking defects, the opportunity for new digital platforms and business models,
and, most importantly, the change to the way we manufacture. This presentation will
provide a "starter kit" for those on their road to smart factory implementation. Whether
you are a novice or a veteran, this starter kit will teach/remind you of the key elements
to keep in mind as you begin any implementation.
29 April 2021, 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Optical communication networks are supporting a wide range of valuable communication services including residential services, enterprise services, and mobile services. The 5th-generation (5G) wireless brings to optical networks new requirements such as high bandwidth, low latency, accurate synchronization and the ability to perform network slicing and autonomous operation etc. In parallel, fixed broadband services are demanding higher speed, lower latency, wider coverage and better user experience. All these demands are driving the transformation of optical networks to a new generation as witnessed by 50G-PON, 400G-ZR, 800G long haul, FDMA-P2MP, superchannel-capable high-degree OXC, and beyond-C-band WDM. This OSA webinar aims to highlight the exciting technological advances in optical transport and access networks over the last few years and provide new perspectives on what to expect in the 5G era.
28 April 2021, 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
This course emphasizes a systems‐level overview of optomechanical engineering. Starting with the fundamentals of imaging, it reviews how optical system concepts flow down into optomechanical requirements on optical fabrication, alignment, structural design, mechanics of materials (metals, composites, and glasses), thermal management, and kinematic mirror mounts. The focus is on the fundamental principles underlying real‐world design problems, as well as the commercial off-the‐shelf (COTS) components used to solve them.
22 April 2021, 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
All companies have things go wrong in their technical projects, from small things like a
2-week schedule delay to a large-scale product recall. How a development team handles
these issues can make a big difference in their customer relationships, and therefore on
their future business. No customer expects you to be perfect, but they do expect to be
able to trust you when things go wrong, and they expect you to handle the issue in a
professional manner. The Eight Discipline (8D) problem resolution process was
developed for this purpose. In this webinar we will review the process and how to use
it in an effective manner.
21 April 2021, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
The ability to influence others is an incredibly important skill, especially in situations where you lack authority. It allows you to handle situations better, be more emotionally skilled and can mitigate conflicts or difficult situations quickly. You will finish this program with powerful techniques suitable for a range of situations to positively impact others.
14 April 2021, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Mid-spatial frequency (MSF) errors can be a source of small angle scatter or blur in an optical system. This webinar will provide an introduction to MSF errors. It will cover many questions optical designers often ask of optical fabricators, for example: What causes MSF errors on the surface of optics? How can I specify MSF errors so that my surfaces are smooth? How are you going to measure MSF errors?
13 April 2021, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Metrology is a founding pillar and a driving force of scientific discovery and understanding. The ability to accurately measure quantities of interest has always been one of the ultimate tests in verifying or subverting scientific hypotheses, ultimately advancing the scientific understanding and engineering applications. Although much progress has been made in all fields of science and engineering over the last century, the state of the art in the metrology of gas and plasma flows has largely remained unchanged, being perturbative and not accurate to the level modern science and engineering requires. In this talk I will discuss the laser diagnostic efforts developed to tackle the matter, by concentrating on the research efforts of our group in this field by utilizing Coherent Rayleigh-Brillouin scattering (CRBS).
CRBS is a four-wave mixing diagnostic technique that relies on the creation of an optical lattice in a medium due to the interaction between polarizable particles and intense laser fields. Single shot CRBS1 has been demonstrated to be the coherent analog of spontaneous Rayleigh-Brillouin scattering in measuring the temperature, pressure, bulk and shear viscosity, speed of sound and polarizability of a gas or gas mixture2. Additionally, CRBS3 has facilitated the in situ measurements of ~5 nm nanoparticles produced in an arc discharge. In this talk, an overview on the theory and experimental aspects of single shot CRBS will be presented. Furthermore, I will demonstrate our recent work in utilizing CRBS for neutral gas flow velocimetry with measurable velocities down to 5-10 ms-1, applicable to atomic and molecular gases and gas mixtures4. Finally, I will discuss the feasibility and working progress towards the use of single shot (CRBS) as a plasma flow and temperature measuring technique for partially ionized gases.