Plenary Talks


Ian Walmsley University of Oxford, President of OSA

Title: Building quantum machines out of light

Ian A. Walmsley FRS is Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research and Hooke Professor of Experimental Physics at the University of Oxford, and a Professorial Fellow at St Hugh's College, Oxford. He is also Director of the NQIT (Networked Quantum Information Technologies) hub within the UK National Quantum Technology Programme, which is led by the University of Oxford.
Walmsley was educated at Imperial College London, and The Institute of Optics, University of Rochester. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 2012 for his contributions to quantum optics and ultrafast optics, including his development of the spectral phase interferometry for direct electric-field reconstruction (SPIDER) technique.
In March 2018 it was announced that Walmsley had been appointed Provost of Imperial College London, succeeding James Stirling on 1 September 2018.


John E Bowers University of California, Santa Barbara

Title: Large Scale Photonic Integrated Circuits
John E. Bowers is Director of the Institute for Energy Efficiency and a professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He is also CTO and cofounder of Calient Networks and Chairman of the Board of BioIQ.  His research interests are primarily concerned with silicon photonics, optoelectronic devices, optical switching and transparent optical networks.  Bowers is cofounder of the Center for Entrepreneurship and Engineering Management, and founder of Terabit Technology (sold to Ciena).  Bowers received the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Stanford University. He worked for AT&T Bell Laboratories and Honeywell before joining UCSB.

Bowers is a fellow of the IEEE, OSA and the American Physical Society, and a recipient of the IEEE LEOS William Streifer Award and the South Coast Business and Technology Entrepreneur of the Year Award.  He was an elected member of the IEEE LEOS Board of Governors, a LEOS Distinguished Lecturer, and Vice President for Conferences for LEOS.  He has published eight book chapters, 450 journal papers, 700 conference papers and has received 52 patents.  He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering.  He and coworkers received the ACE Award for Most Promising Technology for the hybrid silicon laser in 2007.


Yasuhiko Arakawa University of Tokyo, Japan

Title: Advances in Quantum Dot Photonics: From Science to Practical Implementation
Yasuhiko Arakawa received B.S., M.S., and PhD degrees in the electrical engineering form the University of Tokyo, in 1975, 1977, 1980, respectively. In 1980, he started his academic carrier by joining University of Tokyo as an assistant professor and was promoted to a full professor in 1993. He is now Professor of Research Center for Advanced Science and technology, University of Tokyo.

He is also the director of Nanoelectronics Research Center at Institute of Industrial Science, University of Tokyo as well as Research Professor at NTT. His current research includes growth and physics of semiconductor nanotechnologies for optoelectronic device applications such as quantum dot lasers and various nanostructure devices.

He is the recipient of many awards including Niwa Memorial Award, Excellent Paper Award from IECE, Young Scientist Award, International Symposium on GaAs and Related Compound Semiconductors, IBM Award, Distinguished Achievement Award from IEICE, Hattori Hoko Award, Sakura-Kenjiro Award from OITDA, Electronics Award from IEICE, and Nissan Science Award.

He has been serving several distinguished international conferences as general chairs including the 17th IEEE Semiconductor Laser Conference . He was Associate Editor of IEEE J. of Quantum Electronics and Editor in Chief of Journal of Japanese Society of Applied Physics, and he is currently Editor in Chief of Solid Sate Electronics and Regional Editor on New Journal of Physics(IOP). He is in charge for planning the optoelectronics technology-roadmap at the OITDA.


Vincent W. S. Chan Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA

Title: Cognitive Optical Network
Vincent W. S. Chan, the Joan and Irwin Jacobs Professor of EECS, MIT, received his BS(71), MS(71), EE(72), and Ph.D.(74) degrees in EE all from MIT. From 1974 to 1977, he was an assistant professor, EE, at Cornell University. He joined MIT Lincoln Laboratory in 1977 and had been Division Head of the Communications and Information Technology Division until becoming the Director of the Laboratory for Information and Decision Systems (1999–2007). He is currently a member of the Claude E. Shannon Communication and Network Group at the Research Laboratory of Electronics of MIT. In July 1983, he initiated the Laser Intersatellite Transmission Experiment Program and in 1997, the follow-on GeoLITE Program. In 1989, he formed the All-Optical-Network Consortium among MIT, AT&T and DEC.  He also formed and served as PI the Next Generation Internet Consortium, ONRAMP among AT&T, Cabletron, MIT, Nortel and JDS, and a Satellite Networking Research Consortium formed between MIT, Motorola, Teledesic and Globalstar. He has served in many US/non-US government advisory boards/committees and the Board of Governors of the Communication Society including VP of Publications. He also has been active with several start-ups and was a director of a Fortune-500 company and chaired its technical advisory board. He is a Member of the Corporation of Draper Laboratory and is a member of Eta-Kappa-Nu, Tau-Beta-Pi and Sigma-Xi, and the Fellow of the IEEE and the Optical Society of America.He is currently the president elect of the IEEE Communication Society.

Throughout his career, Professor Chan has spent his research focus on communication and networks, particularly on free space and fiber optical communication and networks and satellite communications. His work has led the way to a successful laser communication demonstration in space and early deployment of WDM optical networks. His recent research emphasis is on heterogeneous (satcom, wireless and fiber) network architectures with stringent performance demands.


Chongjin Xie Senior Director and Chief Communication Scientist in Alibaba Infrastructure Service, Alibaba Group

Banquet Keynote Speaker
Title: Build up Internet Infrastructure and Services to Help Underdeveloped Regions
Chongjin Xie is a senior director and chief communication scientist in Alibaba Infrastructure Service, Alibaba Group, leading an optical network research, architecture, design and testing team to develop datacenter optical interconnects and networking technologies to support Alibaba online platform and cloud services. Prior to joining Alibaba Group in 2014, Dr. Xie was a distinguished member of technical staff at Bell Labs, Alcatel-Lucent (now Nokia), doing research on optical communication systems and networks. He did his postdoctoral research at Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden from 1999 to 2001, and received his M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees from Beijing University of Posts & Telecommunications in 1996 and 1999, respectively. Dr. Xie has published one book, 3 book chapters and over 200 journal and conference papers. He is an associate editor of Journal of Lightwave Technology, a program chair of OFC’2019 and served as chairs, TPC chairs or TPC members in many conferences. Dr. Xie is a Fellow of OSA and a senior member of IEEE.


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