Fiber Optic Communication Conference and Expo to Highlight Key Networking Trends | Business | February 2022

The premier international event dedicated to the latest advancements in optical communications and networking returns to San Diego in March. The Optical Fiber Communications (OFC) Conference and Exhibition will include a five-day technical conference from March 6-10 and an exhibition from March 8-10.

San Diego skyline.

Registration for the conference and exhibition remains open. The 2022 program includes more than 50 short courses, 10 interactive workshops and six technology showcases. Topics for presentations and workshops cover quantum communications and satellite-optical interconnects, co-packaging of optics and electronics, and future machine learning and AI system design.

Extensive technical program and demonstration area

Panel discussions, tutorials, peer-reviewed presentations and demonstrations are among the agenda items included as part of the technical program. John Bowers, director of the Institute of Energy Efficiency at the University of California, Santa Barbara, will moderate one of the three plenary sessions, along with NASA senior scientist and adviser James Green and Elise Neel, Senior Vice President of Verizon New Business Incubation. . Bowers will provide “Present and Future Silicon Photonics”.

Guest speakers will lead three conference streams: Devices, Optical Components and Fiber; systems and subsystems; and networks, applications and access. Guest speakers from industry and academia, representing companies such as Lumentum, NTT Corp., Corning and Tower Semiconductor, will lead sessions.

On Monday, March 7, the OFC “Demo Zone” will make its debut. Live demonstrations of research projects and proof-of-concept implementations in the space of optical communication devices, systems and networks will take place in a dedicated booth, favoring an interactive format with real-time exchanges between participants and demonstration presenters. Demos are usually run on demand and may involve a combination of on-site and remote equipment. They may include recorded video or live connections to remote hardware or experiences.

The demo area covers aspects of network orchestration and intelligence, hardware, and physical layer transmission. More than 15 presentations are planned, in subject categories such as automated device alignment or characterization configurations; automated measurement setups for the high-capacity transmission experiment; systems, subsystems (and devices) for free space, microwave or fiber optic transmission; and digital processing and sensing subsystems.

Exhibition floor and quarry area

End users and engineers from R&D and commercial environments are encouraged to attend a product presentation of network equipment and software, active and passive components, test and manufacturing equipment, data centers /computer, cable and fiber products. At the show, three theaters will feature presentations by experts from leading global brands and key industry organizations. Hot topics and market trends, as well as emerging technologies, are some of the discussion topics customers can expect.

More than 400 exhibitors are confirmed. Exhibitors include Molex, Viavi Solutions, Infinera, ficonTec and InnoLight.

The exhibition space will also include the OFC Career Zone, catering to the needs and interests of employers and job seekers. Employers and job seekers can connect in person during the conference at the OFC Career Zone and online via the OFC e-Career Center. A dedicated job fair, spread over three fair days, is planned for a duration of 20 hours.

Industry luminaries and thought leaders converge

Cedric Lam of Google LLC, Jelena Notaros of MIT, Nir Laufer of Oscilloquartz SA, and Madeleine Glick of Columbia University will each lead sessions, either as guest speakers or as symposium organizers. Jelena Vuckovic from Stanford University (passive optical devices for switching and filtering), Tobias Kippenberg from Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (integrated nonlinear hybrid photonics) and Mei Du from Tata Communications (modern submarine networks) will also be present as speakers.

On Tuesday 8 March, the OFC will offer a ‘conversation with the plenary speakers’. OFC General Chairmen Shinji Matsuo, David Plant and Jun Shan Wey, as well as the three plenary speakers, will be available.

Beginning at noon on Tuesday, March 8, the IEEE Communications Society conference co-sponsors, IEEE Photonics Society and Optica (formerly OSA) will participate in the OFC and Co-sponsor Awards Ceremony and Luncheon, and will honor recipients from each society. The event is open to all ticketed guests. The program will include the presentation of the 2022 John Tyndall Prize, Society Fellows and other recognitions.

More information and participation

Registration is underway for OFC, which will be held March 6-10 in San Diego. Here you will find information on registration, this year’s program, health and safety measures and accommodation. Conference attendees, exhibitors, vendors and staff must be fully immunized and present proof of vaccination with photo ID to attend this year’s event.