Charles Kao Symposium on Optical Fiber Communications
Chair: Alan Willner (USC), Xiang Liu (Futurewei Technologies)
Peter J. Winzer
Bell Labs, USA
Title: Communcation System Scaling Using Massive Spatial Parallelism: From Chip-to-Chip Interconnects to Submarine Optical Cables
| Peter J. Winzer currently heads the Optical Transmission Systems and Networks Research Department at Bell Labs in Holmdel, NJ. At Bell Labs since 2000, he has focused on various aspects of high-bandwidth fiber-optic communication systems. He contributed to several high-speed and high-capacity optical transmission records with interface rates from 10 Gb/s to 1 Tb/s, including the first 100G and the first 400G electronically multiplexed optical transmission systems and the first field trial of live 100G video traffic over an existing carrier network. Since 2008 he has been investigating and internationally promoting spatial multiplexing as a promising option to scale optical transport systems beyond the capacity limits of single-mode fiber.
Dr. Winzer is a Clarivate Highly Cited Researcher, the only one from industry in the Engineering category in 2015, a Bell Labs Fellow, a Fellow of the IEEE and the OSA, and an elected member of the US National Academy of Engineering. He received Thomas Alva Edison Patent Award in 2017 and is the recipient of the 2018 John Tyndall Award. Dr. Winzer is currently serving as Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE/OSA Journal of Lightwave Technology. He was Program Chair of the 2009 European Conference on Optical Communications (ECOC) and Program Chair and General Chair of the 2015 and 2017 Optical Fiber Communication Conference (OFC).
Corning Inc., USA
Title: From 20 dB/km to 0.14 dB/km: Optical Fiber Evolution Over the Past Five Decades
| Dr. Ming-Jun Li joined Corning in 1991 and is currently a Corporate Fellow. He has contributed to many fiber products including bend insensitive fiber for FTTH, large effective area fiber, ultra-low PMD fiber and ultra-low loss fiber for high data rate transmission, low SBS fiber for analog transmission, high bandwidth MMF for data centers, various specialty fibers for connectors, fiber lasers, sensors and endoscopes, multicore fibers and few mode fibers for space division multiplexing, and new glass waveguide devices for optical interconnect and sensing applications.
Dr. Li received the 1988 French National Prize on Guidedwave Optics, and Corning’s 2005 Stookey Award. He was a member of teams who won 1999 R&D 100 Award for LEAF® fiber, 2008 R&D 100 Award for ClearCurve® fiber, 2008 ACS Northeast Regional Industrial Innovation Award, and 2017 ACS Heroes of Chemistry. He is a member of the US National Academy of Engineering, a Fellow of OSA and IEEE. He has served as Associate Editor, Coordinating Committee Member, and Deputy Editor for Journal of Lightwave Technology. He has also served as a guest editor for several special journal issues and as committee chair or member for many international conferences. He holds 202 U.S. patents and has published 8 book chapters and authored over 290 technical papers.
University of Southampton, UK
Title: Optical fibre amplifiers and their impact: past, present and possible future
| David Richardson has been Deputy Director of the Optoelectronics Research Centre (ORC) at the University of Southampton with responsibility for optical fibre and laser related research since 2000. He has published more than 1,300 research papers and produced more than 30 patents during his time at Southampton.
Professor Richardson is a Fellow of the IEEE, OSA and IET and was elected a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering in 2009. He received a Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award in 2013 for his optical communications research and was a recipient of the H2020 “Breaking the Optical Transmission Barriers” Horizon Prize following his involvement in the PHOTONMAP consortium. He currently leads the EPSRC-funded Airguide Photonics programme.
He was one of the co-founders of SPI Lasers Ltd, an ORC spin-off venture acquired by the Trumpf Group in 2008, and more recently of Lumenisity Ltd which he co-founded in 2017.
Christopher R. Doerr
Acacia Communications, USA
Title: Silicon photonics and coherent communications: a happy and fruitful marriage
| Christopher R. Doerr earned a B.S. in aeronautical engineering and a B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He was a pilot in the U.S. Air Force. Since joining Bell Labs in 1995, Doerr’s research has focused on integrated devices for optical communication.
He is a Fellow of IEEE and OSA. He received the OSA Engineering Excellence Award in 2002. He was Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Photonics Technology Letters from 2006-2008. He was an Associate Editor for the Journal of Lightwave Technology from 2008-2011. He was awarded the IEEE William Streifer Scientific Achievement Award in 2009 and Microoptics Conference Award in 2013. He became a Bell Labs Fellow in 2011. He joined Acacia Communications in 2011 as Associate Vice President of Integrated Photonics.