Plenary & Invited Speakers
Plenary speakers

Optical Information Capacity of Silicon

Bahram Jalali, University of California, Los Angeles, U.S.

Modern computing and data storage systems increasingly rely on parallel architectures where processing and storage load is distributed within a cluster of nodes. The necessity for high-bandwidth data links has made optical communication a critical constituent of modern information systems and silicon the leading platform for creating the necessary optical components. While silicon is arguably the most extensively studied material in history, one of its most important attributes, its capacity to carry optical information, has only recently been investigated. The calculation of the information capacity of silicon is frustrated by nonlinear losses, phenomena that emerge in optical nanowires as a result of the concentration of optical power in a small geometry. Nonlinear losses are unique to silicon and are absent in silica glass optical fiber and other common communication channels. They lead to new types of noise and fluctuations that limit the information capacity well before the loss itself becomes appreciable. This talk will present the information capacity of silicon, explains its origins, and outline solutions for extending it. The amount of information that can be transmitted by light through silicon will be a key consideration in future information systems and will impact the roadmap of silicon photonics. The talk will also highlight new technological trends and emerging applications in the field of photonics including real-time optical data compression and analytics. 

Prof. Jalali is the Northrop-Grumman Endowed Chair in Optoelectronics and Professor of Electrical Engineering at UCLA with joint appointments in Biomedical Engineering, California NanoSystems Institute (CNSI) and Department of Surgery at the UCLA School of Medicine. He received his Ph.D. in Applied Physics from Columbia University in 1989 and was with Bell Laboratories in Murray Hill, New Jersey until 2002 before joining UCLA. He is a Fellow of IEEE, the Optical Society of America (OSA), the American Physical Society (APS) and SPIE. He is the recipient of the R.W. Wood Prize from Optical Society of America for the invention and demonstration of the first Silicon Laser, the Aron Kressel Award of the IEEE Photonics Society, the IET Achievement Medal, and the Distinguished Engineering Achievement Award from the Engineers Council. In 2005 he was elected into the Scientific American Top 50, and received the BrideGate 20 Award in 2001 for his entrepreneurial accomplishments. During 2001-2004, he was with Intel Corporation's optical and wireless communication divisions.

Next Challenges with Virtualization of Network Infrastructure

Atsushi Takahara, NTT Network Innovation Laboratories, Yokosuka, Japan

The activities of exploiting new network architecture has been conducted since 2000.  Network virtualization seems to be the most promised architecture to meet various requirements of customers or business activities at this moment. SDN and
NFV are the realization of network virtualization.  Software Defined Network (SDN) is providing the interface to create user specific network through APIs in the higher levels of abstraction. Network Function Virtualization (NFV) is the platform architecture to provide flexible network infrastructure for various demand of network services. These technologies will be matured gradually. Both are utilizing the commodity hardware with the specific software so both CAPX and OPEX are reduced.  We also consider that network and cloud are tightly coupled to support various application demands. The virtualization technologies make this coupling easier.  Also, the cost of deploying new application will be reduced because network virtualization provides the rich flexible functions for implementing the application. In this talk, we introduce the current activities of SDN/NFV and the challenges for extending flexible functions. Then, we discuss how we provide more beneficial society to utilize virtual network infrastructure.


Atsushi Takahara received the B.S., M.S., and Dr. of Engineering degrees from Tokyo Institute of Technology in 1983, 1985, and 1988, respectively. He joined NTT LSI Laboratories in 1988 and has been researching formal methods of VLSI design, reconfigurable architectures, and IP processing. From 2003 to 2008, he was the director of Service Development & Operations Department, Visual Communications Division, NTT Bizlink Inc to develop and operate an IP-based visual communication service. From 2008 to 2011, he was the Executive Manager of Media Innovation Laboratory in NTT Network Innovation Laboratories. Since 2011, he has been the Director of NTT Network Innovation Laboratories. His current research interests are in Future Networking, real time communication applications and infrastructure technologies for resilient communication. He is
a member of IEEE, ACM, IEICE, and IPSJ.

Recent Experimental Progress in Quantum Information Processing with Photons and Cold Atoms

Jian-Wei Pan, University of Science and Technology of China, China

Driven by the initial curiosity in Bell’s inequality, the last few decades have witnessed tremendous progress in the coherent control of individual quantum systems, which has subsequently lead to a gradual transition from the fundamental physics to potential practical technologies. Today, there have been already some quantum communication networks constructed that allow real-world applications in the metropolitan area. In addition, based on photonic qubits and linear optics, a number of experiments have demonstrated fundamental elements in quantum computing, quantum simulation and quantum metrology.
However, there are still significant obstacle before quantum information science can become a useful technology. In this talk, I will describe our recent experiments toward scalable quantum information processing aiming for practical technologies. In the field of quantum cryptography, we have experimentally realized measurement device independent quantum key distribution, whose security can be ensured even under photon detector attack. In the field of quantum teleportation, we have realized quantum teleportation of multiple degrees of freedom in a single photon.
To extend the secure distance of quantum cryptography, two approaches are undertaken in my group. One is to use cold atom quantum repeaters. To this end, we have developed high-performance quantum memories for single photons, with a storage time of ~0.3s and high readout efficiency. Another route is through the low-loss atmospheric free-space channel. We have established a 100-km free-space link for quantum communication. Moreover, direct and full-scale experimental verifications have been performed for ground-satellite quantum key distribution. Recently, we have demonstrated free-space quantum communication under sunlight, towards a satellite constellation based global quantum network. We plan to launch a satellite for quantum science in the near future, which will offer a unique opportunity to test Bell’s inequality in large scale. The technological advance will, in return, push the fundamental physics forward.
The linear optical control of single photons also provides a clean platform for quantum computation. We have very recently demonstrated the quantum algorithms for solving systems of linear equations and machine learning. Furthermore, to increase the number of photonic qubits for more advanced quantum computation tasks, we have also used semiconductor quantum dots to deterministically generate single-photon sources with near-unity indistinguishability. With a further improvement in the photon collection and detection efficiency, it can be expected that about two dozens of single photons can be manipulated to perform non-trivial quantum computing experiments such as Boson sampling which can beat classical computers.

Jian-Wei Pan, 44 years old, is a full professor of physics at the University of Science and Technology of China and the Director of the Division of Quantum Physics and Quantum Information at National Laboratory for Physical Sciences at Micro-scale. He obtained his Ph.D. degree in 1999 from the University of Vienna. In 2008, he was enrolled in the Recruitment Program of Global Experts (also called the Thousand Talents Program) of China. In 2011, he was appointed as the Chief Scientist for the Quantum Science Satellite supported by the Chinese Academy of Sciences’ Strategic Priority Research Program. In the same year, he was elected as the CAS academician. In 2012, he was elected as TWAS Fellow.
The research of Prof. Jian-Wei Pan focuses on quantum information and quantum foundations. As one of pioneers in experimental quantum information science, he has accomplished a series of profound achievements, which has brought him worldwide fame. Due to his numerous progresses on quantum communication and multi-photon entanglement manipulation, quantum information science has become one of the most rapidly developing fields of physical science in China in recent years.
Till now, Jian-Wei Pan has published more than 20 papers in Nature and Nature research journals and published more than 50 papers in PNAS and Physical Review Letters. For his pioneering works on experimental quantum communication, quantum computation, and multi-photon interferometry, Prof. Pan has received numerous prizes/awards from various academic institutions, such as the Fresnel Prize from the European Physical Society (2005), the Outstanding Scientist Prize from the Qiushi Science and Technology Foundation (2005), the Outstanding Science and Technology Achievement Prize from the CAS (2005), “Beller’s Lectureship” from the American Physical Society (2007), the International Quantum Communication Award from the International Organization for Quantum Communication, Measurement and Computing (2012), Ho-Leung-Ho-Lee Science and Technology Achievement Prize, from the Ho-Leung-Ho-Lee Foundation (2013), and so on.

Chao-Yang Lu, University of Science and Technology of China, China

Chao-Yang Lu, born on 8 November 1982, received his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Science and Technology of China (2004), and PhD from Cavendish Laboratory, the University of Cambridge (2011). He became Professor of Physics since 2011. Lu has published 36 articles, including 1 in Reviews of Modern Physics, 3 in Nature, 3 in Nature Physics, 2 in Nature Nanotechnology, 3 in Nature Photonics, 3 in PNAS, and 11 in PRL, attracting more than 1550 citations. He is the first or senior author in 20 of the above papers. His main scientific work include the first experimental realizations of entangled six-photon Schr?dinger cat state, eight-photon entanglement and ten-qubit hyper-entanglement, refreshing the world’s record for three times; the first demonstrations of Shor’s algorithm using photons, loss-tolerant quantum coding, quantum simulation of anyons in Kitaev model, quantum solving systems of linear equations, and entanglement-based machine learning, pioneering in the field of optical quantum computing; teleportation of multiple properties of a single photon; the first non-destructive readout of single quantum-dot spin, deterministic semiconductor single photons with near-unity indistinguishability, single quantum emitters from monolayer semiconductors, opening a new realm in two-dimensional quantum photonics. His work is widely covered in popular press such as Nature, BBC, Wikipedia, IOP, APS (physics news update “The Physics Story of the Year”, physics today), New Scientist, and Scientific American. He has been awarded Fellowship from Churchill College, Cambridge, National Young Qianren Talent, Hong Kong Qiushi Outstanding Young Scholars, USTC Young Faculty Career Award, among many others. He is the PI of 8 research grants with a total value >2.5M pounds.

Invited Speakers

Tatsuya Okamoto, NTT Corporation, Japan
Aiying Yang, Beijing Institute of Technology, China
Kan Wu, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China
Tsuyoshi Konishi, Osaka University, Japan
Hao Chi, Zhejiang University, China
Kaikai Xu, University of Electronic Science and Technology of China, China
Saifeng Zhang,
 Shanghai Institute of Optics and Fine Mechanics CAS, China
Jun Wang, Shanghai Institute of Optics and Fine Mechanics CAS, China
Amos Martinez, Nature Publishing Group, United Kingdom
Zhi-Chao Luo, South China Normal University, China
Han Zhang, Shenzhen University, China
Robert Woodward, Imperial College London, United Kingdom.
Zhengqian Luo, Xiamen University, China
Dong Mao, Northwestern Polytechnical University, China
Ralf-Peter, Deutsche Telekom,Germany
Jianjun Yu, ZTE Corporation, China
Koji Igarashi, 1 KDDI R&D Laboratories Inc.,  Japan, 2 Osaka University, Japan
Silvio Abrate, Istituto Superiore Mario Boella, Italy
Katsumasa Fujita, Osaka University, Japan
Xin Chen, Corning Inc, USA
Lei Su, University of Liverpool, United Kingdom
Xiaoke Yi, University of Sydney, Australia
Chen Liu, University of Huazhong tech, China
Filippo Scotti, CNIT - National Laboratory of Photonic Networks, Italy
Hongwei Chen, Tsinghua University, China
Eric Bernier, Huawei Technology, Canada
Chongjin Xie, Alibaba Group, USA
Dong-Il Yeom, Ajou University, Korea
Akira Shirakawa, University of Electro-Communications, Japan
Lili Hu, Shanghai Institute of Optics and Fine Mechanics, CAS, China
Xiang Liu, Huawei Technologies, USA
Hideaki Furukawa, National Institute of Information and Communications Technology, Japan
Jie Zhang, Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications, China
Chau-Hwang Lee, Research Center for Applied Sciences, Academia Sinica, Taiwan
Chia-Lung Hsieh, Institute of Atomic and Molecular Sciences, Academia Sinica, Taiwan
Chulhong Kim, Pohang University of Science and Technology, Korea
Huabei Jiang, University of Florida, USA
Mei-Ling Zheng, Technical Institute of Physics and Chemistry, CAS, China
J.-C. Valmalette, Université de Toulon, France
Cheng chen, Shanghai Second Polytechnic University, China
Amos Martinez, Nature Publishing Group, United Kingdom
Hai Luo, Shanghai Normal University,China
Xianping Wang, Jiangxi Normal University, China
Changrui Liao, Shenzhen University, China
Nan Chi, Fudan University, China
Shintaro Arai, National Institute of Technology, Kagawa College, Japan
Yiping Wang, Shenzhen University, China
Wei Jin, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University & The Hong Kong Polytechnic University Shenzhen Research Institute, Hong Kong, China
Sebastien Loranger, Polytechnique Montreal, Canada
Haiwen Cai, Shanghai Institute of Optics and Fine Mechanics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China
Laurent Vivien, Institut d’Electronique Fondamentale (IEF), Univ. Paris-Sud, France
Lars Zimmermann, IHP & Technical University of Berlin, Germany
Guilhem de Valicourt, Bell Labs, Alcatel-Lucent, USA
Yong-Zhen Huang, State Key Laboratory on Integrated Optoelectronics, Institute of Semiconductors, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China
Dario Gerace, Dipartimento di Fisica, Università di Pavia, Italy
Masaya Notomi, 1 Nanophotonics Center, NTT Corporation, Japan, 2 NTT Basic Research Laboratories, NTT Corporation, Japan
Stefano Sanguinetti, L-NESS and Dipartimento di Scienza dei Materiali Università di Milano Bicocca Milano, Italy
Christian Koos, 1 Institute of Photonics and Quantum Electronics (IPQ), Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Germany. 2 Institute of Microstructure Technology (IMT), Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Germany.
Shinji Matsuo, 1 NTT Device Technology Laboratories, NTT Corporation, 2 Nanophotonics Center, NTT Corporation, Japan
Minghao Qi, Purdue University, China
Fabrice Raineri, Laboratoire de Photonique et de Nanostructures (CNRS-UPR20), France
Jens Richter, Institute for Integrated Photonics, Germany
Po Dong, Bell labs, Alcatel-Lucent, USA
Bernhard Spinnler, Coriant R&D GmbH, Germany
Karen Solis-Trapala, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) Tsukuba, Japan
Ying Zhao, Fujitsu Research and Development Center, China
Yasushi Fujimoto, Osaka University, Japan
William Wadsworth, University of Bath, United Kingdom
Jiahui Peng, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, China
Yoonchan Jeong, Seoul National University, Korea 
Kiyo Ishii, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, Japan
Thibaut Sylvestre, University of Franche-Comté, France
Luc Thevenaz, EPFL Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Switzerland
Pacal Besnard, ENSSAT-FOTON Laboratory, France
Benjamin Eggleton, The University of Sydney, Australia
Thomas. Schneider, Institut für Hochfrequenztechnik, Technische Universität Braunschweig, Germany
Wei WEI, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China
Moshe Tur, Tel-Aviv University, Israel
Feng-Qi Liu, Institute of Semiconductors, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China
Ming Li, 1 Institute of Semiconductors, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China. 2 University of Ottawa, Canada, 3 Matériaux et Télécommunications, Canada
Ian Coddington, National Institute of Standards and Technology, USA
Young-Jin Kim, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Satoshi Ohara, Osaka University, Japan
Qiang Wu, Nankai University, China
Taima Tetsuya, Kanazawa Unversity, Japan
Anh T. Pham, The University of Aizu, Japan
Nan-Kuang Chen, National United University, Taiwan
Wei Shi, COPL, Canada
Wenxuan Liang, Johns Hopkins University, USA
Pinghe Wang, University of Electronic Science and Technology of China, China
Ping Qiu, Shenzhen University, China
Keiichi Nakagawa, The University of Tokyo, Japan
Yanlong Yang, Xi’an Institute of Optics and Precision Mechanics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China 
Tong, Zhejiang University, China
G T Reed, University of Southampton, United Kingdom
Seok-Hwan Jeong, Photonics Electronics Technology Research Association, Japan
Joel Carpenter, The University of Queensland, Australia
Xu Wang, Lumerical Solutions, Inc., Canada
Kotaro Takeda, 1 NTT Device Technology Laboratory, Japan. 2 NTT Nanophotonics Center, Japan
P. De Dobbelaere, Luxtera Inc., USA
Douglas M. Gill, IBM T. J. Watson Research Center, USA
Olivier Castany, CEA, LETI, MINATEC DOPT Grenoble, France
Tohru Mogami, Photonics Electronics Technology Research Association (PETRA), Japan
He Huang, SMICS, China
Hidehiko Takara, NTT Network Innovation Laboratories, NTT Corporation, Japan
R.-J. Essiambre, Bell Laboratories, Alcatel-Lucent, USA
Akihiro Maruta, Graduate School of Engineering, Osaka University, Japan
S.T. Le, Aston University, United Kingdom.
Alexandre Graell i Amat, Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden
Hussam G, TE SubCom, USA
Qunbi Zhuge, 1 Ciena Corporation, Canada, 2 McGill University, Canada
Xiaoyuan Cao, KDDI R&D Laboratories, Japan
Tomoyuki Kato, Fujitsu Laboratories, Japan
Weiqi Xue, Technical University of Denmark, Denmark
Tomohiro Amemiya, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan
Fumihiko Ito, Shimane University, Japan
Hideaki Murayama, The Univsesity of Tokyo, Japan
Fei Xu, Nanjing University, China
Pilhan Kim, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, Korea
Kevin Tsia, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
F. Y. Gardes, Optoelectronics Research Centre, University of Southampton, United Kingdom
D. Van Thourhout, Photonics Research Group, INTEC, Belgium, 2 Center for Nano- and Biophotonics Ghent University, Ghent, Belgium
Christian Grillet
, University of Lyon, France
L.Carletti, University of Lyon, France
Bart Kuyken, Ghent University – imec, Belgium
Hua Ji, Techcal University of Denmark, Denmark

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