Scientific and Technological Developments in Groundbreaking Technological Areas Lead the OFC 2020 Program and Exhibits

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OFC’s exceptional technical programming will include the latest breakthroughs on machine learning and artificial intelligence in optics, 5G edge cloud and next-generation optical access and integrated photonics

SAN DIEGO — OFC 2020 returns to San Diego Convention Center, San Diego, California, 8-12 March 2020 for another groundbreaking program as the world’s largest conference and exhibition for optical communications and networking. Considered the hub of the industry, OFC represents the entire ecosystem—from research to marketplace, from components to systems and networks, and from technical sessions to the exhibition.

More than 15,000 executives, technical experts, academia, media and analysts from 65 countries are expected to converge to discuss the trending topics that are driving innovations in research, technologies and product solutions, including machine learning/artificial intelligence (AI), photonic integrated circuits, advanced digital-signal processing, quantum optics, emerging applications of optical networks in 5G, new computing and data center technologies.

This year’s OFC will proudly celebrate two discoveries that led to the development of practical fiber optical communications: the demonstration of low-loss fibers (16dB/km) and the first room-temperature semiconductor lasers. Activities include a special keynote presented by David Welch, Infinera Founder and Chief Innovation Officer, on Tuesday, 10 March 2020, 18:15 – 19:00 (PDT), the Timeline of Innovation, a show-floor exhibit that surveys 50 years of optical fiber milestones, an interactive exhibit highlighting recipients of the John Tyndall Award, and a conference reception on Tuesday, 10 March 2020, 19:00 – 20:30 (PDT). Sponsors include Corning (Innovator), Thorlabs (Premier) and Inphi (Supporter).

Three world-renowned visionaries will anchor the week-long business and technical conversations and product demos, offering plenary sessions that will explore the future of silica as a pillar of telecommunication technology, the development and realization of 5G wireless networks, and new horizons in gravitational-wave astrophysics. These visionary speakers include:

Dr. Qi Bi, President, China Telecom Technology Innovation Center; CTO, China Telecom Beijing Research Institute, China

Dr. Karsten Danzmann, Director, Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics, Germany

Sir David Payne, Director, Optoelectronics Research Centre Zepler Institute for Photonics and Nanoelectronics, University of Southampton, UK

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