TECHNICAL SCOPE


ECOC 2018 Sub Committee Topics

SC1 - Fibres, Fibre Devices and Fibre Amplifiers

  • Optical fibre design, fabrication and characterisation
  • Physics of light propagation in optical fibres
  • Fibre amplifiers and fibre lasers
  • Fibre based devices for telecommunication, sensing and other applications
  • Highly nonlinear fibres and their applications for nonlinear optical signal processing
  • Specialty optical fibres for improved linear and/or nonlinear transmission performance
  • Low-latency fibres and fibres for new wavelength ranges
  • Multimode and multicore fiber and fiber amplifiers for spatial division multiplexing

 

SC2 - Integrated Optoelectronic Devices and Optical Processors

  • Design, fabrication and characterisation of novel integrated devices and functionalities
  • Integrated light sources, directly modulated lasers and VCSELs in bulk, quantum well, quantum dot or other materials
  • Integrated III-V, including InP and GaAs, data modulators, detectors, amplifiers and switches
  • Silicon and hybrid III-V/silicon photonics for data modulation, detection, amplification, switching and interconnecting
  • Sources and detectors for quantum communication systems
  • Packaging of advanced novel devices, testing of performance and reliability
  • Novel material platforms and structured materials such as photonic crystals, plasmonics, graphene and others
  • Integrated nonlinear waveguides on various material platforms for optical signal processing
  • Large-scale photonic integrated circuits for flexible, reconfigurable and scalable communication and processing systems

 

SC3 - Digital Signal Handling Techniques for Optical Communication Systems

  • Modelling, design, and implementation of digital signal processing for long-haul, medium- and short-range optical communication systems
  • Novel digital signal processing algorithms for optical transmitters and receivers, and DSP algorithms with reduced complexity
  • Novel error correction coding, advanced data encoding and signal shaping for optical communication links
  • Schemes for impairment mitigation, increased spectral efficiency and mutual information, including nonlinear Fourier transformation and digital back-propagation

 

SC4 - Point-to-Point Optical Transmission Systems, Subsystems and Technologies

  • Modelling, design, implementation and test of optical, optoelectronic, or electrical (incl. DAC/ADC) subsystems
  • Line terminals, optical transmitter and receiver subsystems for advanced modulation formats and increased speed and/or capacity
  • Multiplexing and demultiplexing subsystems for advanced and/or spectrally efficient data formats including DMT, OFDM, OCDMA and Nyquist-WDM
  • Optical performance monitoring techniques and subsystems
  • Transmission system modelling
  • Lab and field implementation of optical fibre transmission links
  • Lab and field implementation of free-space optical and optics-based THz wireless transmission links.
  • Satellite communication links
  • Transmission system level implications of physical impairments and impairment mitigation techniques
  • Capacity, reach, flexibility limits of optical transmission systems and solutions to overcome the current limitations
  • Demonstrations of combined novel fibres, devices, subsystems and multiplexing techniques in transmission experiments
  • Quantum communication systems

 

SC5 - Photonic and Microwave Photonic Subsystems

  • Subsystems for network functionalities, including e.g. wavelength-selective switching, add-drop multiplexing, optical switching, optical packet routing, system-on-a-chip (SoC) and on-chip networks
  • Analog signal processing subsystems and novel schemes of nonlinear optical signal processing for subsystem-functionalities
  • Machine learning for optical signal processing
  • Microwave Photonics Subystems for 5G e.g. optical beamforming, opto-eletronic oscillators, clock distribution, photonics-based RF signal up- and down- conversion, photonics-based RF filtering
  • Millimeter-wave and Terahertz photonics
  • Photonic Subsystems for dual use in RF systems i.e. communication and sensing

 

SC6 - Datacentre and Computercom Networks

  • Demonstrations, network deployments and field trials using novel architectures and/or novel switching schemes and technologies, including SDN over WDM, TDM, SDM optical switching and/or hybrid electronic/optical or all-electronic switching
  • Architecture and control of data centre and HPCS (High Performance Computing System) specific hardware, including VCSEL based parallel links with advanced modulation, hybrid integrated electronic/optical engines for broadband interconnecting and WDM/CWDM interconnects
  • Demonstrations using novel network devices, including nanophotonic high-density components for on-chip networks, as well as integrated spatial multiplexers for high-density parallelism, novel interconnects and transceivers
  • High capacity optical transmission for data center intra-connections
  • Architecture, planning and scaling of optical transport for data centre and HPCS networks
  • Network management, control plane design and orchestration of data centres and HPCS for photonic and hybrid photonic/electronic interconnects
  • Energy, scalability, latency considerations for data centre and HPCS networks

 

SC7 - Core, Metro, and Convergent Networks

  • Networking aspects of architecture, planning and scaling of broadband optical transport for optical circuit- and packet-switched core, metro and inter-data centre networks, including cost and energy considerations
  • Control, orchestration, and management functions, as well as integration with higher layer network services
  • Machine learning and artificial intelligence for advanced networking and monitoring
  • Design of high connectivity contentionless node architectures, including protection and failure recovery
  • Network deployments and field trials
  • Energy efficiency considerations

 

SC8 - 5G, Access, Local Area and Indoor Networks

  • Optical backhaul/fronthaul networks
  • Photonics for Cloud services
  • Fibre-to-the-premises (FTTx)
  • Passive optical access networks
  • In-building optical networks
  • Radio-over-fibre systems
  • Optical wireless communication networks
  • Hybrid wireless/optical wireless communication network solutions

 

SC9 - CLEO Focus Meeting:

  • Digital and optical signal processing
  • Nano- and microphotonics
  • Optoelectronics
  • Metamaterials
  • Novel devices
  • Silicon photonics
  • Waveguide and fiber optics
  • Nonlinear optics
  • Plasmonics
  • Nonlinear dynamics and quantum optics
  • Quantum cryptography and communication
  • Emerging ultrafast technologies
  • New concepts in optical generation including supercontinuum sources and VECSELs
  • Big data and optical real-time data analytics and compression
  • Frequency combs
  • Monolithic microresonators
  • Coherent transfer from the optical domain to microwave signals
  • Novel diagnostic and metrology techniques, and other optical communication and processing related topics