Robert Lingle OFS Furukawa, Denmark
Tutorial title: “Advanced fiber designs and their applications in transmission”

John Bowers University of California, Santa Barbara, USA
Tutorial title: “Quantum Dot and Quantum Well Photonic Integrated Circuits on Silicon”

John Bowers is Director of the Institute for Energy Efficiency and a professor in the Departments of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Materials at the University of California, Santa Barbara. His research interests are primarily concerned with silicon photonics, optoelectronic devices, optical switching and transparent optical networks and quantum dot lasers. Bowers received the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Stanford University. He worked for AT&T; Bell Laboratories and Honeywell before joining UCSB. Bowers is a Fellow of the IEEE, OSA and the American Physical Society, and a recipient of the IEEE Photonics Award, OSA/IEEE Tyndall Award, the IEEE LEOS William Streifer Award and the South Coast Business and Technology Entrepreneur of the Year Award. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and the National Academy of Inventors.

Peter Winzer Nokia Bell Labs, USA
Tutorial title: “SDM: promises, achievements and future perspectives”

Peter J. Winzer received his Ph.D. in electrical engineering from TU Vienna, Austria, in 1998. Supported by the European Space Agency, he investigated space-borne Doppler lidar and laser communications. At Bell Labs since 2000, he focused on fiber-optic communications and networks and contributed to high-speed transmission records up to 1 Tbit/s per carrier. He has pioneered and promoted spatial multiplexing and multiple-input-multiple-output techniques to scale optical transport systems and currently heads the Optical Transmission Subsystems Research at Bell Labs. He has widely published and patented and is actively involved with the IEEE Photonics Society and the Optical Society (OSA), currently serving as Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE/OSA Journal of Lightwave Technology. He was a Program Chair of the 2009 European Conference on Optical Communications (ECOC) and a Program/General Chair of the 2015/2017 Optical Fiber Communication Conference (OFC). Dr. Winzer is a Highly Cited Researcher, a Bell Labs Fellow, a Fellow of IEEE and OSA, and a member of the US National Academy of Engineering. He has received multiple awards for his work, including the 2018 John Tyndall Award.

Mathieu Chagnon Nokia Bell Labs, Germany
Tutorial title: “Optical Communications for Short Reach”

Dr. Mathieu Chagnon obtained his Ph.D. from McGill University, Canada, in 2016 from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering in the Photonics Systems Group, during which he was awarded the IEEE Photonics Society Graduate Student Fellowship, the SPIE Optics and Photonics Education Scholarship, and the Alexander Graham Bell Canada Graduate Scholarship. He conducted his postdoc at the University of Stuttgart, Germany, for which he was awarded the prestigious Postdoctoral Fellowships from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada. Dr. Chagnon made seminal contributions in the field of short-reach direct-detect systems, most notably on multi-dimensional self-beating formats, transceivers and signal processing. Dr. Chagnon co-authored a book chapter on high-speed interconnects for data centre networking and gave Invited and Tutorial talks at major conference venues. He has authored/co-authored more than 100 peer-reviewed papers including several post deadlines. He is currently a Researcher in IP Transport and Optical Networks at Nokia Bell Labs in Stuttgart, Germany.

Juerg Leuthold ETH-Zürich, Institute of Electromagnetic Field (IEF), Switzerland
Tutorial title: “What can Plasmonics bring to Microwave Photonics?”

Juerg Leuthold was born in 1966 in Switzerland. He has a Ph.D. degree in physics from ETH Zürich for work in the field of integrated optics and all-optical communications. From 1999 to 2004 he has been affiliated with Bell Labs, Lucent Technologies in Holmdel, USA, where he has been performing device and system research with III/V semiconductor and silicon optical bench materials for applications in high-speed telecommunications. From 2004–2013 he was a full Professor at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), where he headed the Institute of Photonics and Quantum Electronics (IPQ) and the Helmholtz Institute of Microtechnology (IMT). Since March 2013 he is a full Professor at Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH)

Paul R. Prucnal Princeton University, USA
Tutorial title: “Photonics for Neuromorphic Computing”

Paul R. Prucnal is a Professor of Electrical Engineering at Princeton University. He is best known for his seminal work in optical code division multiple access (OCDMA) and the invention of the terahertz optical asymmetric demultiplexer (TOAD). Prucnal received his A.B. from Bowdoin College, graduating summa cum laude, and his M.S., M.Phil. and Ph. D. degrees in electrical engineering from Columbia University. He is a Fellow of IEEE and the Optical Society of America, and a member of Phi Beta Kappa. He was the recipient of the 1990 Rudolf Kingslake Medal for his paper entitled “Self-routing photonic switching with optically-processed control” and has won multiple teaching awards at Princeton, including the 2009 School of Engineering and Applied Science Distinguished Teacher Award, the 2015 E-Council Lifetime Achievement Award, and the 2015 President’s Award for Distinguished Teaching. Prucnal is editor of the book, Optical Code Division Multiple Access: Fundamentals and Applications, and is co-author of the book “Neuromorphic Photonics,” published by Taylor and Francis in 2017.

Marco Ruffini The University of Dublin, Trinity College, Ireland
Tutorial title: “Moving the network to the cloud: multi-tenant and multi-service cloud central office”

Prof. Ruffini received his M.Eng. in telecommunications in 2002 from Polytechnic University of Marche, Italy. After working as a research scientist for Philips in Germany, he joined Trinity College Dublin (TCD) in 2005, where he received his Ph.D. in 2007.
Since 2010 Prof. Ruffini is an academic and principal investigator at the Computer Science department in The University of Dublin, Trinity College. He is part of CONNECT, the centre for future networks and communication, where he leads the Optical Network Architectures laboratory.
His main research area is in converged access-metro and fixed-mobile network architectures, and includes topics such as access network virtualisation, multi-tenancy and Software Defined Network control planes.
Prof. Ruffini has authored over 100 international publications, over 10 patents and contributes to the BroadBand Forum standardisation body.

Christina Lim The University of Melbourne, Australia
Tutorial title: “Evolution of Radio-over-Fiber Technologies: Past and Present”

Christina Lim received the Ph.D. degrees in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from the University of Melbourne, Australia in 2000. She is currently a Professor and Deputy Head of Department at the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, the University of Melbourne, Australia. She served as the Director of the Photonics and Electronics Research Laboratory at the same department from 2011-2015. She was awarded the Australian Research Council (ARC) Australian Research Fellowship from 2004-2008 and the ARC Future Fellow (2009-2013). She was an elected member of the IEEE Photonics Society Board of Governors (2015-2017) and currently serving in the IEEE Photonics Society Conference Council. She is also a member of the Steering Committee for the IEEE Topical Meeting on Microwave Photonics Conference. She is currently an Associate Editor for IEEE Photonics Technology Letters and IET Electronics Letter.
Her research interests include fiber-wireless access technology, modeling of optical and wireless communication systems, microwave photonics, application of mode-locked lasers and optical network architectures.