IEEE Photonics Conference celebrates 50 years.

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Scheduled for October 4–8, IEEE Photonics Conference 2015 will cover latest research and breakthroughs in lasers, lightwave technologies, optoelectronics, and optical networks. Event will feature 4 invited plenary talks on leading-edge photonics areas, more than 500 technical papers, and 2 panel discussions, as well as series of 3 Special Symposia designed to explore emerging photonics topics, short course, and several tutorial sessions.

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IEEE Photonics Conference to Highlight Topics in Silicon Photonics, Nanophotonics, LED Lighting Applications; Special Symposia, Panel Sessions, and Workshops on Photonics Careers, Photonics Fabrication Techniques

IEEE Photonics Society’s flagship conference celebrates 50 years & the International Year of Light…

RESTON, VA -- The photonics industry’s premier fall conference, the IEEE Photonics Conference 2015 (IPC-2015), will be held in Reston, VA as the world’s foremost photonics scientists, engineers and researchers meet for a comprehensive technical program including the latest research and breakthroughs in lasers, lightwave technologies, optoelectronics, optical networks. Scheduled for 4 - 8 October, 2015 at the Hyatt Regency Reston in Reston, VA, the conference was previously known as the IEEE LEOS Annual Meeting, and is attended by more than 600 leading researchers from industry, academia and government.

The conference program will feature four invited plenary talks on leading-edge photonics areas, more than 500 technical papers, two panel discussions – on women in photonics and the prospects of future federal funding of photonics projects, as well as a series of three Special Symposia designed to explore emerging photonics topics, a short course and several tutorial sessions. There will also be several social events, including an opening reception, a workshop dedicated to advancing professional development in photonics careers, and a special reception for Women in Photonics, as well as a session for students and young professionals.

“This year’s Photonics Conference coincides with the International Year of Light and the IEEE Photonics Society As a founding partner of the IYL 2015, our Photonics Conference provides a key opportunity to highlight the value and impact of photonics during the IYL,” said Dr. Martin Dawson of the Institute of Photonics, University of Strathclyde (Scotland) and IPC-2015 General Chair. “This year also marks the 50th anniversary of the creation of the Quantum Electronics Council, which was the predecessor to the IEEE Photonics Society, and the 25th anniversary of Selected Topics in Quantum Electronics.”

Recorded technical program sessions

This year’s conference will feature selected tutorial and technical sessions that will be recorded and made available for viewing after the conference. A complete listing of the advance program is available here:

Highlights of the 2015 IEEE Photonics Conference include:

Plenary sessions

- LED Lighting for Energy Savings and Future Prospects of LED Applications by Hiroshi Amano, Nagoya University, Japan and recipient of the 2014 Nobel Prize for Physics

- Arbitrary Optics – Novel Nanophotonic and Self-Adapting Optoelectronic Systems by David A. B. Miller, Stanford University, USA

- Tailoring Photons by Nader Engheta, University of Pennsylvania, USA

- Light’s Twist by Miles Padgett, University of Glasgow, UK

Special Symposia

The regular conference program is supplemented by three special symposia featuring invited speakers:

- Frontiers in Integrated Sensing Architectures – will present advances in emerging variations of integrated sensing systems for a broad spectrum of applications, including sensing systems hardware architectures with new modalities of label free sensing, optical diagnostics, chemical specific electronics and flow monitoring.

- Semiconductor Mode-Locked Lasers and Applications – will explore the applications for monolithic semiconductor mode-locked lasers (sub-picosecond pulse width and high repetition rates), including frequency comb generation for multi-terabit/s data transmission, microwave photonics for defense applications and all-optical signal processing.

- Space-Division Multiplexing and Multi-Mode Photonics – will examine various aspect of space-division multiplexing transmission technologies, including ultra-dense, 16-mode/19-core fibers; heterogeneous multi-core fiber technology w/100+ spatial channels; and free-space optical transceivers.

Panel Session on Future Federal Funding of Photonics

This panel will include representatives from government agencies that support research and development efforts in photonics to discuss their thoughts and perspectives on the future of US Federal funding of photonics initiatives. The panel’s moderater is James J. Coleman, University of Texas at Dallas, USA, and the panelists are Dr. Ravindra Athale, Program Officer, Optical Sensors (EO/IR), Office of Naval Research; Dr. Josh Conway, Program Manager, DARPA Microsystems Technology Office (MTO); Dr. Dominique Dagenais, Program Director, Electronics, Photonics and Magnetic Devices, National Science Foundation; Dr. Prem Kumar, Program Manager, DARPA Defense Systems Office; and Dr. Gernot Pomrenke, Program Officer, USAF/AFOSR/Optoelectronics and Photonics.

Tutorial sessions

Scheduled throughout the conference program, these sessions feature invited speakers who provide an overview of critical photonics technology areas:

- The Difference Between Linear and Nonlinear Optical Isolators From a Reciprocity Perspective by Shanhui Fan, Stanford University, USA

- High Power Fiber-Coupled Semiconductor Lasers: Diodes, Optics and Fiber by Steve Patterson, DILAS, Germany

- Ultra-short Pulse Generation Using Semiconductor Lasers by John Marsh, University of Glasgow, Scotland

- Parametric Imaging by OCT: Functional Information on Living Tissue by Ton van Leeuwen, Academic Medical Centre, Netherlands

- New Material Platform for Nanophotonics by Vladimir Shalaev, Purdue University, USA

- High-power, High-speed Photodiodes for RF Photonics Applications by Joe C. Campbell, University of Virginia, USA

- Planar Waveguide Biosensor Technology for Next Generation Point-of-Care Diagnostic by Reuven Duer, iNCx Lifecare Inc., USA

Short course

Silicon Photonics Fabrication Workshop on Sub-wavelength Grating Materials / Meta-materials by Lukas Chrostowski, University of British Columbia, Canada – This workshop will teach participants how to design silicon photonic components and circuits, with an emphasis on sub-wavelength materials. Participants will be fabricate their designs by a state-of-the-art rapid-prototyping 100keV electron-beam lithography facility and tested using an automated optical probe station, with the test data provided to the participants for analysis. 

Special Panel Session and Reception – Women in Photonics

The IEEE Photonics Society’s Women in Photonics Program, created to promote the participation, engagement and advancement of women in the photonics and optics community, will present an inclusive IPC 2015 event. Women in Photonics panelists will discuss their career paths, career challenges and experiences as women in optics, photonics, industry and engineering, preceded by a cocktail reception for all attendees.

Panelists include:

- Dr. Dalma Novak, current president of the IEEE Photonics Society and Vice-President/Founder of Pharad, LLC

- Dr. Christina Lim, Professor and Director of the Photonics and Electronics Research Laboratory at The University of Melbourne

- Dr. Leda Lunardi, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at North Carolina State University

- Dr. Michelle Sander, Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Boston University.

- Dr. Meredith Hutchinson, Optical Engineer at the Naval Research Laboratory

The panel session will begin with moderated questions by Ms. Jean Kalkavage of the Johns Hopkins University, Applied Physics Lab.

For registration and other information about IPC-2015, please visit or contact:

Ingrid L. Donnelly, CMP

Senior Conference Planner

IEEE Photonics Society (formerly LEOS)

445 Hoes Lane

Piscataway, NJ 08854

Tel: +1 732.562.5597

About the IEEE Photonics Society

The IEEE Photonics Society is one of the world’s leading technical communities in the field of optoelectronics and photonic materials, devices, and systems, with members and activities engaged in research, development, design, manufacture, and applications, as well as with the various other activities necessary for the useful expansion of the field. As part of this dynamic worldwide community, more than 100,000 photonics professionals actively organize, contribute to, and participate in Society technical conferences, journals and other activities covering all aspects of the field. The IEEE Photonics Society has 75+ worldwide chapters and is part of IEEE, the world’s largest technical professional association. The IEEE Photonics Society (IPS) is the new name for the former IEEE Lasers and Electro-Optics Society (LEOS). Learn more at

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