Photonics Conference highlights silicon and nanophotonics.

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Scheduled for Aug 26–28, 2015 in Vancouver, British Columbia, 12th International Group IV Photonics Conference features comprehensive technical program of original research in fields of Silicon Photonic Applications & Systems; Novel Materials & Nanophotonics; and Photonic Devices, as well as pre-conference workshop on use of advanced silicon photonics design tools, prototyping, and foundry capabilities. Special industry forum will address leading edge topics in the field.

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IEEE Photonics Society's Group IV Photonics Conference Highlights Silicon Photonics, Nanophotonics Research

VANCOUVER, BC, CANADA  -- The 12th International Group IV Photonics Conference, sponsored by the IEEE Photonics Society, will be held 26 - 28 August 2015, at the Pinnacle Vancouver Harbourfront Hotel in Vancouver, British Columbia.  The conference features a comprehensive technical program of original research in the fields of Silicon Photonic Applications & Systems; Novel Materials & Nanophotonics; and Photonic Devices, as well as a pre-conference workshop on the use of advanced silicon photonics design tools, prototyping and foundry capabilities. In addition, a special industry forum of invited speakers will address leading edge topics in the field.

Now in its 12th year, the Group IV Photonics Conference (GFP 2015) features a single-track technical program focused on the latest advances Group IV element-based photonic materials and devices, and related integration and fabrication technologies, especially silicon photonics.  GFP 2015 fosters one-on-one interaction between colleagues, including oral and poster sessions of contributed and invited papers, as well as an informative plenary session, industry forum, and the pre-conference workshop.

“As one of the leading international meetings dedicated to silicon photonics materials, devices and processes, the Group IV Photonics Conference continues to be a unique opportunity for photonics researchers, engineers, and academics to share information and discuss the most recent developments in this vital area of photonics,” said GFP 2015 General Chair, Dr. Pavel Cheben, National Research Council, Canada.  “We have specifically set up the conference program to foster interaction between participants and presenters in a variety of stimulating presentations, sessions, and workshops,” added GFP 2015 Program Chair, Prof. Andy Knights, McMaster University, Canada.

Pre-GFP Silicon Photonics Workshop (Tuesday, 25 August)

In advance of GFP 2015, a three-part workshop will be held to provide an opportunity to teach participants how to design silicon photonics circuitry with a platform design kit (PDK), including schematic-driven design & layout tools; rapid-turn E-beam fabrication and testing; and a multi-project wafer (MPW) foundry availability. Hosted by Lumerical Solutions, the workshop will be held at the Pinnacle Vancouver Harbourfront Hotel, and includes a complimentary reception and dinner at the nearby Grouse Mountain Resort.

Plenary Speakers (Wednesday, 26 August & Thursday, 27 August)

Opening the conference are two plenary sessions:

“Enabling Large-Scale Deployment of Photonics Through Cost-Efficient & Scalable Packaging,” by Tymon Barwicz from IBM’s T.J. Watson Research Center (USA). Enabling single-mode photonic packaging in high-throughput microelectronic equipment can dramatically improve cost and scalability, as experimentally demonstrated using 12-fiber interfaces and flipped-chip lasers.

“Silicon is Forever: Scaling IT with Silicon Microphotonics,” by Lionel Kimerling of Massachusetts Institute of Technology (USA).

Featured Speakers - Novel Materials & Nanophotonics

- Detlev Grützmacher, Forschungszentrum Juelich (Germany) on “The GeSn Laser: Enabler for Monolithic Integration of Photonics on Si.”

- Siegfried Janz, National Research Council (Canada) on “Subwavelength Engineering for Integrated Photonics.”

- Richard Soref, University of Massachusetts at Boston (USA) on “Phase-Change Materials for Group IV Electro-Optical Switching & Modulation.”

Featured Speakers – Photonic Devices

- Po Dong, Bell Labs, Alcatel-Lucent (USA) on “Silicon Photonic Devices for Complex Modulation Formats & Coherent Communications.”

- Tsuyoshi Horikawa, AIST & PETRA (Japan) on “Ultra-Fine Si Photonics Fabrication Technology based on 40nm Node CMOS Process.”

- Delphine Marris-Morini, University of Paris Sud (France) on “Silicon Photonics based on Ge/SiGe Quantum Well Structures.”

- Shinji Matsuo, NTT Photonics Laboratories (Japan) on “On-Silicon Integration of Compact & Energy-Efficient DFB Lasers with 40Gbps Direct Modulation.”

- Milos Popovic, University of Colorado at Boulder (USA) on “Harnessing the Concept of Imaginary Coupling in Passive & Active Photonic Devices.”

Featured Speakers – Silicon Photonic Applications & Systems

- Danaë Delbeke, Ghent University/IMEC Photonics Research Group (Belgium) on “Silicon Photonics for Spectrophotometry.”

- Ali Hajimiri, Caltech (USA) on “Hybrid Silicon Photonics and Electronics Solutions for Communications, Sensing, and Imaging.”

- David A. B. Miller, Stanford University (USA) on “Arbitrary Self-Configuring Optics with Silicon Photonics.”

- David V. Plant, McGill University (Canada) on “Multi-Dimensional IM/DD Systems for Short Reach Optical Interconnects.”

- Clint Schow, University of California at Santa Barbara (USA) on “Potential & Challenges for Silicon Photonics in Future Datacenters.”

Industry Forum

A special industry forum has been added to the GFP 2015 program, consisting of ten invited presentations from industry leaders. They will be presented in four sessions throughout the course of the conference. Details of the industry forum speakers are here:

Other technical program highlights

In addition, the GFP 2015 program will include a poster session at the opening reception, as well as a post-deadline session to enable attendees to hear the latest developments in rapidly advancing technology fields.  A complete listing of the GFP 2015 program is available here:

Evening Gala Dinner Cruise

An exceptional highlight of the GFP 2015 conference will be the opportunity for participants to view Vancouver harbor and its unique landmarks on a relaxing two-hour evening dinner cruise, hosted by RANOVUS & Rockley Photonics.

For registration and other information about GFP 2015, visit or contact:

Megan Figueroa

Conference Planner

IEEE Photonics Society (formerly LEOS)

445 Hoes Lane

Piscataway, NJ 08854

Tel: +1 732 562 3895

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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