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that have the potential to shape the future of photonics. These include Dr Katharine Schmidke, who is Sourcing Manager, Optical Technology Strategy at Facebook; Dr Chih-Lin I, Chief Scientist, Wireless Technologies, at China Mobile Research Institute; Professor Tim Whitley, Managing Director, Research and Innovation at BT; Richard Jin, President, Transmission and Access Network Product Line at Huawei Technologies; Irish physicist Séamus Davis, Professor of Physics at Oxford University, Professor of Quantum Physics at University College Cork and Emeritus Professor of Physics at Cornell University. TUTORIALS AND WORKSHOPS Once the plenaries are over, delegates will be able to attend a wide variety of tutorials on topics such as modelling and designing optical fibres; high speed InP lasers for 400GbE; the principles of coherent signal reconstruction based on direct detection, optical interconnects in data centres; quantum limits in optical communications; the status of and prospects for terahertz communication; high speed optical access networks for mobile fronthaul architectures and optical disaggregation and the role of SDN in converging mobile, access, and cloud networks. There are also eight workshops available in which attendees can explore topics which include integrated photonics, hybrid PICs, Neuromorphic DSP/machine learning, ultra-wideband communications, new modelling challenges in optical communications, the role of optical communications beyond 5G, PONs at 50G and beyond and low-latency optical communications. And then there’s the demos... Intercontinental Hotel is the venue for ten demo sessions on Monday 23 September. The live session will provide a forum for researchers from Industry and Academia to give a demonstration of their work with concrete systems, tools and prototypes. The demo area will be open to conference delegates, providing unique opportunities for potential technological transfer and dissemination of research results. The demo’s cover all topics corresponding to those covered by the Conference and include the following: Machine-learning-assisted security monitoring in optical networks; Reliable optical networks with ODTN, resiliency and failover in data plane and control plane; coordinated fibre and wireless spectrum allocation in SDN-controlled wireless-optical-cloud converged architecture; quantized deep natural network empowering an IM-DD Link running in real-time on a field programmable gate array; DEMONSTRATIONS The Hibernia room at the
dynamic synthesis of disaggregated hardware platforms via cache coherent interconnect optical bridge; distributed MU-MIMO demonstration using FPGA based sigma-delta-over-fibre; fault localisation and recovery of optical connectivity supporting 5G vRAN; the first demonstration of real-time DSP- free 4-mode 10-km MDM transmission; 100 Gbps active measurements in dynamically provisioned optical paths and an experimental demonstration of advanced service management in SDN/ NFV fronthaul networks deploying Arof and PoF. SPECIAL EVENTS The Photonic Integrated Circuit Manufacturing Symposium takes place on Sunday 22 September in the Minerva Room at the RDS. This is followed on Tuesday 24 September, by the 7th International Symposium for Optical Interconnect in Data Centres which will take place in Hall 6, at the RDS. Then on Wednesday 25 September, Professor Brian Cox will be expounding the Wonders of the Universe in the RDS Concert Hall. SOCIAL EVENTS The Conference isn’t all work however, as there are several opportunities to relax and enjoy the very best that Dublin has to offer. Beginning with a pre-conference get together at the Intercontinental Hotel, an evening at the Guinness storehouse, a VIP dinner at Dublin Castle, a Gala Dinner at The Mansion house and a tour of the Old Library, which houses the ancient Book of Kells. In all, Conference delegates can expect a rewarding and entertaining event in the heart of Ireland’s capital. THE EXHIBITION As ever, this year’s ECOC Exhibition, held at the RDS on 23 – 25 September, is the key meeting place for everyone exhibition will once again showcase the latest products and services, as well as providing an unrivalled opportunity to meet and network with key suppliers and industry leaders. Exhibition badges give access to all of the feature areas within the exhibition halls, including the Market Focus theatre, with more than 25 business-level sessions covering the latest industry developments and insights. Attendees are welcome to join over 6,000 colleagues, customers and peers, along with over 330 international exhibitors, for three days of networking, sharing ideas, learning and developing new business leads. TRAINING ZONE The Training Zone is a mixture of practical, hands-on sessions and expert advice, which gives attendees the chance to cover some of the key techniques of in the fibre optic communication technology industry. This year the
fibre optic testing and fusion splicing. Run in conjunction with CTTS, the expert training team bring their years of industry experience to ECOC to share their knowledge. Small group sizes, with a maximum of 12 attendees per session, means getting more one to one support and the opportunity to ask questions, get advice and take away new skills that can be put to use back at your workplace. In 2018 the ever-popular Training Zone was once again full to capacity, with a fully-booked session on passive optical networking and fibre splicing proving the importance training will play in the mass deployment of fibre. This year, attendees to the Training Zone will be able to learn modern fusion splicing techniques using hand held fusion splicers; learn the fundamentals and make comparisons of the operation of these new machines; discover how to test Passive Optical Network testing using PON optimised OTDRs and how to configure the test equipment, understand the various stages of testing and test points; find out how to use Bidirectional Smart Testers for PON testing and learn the basics of fibre optic cable acceptance, post installation testing and the commissioning of optical fibres at operational wavelengths. FTTX CENTRE The FTTx Centre, created in association with CTTS Training, brings together the very latest fibre to the ‘x’ in eleven dedicated zones each focusing on a specific area of fibre, showcasing a range of products in specially-designed feature area within the exhibition hall. Live demonstrations will also take place within the FTTx Centre including Air Blown Fibre Technology and Gigabit Ethernet Passive Optical Network (GEPON), fibre blowing, microduct calibration and testing, fibre splicing and activation testing, as well as explanation and demonstration of key ISP and OSP equipment deployed in the modern FTTH networks. Exhibitors at ECOC 2019 can display their products within the FTTx Centre free of charge. MARKET FOCUS Last, but certainly not least, is the ever-popular Market Focus, which is a regular highlight of the exhibition. Emma Harvey, ECOC Commercial Director, Nexus Media Events Ltd says, “Last year’s Market Focus was a massive success, which attracted more than 3,500 visitors and featured industry representatives from leading names in technology, such as Microsoft, Intel and Facebook. The different tracks provide a platform for industry professionals to gain knowledge of and insights into the advancements made on the latest trends in the industry, including the biggest areas of growth such as 5G and the Internet of Things.” More details and selected Market Focus highlights can be found on page 42.
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