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SPIE's APOC conference is 'the best ever,' organizers say

BELLINGHAM, WA, USA - 12 November 2008 - Nearly six hundred papers were presented by top researchers at the eighth Asia-Pacific Optical Communications conference (APOC), in Hangzhou, China, 26 through 30 October.

Symposium Chairs Lars Thylén of the Joint Research Center of Photonics of the Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden, and Zhejiang University, Wei Yang of Zhejiang University, and Bingkun Zhou of Tsinghua University joined with other organizers in characterizing the event as a great success. With its high-quality papers and world-class presenters, “this was by far the best APOC ever,” said Steering Committee Member Tingye Li of AT&T Labs (retired).

Kwok-wai Cheung of the Chinese University of Hong Kong served as General Technical Program Chair, and Jian-Jun He of Zhejiang University was the Local Organizing Committee Chair.

Sponsored since 2001 by SPIE, the Chinese Optical Society, and the Chinese Institute of Communications, APOC will merge beginning next year with the Asia Optical Fiber Communication and Optoelectronic Exposition and Conference (AOE), organizers announced last week. Joining APOC with AOE, which has been sponsored by IEEE/LEOS and OSA, will result in one comprehensive conference and tradeshow exhibition, organizers say. The new combined event will take place 1-6 November in Shanghai, with Wen Global Solutions as the manager of the conference and owner of the exposition.

"Since its inception in 2001, APOC has been building a reputation as the premier optical communications conference in Asia. Merging the robust APOC technical conference program with the established AOE exhibition will strengthen the links between key international researchers and important industry developers and suppliers," said SPIE CEO Eugene Arthurs. "Bridging that gap effectively is a vital prerequisite for making progress toward solving the world's communications challenges, bolstering the economy, and sharing scientific and engineering knowledge around the globe."

Bandwidth and quantum dot applications

In a plenary talk, Hequan Wu, Vice President of the Chinese Academy of Engineering, said that China's backbone bandwidth must grow by ten-fold just to catch up with the world. As an illustration, Wu said that all the core electronic packet switches in China can consume as much power as that from a nuclear power plant. He stressed the importance of optical networking for reducing the power requirement by by-passing the electronic switches as much as possible.

Dieter Bimberg of the Technische Universität Berlin told the audience that quantum dot lasers are commercially viable with great performance enhancement in their high speed and low threshold characteristics, and discussed novel applications such as single photon generation and correlated photon pairs for secure quantum communication and optical interconnects.

Yoshio Itaya, Executive Director of NTT Science and Core Technology Laboratory Group, described the photonic network roadmap of Japan, nothing that the number of FTTH subscribers in Japan has already exceeded 11 million.

Recent Tyndall Award winner Robert Tkach of Alcatel-Lucent explained how excess capacity in the backbone just a couple of years ago has all been consumed by the rapid traffic growth, and asserted that methods need to be found for increasing the fiber capacity by WDM and high speed transmission.

In a standing-room only session on Advanced Research Trends, Pierpaolo Ghiggino of Ericsson covered the "green" issues of ICT, touching on CO2 footprint, carbon emission, and global warming, while Vincent Chan described research forefronts in optical networking and presented a new type of optical switching scheme called optical flow switching(OFS). Chan said that OFS differs from existing GMPLS and optical burst switching (OBS), and provides an end-to-end optical connectivity.

A full-day Industry Forum complemented scientific presentations, with component vendors, systems providers, operators, and analysts sharing their views on topics including tunabSPIE APOC Best Student Paper award winners, from left, included Guangyuan Li, Jiajia Chen, Ning Zhu, and Hyeon Chae Jeon. Awards were sponsored by RSoft.le laser technology, 100-Gbps transmission technologies, methods to enhance the reach of submarine systems, network level automation methods like GMPLS, the Advanced Fiber Connectivity and Switching forum, and the future worldwide power consumption of the telecom industry.

A health check of the telecommunication industry was presented from an analyst's point of view, with consideration of developments triggered by the worldwide financial crisis. David Payne of the University of Southampton shared his experience on how to spin off a startup company from a university and shape it into a successful business.

Pre-conference workshops were held on topics including Challenges, Opportunities, and Complementarities in Photonics; Photonics and Sustainable Development; and Optical Network Deployment and Services Rollout.

Best Student Paper awards, sponsored by RSoft, were presented at the banquet, to:
· Ning Zhu, Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden, and Zhejiang University, et al.
· Guangyuan Li, Peking University, et al.
· Hyeon Chae Jeon, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, et al.
· Jiajia Chen, Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden, and Zhejiang University, et al.

View the official APOC 2008 Chinese website.

For more information on AOE/APOC 2009, visit www.aoe-apoc.org.

Photo caption, above right: SPIE APOC Best Student Paper award winners, from left, included Guangyuan Li, Jiajia Chen, Ning Zhu, and Hyeon Chae Jeon. Awards were sponsored by RSoft.  

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