EPSRC network in communications and networking workshop on Photonic Communications

Wednesday, September 28, 2011 (All day)
Thursday, September 29, 2011 (All day)

Workshop report (PDF)

Workshop aims

Photonic communications is one of the key technologies of the information infrastructure that enables many of the activities in our world. The UK has a rich, diverse, research community in this area, from fundamental science, through devices to systems.
The aims of this workshop are to
(i)    Provide a snapshot of the ‘drivers’ for the information infrastructure
(ii)    Present the ‘state of the art’ and challenges in the diverse range of components, systems and applications of photonic communications
(iii)    Identify challenges common to the photonic communications community
(iv)    Identify opportunities for collaboration between participants

Workshop details

Venue: Department of Engineering Science, University of Oxford, Oxford.
Dates: 14.00 Wednesday 28th September 2011 -17.00 Thursday 29th September 2011
Arrangements: EPSRC will pay for UK travel, accommodation (at Balliol College) and meals will be provided. Numbers will be limited to about 30.

Organisation and scope of the workshop

All attendees will be asked to either give a short presentation of their work or bring a poster for a poster session. Due to the limited time available most will be asked to present a poster, and we will determine those we ask to present orally once we have seen all the applications. Our plan is to have approximately 30 attendees from across the UK, with a good geographical spread, as well as expertise in a wide range of different aspects of photonic communications. We will also try to ensure a range of researchers at different stages of their career.

We therefore welcome applications from academia and industry, and from those at all levels of their career (including PhD students, post-doctoral researchers, academics, and those working in research in industry).

If we have more applications to attend than we can accommodate we will take these factors into account as well as the relevance of the contribution.

The workshop will be organised into 6 sessions as shown below. The scope is meant to cover all aspects of photonic communications, and is not limited to the topics listed here, so please apply if you feel you have a contribution to make.

28th September - Afternoon
SESSION 1: Demand and Drivers- (Invited talks)
Prof Jaafar Elmirghani, University of Leeds.
Prof. David Payne, University of Southampton.
Two other speakers TBC
SESSION 2: Panel session (Invited panel)
Dinner, Balliol College
29th September - Morning
SESSION 3: How do we increase transmission capacity
Scope: Modulation, Components, Techniques etc.
Invited talk speaker TBC
Three contributed talks
SESSION 4: Posters- all subjects relevant to photonic communications
All attendees will be expected to present a poster or paper
29th September - Afternoon
SESSION 5: Optical interconnect, attaching wireless devices
Radio over fibre, Optical wireless, Silicon photonics, Machine to machine communications, etc.
Professor Tim O'Farrell, University of Sheffield
Three contributed talks
SESSION 6: Networks and access- key challenges
Routing, network design, PONs, data centres, wireless backhaul, switching, etc.
Invited talk. Prof. Ian White, University of Cambridge
Three contributed talks

The latest version of the programme is here.  Although the deadline has passed there may be a few spaces left for this workshop. If you would like to attend please email epsrcphoton2011@eng.ox.ac.uk.

How to apply to attend

To apply, please fill in the attached form (download Word document here). The deadline for applications is 15th July 2011. We will send out acceptances with further details (either for a paper of poster) soon after.


Please email epsrcphoton2011@eng.ox.ac.uk and we will try to answer as soon as we can.


Harald Haas, University of Edinburgh
Ian Henning, University of Essex Alwyn Seeds, UCL
Dominic O'Brien, University of Oxford

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