Thank you for joining Photonics North 2020, a virtual conference! We hope you enjoyed it!

Reminders: Individual videos as submitted by the presenters will be available for replay from Friday May 29th to December 10th 2020 in the Conference Agenda. The recording of the full sessions will be available for replay from June 8th to December 10th 2020

Session Chair: Virginijus Barzda, University of Toronto, Canada
Co-Chair: Danielle Tokarz , Saint Mary's University, Canada
Biophotonics and sensors encompass a range of rapidly advancing technologies. Superresolution and deep tissue nonlinear optical microscopy, fiber-optic and optical waveguide techniques, novel in-vivo optical methods, as well as surface plasmon resonances, micromechanical oscillators, microcavity resonators, nanoparticles and fluorescent markers are being widely investigated for novel imaging and sensing applications. Theory, simulation, and experiment are combining to produce new capabilities and applications, for example in optofluidics, advanced microscopy and brain imaging. The ultimate detection limit of some of these new devices can approach the single molecule level, with specificity ensured via chemical functionalization. Photonic sensors can feature multiplexed analysis and are compatible with microfluidics or “lab-on-a-chip” geometries that are enabling the development of small footprint devices. Many new techniques and novel prototypes have been developed in recent years. This session encourages the submission of abstracts relating to all types of optical imaging and sensing technologies.
Keynote Speaker:
Title: Optically-active nanoparticles for cancer theranostics
Brian Wilson, Canada
Invited Speakers:
Title: Time-domain Raman Spectrocopy on Biological Tissues
Nassim​ Ksantini, Polytechnique Montreal, Canada
Title: Wide-field Polarimetric Second Harmonic Generation Microscopy of Breast Cancer Tissue Microarray
Kamdin ​Mirsanaye, Canada
Title: Amyloid Deposits in the Retina of the Human Eye are Biomarkers of Two Different Diseases
Peter ​Neathway, University of Waterloo, Canada
Session Chair: Henry Schriemer, University of Ottawa, Canada
Co-Chair: Fatima Toor, University of Iowa, United States
Efficient utilization of light, both natural and artificial, is an essential goal of photonics technology. This session investigates photovoltaics and photonics applications in energy efficiency and manufacturing. Paper with novel results in the following topics will be considered: Materials, Characterization techniques, Numerical modeling, Advanced light management and spectral shaping, Devices including photovoltaics, LEDs, power converters, low power sensors, fuels generation, System architectures, Solar resource and economics models, Converged bidirectional power and data and Agricultural adaptations
Keynote Speakers:
Title: Design-driven research on photovoltaic technologies: system performance and solar integration in buildings, mobility and our environment
Angèle Reinders, Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e), Netherlands
Invited Speakers:
Title: Using photonics to power and cool the planet
Jeremy Munday, University of Maryland, United States
Title: Photovoltaics in Northern Communities
Simon Geoffroy-Gagnon, Yukon College, Canada
Title: Composite-Cell Current Matching for Higher Efficiency Tandem Solar Cells
Rafael Kleiman, McMaster University, Canada
Title: DC Microgrids: Power Delivery of the Future
Suzan Eren, Queen's University, Canada
Title: Solar Cells Fabrication for Concentrated Photovoltaic (CPV) applications
Gwenaelle Hamon, Université de Sherbrooke, Canada
Title: Sun Studio: Photovoltaic, Solar Heat Gain and Glare modelling in urban settings
Stefan Myrskog, Morgan Solar, Canada
Title: Roll-Coated Organic Photovoltaics for Indoor Light Recycling
Mahmoud Farhat, University of Calgary, Canada
Session Chair: Arkady Major, University of Manitoba, Canada
Co-Chair: Bernd Witzel, Université Laval, Canada
This session will provide a forum to present and explore recent developments in the areas of high power laser technology, ultrafast optics and applications. Topics include, but are not limited to, the following areas: advances in laser sources; ultrafast solid-state, fiber, waveguide and semiconductor laser sources; nonlinear frequency conversion; high peak power lasers and amplification technologies; high intensity laser-matter interactions; laser-based XUV and X-ray sources; applications of novel short wavelength sources; laser-based particle acceleration; attosecond science; high harmonic generation; relativistic nonlinear phenomena; intense pulse propagation; sources of THz radiation; THz spectroscopy, sensing, and imaging; new THz measurement techniques; THz nonlinear optics; ultrafast devices, systems and measurement techniques; applications of ultrafast technology.
Keynote Speaker:
Title: High-field mid-infrared laser pulses and applications
Francois Legare, INRS-EMT, Canada
Invited Speakers:
Title: Phase-matching schemes for back-conversion suppression in nonlinear wave mixing: towards ultra-high efficiency and ultra-broad bandwidth
Jeffrey Moses, Cornell University, United States
Title: Making microwaves with light at the quantum limit and beyond
Thomas R. Schibli, University of Colorado / NIST, United States
Title: Towards 100 W average power few-cycle optical parametric amplifiers in the mid-infrared
Mark Meroe, Max Born Institute for Nonlinear Optics and Short Pulse Spectroscopy, Germany
Title: Ultrafast phenomena in hollow-core fibres
Riccardo Piccoli, INRS-EMT, Canada
Title: High-power, tunable source of coherent THz radiation driven by a microbunched electron beam
Ivan Konoplev, Oxford University, United Kingdom
Title: THz integrated optical circuits for ultrafast communications beyond 5G
Maksim Skorobogatiy, Polytechnique Montréal, Canada
Title: Sub-cycle pulse generation: from petahertz to terahertz
Hanieh Fattahi, Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light, Germany
Title: Nonlinear compression of a kilowatt-class femtosecond laser amplifier for high power (XUV-THz) secondary sources
Franz Tavella, Stanford University / SLAC, United States
Title: Plasma optics for novel sources of bright light: expanding the frontiers of achievable light intensities
Julia Mikhailova, Princeton University, USA
Session Chair: Benjamin Sussman, National Research Council, Canada
Co-Chairs: Agata BranczykPerimeter Institute, Canada
Khabat Heshami, National Research Council, Canada
Phillip Bustard, National Research Council, Canada
Felix Hufnagel, University of Ottawa, Canada
Alicia Sit, University of Ottawa, Canada
Boris Braverman, University of Ottawa, Canada
Considerable efforts are underway globally to employ fundamental aspects of quantum physics to develop quantum technologies. This session will bring together leading theoretical and experimental physicists to discuss the latest developments in various implementations of quantum applications using atoms, molecules, and photons. Concerning quantum communications, though the emphasis is on quantum key distribution, we welcome a diverse range of topics: from components (sources, detectors, memories, repeaters, integrated devices) to systems (fiber-based and free-space), from novel protocols to quantum hacking schemes to quantum measurements.
Keynote Speakers:
Title: Quantum optical archaeology: Mesuring how much time atoms spent in forbiden region and how much time photons spent inside atoms
Aephraim Steinberg, University of Toronto, Canada
Title: Progress in Quantum Imaging
Robert W.Boyd, University of Ottawa, Canada
Invited Speakers:
Title: Security from Interference
Wenyuan Wang, University of Toronto, Canada
Title: Emulating single-photon states using classical resources
Daniel Gauthier, Ohio State University, United States
Title: Quantum memory and progress towards quantum networks
Daniel Oblak, University of Calgary, Canada
Title: Single-Photon Source, Detector and Component Characterization for future Quantum Networks
Thomas Gerrits, National Institute of Science and Technology (NIST), United States
Title: Time-stamping and counting of single photons using fast camera
Andrei Nomerotski, Brookhaven National Laboratory, United States
Title: Applications of a quantum pulse gate
Benjamin Brecht, Paderborn University, Germany
Title: A Picosecond All-Optical Switch for Quantum Optics
Duncan England, National Research Council, Canada
Title: Black Holes, Quantum Optics, and Quantum Metrology
Jeff Lundeen, University of Ottawa, Canada
Title: Photonic crystal fibre interfaces for hybrid quantum networks
Pete Mosley, University of Bath, United Kingdom
Title: Near-Term Photonic Quantum Computing on the Cloud
Zach Vernon, Xanadu, Canada
Title: Hybrid quantum networks based on trapped ions and neutral atoms 
Qudsia Quraishi, University of Maryland, Army Research Laboratory, United States
Title: Entanglement from the quantum internet to quantum neuroscience
Christoph Simon, University of Calgary, Canada
Title: Extremal quantum states
Luis Sanchez-Soto, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain
Session Chair: Luca Razzari, INRS, Canada
Co-Chairs: Li Qian, University of Toronto, Canada
Isabelle Staude, University of Jena, Germany
This session aims at giving an overview on recent trends and achievements in nonlinear optics, nanophotonics and plasmonics, with a particular emphasis on fundamental nonlinear radiation-matter interactions, practical applications of nonlinear spectroscopy, integrated nonlinear optical devices, deep-subwavelength investigations, nanostructures and nanomaterials for photonics, nanoplasmonic systems, metasurfaces and metamaterials. We encourage the submission of abstracts that are related to one or more of the above topics.
Keynote Speaker:
Title: Machine learning assisted photonics
Alexandra Boltasseva, Purdue University, United States
Title : TBC
Andrius Baltuska, TUWien, Austria
Invited Speakers:
Title: Structured Light-Matter Interactions for Ultra-precise Particle Localization
Peter Banzer, Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light, Germany
Title: TBC
Alexander Weber-Bargioni, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, United States
Title: Soft Plasmonics: A novel perspective on electrolyte-metal interactions and nerve cell signaling
Christin David, University of Jena, Germany
Title: Topological light sources and sensors
Boubacar Kanté, University of California Berkeley, United States
Title : Control of light-matter interaction in van der Waals materials
Vinod Menon, CUNY, United States
Title: Chirped pulsed solitons in nonlinear Kerr resonators
William H. Renninger, University of Rochester, United States
Title: Tunable spectral bands of negative extinction in time-variant metamaterials
Maxim Shcherbakov, Cornell University, United States
Title: Connecting widely separated optical frequencies using chip-integrated nonlinear microresonators
Kartik Srinivasan, NIST, United States
Title: Understanding ionization of laser driven nanotips
Graeme Bart, University of Ottawa, Canada
Title: Topological quantum photonics in silicon
Andrea Blanco Redondo, Nokia Bell Labs, United States
Title: Spectral and spatiotemporal-resolved near-field properties of coupled plasmonic nanostructures
Quan Sun, University of Hokkaido, Japan
Title: Multiwavelength Light Management in Plasmonic Nanostructures:Towards Energy and Sensing Applications
Nazir Kherani, University of Toronto, Canada
Title: Ultrafast random Raman soliton random bit generator
Frédéric ​Monet, Polytechnique Montreal, Canada
Title: Dynamic coherent perfect absorption using epsilon-near-zero-based non-linear plasmonic metasurfaces
Yaswant ​Vaddi, University of Ottawa, Canada
Session Chair: Winnie Ye, Carleton University, Canada
Co-Chairs: Dr. Ahmad Atieh, Optiwave, Canada
The goal of this session is to provide an overview of recent achievements and trends on optical communications, involving theoretical and experimental advances from the component and device level to the system application level. Both short and long-haul communication platforms will be considered. The central interest of the session is on envisioned technologies and strategies aimed at increasing the performance capabilities of available broadband communication platforms. Topics of interest in optical communications include innovative optical multiplexing strategies, such as space-domain multiplexing combined with time-domain or/and frequency-domain multiplexing techniques, advanced optical modulation formats, coherent communication strategies, digital-signal processing methods for pre- and post-compensation of linear and nonlinear impairments,  and linear and nonlinear photonic technologies for communication applications, such as integrated-waveguide (e.g., silicon photonic) technologies.
Keynote Speakers:
Title: Progress in quantum dot lasers and single photon sources
Yasuhiko Arakawa, The University of Tokyo
Invited Speakers:
Title: Multi-Tb/s hybrid optical communications architecture using novel multiplexing and modulation schemes
Syed Murshid, Florida Institute of Technology, United States
Title: High data-rate and high-order DP-QAM optical links can be efficiently implemented with concurrent equalization
Dalton S. Arantes, University of Campinas - UNICAMP, Brazil
Title: Millimeter-Wave Analog Radio-over-Fiber Fronthaul Systems using Optical Heterodyning
Liam Barry, Dublin City University, Ireland
Title: Addressing the Challenges in V2X Visible Light Communications
Fernando Xavier, University of Ryerson, Canada
Title: Plasmonic Circuits for Optical Communications
Amr S. Helmy, University of Toronto, Canada
Title: On-chip quantum frequency combs for the generation of complex entangled photon states in the time and spectral domains
Stefania Sciara, INRS, Canada
Title: Laser-based high bit-rate visible light communications and underwater optical wireless network
Chao Shen, SaNoor Technologies Inc., United States
Title: Subwavelength silicon photonic structures for efficient light coupling from quantum dash buried heterostructure lasers and spectral filtering
Jens Schmid, National Reseach Council Canada, Canada
Title: 800Gb/s Transmission Using Probabilistic Constellation Shaping and Digital Subcarriers
Han Sun, Infinera Canada, Canada
Session Chair: Tigran Galstian, COPL, Canada
Co-Chairs: Kalaichelvi Saravanamuttu, McMaster University, Canada
Jean-Michel Nunzi, Queen's University, Canada
Innovative photonic solutions often heavily rely on material properties of components used. The traditional approach was to choose those materials at relatively late stages of the design. However, many solutions may benefit from the “smart” design of optical materials keeping in mind their specific use. Multi-functional optical materials are the focus of our attention in this symposium. We would like invite contributions describing innovative photonic devices with particularly emphasized role of photonic materials used as well as innovative multifunctional photonic materials that may enable new photonic devices. The symposium is also open for contributions describing natural photonic materials and structures (since we have so much to learn from the nature) as well as materials with potential use in biophotonics and biomedicine.
Invited Speakers:
Title: Photonic properties of siliceous micro-organisms and what we can learn from them
Mark Andrews, McGill University, Canada
Title: Photocontrollable liquid crystalline hybrid composites for photonics
Alexey Bobrovsky, Chemistry Department of Moscow State University, Russian Federation
Title: Chalcogenide Reconfigurable Metamaterials
Behrad Gholipour, University of Alberta, Canada
Title: Coupling Nonlinear Optical Dynamics to Polymer Systems for Light-Directed Organization of Functional Materials
Ian Dean Hosein, Syracuse University, Canada
Title: Thinking about the surface of semiconductor nanocrystals
Patanjali Kambhampati, McGill University, Canada
Title: Liquid crystals bring agility to solid state lighting
Vladimir Presniakov, LensVector, Canada
Title: Arranging Nanoparticles in Organic Layers for Enhancement of Photoconductivity
Alexey Tameev, A.N. Frumkin Institute of Physical Chemistry and Electrochemistry of the Russian Academy of Scie, Russian Federation
Title: Controlling Carrier Polarization in Plasmonic Semiconductor Nanocrystals
Penghui Yin, University of Waterloo, Canada
Title: Photonics and COVID-19: An industry update
Stephen Anderson, SPIE, Canada
Session Chair: Marie-Christine Ferland, OPTONIQUE, Canada
The objective of this session is to offer a platform for discussing entrepreneurial opportunities, business models, emerging issues and commercialization strategies relevant to the photonics technology community.Both contexts - of early stage startups (entrepreneurship) and established firms exploring new business opportunities (intrapreneurship) will be covered. The intent is to move away from the usual discourse of technology features and product attributes to business opportunities and competitive value propositions.
Keynote Speaker:
Title: Photonics and COVID-19: An industry update
Stephen​ Anderson, SPIE, Canada
Session Chair: Pavel Cheben, National Research Council, Canada
Co-Chairs: Andrew Knight, McMaster University, Canada
This session focuses on the physics, design and simulations of optical and photonic structures, devices and systems. It is intended to provide a forum for the interchange of ideas on optics, photonics and optoelectronics theory, design, simulation and verification techniques at different levels, including material properties, components, devices, systems, fabrication, and applications. The session covers a wide range of topics in photonic theory, simulation and design, including: waveguide photonic bandgap engineering, microcavities, passive and active photonic devices, sensors, diffractive and subwavelength structures, integrated optical circuits for datacom, WDM and coherent communication systems, light sources, photodetectors, modulators, amplifiers, wavelength converters, switches, couplers, resonators, filters, free-space optics, optical interconnects, optics for aerospace and defense, photonic design automation, manufacturing and verification tools, and novel algorithms and photonic CAD software for photonics and integration with electronics.
Keynote Speakers:
Title: Subwavelength silicon photonics
Robert Halir, Universidad de Málaga, Spain
Title: Plasmonic structures and devices.
Pierre Berini, University of Ottawa, Canada
Invited Speakers:
Title: Microwave Photonics Modules Based on hybrid integration of InP and TriPleX
Chris Roeloffzen, Lionix International BV, Netherlands
Title: Silicon Photonics beyond silicon for communication and sensing applications
Dr. Shankar Kumar Selvaraja, Indian Institute of Science, India
Title: Numerical Simulations and Optimizations of Optical Amplifiers
Dr. Ahmad Atieh, Optiwave Systems Inc., Canada
Title: Emission and Detection in the SWIR-MIR using an All-Group IV Semiconductor Platform
Dr. Simone Assali, École Polytechnique de Montréal, Canada
Title: Multiplexing of optical vortices in silicon photonic circuits
Prof. Wei Shi, Universite Laval, Canada
Title: Overview of Fiber-optic and Integrated Optic Technology Development at MPB Communications Inc.
Roman Kruzelecky, MPB communications, Canada
Title: Spontaneous and stimulated emission and the laser linewidth
Prof. Dr. Markus Pollnau, University of Surrey, United Kingdom
Title: Design of Grating-based Silicon Photonic Filters
Prof. Lukas Chrostowski, University of British Columbia, Canada
Title: AP Component Library: Enabling 400G Silicon Photonics Integrated Circuit Transceiver Chipsets
Dr. Zhan Su, Analog Photonics, United States
Title: Challenges and opportunities in scaling of silicon photonic solutions for next-generation data centers
Dr Dylan Logan, Ranovus Inc., Canada
Title: Novel designs of optoacoustic waveguides
Dr. Mikolaj Schmidt, Macquarie University, Australia
Title: International Photonic Systems Roadmap: the System-in-a-Package Paradigm for 21st Century Applications
Sajan Saini, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, United States
Title: Thin film amorphous oxides for photonics structures
Carmen S. Menoni, Colorado State University, United States
Title: Chaotic Microresonator for Neuromorphic Reservoir Computer
Sendy Phang, University of Nottingham, United Kingdom
Title: Design and demonstration of photonic flat-band lattices for light localization
Zhigang Chen, Nankai University, China
Title : Dual-polarization 16QAM 32GBaud fiber optic transmission and quantum dot mode-locked lasers
Jiaren Liu, National Research Council Canada

Title: Recent Advances in Astrophotonics: Integrated Spectrometers and Photonic Filters
Sylvain Veilleux, University of Maryland, United States

Title: 2/3D imaging based on photonics-enabled multi-band MIMO radar system
Antonella Bogoni, CNIT

Title: Photonic Spiking Neurons with VCSELs for Ultrafast Neuromorphic Photonic Processing Systems
Antonio Hurtado, University of Strathclyde

Title: Lateral leakage in integrated photonics: theory and applications
Arnan  Mitchell, RMIT University

Title: Recent advances in optical metasurfaces
Isabelle Staude, Abbe Center of Photonics - Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena

Title: Recent results in surface nanoscale axial photonics
M. Sumetsky, Aston University

Title: Design of Programmable Filterless Optical Networks
Marija Furdek, Chalmers University of Technology

Title: High Sensitivity Remote Gas Sensing using Integrated Photonic Correlation Filters
Ross Cheriton, National Research Council of Canada
Session Chair: Lora Ramunno, University of Ottawa, Canada
Co-Chairs: Antonino Cala Lesina, University of Ottawa, Canada
Mario Krenn, University of Toronto, Canada

This session aims at giving an overview of the emergent topic of how artificial intelligence (AI) intersects with photonics from two perspectives:

(1) Using AI for photonics: applications of artificial neural networks, deep learning, machine learning, genetic algorithms,
automated reasoning, Bayesian approaches, big data, advanced optimization techniques for inverse design, and other AI paradigms to integrated optics, nanophotonics, remote sensing, spectroscopy, microscopy, quantum optics, computational imaging, quantum communication protocols, augmented and virtual reality, and other
areas of photonics.

(2) Using photonics for AI: application of photonics technology for AI computing, such as reservoir computing, photonic quantum machine learning, photonic hardware accelerators, and neuromorphic computing.

Keynote Speakers:
Title: Toward a Thinking Microscope: Deep Learning-enabled Computational Microscopy and Sensing
Aydogan Ozcan, UCLA, Volgenau Chair for Engineering Innovation, Electrical & Computer Engineering, Bioengineering, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, California NanoSystems Institute (CNSI), United States
Title: Photonics: a great testing-ground to develop new AI algorithms for science
Marin Soljačić, Department of Physics,Massachusetts Institute of Technology, United States
Invited Speakers:

Title: Photonic architecture for reinforcement learning
Fulvio Flamini, University of Innsbruck, Institute for Theoretical Physics, Austria

Title: Transport vs. Deep Neural Networks in OAM Underwater Communications
Patrick Neary, Utah State University, United States

Title: Photonic inverse design for robust next generation components
James Pond, Lumerical Inc., Canada​

Title: Machine learning for quantum information processing
Fabio Sciarrino, Italy

Title: Approaching the fundamental limits of photonic control via inverse methods
Alejandro W. Rodriguez, Electrical Engineering, Princeton University, United States

Title: Machine learning pattern recognition in integrated silicon photonics design
Dan-Xia Xu, National Research Council, Canada 

Title: Quantum photonics processors to accelerate machine learning
Jacques Carolan, Niels Bohr Institute University of Copenhagen, Denmark

Title: Detection of skin and ovarian cancer in mice using laser induced breakdown spectroscopy and chemometrics
Dr. Noureddine Melikechi, Dr. Ebo Ewusi-Annan, University of Massachusetts Lowell, United States

Title: Silicon Photonic Neural Networks and Applications
Bhavin J. Shastri, Queen’s University, Canada

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Important Dates

Abstract submission opening
November 4, 2019

Registration opening
November 4, 2019

Abstract submission deadline
March 18, 2020

Notice of acceptance
April 28, 2020

Date by which presenting authors must registered
May 7, 2020

May 26-28, 2020

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