Sessions

Session Chair: Prof. Jinyang Liang, INRS-EMT, Canada
 
This session provides a forum to present and discuss theory, design, fabrication, instrumentation, and applications in the areas of biophotonics, novel sensing, and advanced imaging. Topics in biophotonics include but are not limited to biomedical optical sensing/imaging technologies, image-guided drug delivery, brain imaging, clinical systems and applications, image-guided surgery, bio-inspired optics, and novel optical technologies for diagnosis and treatment. Novel sensing encompasses a range of rapidly advancing technologies that include but are not limited to fiber-optic and optical waveguide techniques, micromechanical oscillators, microcavity resonators, laser-based sensors, novel molecular probe design, nanoparticles and fluorescent markers, optofluidics, lab-on-a-chip, and small-footprint devices. This session also encourages submissions relating to all types of optical imaging technologies for diverse applications. Topics include but are not limited to 3D imaging, AR/VR, wearable display, image processing, computational imaging/spectroscopy, tomographic imaging, holography, high-dimensional imaging, multi-modal imaging, and advanced microscopy.
 
Keynote Speakers: Prof. Robert Campbell, University of Alberta, Canada
Title: Genetically encoded probes for biophotonic sensing of neural activity and metabolism
 
Invited Speakers:
Prof. Eva Hemmer, University of Ottawa, Canada / Lanthanide-doped Materials for Biomedical Applications - Potential and Challenges
 
Prof. Isaac Li, Univesity of British Columbia, Canada / Imaging molecular adhesion force with DNA-based probes
 
Prof. Shuo Tang, Univesity of British Columbia, Canada / Polarization-sensitive optical coherence tomography imaging of tissue
 
Prof. Viktor Gruev, The University of Illinois at Urbana Champagne, United States / Bioinspired spectral-polarization sensors: from the ocean to novel sensors and applications
 
Prof. Flavie Lavoie-Cardinal, Université Laval, Canada / Machine-learning-assisted microscopy: from smart scanning approaches to the generation of synthetic super-resolution images
 
Prof. Geoffrey P. Luke, Dartmouth College, United States / Compressed ultrafast holography and photoacoustic imaging.
 
Prof. Kostadinka Bizheva, University of Waterloo, Canada / In-vivo, non-contact imaging of the human eye with high speed, cellular resolution OCT
 
Prof. Keiichi Nakagawa, University of Tokyo, Japan / Sound and high-speed imaging in Biophotonics
 
Prof. Davide Brambilla, Université de Montréal, Canada / Fluorescence based dermal microtattoos for minimally invasive monitoring of physiological parameters
 
Prof. Frédéric Leblond, Polytechnique Montréal, Canada / Biofluid characterization using Raman spectroscopy towards the development of rapid saliva tests for infectious disease detection
 
Dr. Xin Yuan, Bell Labs (USA), United States / Snapshot Compressive Imaging: Theory, Algorithms and Applications
 
Prof. Parsin H. Reza, University of Waterloo, Canada / Towards non-contact photoacoustic imaging: Photoacoustic remote sensing (PARS) microscopy
 
Prof. Renjie Zhou, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, China / Single-shot Cell Tomography with Sub-millisecond Temporal Resolution
Session Chair: TBC
 
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
 
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Session Chair: Arkady Major, University of Manitoba, 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.
 
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Session Chair: Pablo Bianucci, Concordia University, Canada 
 
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.
 
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Session Chair: Winnie Ye, Carleton University, 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.
 
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Session Chair: Tigran Galstian, Laval 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.
 
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This session aims at giving an overview of how artificial intelligence (AI) intersects with photonics from two different perspectives:
(1) Using AI for photonics: application 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 analogic optical computing for AI, reservoir computing, photonic quantum machine learning, photonic hardware accelerators, neuromorphic computing, and photonics neural networks.
 
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Session Chair: David Nolet, 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.
 
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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.
 
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Session Chair: Benjamin Sussman, National Research Council, 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.
 
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Important Dates

Virtual Conference
May 31 - June 2, 2021

Abstract submission opening
December 04, 2020

Registration opening
December 04, 2020

Abstract submission deadline
March 17, 2021

Notice of acceptance
April 27, 2021

Last day presenting authors register
May 10, 2021

Final Paper Submission Date
June 28, 2021

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