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. Dwayne Miller, University of Toronto, Canada / Mapping Atomic Motions with Ultrabright Electrons: Fundamental Space Time Limit to Imaging Chemistry
Prof. Robert Campbell, University of Alberta, Canada / Genetically encoded probes for biophotonic sensing of neural activity and metabolism
Invited Speakers:
Prof. Alexei V. Sokolov, Texas A&M University, USA / Developing Laser-Spectroscopic Tools for Detecting SARS-CoV-2 and Future Viral & Infectious Agents
Dr. Xin Yuan, Bell Labs (USA), USA / Snapshot Compressive Imaging: Theory, Algorithms and Applications
Mr. Jeremy Gribben, Ajile Light Industries Inc., Canada / Real-time NIR 3D Measurement and Visible Reprojection for Medical AR Applications
Prof. Davide Brambilla, Université de Montréal, Canada / Fluorescence based dermal microtattoos for minimally invasive monitoring of physiological parameters
Prof. Eva Hemmer, University of Ottawa, Canada / Lanthanide-doped Materials for Biomedical Applications - Potential and Challenges
Prof. Frédéric Leblond, Polytechnique Montréal, Canada / Biofluid characterization using Raman spectroscopy towards the development of rapid saliva tests for infectious disease detection
Prof. Geoffrey P. Luke, Dartmouth College, USA / Compressed ultrafast holography and photoacoustic imaging.
Prof. Henry Arguello, Universidad Industrial de Santander, Colombia / Optical Codification Design in Compressive Computational Imaging
Prof. Isaac Li, Univesity of British Columbia, Canada / Imaging molecular adhesion force with DNA-based probes
Prof. Keiichi Nakagawa, University of Tokyo, Japan / Sound and high-speed imaging in Biophotonics
Kenneth Beyerlein, Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique, Canada Time-spliced Imaging of Magnetism Dynamics in a NdNiO3 Thin Film
Prof. Kostadinka Bizheva, University of Waterloo, Canada / In-vivo, non-contact imaging of the human eye with high speed, cellular resolution OCT
Prof. Nima Tabatabaei, York University, Canada / Harnessing the Photo-Thermal Effect for Molecular-Specific Sensing and Imaging
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
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, USA / Bioinspired spectral-polarization sensors: from the ocean to novel sensors and applications
Prof. Weitao Song, Beijing Institute of Technology, China / Design of near-eye display measurement systems to enhance the performance
Session Chair: Jacob Krich, University of Ottawa, Canada
Session Co-Chair: Vivian Ferry, University of Minnesota, USA
Session Co-Chair: Rafael Kleiman, McMaster University, Canada
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:
Sarah Kurtz, University of California Merced, USA / The Energy Transition in Full Swing and The Future of Clean Energy Research
Stephen Forrest, University of Michigan, USA / TBA
Invited Speakers:
Carissa Eisler, UCLA, USA / TBA
Deirdre O’Carroll, Rutgers University, USA / Surface Functionalization of Metasurfaces for Inverted Organic Optoelectronics
Elisa Antolin, Universidad Politecnica de Madrid, Spain / The heterojunction bipolar transistor solar cell – a new route for the integration of III-V materials and silicon for photovoltaic applications.
Jennifer Bauman, McMaster University, Canada / Electric Vehicle On-Board Solar Generation: Modeling and Analysis of Grid, Driver, and Environmental Benefits
Joanna Atkin, UNC Chapel Hill, USA / TBA
Karen Kavanagh, Simon Fraser University, Canada / Active dopant profiling at nanowire junctions
Karin Hinzer, University of Ottawa, Canada / Advances in O-band photonic power converters
Marina Leite, University of California Davis, USA / TBA
Vivian Ferry, University of Minnesota, USA / TBA
Session Chair: Arkady Major, University of Manitoba, Canada
Session Co-Chair: Bernd Witzel, Laval University, 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 Speakers:
David Villeneuve, NRC / University of Ottawa, Canada / Attosecond transient absorption in aligned-in-space molecules 
Invited Speakers:
Takao Fuji, Toyota Technological Institute, Japan / Generation of sub-half-cycle mid-infrared pulses through filamentation 
Donatas Zigmantas, Lund University, Sweden / Ultrashort deep UV pulses at high repetition rate: generation, compression and application
Ksenia Dolgaleva, University of Ottawa, Canada / Nonlinear Optics at THz Frequencies 
Mircea Guina, Tampere University, Finland / GaSb SESAM technology for ultrafast lasers at 2-3 um
Irina Sorokina, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway / Fine 3D-silicon processing with ultra-short pulsed lasers above 2 microns 
Aleksej M. Rodin, Center for physical sciences and technology, Lithuania / Transient stimulated Raman chirped pulse amplification as an alternative or complementary to OPCPA 
Alexei V. Sokolov, Texas A&M University, USA / Utilizing molecular coherence for ultrafast waveform synthesis
Ondrej Hort, ELI Beamlines, the Czech Republic / Parametric generation of XUV radiation
Hebling Janos, University of Pecs, Hungary / New generation of tilted-pulse-front-pumping setups for high-energy THz pulse generation 
Alexander Rudenkov, Belarusian National Technical University, Belarus / Yb:LuAP crystal for ultrafast lasers
Hao Li, Singapore Institute of Manufacturing Technology, Singapore / High power DUV laser for bright high harmonic generation in gas 
Session Chair: Pablo Bianucci, Concordia University, Canada 
Session Co-Chair: Prof. Jayshri Sabarinathan, University of Western Ontario, 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.
Keynote Speakers:
Hatice Altug, École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland / Frontiers in Nanophotonics: Enabling Technology for Next-Generation Biosensors
Jelena Vučković, Stanford University, USA / Scalable Photonics: an optimized approach
Invited Speakers:
Andrea Bragas, Universidad de Buenos Aires, Argentina / TBA
Arti Agrawal, University of Technology Sidney, Australia / TBA
Betty Galarreta, Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú, Peru / TBA
Chitra Rangan, University of Windsor, Canada / Polarization control of spontaneous emission for rapid quantum state initialization
Dawn Tawn, Singapore University of Technology and Design, Singapore / TBA
Diana Huffaker, University of California Los Angeles, USA / TBA
Elaine Li, the University of Texas at Austin, USA / TBA
Graciana Puentes, Universidad de Buenos Aires, Argentina / Spin-Orbit Interactions of Light in Photonic Materials
Isabel Carvalho, Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil / TBA
Jacqueline Bloch, Université Paris-Saclay, France / TBA
Joyce Poon, University of Toronto, Canada / New Directions on Silicon Photonics
Kimberley Hall, Dalhousie University, Canada / TBA
Lyubov Titova, Worcester Polytechnic Insitute. USA / TBA
Marcello Ferrera, Heriot-Watt University / TBA

R. Vijaya, Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, India / In-band, Band-edge and Out-of-band Effects on Polarized Light in Colloidal Crystals.
Session Chair: Winnie Ye, Carleton University, Canada
Session Co-Chair: Dr. Jens Schmid
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:
Dr. Laurent Vivien, University of Paris-Sud, France / Recent advances in SiN photonics platform
Roberto Morandotti, INRS, Canada / Integrated micro frequency combs
Invited Speakers:
Ahmad Atieh
, Optiwave Systems Inc., Canada / Orbital Angular Momentum Spatial Division Multiplexing transmission systems
Alejandro Sanchez-Postigo, University of Malaga, Spain / High-performance off-chip couplers in silicon photonics
Bhavin J. Shastri, Queen’s University, Canada / Neuromorphic photonics for optical communications applications
Chao (William) Shen, Fudan University, China / TBA

Jonathan Bradley, McMaster University, Canada / New platforms and applications for highly-compact erbium-doped waveguide amplifiers (EDWAs)
Nicholas Jaegar, University of British Columbia, Canada / Practical design and fabrication of integrated silicon photonic Bragg gratings and Bragg grating-based devices
Odile Liboiron-Ladouceur, McGill University, Canada / TBA
Sri Priya SundararajanState of the Art in the Data Center
Zhenguo Lu, National Research Council Canada, Canada / Millimeter-wave radio-over-fiber for 5G and beyond wireless networks based on quantum dot lasers
Session Chair: Tigran Galstian, Laval University, Canada
Session Co-Chair: Kalaichelvi Saravanamuttu, McMaster University, Canada
Session Co-Chair: 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 to 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 nature) as well as materials with potential use in biophotonics and biomedicine.
Keynote Speakers:
Invited Speakers:
Armen Zohrabyan, TLCL Optical Research/LensVector, Canada / Liquid crystal dynamic beam shaping for smart lighting.
Arri Priimägi, Smart Photonic Materials, Faculty of Engineering and Natural Science, Tampere University, Finland / TBA
Ayse Turak, Department of Engineering Physics, McMaster University, Canada / TBA
Chantal Andraud, Ecole Nornale superieure de Lyon, France. / TBA
Ivan Kislyakov, Laboratory of Micro-Nano Optoelectronic Materials and Devices, Key Laboratory of Materials for High-Power Laser, Shanghai Institute of Optics and Fine Mechanics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shanghai, China / TBA
Jaroslaw Mysliwiec, Wroclaw University of Science and Technology, Poland / TBA
Ludvik Martinu, Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal, Canada / Recent advances in optical multifunctional thin film coatings.

Mark Andrews, McGill University, Canada / Magnetic nanoparticles in optics.

Marina Genzer-Saphiannikova, Dresden Center for Computational Materials Science (DCMS), Technische Universität Dresden, 01062 Dresden, Germany / TBA 
Mita Dasog, Department of Chemistry, Dalhousie University, Canada/ TBA
Peter Herman, University of Toronto, Canada / Recent advances in laser machining of optical waveguides.
Session Chair: Antonio Calà Lesina, Leibniz University Hannover, Germany
Session Chair: Mario Krenn, University of Toronto, Canada
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.
Keynote Speakers:
Gordon Wetzstein, Stanford University, USA
Wolfram Pernice, University of Münster, Germany
Invited Speakers:
Anton Frisk Kockum, Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden / TBA

Omar Magana-Loaiza, Louisiana State University, USA / TBA

Alexandra Boltasseva, Purdue University, USA / TBA

Giovanni Milione, NEC Laboratories America, USA / TBA

Eric Ashalley, University of Electronic Science and Technology of China, China / TBA

Willie Padilla, Duke University, USA / TBA

Wenshan Cai, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA / TBA

David Moss, Swinburne University of Technology, Australia / TBA

Jakob Kottmann, University of Toronto, Canada / TBA

Peter Wiecha, LAAS-CNRS Toulouse, France / TBA

Stefano Paesani, Niels Bohr Institute, Denmark / TBA

Ghazi Sarwat, IBM Research Zurich, Switzerland / TBA

Lena Maier-Hein, German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ), Germany / TBA

Haim Suchowski, Tel Aviv University, Israel / TBA

Nora Tischler, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany / TBA

Claudio Conti, Sapienza University of Rome, Italy / TBA

Kiyoul Yang, Stanford University, USA / TBA

Ryan Glasser, Tulane University, USA / TBA
Peng Xue, Beijing Computational Science Research Center, China / TBA
Valeria Saggio, University of Vienna, Austria / TBA
Laurent Daudet, Paris Diderot University / CTO at LightOn, France / TBA
Nicolas Quesad, Xanadu, Canada / TBA
Raffaele Santagati, Boehringer Ingelheim Quantum Lab, Austria / TBA
Lora Ramunno, University of Ottawa, Canada / TBA
Session Chair: Pavel Cheben, National Research Council, Canada
Session Co-Chair: 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:
Yuri Kivshar, The Australian National University, Australia / Resonant metamaterials
Invited Speakers:
Abdoulaye Ndao, University of California Berkeley, USA, Topology and exceptional points
Alejandro Ortega Monux, University of Malaga, Spain / TBA
Andrey Matsko, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, USA / Microcavity based photonic oscillators
Antonio Tricoli, Australian National University, Canberra, Australia / Fractal Structuring of Photonics Materials for Light and Chemical Sensing
Brant Gibson, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia / Hybrid photonic materials
Daniel Benedikovic, Univ. Paris Sud, France / High-speed silicon-germanium photodetectors for chip-scale photonic interconnects
Daniele Melati, University Paris Saclay, France / Global design optimization in photonics: from high performance to fabrication robustness
Daoxin Dai, Zhejiang University, China / Mode coupling and mode conversion in silicon photonic devices
Professor Dave Thomson, University of Southampton, the United Kingdom / TBA
David Moss, Swinburne Univ., Australia / Applications of Kerr Microcombs
David Plant, McGill University, Canada / Optical fiber communication systems
Federico Duque Gomez, Ansys, USA / The simulation of human perception and imaging in real world systems with subwavelength photonic components.
Hugh Podmore, Honeywell Aerospace, Canada / TBA
Iain Crowe, University of Manchester, the United Kingdom / TBA
Jayshri Sabarinathan, University of Western Ontario, Canada / TBA
Jean-Philippe Mac-Lean, GHGSat, Canada / Optical instruments for high precision green house gas measurements from space
Judson Ryckman, Clemson University, USA / TBA
Khadijeh Miarabbas Kiani, McMaster University, Canada / TBA
Masahiro Nada, NTT, Japan / Design and performance of high-speed avalanche photodiodes for 100G-PAM4 application.
Orad Reshef, University of Ottawa / Canada Inverse-designed space-compressing optics 
Paul Barclay, University of Calgary, Canada / Diamond optomechanics: manipulating phonons and qubits
Raman Kashyap, Polytechnique Montréal, Canada / TBA
Sofiane Haffouz, NRC Canada, Canada / InAsP quantum dot nanowires for telecom single photon emission
Trevor Benson, Univ. Nottingham, the United Kingdom / Simulation of side-polished optical fibre sensors
Winnie Ye, Carleton University, Canada / TBA
Session Chair: Benjamin Sussman, National Research Council, Canada
Session Co-Chair: Duncan England, National Research Council, Canada
Session Co-Chair: Lindsay LeBlanc, 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.
Keynote Speakers:
Invited Speakers:
Sae Woo Nam / TBA

Stephanie Simmons / TBA

Morgan Mitchell / TBA

Ronald Hanson / TBA

Misha Lukin / TBA

Hugh de Riedmatten / TBA

Jonathan Leech / TBA

Christine Silberhorn / TBA

Danielle Faccio / TBA

Charles Adams / TBA

Barry Sanders / TBA

Mike Raymer / TBA

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.

Innovation Panel

Session Chair: Luc Roby, Optonique, Canada
Session Co-Chair: Jean-Charles Gonthier, XVP-Photonics, Canada
Patrick Sauvageau, Zilia, Canada
Louis-Rafaël Robichaud, Fentum, Canada
Jean-Claude Gonthier, XVP Photonics, Canada

Entrepreneurship Panel

Session Chair: TBA

Damon Diehl, Ph.D., Luminate startup accelerator, USA

Eleonora Vella, Ph.D., Tandemlaunch, Canada

James Pond, Ansys, USA


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Important Dates

Virtual Conference
May 31 - June 2, 2021


Registration opening
December 04, 2020

Abstract submission deadline

Notice of acceptance
May 11, 2021

Last day presenting authors register
May 17, 2021 - EXTENDED to May 23, 2021

Last day to submit a recorded video
May 20, 2021 - EXTENDED to May 24, 2021

Final Paper Submission Date
June 28, 2021

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