Session Chair: Virginijus Barzda, University of Toronto, 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 Speakers:
Title: TBC
Invited Speakers:
Title: TBC
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
Title: TBC
Mariana Bertoni, Arizona State University, United States
Invited Speakers:
Title: TBC
Jeremy Munday, University of Maryland, United States
Title: TBC
Ray LaPierre, McMaster University, Canada
Title: TBC
Simon Geoffroy-Gagnon, Yukon College, Canada
Title: TBC
Zachary Holman, Arizona State University, United States
Title: TBC
Rafael Kleiman, McMaster University, Canada
Title: TBC
Suzan Eren, Queen's University, Canada
Title: TBC
Anna Lukowiak, Polish Academy of Sciences, Poland
Title: TBC
Gwenaelle Hamon, Université de Sherbrooke, Canada
Title: TBC
Nazir Kherani, University of Toronto, 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 Speakers:
Title: Recent progress in ultrafast mid-IR lasers based on polycrystalline Cr:ZnS
Sergey Vasilyev, IPG Photonics,United States
Invited Speakers:
Title: Phase-matching schemes for back-conversion suppression in nonlinear wave mixing: towards ultra-high efficiency and ultra-broad bandwidth
Jeff 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
Session Chair: Benjamin Sussman, National Research Council, Canada
Co-Chairs: Agata BranczykNational Research Council, Canada
Khabat Heshami, National Research Council, Canada
Phillip Bustard, 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:
Title: TBC
Invited Speakers:
Title: TBC
John Sipe
Title: TBC
Daniel Gauthier
Title: TBC
Daniel Oblak
Title: TBC
Andrei Nomerotski
Title: TBC
Benjamin Brecht
Title: TBC
Duncan England
Title: TBC
Jeff Lundeen
Title: TBC
Pete Mosley
Title: TBC
Virginia Loren
Session Chair: Lucas 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 Speakers:
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: 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: Soft Plasmonics: A novel perspective on electrolyte-metal interactions and nerve cell signaling
Christin David, University of Jena, Germany
Title: TBC
Boubacar Kanté, University of California Berkeley, United States
Title: TBC
Guixin Li, Southern University of Science and Technology, China
Title: TBC
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: Spectral and spatiotemporal-resolved near-field properties of coupled plasmonic nanostructures
Quan Sun, University of Hokkaido, Japan
Title: TBC
Nick Vamivakas, University of Rochester, United States
Title: Polarimetric beam controlling and profiling: from 3D metamaterials to metasurfaces
Zhenyu Yang, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, China
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: TBC
Yasuhiko Arakawa
Title: TBC
Roberto Morandotti
Invited Speakers:
Title: TBC
Trevor Hall
Title: TBC
Syed Murshid
Title: The tentative title of my presentation is “Optical Fiber Nonlinear Propagation Characteristics of M-ary Digital Coherent Optical Signal for High-Capacity and Long-Haul Optical Communication Systems
Y. Aoki
Title: Recent Advances in High Capacity Fiber Transmission
Suet Yen
Title: TBC
Dalton S. Arantes, Brazil
Title: TBC
Liam Barry, Ireland
Title: Addressing the Challenges in V2X Visible Light Communications
Fernando Xavier, University of Ryerson, Canada
Title: TBC
Amr S. Helmy, University of Toronto, 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.
Keynote Speakers:
Title: TBC
Invited Speakers:
Title: TBC
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 Speakers:
Title: TBC
Invited Speakers:
Title: TBC
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: Inverse electromagnetic design.
Eli Yablonovitch, UC Berkeley, United States
Title: Plasmonic structures and devices.
Pierre Berini, University of Ottawa, Canada
Invited Speakers:
Title: Metamaterial integrated photonics.
Robert Halir, University of Malaga, Spain
Title: Generation of high-order harmonics at 100 kHz for attosecond science experiments.
Carmen Menoni, Colorado State University, United States
Title: Photonic-chip based optical nanoscopy platforms.
Balpreet Singh Ahluwalia, The Arctic University of Norway, Norway
Title: Optical networks based on function programmable nodes.
Marija Furdek, Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden
Title: Surface photovoltage spectroscopy.
Maria Sanchez, University of Habana, Cuba
Title: Lateral leakage in integrated photonics: theory and applications.
Arnan Mitchell, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia
Title: Microwave photonics.
Antonella Bogoni, Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna, Italy
Title: Acoustic nanosystems and waveguides for optoacoustic interaction.
Mikolaj Schmidt, Macquarie University, Australia
Title: Modelling of a neuromorphic sensors based on the photonic implementation of a reservoir computer in the mid-infrared.
Sendy Phang, University of Nottingham, United Kingdom
Title: Tunable SNAP microresonators.
Misha Sumetsky, Aston University, United Kingdom
Title: Dual-polarization 16QAM 32GBaud fiber optic transmission and quantum dot mode-locked lasers.
Jiaren Liu, National Research Council, Canada
Title: Recent advances in optical metasurfaces.
Isabelle Staude, Friedrich Schiller University of Jena, Germany
Title: Si photonic system integration.
Odile Liboiron-Ladoucer, McGill University, Canada
Title: Integrated correlation spectroscopy.
Ross Cheriton, National Research Council, Canada
Title: Pseudospin and topological phenomena in photonic.
Zhigang Chen, San Francisco State University, United States

Title: Magnetooptic nonreciprocal structures. 
Ivan Richter, Czech Technical University in Prague, Czech Republic
Title: Neuromorphic photonics.
Antonio Hurtado, University of Strathclyde, United Kingdom
Title: Photonic Filters and Spectrometers for Astrophysical Applications
Sylvain Veilleux, University of Maryland, United States

Title: Roadmapping integrated photonics
Sajan Sani, MIT, United States
Title: Microwave Photonics Modules Based on hybrid integration of InP and TriPleX
Chris Roeloffzen, Lionix International BV, Netherlands
Title: TBC
Shankar Kumar Selvaraja, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India
Title: Numerical Simulations and Optimizations of Optical Amplifiers
Ahmad Atieh, Optiwave Systems Inc., Canada
Title: Emission and Detection in the SWIR-MIR using an All-Group IV Semiconductor Platform
Simone Assali, École Polytechnique de Montréal, Canada
Title: Multiplexing of optical vortices in silicon photonic circuits
Wei Shi, Université Laval, Canada
Title: Overview of Fiber-optic and Integrated Optic Technology Development at MPB Communications
Roman Kruzelecky, MPB communications Inc., Canada
Title: Spontaneous and stimulated emission and the laser linewidth
Dr. Markus Pollnau, University of Surrey, United Kingdom
Title: TBC
Lukas Chrostowski, University of British Columbia, Canada
Title: TBC
Mo Mojahedi, University of Toronto, Canada
Title: Glass-based Confined Structures and Nanoceramics Enabling Light Handling
Maurizio Ferrari, Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, Italy
Title: Microcombs: from Microwave photonics to Terabit communications and beyond
David Moss, Swinburne University, Australia
Title: AP Component Library: Enabling 400G Silicon Photonics Integrated Circuit Transceiver Chipsets
Zhan Su, Analog Photonics, United States
Session Chair: Lora Rammunno, 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: TBC
Marin Soljačić, Department of Physics,Massachusetts Institute of Technology, United States
Invited Speakers:
Title: TBC
Claudio Conti, Department of Physics, University Sapienza, Italy
Title: TBC
Fulvio Flamini, University of Innsbruck, Institute for Theoretical Physics, Austria
Title: TBC
Nathan Killoran, Xanadu, Canada
Title: Transport vs. Deep Neural Networks in OAM Underwater Communications
Patrick Neary
Title: TBC
James Pond, Lumerical, Canada
Title: Approaching the fundamental limits of photonic control via inverse methods
Alejandro W. Rodriguez, Electrical Engineering, Princeton University, United States
Title: TBC
Fabio Sciarrino, Quantum Information Lab & Dipartimento di Fisica, Sapienza Università di Roma, Italy
Title: Silicon photonic neural networks and applications
Bhavin Shastri, Engineering Physics, Queen’s University, Canada 
Title: TBC
Dan-Xia Xu, National Research Council, Canada


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November 4, 2019

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April 3, 2020

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April 17, 2020

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