Biophotonics, Novel Sensing, and Advanced Imaging
Session chair: Jinyang Liang, Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique (Canada)
Session co-chairs: 
Lei Tian, University of Boston (USA)
Parsin H. Reza, University of Waterloo (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: 
  1. David Brady, University of Arizona (USA)
    Title: Snapshot compressive tomography in the machine learning age
  2. Yves De Koninck, Université Laval (Canada)
    Title: Challenges in probing the brain with light
Invited speakers: 
  1. Renjie Zhou, The Chinese University of Hong Kong (China)
    Title: Quantitative phase microscopy with extreme sensitivity for mapping single-layer structures at sub-nanometer thickness scale
  2. R. J. Dwayne Miller, Departments of Chemistry and Physics, University of Toronto (Canada)
    Title: Picosecond infrared laser (PIRL-Ohmics): Fundamental single cell limit to minimally invasive surgery with complete biodiagnostics for surgical guidance
  3. Kenneth Beyerlein, Institut national de la recherche scientifique (INRS) (Canada)
    Title: Single-shot nanosecond imaging with a dynamic transmission electron microscope
  4. Xianglei Liu, Institut national de la recherche scientifique (INRS) (Canada)
    Title: Single-shot photoluminescence lifetime imaging thermometry for real-time wide-field dynamic temperature sensing
  5. Xavier Intes, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (USA)
    Title: Towards objective assessment of surgical skills with functional near-infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS)
  6. Kostadinka Bizheva, University of Waterloo (Canada)
    Title: In-vivo, non-contact imaging of the human eye with high-speed, cellular resolution OCT
  7. Ji Yi, John Hopkins University (USA)
    Title: Mesoscopic oblique plane microscopy for wide-field volumetric imaging
  8. Mohammad Mehrmohammadi, Wayne State University (USA)
    Title: Ultrasound and Photoacoustic Imaging of Uterine Cervix Remodeling to Identify the Risk of Preterm Birth
  9. Ji-Xin Cheng, Boston University (USA)
    Title: Bond-selective chemical imaging
  10. Jun Xia, University of Buffalo (USA)
    Title: Three-dimensional photoacoustic imaging of the breast with a linear transducer array
  11. Junjie Yao, Duke University (USA)
    Title: High-speed Photoacoustic Imaging of Brain Activities
  12. Mark Niedre, Northeastern University (Toronto)
    Title: Shedding Diffuse Light On Circulating Tumor Cell Mediated Metastasis
  13. Frederic Leblond, Polytechnique Montreal (Canada)
    Title: Intraoperative Raman spectroscopy for real-time, in situ brain tumour detection: a multicenter study
  14. Melanie Campbell, University of Waterloo (Canada)
    Title: Advanced imaging of the retina of the eye
  15. Benjamin Ecclestone, University of Waterloo (Canada)
    Title: Second generation photoacoustic remote sensing- Virtual histology
  16. Michael Kolios, Ryerson University (Canada)
    Title: Novel optical imaging methods for SARS-CoV-2 detection
  17. Jonathan Petruccelli, University of Albany (USA)
    Title: Quantitative phase imaging for monitoring apoptotic cell volume changes
  18. Jonathan Liu, University of Washington (USA)
    Title: Computational 3D pathology with open-top light-sheet microscopy
  19. Kanwarpal Singh, Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light (Germany)
    Title: High-resolution hyperspectral imaging of the lower gastrointestinal tract
  20. Michel Piché, Université Laval (Canada)
    Title: All-Fiber Mamyshev laser oscillators
  21. Mohit Gupta, University of Wisconsin (USA)
    Title: Computational imaging, one photon at a time
  22. Yves De Koninck, Université Laval (Canada)
    Title: TBA
  23. Chen Yang, Boston University (USA)
    Title: High Precision Photoacoustic Neural Stimulation
  24. Takuya Terai, University of Tokyo (Japan)
    Title: Chemi-genetic fluorescent biosensors for metal ions for cell (and future in vivo) imaging
Green photonics, energy, and related technologies
Session chair: Sharif Sadaf, Institut national de la recherche scientifique (INRS)-Université du Québec (Canada)
Session co-chairs:
Kirk Bevan, McGill University (Canada)
Pei-Cheng Ku, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (USA)
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:
  1. Chennupati Jagadish, Distinguished Professor, The Australian National University, President-Australian Academy of Science (Australia)
    Title: TBA
  2. Zetian Mi, Professor, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (USA)
    Title: TBA

Invited speakers: 

  1. Jamie Phillips, University of Delaware (USA)
    Title: Efficient Wireless Optical Power Conversion and Communications for Microscale Systems
  2. Minjoo Lawrence Lee, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (USA)
    Title: Visible, heteroepitaxially integrated photonics on silicon
  3. Rafael Jaramillo, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) (USA)
    Title: Synthesis, Properties, and Prospects for Photovoltaics of Chalcogenide Perovskite Thin Films
  4. Boon S Ooi, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) (Saudi Arabia)
    Title: III-nitride-based nanostructures for green photoelectrocatalysis
  5. Oussama Moutanabbir, Polytechnique Montreal (Canada)
    Title: All-Group IV Monolithic Mid-Infrared Optoelectronics
  6. Radwanul Hasan Siddique, Samsung (USA)
    Title: Bioinspired Metaphotonics for Compact Imaging & Sensing Applications
  7. Dayan Ban, University of Waterloo (Canada)
    Title: Perovskite - from photonics to energy applications
  8. Grzegorz Muziol, Institute of High-Pressure Physics (Poland)
    Title: Distributed feedback laser diodes operating in the blue spectral range
  9. Jonathan Wierer, NC State University (USA)
    Title: Size-controlled InGaN quantum dots for light emitters
  10. Karthik Shankar, University of Alberta (Canada)
    Title: Hot Carrier-Mediated Generation of Solar Fuels Using Plasmon-Semiconductor Nanoheterojunctions
  11. Shamsul Arafin, The Ohio State University (USA)
    Title: MBE-Grown III-V Quantum Dot Lasers for LiDAR Applications
  12. Alan Doolittle, Georgia Institute of Techology (USA)
    Title: Realization of Homojunction PN AlN Diodes for Deep UV Optoelectronics
High Power Laser Technology, Ultrafast Optics, and Applications
Session chair: Arkady Major, University of Manitoba (Canada)
Session co-chairs:
Bernd Witzel, University Laval (Canada)
Shawn Sederberg, Simon Fraser 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 foll owing 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: 
  1. TBA
Invited speakers: 
  1. Gil Porat, University of Alberta (Canada)
    Title: Recent advances in scaling the power of extreme ultraviolet frequency combs
  2. Mona Jarrahi, UCLA (USA)
    Title: High-power terahertz emission from optically-pumped semiconductor surface states
  3. Francois Blanchard, École de technologie supérieure (Canada)
    Title: SrTiO3 - a near-field terahertz sensor
  4. Martin Centurion, University of Nebraska-Lincoln (USA)
    Title: Ultrafast atomically-resolved imaging of molecular dynamics with femtosecond electron diffraction
  5. William Renninger, University of Rochester (USA)
    Title: Ultrashort optical pulse generation from passive fiber Kerr resonators
  6. Rodrigo Lopez-Martens, École Polytechnique (France)
    Title: Relativistic lightwave electronics
  7. Denis Seletskiy, Polytechnique Montreal (Canada)
    Title: High-precision laser technology for subcycle quantum optics
  8. Junliang Dong, INRS-EMT (Canada)
    Title: Terahertz polarization-division multiplexing within a four-wire waveguide
  9. Vedran Jelic, Michigan State University (USA)
    Title: Sub-cycle terahertz imaging and spectroscopy of ultrafast electron dynamics on the atomic scale
  10. Michael Chini, University of Central Florida (USA)
    Title: New platforms for generating and characterizing few-cycle laser fields
  11. Michel Piche, Université Laval (Canada)
    Title: All-fiber Mamyshev laser oscillators
Nonlinear Optics, Nanophotonics, and Plasmonics
Session chair: Pablo Bianucci, Concordia University (Canada)
Session co-chairs:
Jayshri Sabarinathan, University of Western Ontario (Canada)
Xin Jin, 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.
Keynote speakers: 
  1. Michelle Povinelli, University of Southern California (USA)
    Title: Nonreciprocal Thermal Emission via Spatiotemporal Modulation of Nanophotonic Structures
  2. Roberto Morandotti, INRS-EMT (Canada)
    Title: Integrated and fiber-based components for affordable and scalable quantum technologies

Invited speakers: 

  1. Jennifer Steele, Trinity University (USA)
    Title: Using Gold Nanogratings for the Enhancement of FRET
  2. Ksenia Dolgaleva, University of Ottawa (Canada)
    Title: Nonlinear Photonics based on III-V Semiconductors
  3. Gustavo Wiederhecker, University of Campinas (Brazil)
    Title: New Tones from Light and Sound Interaction in Microresonators
  4. Herbert G. Winful, University of Michigan (USA)
    Title: Nonlinear Optical Phenomena in Periodic Structures
  5. Winnie Ye, Carleton University (Canada)
    Title: Broadband multimode waveguide bend in the SOI platform
  6. Andrea Armani, University of Southern California (USA)
    Title: Organic-inorganic nonlinear integrated photonics
  7. Claudine Allen, Université Laval - COPL (Canada)
    Title: Towards All-Fiber Single Photon Sources with Colloidal Quantum Dots
  8. Pierre Berini, University of Ottawa (Canada)
    Title: Plasmonic Hot Carriers and Their Applications
  9. Philippe St-Jean, Université de Montréal (Canada)
    Title: Topological polaritonic matter
Optical Communications
Session chair: Winnie Ye, Carleton University (Canada)
Session co-chair: 
Jens Schmid, NRC (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:
  1. Robert Halir, University of Malaga (Spain)
    Title: Silicon photonics: advanced metamaterials and sensors
Invited speakers: 
  1. Jayshri Sabarinathan, The University of Western Ontario (Canada)
    Title: Photonic crystal opto-mechanical devices for integrated optical circuits
  2. Dr. Ashok Balakrishnan, CEO of Enablence
    Title: TBA
  3. Danxia Xu, National Research Council Canada (Canada)
    Title: Improving robustness in silicon photonics in design and fabrication by algorithm means
  4. Jonathan Bradley, McMaster University (Canada)
    Title: Tellurium Oxide Active and Nonlinear Optical Devices Integrated on Silicon Photonics Platforms
  5. Daniele Melati, Université Paris-Saclay (France)
    Title: Multi-objective optimization for photonic systems with advanced functionalities and improved performance
  6. Daniel Benedikovic, University Science Park, University of Zilina (Slovakia)
    Title: Silicon-germanium photodetectors for energy-aware chip-scale communications
  7. Prof. Daoxin Dai, Zhejiang University (China)
    Title: Calibration-free silicon photonic switches
  8. Kaveh Rahbardar Mojaver, McGill University (Canada)
    Title: TBA
  9. Amr Helmy, University of Toronto (Canada)
    Title: Semiconductor Phase Sensitive Amplifiers for Classical and Quantum Applicapsations
  10. Maziyar Milanizadeh, National Research Council Canada (Canada)
    Title: Automatic Configuration of Chip-to-Chip Orthogonal Free-Space Optical Channels using Programmable Silicon Photonics Meshes
  11. Cameron Horvath, Applied Nanotools (Canada)
    Title: Prototyping of Silicon Nitride Photonic Integrated Circuits using Electron Beam Lithography
  12. Ksenia Yadav, Enablence Technologies Inc. (Canada)
    Title: Ultra-compact multistage interferometric devices for optical communication
  13. Daoxin Dai, College of Optical Science and Engineering, Zhejiang University (China)
    Title: Calibration-free silicon photonic switches
  14. Kaveh (Hassan) Rahbardar Mojaver, McGill University (Canada)
    Title: Towards Large-Scale Silicon Photonic Programmable Optical Processors for Machine Learning and Optical Quantum Computing
Photonic materials

Session chair: Tigran Galstian, Université Laval (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:
  1. TBA
Invited speakers: 
  1. Guocheng Liu, National Research Council Canada (Canada)
    Title: Coherent Transmission Over Ten Tbit/s Using an InAs/InP Quantum Dot Mode-Locked Laser
  2. Bruno Luis Segat Frare, McMaster University (Canada)
    Title: Distributed Bragg Reflector Cavities on Tellurium Oxide-Coated Silicon Nitride Waveguides
  3. Filippo Fabbri, McMaster University (Canada)
    Title: Optical manipulation of biological objects in azobenzene-containing systems
  4. Matthias Jost, Merck KGaA (Germany)
    Title: LicriOn - Microwave Optimised Liquid Crystals for Space and Terrestrial Communication
  5. Théo Guérineau, University Laval - Centre of Optics, Photonic and Laser (Canada)
    Title: Recent advances in Mid-Infrared germano-gallate glasses: Fiber drawing & Direct laser writing
  6. Kalaichelvi Saravanamuttu, McMaster University (Canada)
    Title: Waveguide encoded lattices: new opportunities for 3-D optical data storage
  7. Rana Poushimin, Queen's University (Canada)
    Title: Nonlinear Effect of the Rectenna Owing to Hot-Electron Emission
Photonics and AI

Session chair: Antonio Calà Lesina, Leibniz Universität Hannover (Germany)

Session co-chairs:
Lora Ramunno, University of Ottawa (Canada)
Wolfram Pernice, Heidelberg University (Germany)

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:
  1. Andrea Alù, CUNY Advanced Science Research Center (USA)
    Title: Nonlocal Metasurfaces for Analog Signal Processing and Computing Using Light
  2. Alan Aspuru-Guzik, University of Toronto (Canada)
    Title: What to do with a near-term quantum computer?
Invited speakers: 
  1. Hatice Altug, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (Switzerland)
    Title: Nanophotonic Biosensors Aided by Artificial Intelligence
  2. Stefanie Czischek, University of Ottawa (Canada)
    Title: The role of neuromorphic hardware in quantum technologies
  3. Bhavin J. Shastri, Queen's University (Canada)
    Title: In situ training with silicon photonics neural networks
  4. Jonathan A. Fan, Stanford University (USA)
    Title: Extreme multiplexing of electromagnetic functions with conformal volumetric metamaterials
  5. Peter L. McMahon, Cornell University (USA)
    Title: Photonic Neural Networks Using Linear and Nonlinear Optics
  6. Aaswath P. Raman, University of California (USA)
    Title: Explainable deep learning approaches for photonic inverse design and physics discovery
  7. Yuri Grinberg, National Research Council (Canada)
    Title: Nonlinear dimensionality reduction for low data regimes in photonics design
  8. Rasmus E Christiansen, Technical University of Denmark (Denmark)
    Title: Density Based Topology Optimization of Fabricatable Large-Area Optical Metalenses
  9. Sensong An, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (USA)
    Title: Freeform Flat Optics Enabled by Deep Neural Networks
  10. Mario Krenn, Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light (Germany)
    Title: Getting inspirations and ideas from Artificial Intelligence for Quantum Optics
  11. Ksenia Yadav, Enablence Technologies Inc. (Canada)
    Title: Machine learning for performance homogeneity of photonic chips
  12. Rosalba Gaudiuso, University of Bari (Italy)
    Title: Minimally invasive medical diagnosis through Laser-Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy (LIBS) coupled with machine learning
Photonic theory design and simulations
Session chair: Pavel Cheben, NRC (Canada)
Session co-chair: Jonathan Bradley, 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:
  1. Eli Yablonovitch, UC Berkeley (USA)
    Title: Inverse electromagnetic design
  2. Roel Baets, Ghent University (Belgium)
    Title: Silicon photonics: recent advances and future trends
Invited speakers: 
  1. Ahmad Atieh, Optiwave Systems (Canada)
    Title: Optical fiber sources design in OptiSystem software
  2. Aitor Villafranca, CSIC (Spain)
    Title: Design of integrated mode converters and multiplexers
  3. Andre Skirtach, Ghent University (Belgium)
    Title: Deep learning with digital holographic microscopy for biological applications
  4. Andy Knights, McMaster University (Canada)
    Title: All-silicon avalanche photodetectors operating at 1550nm
  5. Bhavin J. Shastri, Queens University (Canada)
    Title: Neuromorphic photonics
  6. Carlos A. Ramos, University Paris Saclay (France)
    Title: Dispersion-engineered subwavelength metamaterial gratings for nonlinear applications in silicon photonics
  7. Prof. David Moss, Swinburne University of Technology (Australia)
    Title: Ultrahigh bandwidth applications of Kerr microcombs
  8. Emir Salih Magden, Koç University (Turkey)
    Title: Advanced silicon photonic filters and multiplexers
  9. Francesco Morichetti, Politecnico di Milano (Italy)
    Title: Generation, manipulation and detection of free-space optical beams with programmable photonic circuits
  10. Iain Crowe, The University of Manchester (United Kingdom)
    Title: Graphene oxide integrated silicon photonics for detection of vapour phase volatile organic compounds
  11. Jean-Emmanuel Broquin, Grenoble Institute of Technology (France)
    Title: Modelling erbium-doped integrated devices on glass: the case of DFB lasers
  12. Jeff Lundeen, University of Ottawa (Canada)
    Title: Design of space-compressing optical elements
  13. Joan Manel Ramirez, III-V lab, Nokia, CEA-Leti and Thales
    Title: Heterogeneously integrated III-V-on-silicon tunable laser sources
  14. Jose Azana, INRS (Canada)
    Title: On-chip optical phase filters for dispersion compensation and signal processing
  15. Jose Manuel Luque-Gonzalez, University of Malaga (Spain)
    Title: Advanced subwavelength grating metamaterial topologies for light propagation control
  16. Ken Xia Chen, Southampton University (United Kingdom)
    Title: LIDARs and programmable photonics
  17. Lora Ramunno, University of Ottawa (Canada)
    Title: Modelling complex nanophotonics systems
  18. Matthew Halsall, The University of Manchester (United Kingdom)
    Title: Light Induced Degradation in Silicon: A comparison of defects detected in Boron-doped material and in Si with other group III dopants
  19. Maria Sanchez, University of Habana (Cuba)
    Title: Surface photovoltage spectroscopy
  20. Martina Gerken, University of Kiel (Germany)
    Title: Interferometric multiplex biomedical sensing
  21. Paulo Dainese, Corning (USA)
    Title: TBA
  22. Silvia Soria, IFAC-CNR (Italy)
    Title: Theory, design and characterization of PhoXonic resonators
  23. Wei Shi, Université Laval (Canada)
    Title: Advanced silicon photonic devices and applications
  24. Xiaochuan Xu, Harbin Institute of Technology (China)
    Title: Subwavelength gratings for light-matter interaction enhancement
Quantum light-matter interactions: sensing, communications, and information processing
Session chair: Benjamin Sussman, NRC (Canada)
Session co-chair: Kent Bonsma-Fisher, NRC (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.
Invited speakers: 
  1. Thomas Jennewein, Institute for Quantum Computing, University of Waterloo (Canada)
    Title: The quantum internet and why satellites will be needed
  2. Aephraim Steinberg, University of Toronto (Canada)
    Title: How much time do atoms spend in the excited state while failing to absorb a photon?
  3. Kimberly Hall, Dalhousie University (Canada)
    Title: Adiabatic inversion scheme for solid-state emitters using frequency-swept, spectrally-modified pulses
  4. Lindsay Leblanc, University of Alberta Department of Physics (Canada)
    Title: Rapid & long-lived photonic storage and manipulation with cold and ultracold atoms
  5. Jeff Lundeen, Physics Dept. University of Ottawa (Canada)
    Title: Direct Measurement of Quantum States
  6. Frédéric Bouchard, National Research Council Canada (Canada)
    Title: Measuring ultrafast time-bin qudits
  7. Paul Barclay, University of Calgary (Canada)
    Title: TBA
  8. Christoph Simon, University of Calgary (Canada)
    Title: Quantum light-matter interactions from the quantum internet to the brain
  9. Virginia Lorenz, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (USA)
    Title: Engineering photonic quantum states for quantum applications
  10. Nir Rotenberg, Queen's University (Canada)
    Title: Nonlinear quantum photonics
  11. Amr Helmy, University of Toronto (Canada)
    Title: Recent Advances in Quantum Enhanced Target Detection and LiDAR
  12. Li Qian, University of Toronto (Canada)
    Title: TBA
  13. Miguel Alonso, Institut Fresnel (USA)
    Title: The geometry and topology of 3D Polarization
  14. Svetlana Lukishova, Institute of Optics, University of Rochester (USA)
    Title: Liquid Crystals in Quantum Optics: Current Experiments, Applications and Future Prospects
Photonics Technology Entrepreneurship and Innovation
Session chair: TBA
More information coming soon.