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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. Prof. Guoan Zheng, University of Connecticut (USA)
    Title: Blood-coated sensor for high-throughput ptychographic microscopy
  2. Laura Waller, University of California - Berkeley (USA)
    Title: DiffuserCam: lensless computational imaging with scattering elements
Invited speakers: 
  1. Frederic Leblond, Polytechnique Montréal (Canada)
    Title: Intraoperative Raman spectroscopy to improve the procedural accuracy of breast conserving surgeries
  2. Kanwarpal Singh, Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light (Germany)
    Title: Long range multifocal confocal microscopy
  3. David Lindell, University of Toronto (Canada)
    Title: Ultrafast sensing and scene reconstruction at the photon limit
  4. Lei Li, Rice University (USA)
    Title: New Generation Photoacoustic Imaging: From benchtop wholebody imagers to wearable sensors
  5. Amina E. Hussein, University of Alberta (Canada)
    Title: Laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy for analysis of complex environmental samples
  6. Lucien Weiss, Polytechnique Montreal (Canada)
    Title: Toward high-throughput 3D imaging of nanoparticle-cell interactions'
  7. Joel Bixler, Air Force Research Lab (USA)
    Title: High-speed and ultrasensitive imaging of cellular response during electroporation
  8. Irene Georgakoudi, Tufts University (USA)
    Title: Label-free, optical sensing of mitochondrial and metabolic dysfunction in living tissues
  9. Nicholas Durr, John Hopkis University (USA)
    Title: Non-invasive blood analysis with phase-contrast microscopy and deep learning
  10. Weijian Yang, University of California - Davis (USA)
    Title: Learned 3D imager using a single layer of microlens array
  11. Jonghwan Lee, Brown University (USA)
    Title: Near-lifespan tracking of microvascular morphology, topology, and flow in aging mouse brain
  12. Darren Roblyer, Boston University (USA)
    Title: Shortwave infrared time and spatial frequency domain imaging for quantitative tissue measurements of water, lipids, and scattering
  13. Liang Gao, University of California - Los Angeles (USA)
    Title: Ultrafast light field tomography and microscopy
  14. Martin Villiger, Harvard University (USA)
    Title: Catheter-based optical coherence polarimetry
  15. Shalin Mehta, Chan Zuckerberg Biohub (USA)
    Title: Scalable analysis of biological architecture with computational imaging and deep learning
  16. Kamran Avanaki, University of Illinois - Chicago (USA)
    Title: TBA
  17. Ofer Levi, University of Toronto (Canada)
    Title: TBA
  18. Srivalleesha Mallidi, Tufts University (USA)
    Title: TBA
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)
Shamsul Arafin, Ohio State University (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. Debdeep Jena, Cornell University (USA)
    Title: TBA
  2. Czeslaw Skierbiszewski, Polish Academy of Sciences (Poland)
    Title: TBA
Invited speakers: 
  1. Kris A Bertness, National Institute of Standards and Technology-NIST (USA)
    Title: TBA
  2. Siddharth Rajan, The Ohio State University (USA)
    Title: TBA
  3. Pei-Cheng Ku, University of Michigan (USA)
    Title: TBA
  4. Hieu Nguyen, New Jersey Institute of Technology-NJIT (USA)
    Title: TBA
  5. Henryk Tursky, Institute of High-Pressure Physics (Poland)
    Title: TBA
  6. William Wong, University of Waterloo (Canada)
    Title: TBA
  7. Karin Hinzer, University of Ottawa (Canada)
    Title: TBA
  8. Xiaohang Li, King Abdullah University of Science &Technology-KAUST (Saudi Arabia)
    Title: TBA
  9. Eva Monroy, CEA-Grenoble (France) 
    Title: TBA
  10. Emile Carbone, Institut national de la recherche scientifique-INRS (Canada)
    Title: TBA
High Power Laser Technology, Ultrafast Optics, and Applications
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 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.
Nonlinear Optics, Nanophotonics, and Plasmonics

Session chair: Pablo Bianucci, Concordia University (Canada)

Session co-chair: 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: 
  1. Juliet Gopinath, University of Colorado Boulder (USA)
    Title: TBA
  2. Robert Boyd, University of Ottawa (Canada) and University of Rochester (USA)
    Title: How to prevent laser-beam filamentation
Invited speakers: 
  1. Marina Radulaski, University of California, Davis (USA)
    Title: TBA
  2. Reuven Gordon, University of Victoria (Canada)
    Title: TBA
  3. Tao Lu, University of Victoria (Canada)
    Title: TBA
  4. Kartik Srinivasan, National Institute of Standards and Technology (USA)
    Title: TBA
  5. Lillian Childress, McGill University (Canada)
    Title: Cryogenic tunable microcavity for cavity QED with defect centers in diamond
  6. Lisa Poulikakos, University of California, San Diego (USA)
    Title: TBA
  7. Anderson Gomes, Universidade de Pernambuco (Brazil)
    Title: TBA
  8. Albert Rosenberger, Oklahoma State University (USA)
    Title: Using Multimode Input to Enhance Dissipative Sensing in a Microresonator
  9. Pascal Del'Haye, Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light (Germany)
    Title: TBA
  10. Michael Kues, Leibniz University Hannover (Germany)
    Title: Fully On-chip Laser-integrated Source of Entangled Photon States
  11. Christian Reimer, Hyperlight Corp. (USA)
    Title: TBA
  12. Kaveh Mojaver, McGill University (Canada)
    Title: TBA
  13. Jennifer Choy, University of Wisconsin-Madison (USA)
    Title: TBA
  14. Mengjie Yu, University of Southern California (USA)
    Title: TBA
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. Yasuhiko Arakawa, The University of Tokyo (Japan)
    Title: Impact of quantum dots on silicon photonics
  2. Laurent Vivien, CNRS (France)
    Title: Crystalline oxide integration in silicon photonics platform.
Invited speakers: 
  1. Lawrence Chen, McGill University (Canada)
    Title: Waveguide Bragg gratings for optical and microwave photonic signal processing?
  2. Bob Boyd, University of Ottawa (Canada)
    Title: Nonlinear Devices and Interactions for Optical Telecommunications.
  3. Roberto Morandotti, INRS (Canada)
    Title: New applications of integrated optics in quantum photonics and machine learning
  4. Frederic Gardes, University of Southampton (United Kingdom)
    Title: Waveguide interfacing for hybrid integration of SOI and compound photonics.
  5. Laurent Vivien, Universite de Paris Sud (France)
    Title: Crystalline oxide integration in silicon photonics platform.
  6. Katherine Stoll, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (USA)
    Title: Nonlinear properties of hybrid ZnTe-on-Si waveguides for telecommunication applications
  7. Danxia Xu, NRC (Canada)
    Title: Unlocking the potential of silicon photonic components with machine learning
  8. Qiying Chen, Memorial University of Newfoundland (Canada)
    Title: Optical fibers achieving wireless sensing
  9. Mo Mojahedi, University of Toronto (Canada)
    Title: TBA
  10. Pablo Bianucci, Concordia University (Canada)
    Title: TBA
  11. Alan Scott, Honeywell (USA)
    Title: Transitioning Canada’s Space Industry from RF to Optical Telecommunications
  12. Pierre Berini, University of Ottawa (Canada)
    Title: TBA
  13. Michael Geiselmann, Ligentec (Switzerland)
    Title: Low loss photonic integrated circuits: from prototype to volume
  14. Scott Papp, (NIST) - NIST (USA)
    Title: TBA
  15. James Pond, Ansys (Canada)
    Title: TBA
  16. Inigo Molina Fernadez, University of Malaga (Spain)
    Title: TBA
Photonic materials

Session chair: Tigran Galstian, Université Laval (Canada)

Session 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 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.

Photonics and AI

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

Session co-chairs: 
Stefanie Czischek, University of Ottawa (Canada)
Sean Molesky, Polytechnique Montréal (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: 
  1. Steven J. Johnson, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (USA)
    Title: TBA
Invited speakers: 
  1. Mo Li, University of Washington (USA)
    Title: TBA
  2. Nathan Kutz, University of Washington (USA)
    Title: TBA
  3. Zin Lin, Virginia Tech (USA)
    Title: TBA
  4. Tomah Sogabe, The University of Electro-Communications (Japan)
    Title: TBA
  5. Antonio I. Fernández-Domínguez, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (Spain)
    Title: TBA
  6. Owen Miller, Yale University (USA)
    Title: TBA
  7. Odile Liboiron-Ladouceur, McGill University (Canada)
    Title: TBA
  8. Peter Wiecha, LAAS-CNRS Toulouse (France)
    Title: TBA
  9. Kiyoul Yang, Harvard University (USA)
    Title: TBA
  10. Firooz Aflatouni, University of Pennsylvania (USA)
    Title: TBA
  11. Wolfram Pernice, Heidelberg University (Germany)
    Title: TBA
  12. Carsten Schuck, University of Münster (Germany)
    Title: TBA
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. Sir David Payne, University of Southampton (United Kingdom)
    Title: Optical fiber communications
Invited speakers: 
  1. Robert Magnusson, University of Texas at Arlington (USA)
    Title: Guided-mode and leaky-mode resonant devices
  2. Albert Stolow, University of Ottawa (Canada)
    Title: Coherent Raman Microscopy
  3. Misha Sumetsky, Aston University (United Kingdom)
    Title: Optical fiber microcoil resonators
  4. Serge Bidnyk, Enablence Technologies (Canada)
    Title: Advances in machine learning-based design for high volume manufacturing of planar lightwave circuits
  5. Carlos Alonso Ramos, CNRS (France)
    Title: Subwavelength engineering in silicon photonics for nonlinear and optomechanical applications
  6. Jianhao Zhang, Advanced Photonics and Electronics Research Center (Canada)
    Title: Integrated optomechanical nanophotonic structures
  7. Daniel Benedikovic, University of Zilina (Slovakia)
    Title: Nanophotonic off-chip couplers for  silicon and silicon nitride waveguide platforms
  8. Ahmad Atieh, Optiwave (Canada)
    Title: QKD over FSO under different weather conditions using OptiSystem software
  9. Weidong Zhou, University of Texas (USA)
    Title: Photonic crystal slabs and nanobeam cavities
  10. Maria Sanchez, University of Habana (Cuba)
    Title: Surface photovoltage spectroscopy
  11. Zhenguo Lu, National Research Council (Canada)
    Title: High data throughput wireless networks based on quantum dot lasers and millimeter-wave-over-fiber transmission links
  12. Pablo Aitor Postigo, University of Rochester (USA)
    Title: On-chip quantum photonics for generation of indistinguishable photons
  13. Jose Manuel Luque Gonzales, University of Malaga (Spain)
    Title: Metamaterial integrated nanophotonics
  14. Winnie Ye, Carleton University (Canada)
    Title: Reconfigurable optical logic using carrier depletion and optical memory in microdisk resonators
  15. Goran Mashanovich, University of Southampton (United Kingdom)
    Title: Mid-infrared silicon photonic devices for absorption spectroscopy
  16. David Gonzales-Andrade, University Paris Saclay (France)
    Title: Silicon photonic architectures for mode-division multiplexing
  17. Hugh Podmore, Honeywell Aerospace (Canada)
    Title: Optical phase array design for satellite communications
  18. Nir Rotenberg, Queens University (Canada)
    Title: Quantum nanophotonics
  19. Ross Cheriton, NRC (Canada)
    Title: On-chip solutions for astrophotonic spectroscopy
  20. Sendy Phang, University of Nottingham (United Kingdom)
    Title: Photonic Reservoir Computing in a stimulated Brillouin scattering system
  21. Ayse Turak, Concordia University (Canada)
    Title: Reverse micelle processed nanoparticles for photonic applications
  22. Neetesh Singh, Center for Free Electron Laser Science (Germany)
    Title: Electron Synchrotron, Germany,  Large mode area on-chip mode-locked lasers
  23. Silvia Soria, Institute of Applied Physics “Nello Carrara”, National Research Council (Italy)
    Title: Optomechanics in microbubble resonators
  24. Ray Decorby, University of Alberta (Canada)
    Title: Hollow waveguides and novel microcavities for integrated optics
  25. Cameron Horvath, Applied Nanotools (Canada)
    Title: Optimizing photonic PDK components via simulation and accounting for fabrication non-idealities
  26. Thi Ngoc Lam Tran, Institute for Photonics and Nanotechnologies Trento, National Research Council (Italy)
    Title: Flexible integrated photonics
  27. Iain Crowe, University of Manchester (United Kingdom)
    Title: Silicon photonic materials and devices for evanescent wave-guide sensing
  28. Andy Knights, McMaster University (Canada)
    Title: Silicon photonic devices and applications
  29. David Marpaung, University of Twente (The Netherlands)
    Title: Brillouin integrated photonics
  30. Paulo Dainese, Corning (USA)
    Title: Brillouin scattering in optical waveguides
  31. Raman Kashyap, Polytechnique Montréal (Canada)
    Title: Advanced fiber Bragg grating devices and their applications
  32. Martina Gerken, University of Kiel (Germany)
    Title: Photonic nanostructures in organic optoelectronic devices revisited
  33. Silvia Maria Pietralunga, Institute for Photonics and Nanotechnologies (IFN), Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche of Italy (CNR) (Italy)
    Title: Multi-cavity dielectric mirrors for spectral-splitting photovoltaic applications
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.
Photonics Technology Entrepreneurship and Innovation
Session chair: TBA
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