Professor Peter Andrekson, chairman of the program committee. Photo: Henrik Sandsjö

5,000 participants at conference on optical communication

On 17-21 September, around 5,000 researchers from around the world gather at the European Conference on Optical Communication (ECOC) at the The Swedish Exhibition & Congress Centre in Gothenburg. "I hope we will hear many exciting research results. Chalmers has a record of contributions this year with at least 21," says the chairman of the program committee, Professor Peter Andrekson at MC2.

He is a Professor of Photonics at the Photonics Laboratory at the Department of Microtechnology and Nanoscience – MC2. By his side, he has Cristina Andersson, Vice Head of Department for Utilization at MC2, who draws a heavy load in the planning of the conference.
 
ECOC 2017 is the largest conference on optical communication in Europe and one of the largest and most prestigious events in this field worldwide. This year's edition is the 43th in the scheme. In Gothenburg, the conference has not been arranged since 1989. Peter Andrekson was involved back then.
 
Who is the intended audience for the conference?
"Researchers and product developers, as well as anyone else who has an interest in learning about trends in the area", says Andrekson.
 

ECOC 2017 has a digested program of 450 speakers and a giant exhibition of representatives from the international business community, with 4,000 participants. To the main conference, about 1,000 participants are expected to come, mostly from Europe, North and South America, Asia and Pacific.
 
New for this year is that PhD students from Chalmers are offered to listen to the four plenary lectures and see the large exhibition for free. Just sign up via the link at the bottom of this article.
 
The plenary speakers are Vijay Vusirikala, Head of Optical Network Architecture and Engineering at Google, Anne L’Huillier, Professor of Atomic Physics at Lund University, Professor Philip Diamond, Director-General of the SKA radio telescope (Square Kilometre Array), and Kazuo Hagimoto, President, CEO and Co-Founder of NTT Electronics in Tokyo.
 
What will happen and what should not be missed?
"The plenary session and postdeadline session usually draw most people. The ECOC will also have attractive social events", says Peter Andrekson, and mentions, among other things, a concert with Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra in the Concert Hall, a welcome reception at Universeum with the City of Gothenburg as host, and a big banquet dinner at Kajskjul 8.
 
ECOC 2017 is organized by MC2 in collaboration with the research institute Rise Acreo, Ericsson AB, Telia AB and the Technical University of Denmark (DTU). Peter Andrekson is in charge of the conference's scientific programme and is chairman of the technical programme committee which planned the content. The program committee consists of a total of 110 people. Among the members are also the MC2 researchers Magnus Karlsson, Professor of Photonics, Deputy Head of department and Head of graduate education at MC2, and Jochen Schröder, senior researcher at the Photonics Laboratory at MC2.
 
Text: Michael Nystås
Photo: Henrik Sandsjö
 
 
 
 
 
 

Published: Wed 06 Sep 2017. Modified: Fri 08 Sep 2017