Panel: Photonics Flash Forward – The photonics design experience in 2025: Today’s Challenges, Tomorrow’s Solutions

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The photonic design and manufacture ecosystem is rapidly evolving. Today, photonic designs are moving from research to commercialization, with optical transceivers in the data centers leading the way. Photonics is today solving challenges that electronics struggle to address. In 2025 even more applications will be advanced through photonics, such as AR/VR, medical, sensors, LiDAR, and quantum computing. The photonics ecosystem will need to advance significantly to support these applications. What advances can we expect in design, simulation, manufacturing, and delivery? Are our universities equipped to supply the talent needed? This panel will address these issues and more.


James Pond, Principal Product Manager at Ansys


Ashkan Seyedi
Senior Research Scientist
Hewlett Packard Labs
Ashkan Seyedi did his Ph.D. at the University of Southern California on photonic crystal devices, high-speed nanowire photodetectors, efficient white LEDs and solar cells. He’s know a research scientist at Hewlett Packard Enterprise where he’s been working on developing high-bandwidth, efficient optical interconnects for exascale and high performance computing applications.
Kavitha Buddharaju
Director, Sales and Business Development and Co-Founder
Advanced Micro Foundry
Kavitha Buddharaju did her Master’s degree in Electrical engineering at Louisiana State University, where she focussed on WDM network architecture. She has over 14 years experience in the semiconductor industry both as a scientist and in business development. As an engineer at IME/A*STAR, she has authored many scientific publications and conference proceedings and also holds 5 patents. She currently is Director, Sales and Business Development at Advanced Micro Foundry (AMF), a leading silicon photonics startup, which she co-founded.
Lukas Chrostowski
Professor of Electrical & Computer Engineering
The University of British Columbia
Lukas Chrostowski is a Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of British Columbia in Canada. He did his PhD at the University of California Berkeley. His research interests are in silicon photonics, optoelectronics and lasers, including design fabrication and test, for applications in optical communications, biophotonics and quantum information. His many publications include the textbook “Silicon Photonics Design” which is seen as one of the bibles of silicon photonics. He has won numerous teaching and research awards. Finally, he has been teaching silicon photonics workshops and courses since 2008 and many people in the field were either trained by him or took one of online courses.
Thierry Pinguet
Technical Leader, Engineering
Thierry Pinguet completed his Ph.D. in in 2002, where his area of research was quasi-phase matched nonlinear optics in III-V semiconductors for near to mid-infrared applications. He’s currently Technical Leader at Luxtera which was recently acquired by Cisco, where he has been responsible for Silicon Photonics technology, device, and process development since joining the company in 2002.

Photonics Flash Forward – The photonics design experience in 2025: Today’s Challenges, Tomorrow’s Solutions

November 4, 2020 10:00 am
(America/Vancouver -08:00 GMT)
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