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OFC 2019 Conference plenary speakers announced

The Optical Fiber Communication Conference and Exhibition (OFC), the conference and exhibition for optical communications and networking professionals, has announced the lineup of plenary speakers for OFC 2019. Alex Jinsung Choi, Deutsche Telekom, Germany, Dmitri Dolgov, Waymo, US, and Benny Mikkelsen, Acacia Communications, US, will take the stage 5 March 2019 to share their visions on open network innovation, the future of vehicular mobility and optical integration as catalyst for higher data rates.

OFC 2019 is being held 3–7 March (exhibits 5–7 March) at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, California (US). OFC is the industry’s stage where global leaders, academia and innovators present, debate, launch and demonstrate the innovations driving applications that are on the cusp of changing the world in which we live. This year’s event is expected to draw more than 15500 attendees and 700+ exhibitors from 65 countries.

The plenary speakers

Alex Jinsung Choi, SVP Strategy & Technology Innovation, T-Laboratories Innovation, Deutsche Telekom, Germany

Alex Jinsung Choi is SVP of Strategy & Technology Innovation, head of T-Laboratories Innovation at Deutsche Telekom AG. Choi has more than 20 years of experience in the mobile telecommunication industry. Prior to joining Deutsche Telekom, he served from 2012 as chief technology officer (CTO) and head of the Corporate R&D Division and the Technology Strategy Office for SK Telekom in South Korea, where he drove forward key strategic and research topics.

Talk: Towards Open Innovation in 5G

While it remains difficult to make predictions, especially about the future, one bet seems safe: the exponential Internet traffic growth will continue for the foreseeable future. With 5G, we will see requirements for 100 Gb/s connectivity to base stations. More radical approaches are required by operators to keep network rollout costs under control. This includes the move away from a classical black box approach to disaggregation, to Open Source Software and Open Hardware, and also opening up the closed optical ecosystem. Organizations like TIP, OCP, the Linux Foundation and O-RAN play a critical role in this new ecosystem.

Dmitri Dolgov, CTO & VP Engineering, Waymo, US

Dmitri Dolgov is CTO and vice president of engineering for Waymo, a technology company with a mission to make it safe and easy to move people and things around. Dolgov was one of the original members of the Google self-driving car project, which became Waymo in 2016. In his role at Waymo, Dolgov leads the development of all self-driving hardware and software.

Talk: From Self-driving Cars to a Vision for Future Mobility

Waymo, formerly the Google self-driving car project, is currently the only company with a fleet of fully self-driving cars on public roads. A suite of sensors, including lidar, radar, and cameras, gives Waymo’s vehicles a 360-degree view and a detailed 3D picture of the world, and Waymo’s self-driving software is tested through billions of miles driven in simulation and more than 10 million miles of real-world driving experience. This presentation will share how Waymo’s vehicles use their powerful combination of custom-built sensors and software to safely navigate the roads, how they communicate and how machine learning and artificial intelligence touch every part of Waymo’s self-driving system.

Benny Mikkelsen, founder & CTO, Acacia Communications, US

Benny Mikkelsen is one of the founders of Acacia Communications and also serves as its chief technology officer. Mikkelsen brings to Acacia expertise and experience in optical transmission and technologies. Prior to joining Acacia, Mikkelsen co-founded and served as the vice president of technology of Mintera. Mikkelsen has published more than 200 papers and conference contributions in letters, journals and conferences.

Talk: Tackling Capacity & Density Challenges by Electro-Photonic Integration

Photonic integration and digital signal processing (DSP) are critical technologies to support the ever-increasing need for higher data rates and smaller, cost effective optical interfaces for cloud, access and transport applications. As we move to higher data rates, co-packaging of photonics and electronics — beginning with analog ASICs, then DSP ASICs and ultimately switch ASICs — could offer additional improvements in power, density and performance. This presentation will provide an update and outlook of the challenges and opportunities the industry is facing as we scale to higher data rates and smaller form factor optical interfaces.

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