The Flagship Event in European Optical Communication Comes to London



March 12, 2013

ECOC (European Conference on Optical Communications) this year will be organised by the IET (Institution of Engineering and Technology), Europe’s largest professional body of engineers. Held at the ICC London ExCeL from 22 to 26 September, the conference will be the pivotal event of the year providing a major platform for industry professionals to deliver emerging topics, new results and developments in the optical communications sphere.

The 39th ECOC conference will be held at an important time for the industry as it faces the challenge of establishing next generation networks that are larger, faster and more agile, as the demand for broadband continues to increase.

Warren East, Chief Executive Officer of ARM who turned the company into the world’s leading Semiconductor IP licensing company, collectively shipping more than 8 billion ARM chips per year worldwide, will be giving a keynote presentation.

The conference will cover six technical topics which include fibres, fibre devices and amplifiers, waveguide and optoelectronic devices, subsystems for optical networks and datacoms, point-to-point transmission systems, optical transport and large scale data networks and access, local area and intra-data centre networks. The technical papers submission system is now open and will accept original, unpublished and relevant papers in line with this year’s topic areas.

The topics this year have been chosen by the ECOC conference technical programme committee chairs, Professor David Richardson, University of Southampton and Professor Dimitra Simeonidou, University of Bristol, who are both highly influential figures in optical communication research. The panel also includes other influential research and analysis groups, together with independent industry bodies within optical communication.

“The conference is an excellent platform to share with like-minded people years of dedicated research and results from testing photonic technology through to the implementation of fibre networks” said Sir David Payne, General Conference co-Chair. “The optical communications sphere is forever changing and we’ve incorporated diverse topics to enable prospective conference speakers to discuss different areas of interests.”

Nigel Fine, Chief Executive and Secretary of the IET, added: “It’s an excellent time for the conference to come to London following closely on a very successful London 2012 Olympics and Paralympic Games. For the IET to host it in London is a great honour.”

Professionals interested in speaking at the ECOC Conference should submit their paper here: by Friday 12 April 2013.

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