About the Workshop

Following Photonics West, the largest Photonics event of the year, a team of US and Danish experts will host a research focused two-day workshop on advancing the development of Photonic Technologies for Optical Access Networking and Biophotonics. Innovation Center Denmark is hosting the workshop at Stanford University January 31th -1st February 2011.

Optical Access Networks

The next decade is expected to be decisive in the Optical Access Networks technology market. The explosive demand for communication services that only optical fiber technologies can support is leading engineers, scientists and industry to devise a cost-effective solution to support Gigabit connectivity in a scalable way. It is not just the enterprise who is requesting ultra-broadband VPN connectivity between its data centers, or residential customers willing to use 3D immersive applications. It is the 4G broadband cellular data service, a principal contributor to this phenomenon, as the same optical access infrastructure can provide the means to boost the reach of next generation wireless networks.


Photonic technology

Recent developments in photonic technology and network protocols may help to cope with this demand by introducing new active and passive components in the design. The cost-effective introduction of DWDM functionality is one of the envisioned key milestones for which no standard cost-effective approach still exists. However, there is a general consensus that such next generation access networks should not just provide lots of bandwidth. The designs must be driven also by principles of flexibility, scalability, availability, environment-friendliness and security. Thus, photonic technologies featuring re-configurability, remote operation, energy efficiency and protection are expected to cause a quantum leap in the way broadband access is delivered.



Light’s ability to carry information has placed optics at the forefront of scientific revolutions, from Galileo’s telescopic observations of heavenly bodies to Leeuwenhoek’s investigations of the micro-cosmos. Modern optics and photonics can exploit light not only to perform passive observations but also to interactively control the phenomena. In this respect, the capacity to mould the properties of light is a vital ingredient as it enables us to control light’s interaction with matter. Using light as our eyes and hands into microscopic phenomena can provide critical boost in biomedical investigations. This is needed for advancing biology and medicine into the 21st century calling for new tools that can help tackle challenging biomedical frontiers. From enhancing health to extending life, biomedical research is examining conditions that afflict humans, from the leading causes of death like cardiovascular diseases and cancer, to rising threats like diabetes that though manageable, have prolonged impact on the quality of life.


Biophotonics is addressing this exciting interdisciplinary research that explores light-based technologies for life-sciences and medicine. The term originates from the ancient greek words ‘bios’ and ‘phos’ that means life and light, respectively, and thus refers to the unique interplay between biological matter and photons. Biophotonics ultimately aims for an ever-improving health care system, reducing health-care costs, personalizing health care and strive to address the new challenges of the human ageing process, which seems to make us more susceptible to diseases and systemic failures that effectively puts a “best before” date on our life and vitality. Moving forward in this field requires tools for advancing fundamental knowledge that can, subsequently, contribute to the development of next generation tools and technologies for elevating the human condition. Biophotonics typically play important yet secondary roles by providing enabling tools in many applications and the biomedical field is no exception. In many cases, light’s capacity for carrying information can also here play an important role. 



The organizers are from two of the foremost research groups within the field, namely the Photonics Networking Research Laboratory at Stanford University, the Department of Photonics Engineering at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU).


DTU Photonics

Researchers from DTU Photonics have an outstanding track in photonic technologies applied to both communication and bio-photonics. The Institute of Electronics at Aalborg University in Denmark is a well-established institution worldwide in the wireless research area.


The Photonics and Networking Research Laboratory (PNRL)

The Photonics and Networking Research Laboratory (PNRL) at Stanford University investigates a broad range of research in photonics and optical networks, under the guidance of Professor Leonid Kazovsky. Their current research focuses on passive optical network designs, optical and wireless access convergence, metro-access interface, packet-switched photonics, and dynamic circuit switched transport for the Internet core.


Invited Speakers

Invited speakers include industry leaders from the private sector such as, Alcatel-Lucent, Acreo Sweden, Deutsche Telekom, Google, Huawei Technologies, Ibsen Photonics, Kaleido Technology, NKT Photonics, NTT Docomo, and researchers from the following universities/insititutes: Aalborg University, Australian National University, Ben Gurion University, DTU, ICFO Spain, Rochester Insititute of Technology, UC Berkeley, UC Davis, UC Santa Barbara, University of Carlos III, University of Connecticut, University of Paris Descartes, University of Southern Denmark, and Stanford University.


The workshop is supported by