• Technical Conference: 

    9 - 14 May 2021

  • Exhibition: 

    11 – 13 May 2021

2020 Plenary Speakers

John Bowers l Paul Kwiat l Bill Liu l Kaoru Minoshima


John Bowers

John Bowers, Director of the Institute for Energy Efficiency and Professor, University of California Santa Barbara, USA

Silicon Photonics

Silicon photonics has become a mainstream technology for high-volume, low-cost manufacturing of photonic devices and integrated circuits for a wide variety of applications. These include optical transceivers for datacom and telecommunications, navigation including LIDARs and gyroscopes, biomedical sensors including lab on a chip, analog transmission for military or space applications and precision timing/optical clocks. Silicon photonic foundries exist on three continents with volumes in the millions of units per year. Laser integration on silicon has been commercialized using heterogeneous integration, and prospects look good for epitaxial lasers on silicon. Here we give an overview of recent research in the area and prospects for future results.

Biography: John Bowers is Director of the Institute for Energy Efficiency and a professor in the Departments of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Materials at the University of California Santa Barbara (UCSB). His research interests are primarily concerned with silicon photonics, optoelectronic devices, optical switching and transparent optical networks and quantum dot lasers. Bowers received M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Stanford University and then worked for AT&T Bell Laboratories before joining UCSB.  Bowers is a fellow of the IEEE, OSA and the American Physical Society, and a recipient of the IEEE Photonics Award, OSA/IEEE Tyndall Award, the IEEE LEOS William Streifer Award and the South Coast Business and Technology Entrepreneur of the Year Award. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and the National Academy of Inventors. 


Paul Kwiat

Paul Kwiat, Professor, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and  Director of Illinois Quantum Information Science and Technology Center (IQUIST), USA

Advanced Resources for Optical Quantum Information Processing — the Next Generation

Although existing optical quantum information processing (QIP) experiments have implemented protocols employing up to 12 or even 20 photons, system inefficiencies have resulted in exceedingly low rates. However, recent advances in sources, detectors and memories now hold promise for a new generation of QIP, with enhanced rates and complexity orders of magnitude beyond current capabilities. We discuss near-term prospects for multi-photon quantum processing.

Biography: Paul G. Kwiat is the Bardeen Chair in Physics, at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign, and Director of the Illinois Quantum Information Science and Technology Center (IQUIST). A Fellow of the American Physical Society and The Optical Society, and recipient of the 2009 OSA R. W. Wood Prize, he has given invited talks at numerous national and international conferences, and has authored over 160 articles on various topics in quantum optics and quantum information, including several review articles. His research focuses on developing advanced resources for optical quantum information processing, particularly using entangled — and hyperentangled — photons to enable advanced quantum communication and metrology.


Bill Liu

Bill Liu, Founder, Chairman and CEO, Royole Corporation, China and USA

The Future of Flexible Electronics

Each leap forward in display and sensor technology has pushed the boundary of our imagination, inspired waves of new-use cases, delivered exciting consumer experiences and unlocked tremendous market opportunities. With the flourishing of Internet of Things, or IoT, ubiquitous and multimodal human-machine interactions, or HMI, have become a fundamental catalyst to unleashing the full potential of IoT and to realizing the dream of a world with every ordinary object connected and revitalized. This next generation of HMI pivots on the wide adoption of flexible technology. In this talk, the technology background and industry trends of flexible technologies, especially fully flexible displays, flexible sensors and their fast-growing applications, will be discussed.

Biography: Bill Liu is the Founder, Chairman and CEO of Royole Corporation, a pioneer and global leader in the flexible technology industry. Royole has developed a series of innovative technologies and products for the next-generation, human-machine interfaces, including super-thin fully flexible displays, fully flexible sensors and FlexPai, the world’s first foldable screen smartphone brought to market. Royole achieved a multi-billion-dollar market valuation in just four years, making it one of the fastest growing tech startups. As the company Founder, Liu was selected to Fortune Magazine's 40 Under 40 (2019), 35 Innovators Under 35 by MIT Technology Review (2017), Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum (2017) and Top 10 Most Innovative Entrepreneurs in the US and China by Forbes (2015). Prior to founding Royole, Liu worked at IBM Corporation. He received a Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University (2009), and B.S./M.S. degrees with honors in Electronic Engineering from Tsinghua University (2004/2006). He was a recipient of both First Prizes for National Olympiad of Physics and Chemistry in 1999.


Kaoru Minoshima

Kaoru Minoshima, Professor, The University of Electro-Communications, Japan

Intelligent Optical Synthesizer: Versatile Control of Optical Waves with Frequency Combs Towards Innovative Applications

Versatile control of optical waves has become possible by use of rapidly advancing optical frequency comb technology. By full use of comb properties, not only as an ultraprecise frequency ruler in frequency metrology, broad applications, such as direct study of full properties of materials, adaptive sensing and rapid 3D imaging, are opened up.

Biography: Kaoru Minoshima is a Professor at the University of Electro-Communications (UEC), Tokyo, Japan, and also the research director of ERATO MINOSHIMA Intelligent Optical Synthesizer (IOS) Project, supported by JST. She received her Ph.D. degrees from the University of Tokyo in 1993, and worked at the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) until 2013. She was also visiting professor at the University of Bordeaux I (1996) and MIT (2000-2001). She was the 2019 MIT Hermann Anton Haus Lecturer. Her areas of research are ultrafast optical science and technology, optical metrology, time-resolved imaging, spectroscopy and frequency combs. She has served as the CLEO Subcommittee Chair (2004-2005), where she built a new subcommittee for Optical Metrology, Program Co-Chair (2009) and General Co-Chair (2011). She is a member of the Science Council of Japan, director of LSJ and JSAP and a Fellow of OSA and JSAP.

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