• Technical Conference: 

    15 – 20 May 2022

  • Exhibition: 

    17 – 19 May 2022

Special Sessions



Black in Photonics Informal Social Hour

Monday, 16 May, 18:00 – 19:00

Original Joe's, 301 S First St, San Jose, CA

Join us for the inaugural Black in Photonics informal meetup where CLEO attendees of the African diaspora can assemble and meet each other to establish community building, encouragement and support, personal and professional growth, and potential collaboration in research. Hosted by 2021 Optica Ambassador Michael Williams and sponsored by Optica and IEEE join us for networking and fellowship – allies always welcome!


Experiences and advice In Breaking The Glass Ceiling As A Woman In STEM

Tuesday, 17 May, 10:00 – 11:30

Room 210A

The workshop will bring together members from within and outside the CLEO community to provide a convivial, interactive, and open forum to highlight and discuss challenges, actions and advice regarding breaking through the career “glass ceiling."

Coffee and snacks will be provided.


Jie Qiao, Rocherster Institute of Technology, USA


Sterling Backus, Thorlabs

Tatevik Chalayan, Vrije Universiteit Brussels, Belgium

Tara Foster, NIST

Nataliia Mysko, B. Verkin Institute for Low Temperature Physics and Engineering of the NAS of Ukraine, Ukraine


Andrea Armani, University of Southern California, USA

Kristen Corwin, NIST Boulder , USA

Ursula Keller, ETH Zurich, Switzerland

Michal Lipson, Columbia University, USA


Deep Sensing and Super Resolution

Tuesday, 17 May, 18:30 – 20:00

Room 210A

This panel will focus on new and recent optical methods for deep tissue sensing. In particular, the panel will focus on deep biomedical sensing via single photon detectors. With the advances in Quantum Optics and superconductive systems during the last few years, these methods may be a breakthrough in deep tissue sensing with respect to conventional methods. In this session, super resolution methods based on quantum properties and interactions that can lead to imaging and biomedical applications will be discussed. Recent developments of single photon sensing for deep tissue imaging will be discussed as well.


Nisan Ozana, Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital, USA

Zeev Zalevsky, Bar Ilan University, Israel

Invited Speakers

Megan Blackwell, MIT Lincoln Labs, USA

Anat Levin, Technion, Israel

Demetri Psaltis, EPFL, Switzerland

Tim Rambo, Quantum Opus, USA


Opportunities and Challenges for Optical Phase-Change Materials in Foundry-Processed Photonics

Tuesday, 17 May, 18:30 – 20:00

Room 210E

Phase-change materials (PCMs), such as Ge2Sb2Te5 (“GST”), Ge2Sb2Se4Te1, VO2 and Sb2Se3, have recently emerged as a promising platform to control light on-chip due to their fast, dramatic, and reversible change in refractive index. Since their initial demonstration on integrated and free-space optical devices, significant technical progress in the field of optical PCMs has been achieved in terms of finding new alloys with superior optical transparency, controlling PCMs both optically and electrically, and moving from single devices to large-scale photonic architectures. These advances have led to exciting applications ranging from reconfigurable photonic switches and metasurfaces to high-speed photonic memory and computing. With the growing academic and industrial interest in these unique materials, a roadmap toward large-scale integration at the foundry is crucial to inform future research in this field. This panel aims to initiate a lively discussion into both the opportunities and challenges for optical PCMs within the CMOS foundry process flow. Specific questions to be addressed in this panel include: Where do phase-change photonics address a clear need that is not addressed by conventional photonic components? What steps are needed to develop a phase-change photonic PDK? What technical hurdles must be overcome before optical PCMs are ready for foundry integration?


Carlos Rios Ocampo, University of Maryland, USA

Nathan Youngblood, University of Pittsburgh, USA

Invited Speakers

Juejun Hu, MIT, USA

Hyun Jung Kim, NASA, USA

Joyce Poon, University of Toronto, Canada


Hybrid Quantum-Classical Technologies

Tuesday, 17 May, 18:30 – 20:00


Recent years have brought unprecedented growth of quantum technologies. NISQ systems, built with superconducting, photonic, or ion-trap platforms, already allow us to develop and test algorithms solving optimization or simulation problems. Since 2020 we have been also observing a growing interest in quantum machine learning. Quantum networks, which hold the promise of unconditionally secure information exchange, are realized worldwide with optical fibers and satellites. However, many of the technically advanced projects still do not keep pace with classical solutions, which have already achieved high technology readiness levels and are used worldwide. We plan to show and compare quantum and classical solutions, their strengths, and weaknesses. We will discuss how to connect these two worlds and think about making the most profits from this marriage.


Marco Barbieri, Roma Tre University, Italy

Magdalena Stobinska, University of Warsaw, Poland

Invited Speakers

Lily Chen, National Institute of Standards and Technology, USA

William Munro, NTT Basic Research Laboratories, Japan

Valentina Parigi, Université Pierre et Marie Curie, France

Thomas Roger, Toshiba Europe, UnitedKingdom


Optimizing Career Paths in Optics: The Guide for Young Professionals

Tuesday, 17 May, 18:30 – 20:00

Room 210F

Career planning is very important for young professionals in optics. Different career paths are available, each with its own requirements, challenges, and rewards. We invite you to hear firsthand from your young professional and more seasoned colleagues alike about their jobs and the paths they took to get there. Practical questions on how to excel in an optics-related career will be answered. What does it take to get a foot in the door at your target workplace? How to network? Who makes hiring decisions, and how? What qualities are the most sought? What does it take not to get stuck in your career? How could your typical workday look? What are the most common challenges in maintaining work-life balance?


Mercedeh Khjavikhan, University of Southern California, USA

Tracy Northup, University of Innsbruck, Austria

Jie Qiao, Rochester Institute of Technology, USA

Stephanie Tomasulo, Naval Research Laboratory, USA


Camille-Sophie Bres, EPFL

Kristan Corwin, NIST

Gloria Hoefler, Pacific Biosciences

James Joseph, ARO

Rudolph Neuhaus, Toptica

Takasumi Tanabe, Keio University


Plenary Session II - Shaping the Wave: Achieving Success and Innovation Through a Diverse and Inclusive Workforce

Benjamin Eggleton, Director of The University of Sydney Nano Institute (Sydney Nano); Professor, The University of Sydney Australia

In this presentation, I will shine a light on the clear benefits of a diverse and inclusive workplace and give an overview of my own very positive journey of building and working in diverse and inclusive teams and organizations.

Biography: Benjamin Eggleton obtained the PhD degree in Physics from the University of Sydney. In 1996, he joined Bell Laboratories, Lucent Technologies. In 2000 he was promoted to Director within the Specialty Photonics Division of Bell Laboratories, focusing on forward-looking research supporting Lucent's business in optical fiber devices and optical networks. Since 2003 he has been a Professor of Physics at the University of Sydney and currently serves as the Director of the University of Sydney Nano Institute (Sydney Nano) and Co-Director of the NSW Smart Sensing Network (NSSN). Eggleton is a Fellow of The Optical Society (OSA), IEEE Photonics, SPIE, the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE) and the Australian Academy of Science (AAS).


Experiences In Breaking Through The Glass Ceiling As An Ethnic Minority

Wednesday, 18 May, 11:30 – 12:30

The Hub Theater

The workshop will bring together members from within and outside the CLEO community to provide a convivial, interactive, and open forum to highlight and discuss challenges, actions and advice regarding breaking through the career “glass ceiling”.


Michael Williams, 2021 Optica Ambassador


Sterling Backus, Thorlabs

Tara Foster, NIST

Rohit Prasankumar, Intellectual Ventures

Michael Williams, Boston Electronics


Arti Agrawal, University of Sydney, Australia

Mario Borunda, Oklahomas State University, USA

Charles Brown, UC Berkley, USA

Sylvester Gates, University of Maryland, USA

Willie May, Morgan State University, USA

Charles Robinson, IBM Quantum Computing, USA