• Technical Conference:  5 – 10 May 2019
  • Exhibition: 7 – 9 May 2019


Topical workshops provide convivial, interactive, open fora to address topics not covered by traditional presentations, but that are of interest and importance to the CLEO community. Moderators and panels of specialists lead discussions.

The format is intended to be less formal than a technical session or symposium so as to enable open discussion between panelists and the audience to address technical and strategic questions for which there is no clear consensus.

The workshops provide interactive learning environments and are open to all conference registrants. 


Workshop topics:

1) Beyond Awareness: What Actions Can Be Taken to Improve Diversity in STEM?

In the hard sciences, women and minorities have seen slower improvements in representation compared to fields such as medicine and law. Information on how to improve this representation in STEM is also difficult to find. This workshop brings together leaders of professional organizations and subject matter experts to discuss policies and actions that can improve gender, racial, LGBTQI and disability diversity within the physics, engineering and optics communities.


Arti Agrawal, University of Technology Sydney, Australia

Ben Eggleton, University of Sydney, Australia

Tara Fortier, National Institute of Standards & Technology, USA

Christina Willis, Consultant, USA

Andrew Wilson, National Institute of Standards & Technology, USA


2) Will Quantum Computing Actually Work?!

The realization of a large-scale quantum computer represents the holy grail for quantum researchers and for those hoping to harness the power of quantum entanglement. Far beyond practical limits of classical computing, quantum computers potentially enable the simulation of all quantum processes in nature, and have profound and immediate practical applications, most famously in cryptography. After decades of painstaking research on small-scale laboratory devices, there has been a recent, dramatic ramping up of commercial interest, spanning boutique companies to tech giants.

This workshop aims to address the question currently on the minds of many — is large-scale, fault-tolerant, universal quantum computing a realistic possibility?


Ben Eggleton, University of Sydney, Australia

Tara Fortier, National Institute of Standards & Technology, USA

Andrew Wilson, National Institute of Standards & Technology, USA 



     Jerry Chow, IBM Corp., USA

     Superconducting Circuits

     Mikhail Lukin, Harvard University, USA

     Silicon & Nitrogen Vacancy Centers, Nano-photonics, and Neutral Atoms

     Christopher Monroe, University of Maryland, Joint Quantum Institute & IONQ Inc., USA

     Trapped Ions

     Robert Schoelkopf, Yale University, USA 

     Superconducting Circuits

     Andrew Steane, University of Oxford, UK 

     Quantum Error Correction Codes and Trapped Ions

     Jelena Vuckovic, Stanford University, USA

     Quantum Dots, Silicon Vacancy Centers, and Nano-photonics

     Birgitta Whaley, UC Berkeley, USA


3)  What Will Be the Largest Commercial Application for Optical Frequency Combs in 10 Years?

Over 15 years ago, a committee at CLEO was formed to capture research on precision optical measurement primarily enabled by the development of optical frequency combs. Since their first demonstration in 2000, optical frequency
combs have seen rapid changes in laser technology, expansion of applications, and industry interest. This workshop seeks a discussion from experts in government, academia and industry on what the commercial future holds for this versatile technology.


Tara Fortier, National Institute of Standards & Technology, USA

Fabrizio Giorgetta, National Institute of Standards & Technology, USA



     Ronald Holzwarth, Menlo Systems GmbH, Germany    

     Ursula Keller, ETH, Zürich, Switzerland

     Seung-Woo Kim, KAIST, South Korea

     Markus Mangold, IRsweep, Switzerland

     Nate Newbury, National Institute of Standards & Technology, USA

     Nathalie Picqué, Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics, Germany    

     Stojan Radic, UCSD, USA

     Felix Rohde, TOPTICA Photonics AG, Germany


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