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



The goal of the CLEO topical workshops is to provide a convivial, interactive, open forum to address topics not covered by traditional presentations, but that are of interest and importance to the CLEO community. The workshops will be 1.5 hours in length and will consist of a panel of specialists with a moderator.

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 an interactive learning environment and are open to all conference registrants. 


Workshop topics:

1) Beyond Awareness: What ACTIONS are being taken to improve diversity in STEM?

The hard sciences have been slow at seeing improvements in the representation of women and minorities as compared to other fields such as medicine and law. And while it is easy to find information exploring the extent of the diversity problem in tech, it is much harder to find information on what actions can be taken to improve the representation of minorities in STEM. In this workshop we will bring together heads of professional organizations and experts in diversity to discuss what policies and actions can be taken to improve diversity in institutions and to find out what steps professional organizations are taking to improve diversity within the physics, engineering and optics committees (gender, racial, LGBTQI, disability).

Organizers: Arti Agrawal, University of Technology Sydney, Australia; Christina Willis, Freelance Consultant, USA; Ben Eggleton, University of Sydney, Australia; and Tara Fortier, National Inst. of Standards & Technology, USA

Invited Speakers:



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 harnesses 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, recently there has been a 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?  We bring together leaders in industry, founders in the theory of quantum information, and academics working on state-of-the-art experiments to explore this question.

Organizers: Andrew Wilson, Time and Frequency Division, NIST Boulder, USA;  Ben Eggleton, University of Sydney, Australia; and Tara Fortier, National Inst. of Standards & Technology, USA

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3)  What will be the largest commercial application for optical frequency combs in 10 years?

15 years ago, a new 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 have captured the interest of industry. This workshop seeks a discussion from experts in government, academia and industry on what the commercial future holds for this versatile technology.

Organizers: Fabrizio Giorgetta, National Inst. of Standards & Technology, USA; and Tara Fortier, National Inst. of Standards & Technology, USA

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