The “44th European Conference on Optical Communication” (ECOC 2018) will be held in Rome, Italy, on September 23-27, 2018.

ECOC is the leading European conference in the field of optical communication, and one of the most prestigious and long-standing events in this field. Here, the latest progress in optical communication technologies will be reported in selected papers, keynotes, presentations and special symposia.

Parallel to the scientific conference, the ECOC exhibition covers a wide range of optical communication products and services.

Therefore, ECOC is open to a variety of interested participants like researchers and students, product developers, sales managers and telecommunication market developers. Every year this international forum attracts more than 1,000 scientists and researchers from research institutions and companies from across the world.

ECOC 2018 is organized by CNIT, the Consortium of Italian universities for telecommunication. EURELis owner of the registered trademark ECOC. EUREL is the Convention of National Associations of Electrical Engineers of Europe representing ten member associations in ten countries in greater Europe.

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ECOC 2018 Sub Committee Topics:

SC1 - Fibres, Fibre Devices and Fibre Amplifiers

  • Optical fibre design, fabrication and characterisation
  • Physics of light propagation in optical fibres
  • Fibre amplifiers and fibre lasers
  • Fibre based devices for telecommunication, sensing and other applications
  • Highly nonlinear fibres and their applications for nonlinear optical signal processing
  • Specialty optical fibres for improved linear and/or nonlinear transmission performance
  • Low-latency fibres and fibres for new wavelength ranges
  • Multimode and multicore fiber and fiber amplifiers for spatial division multiplexing


SC2 - Integrated Optoelectronic Devices and Optical Processors

  • Design, fabrication and characterisation of novel integrated devices and functionalities
  • Integrated light sources, directly modulated lasers and VCSELs in bulk, quantum well, quantum dot or other materials
  • Integrated III-V, including InP and GaAs, data modulators, detectors, amplifiers and switches
  • Silicon and hybrid III-V/silicon photonics for data modulation, detection, amplification, switching and interconnecting
  • Sources and detectors for quantum communication systems
  • Packaging of advanced novel devices, testing of performance and reliability
  • Novel material platforms and structured materials such as photonic crystals, plasmonics, graphene and others
  • Integrated nonlinear waveguides on various material platforms for optical signal processing
  • Large-scale photonic integrated circuits for flexible, reconfigurable and scalable communication and processing systems


SC3 - Digital Signal Handling Techniques for Optical Communication Systems

  • Modelling, design, and implementation of digital signal processing for long-haul, medium- and short-range optical communication systems
  • Novel digital signal processing algorithms for optical transmitters and receivers, and DSP algorithms with reduced complexity
  • Novel error correction coding, advanced data encoding and signal shaping for optical communication links
  • Schemes for impairment mitigation, increased spectral efficiency and mutual information, including nonlinear Fourier transformation and digital back-propagation


SC4 - Point-to-Point Optical Transmission Systems, Subsystems and Technologies

  • Modelling, design, implementation and test of optical, optoelectronic, or electrical (incl. DAC/ADC) subsystems
  • Line terminals, optical transmitter and receiver subsystems for advanced modulation formats and increased speed and/or capacity
  • Multiplexing and demultiplexing subsystems for advanced and/or spectrally efficient data formats including DMT, OFDM, OCDMA and Nyquist-WDM
  • Optical performance monitoring techniques and subsystems
  • Transmission system modelling
  • Lab and field implementation of optical fibre transmission links
  • Lab and field implementation of free-space optical and optics-based THz wireless transmission links.
  • Satellite communication links
  • Transmission system level implications of physical impairments and impairment mitigation techniques
  • Capacity, reach, flexibility limits of optical transmission systems and solutions to overcome the current limitations
  • Demonstrations of combined novel fibres, devices, subsystems and multiplexing techniques in transmission experiments
  • Quantum communication systems


SC5 - Photonic and Microwave Photonic Subsystems

  • Subsystems for network functionalities, including e.g. wavelength-selective switching, add-drop multiplexing, optical switching, optical packet routing, system-on-a-chip (SoC) and on-chip networks
  • Analog signal processing subsystems and novel schemes of nonlinear optical signal processing for subsystem-functionalities
  • Machine learning for optical signal processing
  • Microwave Photonics Subystems for 5G e.g. optical beamforming, opto-eletronic oscillators, clock distribution, photonics-based RF signal up- and down- conversion, photonics-based RF filtering
  • Millimeter-wave and Terahertz photonics
  • Photonic Subsystems for dual use in RF systems i.e. communication and sensing


SC6 - Datacentre and Computercom Networks

  • Demonstrations, network deployments and field trials using novel architectures and/or novel switching schemes and technologies, including SDN over WDM, TDM, SDM optical switching and/or hybrid electronic/optical or all-electronic switching
  • Architecture and control of data centre and HPCS (High Performance Computing System) specific hardware, including VCSEL based parallel links with advanced modulation, hybrid integrated electronic/optical engines for broadband interconnecting and WDM/CWDM interconnects
  • Demonstrations using novel network devices, including nanophotonic high-density components for on-chip networks, as well as integrated spatial multiplexers for high-density parallelism, novel interconnects and transceivers
  • High capacity optical transmission for data center intra-connections
  • Architecture, planning and scaling of optical transport for data centre and HPCS networks
  • Network management, control plane design and orchestration of data centres and HPCS for photonic and hybrid photonic/electronic interconnects
  • Energy, scalability, latency considerations for data centre and HPCS networks


SC7 - Core, Metro, and Convergent Networks

  • Networking aspects of architecture, planning and scaling of broadband optical transport for optical circuit- and packet-switched core, metro and inter-data centre networks, including cost and energy considerations
  • Control, orchestration, and management functions, as well as integration with higher layer network services
  • Machine learning and artificial intelligence for advanced networking and monitoring
  • Design of high connectivity contentionless node architectures, including protection and failure recovery
  • Network deployments and field trials
  • Energy efficiency considerations


SC8 - 5G, Access, Local Area and Indoor Networks

  • Optical backhaul/fronthaul networks
  • Photonics for Cloud services
  • Fibre-to-the-premises (FTTx)
  • Passive optical access networks
  • In-building optical networks
  • Radio-over-fibre systems
  • Optical wireless communication networks
  • Hybrid wireless/optical wireless communication network solutions


CLEO Focus Meeting:

  • Digital and optical signal processing
  • Nano- and microphotonics
  • Optoelectronics
  • Metamaterials
  • Novel devices
  • Silicon photonics
  • Waveguide and fiber optics
  • Nonlinear optics
  • Plasmonics
  • Nonlinear dynamics and quantum optics
  • Quantum cryptography and communication
  • Emerging ultrafast technologies
  • New concepts in optical generation including supercontinuum sources and VECSELs
  • Big data and optical real-time data analytics and compression
  • Frequency combs
  • Monolithic microresonators
  • Coherent transfer from the optical domain to microwave signals
  • Novel diagnostic and metrology techniques, and other optical communication and processing related topics
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    Sep 27


  • Apr 16 2018

    Draft paper submission deadline

  • Jul 19 2018

    Draft Paper Acceptance Notification

  • Sep 24 2018

    Final Paper Deadline

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