Latest update: June 17th 2019.

Complete Agenda - World Technology Roadmapping Forum 2019

This page shows the final version of the agenda in Berlin. It is no longer being updated and is presented here for archival purposes. The agenda is also available as a PDF by following this link

The Goal: The purpose of this year's meeting is to update and discuss the Integrated Photonic Systems Roadmap – International (IPSR-I), looking ahead to global technology needs in 2040 and beyond. Forum delegates were given access to the latest draft by roadmap coordinator Peter van Arkel. The WTMF was held in the main auditorium of the Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Institute, Einsteinufer 37, 10587 Berlin, Germany.

WTMF 2019 Programme 12 -14th June 2019 in Berlin

This is the final version of the programme. Please note that the format of this year's meeting was different from last year. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday mornings are reserved for plenary briefing and discussion sessions. The breakout Technical Working Group sessions were held in private on Wednesday and Thursday afternoons. Feedback on this year's forum is welcome at .


Day One - Theme: Telecom & Datacom - Wednesday June 12th 2019

08.30 - 09.00 Arrival & Welcome with coffee for participants

09.00 - Welcome by hosts of WTMF 2019 - Fraunhofer HHI, Berlin.

09.05 - 09.35 Update on the progress towards a World Roadmap on Integrated Photonics by Professor Lionel Kimerling.

"Milestones and Timelines for Electronic-Photonic Convergence”
The era of simultaneous scaling of cost, footprint, power and speed with one variable, transistor gate length, ended some 15 years ago. The new scaling paradigm is system-level parallelism with internode bandwidth becoming the new scaling variable. How does the US$400 billion semiconductor industry supply chain transition to the new scaling platform? Can teams of experts who bridge applications from pure electronics to pure photonics create the common glossary, design infrastructure and supply chain alignment for all components of the system to transition in synchrony? The singular forum for setting the milestones and timelines for each manufacturing technology is the Integrated Photonic Systems Roadmap – International (IPSR-I.) What is success, and what tasks remain to create the transition roadmap?

09.35 - 10.05 Opening Keynote 1 Presentation: Martin Schell, Executive Director of Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Institute (HHI), Berlin, Germany.

Prof. Dr. Ing. rer. nat. Martin Schell was recently given the Lifetime Achievement Award 2019 at this year's PIC Conference. "Martin has successfully led several photonic integrated circuits from idea to installation in the field. He always attempts to be a voice of reason when it comes to evaluating various photonic integration approaches and their economic potential."

Since 2014, Martin Schell is executive director at the Fraunhofer HHI and professor for "Optic and Optoelectronic Integration" at the Technische Universität Berlin since 2012. He also is chairman of the OpTecBB (Competence Network for Optical Technologies Berlin Brandenburg), board member of EPIC (European Photonic Industry Consortium) and spokesman for Cluster Optics and Photonics Berlin Brandenburg.

10.05 - 10.35. Keynote 2: Michael Lebby, CEO Lightwave Logic, Englewood, Colorado, USA.

Background: In an in-depth interview with Jose Pozo of EPIC recorded in January 2019 during Photonics West, Michael Lebby, CEO at Lightwave Logic, explores the origins of modern integrated photonics from the early discoveries at Bell Labs. He explains the value of a company is not the number of patents that you own. It is understanding which patents and IP are needed to protect your company and when to use them. He explains his move from Motorola to Intel to set up their Silicon Photonics group, using the silicon mentality so as to bring the costs down. He talks about the importance of understanding processes in depth and the role that forecasting and roadmaps play. Why is an in-depth discussion at WTMF-3 important in a pre-competitive phase?

10.35-11.05. Keynote 3: Francesca Parmigiani, Microsoft Research, Cambridge, UK.

Francesca Parmigiani is a member of the Cloud Infrastructure Ambition Group of Microsoft Research at Cambridge, UK, and a visiting staff member at the Optoelectronics Research Centre (ORC), University of Southampton, UK. Her current work focuses on the development of optical systems and networks in next-generation data centres. She is a specialist on all-optical sub-systems solutions. These are primarily based on a variety of nonlinear processes for optical communication, such as phase sensitive amplification and optical phase conjugation. In 2010 she won a five year UK Royal Academy of Engineering Research Fellowship to advance her work in the area of nonlinear processes for advanced modulation formats.

The presentation shared Microsoft’s vision on the development of data centers, briefly touching on the storage side. The keynote will highlight some Microsoft use cases where integrated photonics has a role to play.

11.05 -11.35. Coffee break.

11.35-12.05. Keynote 4: Gloria Hoefler, Director Advanced Development, OpticaI Integrated Components Group, Infinera Corporation, Santa Clara, USA.

This presentation discussed Infinera’s vision on developments of optical networks and the impact this will have on photonic ICs. It gave a perspective on the challenges of ‘today and tomorrow’ that companies like Infinera are tackling. In addition, there was an update on the role that Infinera plays in IPSR-I.

Dr. Gloria E. Höfler holds Ph.D. M.S. and B.S. degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her
career has spanned development of optoelectronic materials and devices ranging from R&D stage, to new product innovation and high-volume manufacturing at 3M’s Corporate Research Laboratories, HP’s Optoelectronic Division, LumiLeds Lighting, Agilent Technologies and
Infinera. She is currently Director of Advanced Development at Infinera working on Photonic Integrated Circuits and advanced integration platforms. She has published in numerous peer-reviewed journals, as well as a senior member of both IEEE and SPIE.

12.05 - 12.35 Keynote 5: Sven Otte, CEO Sicoya GmBH, Berlin, Germany. (Sven's presentation was given by colleague Hanyo Rhee).

Title of Presentation: Silicon Photonics in Data Communication: From Research to Production and what is left to do.

Biography: Sven Otte is the Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of Sicoya. Prior to Sicoya Sven was the Global Business Director of Optoelectronics at FCI. Before joining FCI he served as Global Vice President of Engineering at MergeOptics, Senior IC Design Engineer at Multilink Technologies and Senior System Architect at Santel Networks in Fremont, USA. Sven holds a Ph.D. in optical communications from the University of Kiel and authored several articles about electronic dispersion compensation for high speed optical transmission systems and Silicon Photonics technologies.

About Sicoya: In mass volume chip production, the chip real estate is the dominating cost factor. Co-integration solutions only become commercially viable when photonic components can be manufactured with drastically reduced footprint comparable to the electronic building blocks. Silicon photonics enables the creation of circuit designs with extremely high integration density and complexity due to extremely small waveguide cross-sections (450×220 nm2). Sicoya’s core technology encompasses the world's smallest silicon modulator with a footprint tiny enough to process 10,000 of them on a square millimeter.

Sicoya has developed a complete set of optical functions required by a range of silicon photonics products. The tiny footprint of these components, especially the electro-optic modulator, and their low optical losses allow for optimal usage of the radiation from the laser source.

12.35 - 13.30 Interactive Plenary Discussion lead by José Pozo, Director of Technology and Innovation, EPIC.

José Pozo is Director of Technology and Innovation, European Photonics Industry Consortium (EPIC) and a noted authority on progress in light-based technologies. In this video, José outlines what he plans to discuss with the audience.

13.30 - 14.15 - Lunch

14.15 - 14.45. PIC Ecosystem and Workshop Outline for the Technical Working Group breakout sessions on Wednesday and Thursday by Peter van Arkel, Berenschot. As a consultant at Berenschot with both a physics and business background, Peter oversees the development of the Integrated Photonics Systems Roadmap – International and organizes the workshops at the World Technology Mapping Forum. He is fascinated by the organization of the PIC innovation ecosystem and will soon start an external PhD track, next to his current activities, at the Eindhoven University of Technology to research further into this phenomenon. During his talk Peter will share his insights in the PIC ecosystem and address the outline of the workshops that are held immediately afterwards. More background to the work that has been going on to prepare for the Berlin working groups is given in this interview with Peter.

14.45 - 16.30 - Breakout Session TWG 1. Exact details were announced on the day. Breakout sessions took place in the HHI Building in rooms near the plenary auditorium.

16.30 - 16.45 - Coffee Break

16.45 - 18.45 - Break Out Session TWG 2. Details to be announced.

18.45: End of Day One

19.30 - Official Dinner onboard the FMS Spree-Diamant as we explore many of the famous sites in Berlin. The boat is anchored very close to HHI headquarters. This trip on the River Spree is hosted by HHI and FiconTEC.

Day Two - Theme: Sensing, Quantum, Testing & Everything Else! - Thursday 13 June 2019

08.30 - 09.00 Arrival & Welcome with coffee for participants

09.00 -11.05. Plenary Session on Sensing, packaging, testing, Quantum and related topics.


Opening remarks by Professor Ton Backx, Institute for Photonic Integration, Eindhoven, The Netherlands.

Keynote 6: Michael Liehr AIM/SUNY Polytechnic Institute, Albany, New York, USA.

As Executive Vice President of Technology and Innovation, Dr. Liehr oversees SUNY Poly’s technical economic development efforts and leads the American Institute for Manufacturing Integrated Photonics (AIM Photonics). Dr. Liehr is also responsible for the growth of government-academic-industry partnerships via utilization and expanded use of the institution’s world-class R&D facilities and by engaging current and future industry partners.

Keynote 7: Peter Goetz, US government’s Chief Scientist for AIM Photonics Institute

Title: “AIM Photonics PDK 3.0 Update & Sensors Development Overview”

Peter Goetz serves as the US government’s Chief Scientist for AIM Photonics Institute. He is the government lead for AIM’s electronic/photonic design automation group as well as the AIM Academy. He works closely with AIM’s integrated photonics sensors group.  

Dr. Goetz holds a Ph.D in electrical engineering (solid state) from the University of Michigan, where he worked on InP pin/HBT-based integrated photonics. He is currently at the US Naval Research Laboratory, where he works in integrated photonics as well as optoelectronic device and package design for free space optical communication systems.

Keynote 8. Ignazio Piacentini, Director of Business Development, ficonTEC Service GmbH,  Achim, Germany.

Title: "Photonics beyond the tipping point: automation and testing for volume production".
Borrowing the title from a recent Yole announcement, Ignazio Piacentini will share the story of the rapid growth experienced over the last few years by ficonTEC, a company entirely dedicated to the manufacturing of automated assembly and testing equipment for the photonics industry.

11.05 -11.35. Coffee break.

11.35 - 12.05. Keynote 9. Peter O'Brien, Head of Group - Photonics Packaging, Tyndall National Institute, Cork, Ireland.

Title: Global packaging challenges for integrated photonics - the ecosystem, routes to manufacture and the technology roadmap
The presentation will review the current status of packaging technologies for integrated photonics, how packaging fits within the overall integrated photonics ecosystem, especially in relation to manufacturing, and key features of the packaging technology roadmap. The talk will also review international initiatives to address scale-up of packaging technologies, in particular Pilot Lines which aim to address the transition from laboratory prototypes to low-to-medium volume manufacturing

12.05-12.35 Keynote 10. Idelfonso Tafur Monroy

Title: Creating the Testing Environment for Network Integration and User Case Validation for Quantum Key Distribution.

Idelfonso Tafur Monroy is a full-time professor of Photonic Terahertz Systems at the Department of Electrical Engineering at Eindhoven University of Technology. Idelfonso has participated in several European research framework projects in photonic technologies and their applications to communication systems. He currently coordinates the H2020 ITN CELTA and 5G PPP BLUESPACE projects and participates in several other European research projects. His research interests are in Terahertz photonics, secure communications and sensing systems, and co-integration of electronics-photonics. He is co-author of over 500 journal and conference papers.

12.35 - 13.15. Industry Interactive Discussion lead by José Pozo, Director of Technology and Innovation, EPIC. This second discussion will focus on pilot-lines, packaging and testing. This is the session where the audience is the panel.

13.15 - 14.15 - Lunch

14.15 – 15.15. Workshop outline by Peter van Arkel and Roadmap Procedure discussion

Outline and discussion of expectations before the workshops on Thursday afternoon. Groups will then disperse to the separate meeting rooms.

15.15 - 16.15 - Breakout Session TWG 3.

16.15 -16.45 - Coffee Break

16.45- 18.45 - Break Out Session TWG 4 .

19.00: End of Day Two

Evening free

Here is a link to the Tripadvisor guide showing many of the best restaurants in Berlin.


Day Three – Friday 14th 2019

08.30 - 09.00 Welcome Coffee

09.00 - 11.00. Outcome of day 1 & 2. There will be 10 presentations with the outcomes. These presentations will be available in the online-magazine at

11.00 - 11.30 Coffee break

11.30 - 12.15 Conclusion and Outlook on the next steps. Ton Backx and Lionel Kimerling. Announcements of plans for future meetings of IPSR-I and locations.

12.15 - 13.30 Lunch

12.45 - 14.00: Special Workshop for all delegates. Session organised by Rianne Valkenburg and Katrin Eling, Eindhoven University of Technology .  

Title: “Solving challenges in managing the PIC ecosystem”

Description: “The goal of this workshop is to identify the challenges in managing the Integrated Photonics ecosystem and to discuss project opportunities for developing solutions to these challenges. The Innovation, Technology Entrepreneurship & Marketing (ITEM) group at the Eindhoven University of Technology has extensive experience with the management of deep-tech innovation projects and ecosystems, specifically with Integrated Photonics such as in the PICS4ALL project , InPulse and OIP4NWE. They are looking for new opportunities to apply this expertise in tackling the challenges the PIC ecosystem is facing.”

14.00. Departures

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