Latest update: May 18th 2019. This page always shows the latest version of the programme.

Agenda - World Technology Roadmapping Forum 2019

The goal 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 2030 and beyond. Following successful Fall and Winter meetings in Cambridge USA and Tokyo Japan, the latest draft of this new IPSR roadmap was issued to Working Group Leaders at the Spring meeting in Sunnyvale, California in March.

Important Message to Delegates

The draft version of the 3 day programme is posted below. If you need any information, please don't hestitate to get in touch with the conference organisers. Call us on +31 40 247 4000 during European office hours or leave a message. (we're on GMT/UTC + 2 hours - click this link to see the time in Eindhoven now).


Venue Address

The street address of the Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Institute is Einsteinufer 37, 10587 Berlin Germany. This is the Google map link:


WTMF 2019 Programme 12 -14th June 2019 in Berlin

Please note that this is a draft version of the programme and subject to change. It is correct as of May 1st 2019. Please note that the format of this year's meeting is different from last year. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday mornings are reserved for plenary sessions. The breakout Technical Working Group sessions will be held on Wednesday and Thursday afternoon.


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

0830 - 0900 Arrival & Welcome with coffee for participants

0900 - Welcome by hosts of WTMF Fraunhofer HHI, Berlin.

0905 - 0915 Update on the progress towards a World Roadmap on Integrated Photonics by Professor Lionel Kimerling.

0915 - 0945 Opening Keynote Presentation: Martin Schell, Executive Director of Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Institute (HHI)

Prof. Dr. Ing. rer. nat. Martin Schell was recently given the Lifetime Achievement Award 2019 at this year's PIC Conference. "Martin has successfully lead 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.

0945 - 1015. Keynote 2: Michael Lebby, CEO Lightwave Logic.

Background: In an in-depth interview 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?

Exploring the barriers – the purple brick walls.

Michael Lebby does not shy away from about the financial challenges facing many photonics companies, many of whom have less than 100 employees. He hopes that consolidation will ensure that the winning companies are profitable. VC’s tend to think in terms of software investment because of the faster return on investment. But there are other paths that can be explored – like the emergence of the European pilot lines which help to share costs and develop the necessary standards. The rediscovery of Polymer Photonics Lebby explains the strategy behind Lightwave Logic, an electro-optic polymer material spin-out from DuPont pursuing the 100G opportunity. New successful paths are emerging as packaging becomes part of the device design. You can’t separate the optics challenges from the electronics. It will require creative designs to replace traditional gold-boxes. In the last part of the interview, Michael Lebby also looks at contract manufacturing.

1015-1045. Keynote 3: Hitesh Ballani, Microsoft Research, Cambridge, UK.

1045-1115. Keynote 4: Gloria Hoeffer, Infinera Corporation

1115 -1145. Coffee break

1145 -1330. 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. He is always on the move (his travel agenda is legendary), keeping a close watch on developments. This interactive session will discuss the latest observations about what needs to happen next in global photonics.

1330 - 1415 - Lunch

1415 - 1430 Outline of Work program for Technical Working Group breakout sessions on Wednesday and Thursday by Peter van Arkel, Berenschot. More background to the work that has been going on to prepare for the Berlin working groups is given in this interview with Peter.

1430 - 1630 - Breakout Session TWG 1. Details to be announced.

1630 - 1645 - Coffee Break

1645 - 1845 - Break Out Session TWG 2. Details to be announced.

1830: End of Day One

1930 - Official Dinner on Boat in Berlin. Hosted by HHI and partners.

Official Dinner Details to follow

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

0830 - 0900 Arrival & Welcome with coffee for participants

0900 -1100. Plenary Session on Sensing and related topics.


Opening remarks by Professor Ton Backx, IPI, Eindhoven, The Netherlands.

Michael Liehr AIM/SUNY

Peter Goetz, NRL

1100 -1130 Coffee break

1145 -1330 Industry Interactive Discussion lead by José Pozo, Director of Technology and Innovation, EPIC.

1315 - 1415 - Lunch 1415 - 1615 - Breakout Session TWG 3. Details to be announced.

1615 -1645 - Coffee Break

1645-1845 - Break Out Session TWG 4 . Details to be announced.

1845: 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


0830 - 0900    Welcome Coffee

0900 - 1100 Outcome of day 1 & 2. There will be 14 presentations with the outcomes. These will be available in the online-magazine under Friday results and conclusions.

1100 -1130 Coffee break

1130 - 1215 Conclusion and Outlook on the next steps. Announcements of plans for future meetings of IPSR-I and locations.

1215 - 1330 Lunch and departures

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