EPIC Meeting on Singlemode vs Multimode Communication

11-12 June 2018

Kessel-Lo, Belgium


When choosing a single mode or multimode approach for a communication link, there are a large number of parameters to take into account, as well as some myths and truths. In this event, the key important aspects to consider will be discussed by suppliers, users and industry leaders: such as distance, costs, components (PICs, VCSELs, LEDs); modules and systems (transceivers, power/cooling); fibers and connectors (types, deployment costs, alignment requirements).

Program frame

Monday 11 June 2018

12:00 – 13:00 Registration & Lunch @CommScope
13:00 – 13:05 Opening words, Jose Pozo, CTO, EPIC
13:05 – 13:15 Welcoming words, Dieter Verdegem, VP, CCS Strategy & Business Development, Connectivity Solutions, CommScope

13:15 Session 1: Setting up the Scene

13:15 – 14:00 KEYNOTE: A ‘Contrarian” Market Analysis of Singlemode & Multimode Solutions / Mark Lutkowitz, Principal, fibeReality
14:00 – 14:30 KEYNOTE: Connectivity and Convergence. The Drive to Efficiency, Rudy Musschebroeck, Director Business Development, CommScope
14:30 – 15:00 The future of fiber technology for data centers and LAN / Bruce Chow, Market Development Manager, Corning

15:00 – 15:45 Networking Break

15:45 Session 2: The fiber & fibered components and systems

15:45 – 16:00 Single Mode InP Lasers and Modulators for Datacenter Applications / Gerrit Fiol, Project Manager, Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Institute
16:00 – 16:15 Low cost and high performance packaging solutions for MM based optical interconnects / Oded Raz, Founder, PhotonX Networks
16:15 – 16:30 Interconnect and high data rate assemblies, Eduard Koza, Engineering Manager, Sylex
16:30 – 16:45 Recent Developments in Multimode Fiber and Data Networking / John Kamino, Sr. Manager, OFS
16:45 – 17:00 Simulation-aided design of single- and multimode fiber-based devices and systems / Igor Koltchanov, Director of Technology, VPIphotonics
17:00 – 17:15 Chip scale Si photonics transceiver “Optical I/O core” for multi mode optical interconnection / Kazuhiko Kurata, CTO, AIOCore
17:15 – 17:30 RFICs for Silicon Photonics Transceivers / Xin (Scott) Yin, Professor, imec – Ghent University

17:30 – 18:00 Discussion and end of the 1st day

18:00 Transfer to dinner
18:30 – 22:30 Dinner at Faculty Club, hall G. Lemaître (Groot Begijnhof 14, 3000 Leuven)
22:30 Bus transfer from Faculty Club to Park Inn by Radisson Leuven

Tuesday 12 June 2018

08:15 – 08:30 Bus transfer from Park Inn by Radisson Leuven to CommScope
08:30 – 09:10 Morning coffee @CommScope
09:10 – 09:15 Welcoming words, Jose Pozo, CTO, EPIC

09:15 Session 3: Manufacturing and tests

09:15 – 09:30 Laser-manufacturing of single-mode/multi-mode components for Photonic Integrated Circuits and Active Optical Connectors/Cables /  Chris Randon, Engineer, OpTek Systems
09:30 – 09:45 Realtime Launch Condition Measurements /  David Robinson, Managing Director, Arden Photonics
09:45-10:00 Single-mode transmission performances over multi-mode fibers through spatial mode control / Pu Jian, VP Partnerships, CAILabs
10:00 – 10:15 Singlemode photonic components design for volume manufacturing / Jeroen Duis, Business Developer, SMART Photonics
10:15 – 10:30 Learned lessons from flagship project PhoxTroT / Tolga Tekin, Group Manager,Fraunhofer IZM
10:30 – 10:45  Singlemode vs Multimode Communication: the PASSION approach/ Pierpaolo Boffi,Professor, POLITECNICO DI MILANO

10:45-11:30 Networking break

11:30 – 11:45 Integrated photonics for singlemode, multimode and multicore connectivity / Kevin Williams, Full Professor and Chair of the Photonic Integration research group, TU/e University of Technology Eindhoven – Institute for Photonics Integration

11:45 Session 4: Standardization

11:45 – 12:15 International standardization of integrated optics and photonics for singlemode and multimode applications / Richard Pitwon, Director, Resolute Photonics
12:30- 12: Recent Advances on MMFs for WDM and SDM / Adrian Amezcua, North America Product Manager – Optical Fiber, Prysmian
12:30 – 12:45 Standardization debate and closing remarks

12:45 – 14:00 Lunch

14:00 – 15:00 Company visit (optional)


EPIC members and invited companies: 200 EUR (excluding VAT). Non-members: 300 EUR (excluding VAT). By registering, you agree that we can use your data to inform you of details concerning this event.

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Meeting venue: CommScope (Diestsesteenweg 692 3010 Kessel – Lo, Belgium).


Dinner venue for 11 June: Faculty Club (Groot Begijnhof 14, 3000 Leuven), hall  G. Lemaître.


The recommended hotel is Park Inn by Radisson Leuven (Martelarenlaan 36, B-3010, Belgium), which can bee booked by info.leuven@parkinn.com. Weekend price: 95 euro, working days price: 125 euro for a standard single room with a code EPIC. Please mention it as well as credit card details in your email when booking. We recommend you to book your accommodation ASAP as its a high season in Leuven. Bus transfers to / from CommScope & dinner place will be organised from / to this hotel only. 


For any questions, please do not hesitate to contact EPIC Events Manager Neringa Norbutaite by neringa.norbutaite@epic-assoc.com