EPIC Online Technology Meeting on Commercial Challenges for Photonics as 5G Booms (in cooperation with COBO & EA)

25 January  2021

15:00 – 17:00 CET


In cooperation with

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Sponsored by

Axetris (1)
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SUSS-MicroOptics (1)

Media Partner

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Broadband services at gigabit rates to local destinations, larger areas served at frequencies below 6 GHz, low latency services for local and large datacenters and connections for Internet of Things (IoT) and autonomous vehicles will require new photonic devices able to fulfil the requirements to satisfy social demand for higher data rates. This meeting will focus on the needs of the service providers of 5G technologies for new optical technologies such as free-space optical communications, LIFI, fiber based cellular backhaul and integrated optics for increasing port densities and high-speed optics.

Spirit of the meetings

During these online technology meetings, we are looking for the challenges the industry is facing and bringing together the entire supply chain to address these challenges. Bringing together end-users with component suppliers and system integrators that will answer the EPIC question “What can you do for them and what can they do for you” creates the perfect foundation to establish new business relationships and find ways for new collaborations and partnerships. 

Watch us LIVE on YouTube

These online technology meetings take place in Zoom with a limited group of people. If you would like to attend the meeting, please register below. There are limited seats and we allow only one person per company, but all our online technology meetings can be viewed LIVE on YouTube or be viewed afterwards if you have missed it. Here is the link to this meeting to view it on our YouTube channel EPICPhotonics


Jose Pozo, CTO at EPIC
Ana Gonzalez, R&D Manager at EPIC


Mark has over three decades of experience in the telecom and data com market. With an intense concentration on primary research, Mark has been a consultant to some of the largest telecom companies in the world involving chips to full systems.

Senior Manager, optical networks and quantum research at BT.
Main interest areas – flexgrid transmission, multilayer networks, quantum communications, software defined transport networks.

Andrew Lord
Senior Manager of Optical Research at BT
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Jim proposes cutting-edge research projects as principal investigator in the area of next-generation optical access and 5G mobile networks, focusing on the optical backbone design and system prototyping.

Jim (Shihuan) Zou
Principal Engineer Advanced Technology at ADVA
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Fabio co-authored 125 filed patent applications and more than 50 publications on optical networks. In 20 years of professional experience his activity encompassed radio and fixed fiber access, WDM systems, ultra-high speed optical transmission, and integrated photonics.

Fabio Cavaliere
Member of the CEN-CLC Focus Group on Quantum Technologies at Ericsson
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Solving daily problems with basic tools led him to become an engineer. Francisco developed associative work with Youth Science Association that taught him the skills for being a team and project manager and a science communicator which are his major passions.

François joined EXFO in 2015 and he is involved in driving to market innovative optical solutions that help customers overcome challenges to test better and smarter.

Francois Couny
Product Line Manager at EXFO
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Alessio Corazza, Business Development Manager at SAES Getters
Alessio Pirastu, CTO at CamGraPhIC
Alex Stavdas, Professor at UoP
Amin Abbasi, Business Development Manager at imec
Amin Shoaie, Product Owner at Hitachi-ABB Power Grids
Amir Ghadimi, Photonics Expert at CSEM
Andreas Rack, Product Manager at Solayer
Anthony Musto, Senior Vice President at Dust Photonics
Antonello Vannucci, CTO at Photonics 42
Antonino Nespola, Senior Researcher at LINKS FOUNDATION
Arturo Fernández, Technical Director at Hyperloop UPV
Basil Onodu, Optical Deployment Engineer at AW
Benjamin Bulla, Managing Director at son-x
Benoit Fleury, Market Development Director at Corning
Bradford Factor, IC Packaging Technology at ASE
Cagri Kose, Physics Engineer at OPth Tech
Charles Goëller, COO at ICON Photonics
Chris Maloney, Director of Business Development at VPIphotonics
Chris Pfistner, CEO at CTI
Chris Rowan, Managing Director at Arscientia
Christian Fernández-Campusano, Researcher IT at USACH
Corrado Sciancalepore, BU Photonics Expert at SOITEC
Douglas Aguiar, CEO at PhotonPath
Dan Neugroschl, President at Chiral Photonics
David Horain, Sales Director at Alienor-Alphanov
Dirk De Man, Project Sales Manager Embedded Systems at Topic Embedded Systems
Dirk Hauschild, Head of R&D at LIMO
Don Clarke, Principal at Telecom Foresight Consulting
Elkana Ben-Sinai, COO at Civan
Florian Emaury, CEO at Menhir Photonics
Fotini Karinou, Senior Researcher at Microsoft
Frank Ernst, Business Development Manager at NTS Optel
Francesco Dell’Olio, Assistant Professor at Politecnico di Bari
Francois Menard, CTO at AEPONYX
Gabrie Hoogland, Chief Scientist at SABIC
George Avdikos, Project Manager at HPhos
George Zervas, Associate Professor at UCL
Giancarlo Tonello, Sales Engineer at Laser Optronic
Giuseppe Coppola, Chief Strategy and Business Development Officer at PhotonDelta
Gregory Flinn, Marketing Development at ficonTEC
Gunther Vollrath, CEO at Aifotec
Gustavo Villares, Product Manager at Lumiphase
Henning Meyer, Key Account Manager at AEMtec
Hossein Movla, Researcher at University of Tabriz
Iwan Davies, Group Technology Director at IQE
Jacob Ninan, Co-founder at Kottackal Business Solutions
Jeff Demain, CEO at Demain One
Jim Theodoras, VP R&D at HG Genuine
Jimena Garcia-Romeu, CEO at Alcyon Photonics
Joanna Bendyna-Muirhead, Business Development Manager at Mintres
John Earnhardt, Director of Specialty Sales at OFS
John Jost, CEO at MicroR
Jose Capmany, COO at iPronics, Programmable Photonics
Jose Galan, Sales Manager at VLC Photonics
Jörg Pierer, Senior Application Engineer at Axetris
Kevin Lefebvre, Director, Product Managment at MACOM
Lionel Pelamourgues, Managing Director at Chanchu Partners
Marco Gavagnin, Technology Forecaster at AT&S
Maria Ionescu, Research Engineer at Nokia Bell Labs
Mark Milliman, Principal at Inphotonics Research
Mike Shahine , R&D at GDMS
Mostafa Afgani, CTO at pureLiFi
Lei Huang, Engineering Manager at Legrand
Martin Eibelhuber, Deputy Business Development at EV Group
Martin Razuks-Ebels, CEO at TimeTag.Space
Michael Geiselmann, Managing Director at LIGENTEC
Michela Svaluto Moreolo, Senior Researcher and Director of Quality Programs at CTTC
Myra Nawabi, Director of Engineering and Operations at PLX
Nicola Calabretta, Associate Professor at Eindhoven University of Technology
Norbert Keil, Head of Departement at Fraunhofer HHI
Nuno Edgar Nunes Fernandes, Engineer/Enterpreneur at Photonics Precision Technologies
Patrick Heissler, Product Manager at DELO
Paulus van Dijk, Vice President Strategy and Innovation at LioniX International
Peter Kung, President at QPS Photronics
Ray Yang, Engineer at JPC
Rich Boardman, Engineer at GDSI
Richard Varjabedian, Sales and Business Development Manager at Delta Electronics
Rohin Y, CEO at LightSpeedAI Labs
Ronald Habekothe, Sales Manager EMEA+ at US Conec
Serviu Rotenstein, Director of Sales Americas at Effect Photonics
Scott Wilkinson, Lead Analyst at Cignal AI
Shiva Rai, Strategic Marketing Manager at Applied Materials
Stefano Prandoni, Sales Director Europe at Bandwidth10
Stephen Hardy, Editorial Director at Lightwave
Steve Plote, President at Plote and Associates
Stuart Pearce, Senior Director Field Marketing at AEM Holdings
Thomas Benoy, Applications Engineer at Eblana Photonics
Tiger Ninomiya, Sr. Technologist at Senko
Tim Haigh, Sales Engineer at Kyocera Fineceramics
Tobias Müller, CTO at AIXEMTEC
Tolga Tekin, Scientist at Fraunhofer IZM
Tom Trexler, Director of Marketing, Wafer-Level Test and Burn-In at Aehr Test
Umberto Emanuele, Business Development Manager at ASML
Vipul Patel, Principal Engineer at Cisco Systems
Wilfried Noell, Director R&D at SUSS MicroOptics
Xavier Geneste, Senior Spacecraft Engineer at ESA-ESTEC
Xiaolun Zeng, Product Group Manager at Iridian Spectral Technologies
Yaohui Chen, Staff Engineer at Mellanox
Yangjin Ma, Senior Principal Engineer at Inorganic Intelligence
Yuvraj Singh, Senior Software Engineer at Lacuna


To participate, you need to have access to a computer (preferred) or phone, with video/microphone/sound, you can test your setup on Zoom. By registering, you agree that we can use your data to inform you about the details of this event. EPIC will also share the participants list with the other participants or interested parties. Participation is confirmed only when received a confirmation email from the EPIC staff.
Note: We allow only 1 person per company to participate in the Zoom room. Everyone is of course welcome to join us via YouTube. All attendees in Zoom are expected to participate in the full length of the meeting. By registering you acknowledge our GDPR Statement.


EPIC Events Manager Helena Jelinkova: helena.jelinkova@epic-assoc.com, mobile: +420 606526252