Research > 2016 - 2017 Colloquium Series

Dan Kilper, University of Arizona

Programmable Photonic Communication Systems

April 25, 2017 10:30am - 11:20am
EEB 105

Host: Sumit Roy


Photonics is increasingly more attractive as a technology platform for addressing technological barriers facing bedrock high technology areas including next generation microprocessors and computing platforms, high speed communication systems, wireless networks and smart cities. Integrated photonics, coupled with decades of technological maturation, is enabling more complex, multi-component photonic systems that are essential in these applications. Software control together with photonic integration in particular form a vehicle for these photonic systems to scale and find widespread application. The resultant combination of basic physical phenomena, complex material and device architectures, application requirements and software control is opening up new interdisciplinary research problems. In this talk, I will review recent technological trends around integrated photonics and data communications and computing. Fiber optical communication systems, in particular, are at the leading edge of these trends. I will describe a long standing problem facing optically switched communication networks, which is the bottleneck created by peering requirements at Internet exchange points (IXP). Software defined networking (SDN) and integrated photonic devices are used to provide an optical layer peering mechanism with service level agreement (SLA) enforcement. Using 100 Gb/s polarization multiplexed quadrature phase shift keyed (PM-QPSK) optical signals, high capacity can be delivered with low latency across multiple network domains, a critical requirement expected for 5G mobile and data center interconnection (DCI) networks.


Photo of Dan Kilper Daniel Kilper is a research professor in the College of Optical Sciences at the University of Arizona, Tucson. He holds a joint appointment in electrical and computer engineering at the University of Arizona and an adjunct faculty position in electrical engineering at Columbia University. He received a Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Michigan in 1996. From 2000-2013 he was a member of technical staff at Bell Labs. Within both academia and industry, he has made contributions in the area of communication devices and networks primarily spanning three areas: energy efficient communication networks, optical performance monitoring and dynamic optical networks. He is a senior member of IEEE and is an editor for the IEEE Transactions on Green Communications and Networking and a steering committee member for the IEEE Green ICT Initiative. He currently serves as administrative director for the Center for Integrated Access Networks, an NSF Engineering Research Center and has served in leadership positions in multi-university/industry consortia including the Center for Telecommunications Value Chain Research (CTVR), Center for Energy Efficient Telecommunications (CEET) and the GreenTouch Consortium. His work has been recognized with the Bell Labs President's Gold Medal Award and he served on the Bell Labs President’s Advisory Council on Research. He holds seven patents and authored four book chapters and more than one hundred thirty peer-reviewed publications.


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